How is Indy a medium sized city? It's the 12th largest city in the country at ~791,000 and is larger than San Francisco (2000 census). I suppose on the world stage 800,000 people is not that large, but in the US it certainly is something above medium sized. I have never lived in Indiana and I doubt that I ever will.
Hey, it's the Midwest, and a trade show. We can't have naked girls there.
The Indy show is not a consumer show like the Int'l Motorcycle Shows or Intermot. That's why there are fewer manufacturers of motorcycles showing their wares. The big, established brands don't need to spend money on booths at trade shows; they have all the dealers they need buying all the product they make already.
Smaller brands trying to get a foothold in the US market, like Hyosung, Genuine scooters, the zillions of Chinese importers and some of the Harley clone "custom" manufacturers do have booths and showed new bikes.
Portland's metro area population is not much larger than Indy's. LA and SF are much bigger metro areas than Indy. However, a large surrounding metro area does not make someplace a "big city" To some extent, the number of cookie-cutter, sprawling suburbs a city has located around its perimeter is irrelevant. Once you get past the first ring of suburbs, each successive wave is simply newer strip malls, newer and larger big box stores selling the same things and newer and larger versions of the same single-family detached homes. Blah-blah-blah.
As conquering peoples go, the Chinese really aren't that bad, unless you're Tibetan. I can think of one place (Cambodia) where being invaded by the Chinese was actually a good thing.
When it comes to being civilized, the Chinese make Europeans look like tree-swinging barbarians. They had cities, beauracracy, writing and paper when we were clubbing each other over the head and flossing with rope.
Anyway, with the way thing are going in this country, (and world-wide)I think it's inevitable that the USA will lose its status as the dominant global superpower. It's also inevitable that someonelse will take over as the big dog.
They have great food, entertaining movies, are very organized and rarely practice genocide on their subjugated peoples. We could do a lot worse!