Any idea about inheriting any imperial mantle is now absurd. Irrelevant ideas of defeated Donald Trump were much more refined with reality than those championed by still reigning Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Xi Jinping. Undoing stabilizing legacies of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Deng Xiaoping respectively; their geo-political claims make the most lethal material for planet Earth.
The idea of resurrecting the Ottoman glory is as absurd as reinventing the Soviet empire is absurd. Since the world has already crossed over into the threshold of the internet age. Only Stalin’s Soviet Union was truly the last empire of the outgoing industrial age. Only the British empire actually preceded that within that very age. The Ottoman already crumbled through the victory of that already passed over age where China has been the last latecomer. Any prospect of inheriting Stalin’s position got buried with hurried burial of his embalmed body on the night of 31st October in 1961. Only a cold war persisted beyond that till the invention of the internet.
Internet, followed by the free software movement, has finally freed humankind forever. With the proclamation of the Bitcoin theory on 31st October in 2008, independent human cooperation got a peer-to-peer prospect of restructuring the internet as the ultimate humane empire in itself. Coronavirus pandemic seems to have become a final blow on the old world order.
Let it go for better since the first and the final imperial design of a new age is already getting universally implemented as Internet connecting peoples of planet Earth altogether.