Single Status Update
I'm of the opinion that despite Eggman loving to be hammy and over the top, he is ironically better as a behind the scene manipulator than an up front and center conqueror. After all, if he can establish businesses behind people's back and use the money he earns to build his armies (Zero Gravity), then it wouldn't be that much of a stretch to assume he could probably take over the entire world without anyone ever realizing it through manipulation and monopolizing. Of course the reason why he doesn't do this IMO is because it doesn't give him the satisfaction of being the one to say "I CONQUERED THE WORLD! NANANANANA!" and it doesn't get him the short-term attention he wants, and thus his current situation.