The phrase "punching above its weight" is often used regarding Vladimir Putin's Russia. Nowhere is this more evident than in Russia's growing influence in the Middle East. And it seems that's mostly at the expense of the US.
Estonia has a population less than half that of Silicon Valley. But the small Baltic nation has managed to put itself on the map as on of the most digitally innovative countries in the world through it's E-Stonia project, which has digitized almost all aspects of citizen life.