George Steinbrenner wrote:
Why wouldn't countries like the US and UK still exist even in Trek's time? They're simply subdivisions of the larger whole: United Earth.
Sure, they could exist, but as what? Nation-states? Administrative territories? What kind of projects can they pursue? What laws can they make? Saying something simply exists
is weak. A better question might be what became of the US after unification, and would be it recognizable to people today?
More Evidence the Soviet Union exists in the 24th century:
The SS Tsiolkovsky.
Isn't that a novelty gift from the Tsiolkovsky Museum
? I believe you can see it there now.