we look at countries if they are 1st world, 2nd world, or 3rd world.
Poland used to be 2nd world
This is the ranking of countries by their wealths and Europe countries have been ranked as 1st world due to their wealths. But, if you look at their debts per GDP, 19 of 20 top countries with big debts per Gdp are Western Europe countries which means that Europe countries have been wealthy by debts. Hence, these countries have been feeling the economic crisis most. Reality was that Western Europe countries were not really wealthy, hence, they were not 1st world countries. Western Europe is between 2nd and 3rd world in reality. Poland is better than them and 2nd world. Weapon power of countries isn't important anymore either as they can't make any big wars anymore due to globalization that made the world smaller and it is difficult to tell ordinary people why mass wars are necessary. Poland can be influential only if it is taken as example, with its real sector which doesn't show/overrate itself speculatively like Western Europe have been doing.