USA and UK surviving into the Trek era

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  1. T'Girl

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    There were indication that some form of United Earth was in existence over a century prior to ENT. The United Earth concept might have been slow to build, with countries joining it gradually over time. There was also something called the New United Nations, so United Earth could have had competition for members.

    And this would be different than many of the other states in the union how? For various section of a state not to "like each other" is common. I'm sure than after Washington's residential areas are divided between Montgomery and Prince George's counties things will be fine in just a few years.

    In that case, in term of population why don't we subdivide Los Angeles into sixteen states? With thirty-two senators. The New York metropolitan area could be thirty-seven states.

    Hell, using DC as a population standard for a state, even my little Seattle could be two states.

    See, the problem with DC is, it isn't a state, it's just a city, that's all it is. And Sci it's not even a very big one, Washington is something like the thirtieth largest city in the county. It has five and a half percent of the land area of the current smallest state, Rhode Island.

    I don't think that too many Americans want there to be five hundred states in America, with a thousand senators.

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  2. maneth

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    AFAIK the US is the only country on Earth with a separate government district. In all other countries, government is housed in the capital (with an A, not an O) city (a capital, by definition, is the city where the national government is located), which may or may not be the largest city by population (Canberra, AUS is smaller than either Sydney or Melbourne, Brasilia in Brazil is much smaller than Rio de Janeiro).

    Although it may be speculated that perhaps when the united earth government was first formed, a condition for its formation was that it should not be housed in any particular country, so it's possible that it woud be in a separate district for that reason.
     
  3. scotpens

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    Uh . . . no.
     
  4. maneth

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    Thanks for the clarification, I should have checked before posting. Still, it's slightly over 10 percent of the world's sovereign nations, so most countries manage well enough without a separate government district.

    That said, the land occupied by the UN headquarters building and the building spaces is administered by the UN, not a part of US territory, even though the UN has agreed to follow US legislation in exchange for access to utilities and emergency services.
     
  5. Sci

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    Because you're talking about defying the democratically-expressed will of the people of the District of Columbia and of its democratically-elected government, both of whom have made it clear on numerous occasions that they want statehood rather than retrocession. Statehood is the explicitly-stated goal of the District government, and the people have twice approved state constitutions in District referenda.

    You're attempting to compare that basic act of democratic self-determination to minor regional rivalries that no one seriously gives a shit about.

    You're moving the goalposts. Answer the question: Why does one district get to be a state but not another when it has fewer people?

    Berlin is a city -- and a state. There's no contradiction between the two. :)

    Although, as I said before, really the entire Washington Metropolitan Area should be allowed to secede from Maryland and Virginia and form a state. That would solve the ridiculous problem of people whose lives revolve around D.C. having to send delegates to Annapolis or Richmond. So in that scenario, we would see a new state with roughly five million residents and multiple cities, including Washington, Silver Spring, Arlington, Alexandria, Bethesda, etc.
     
  6. Bad Thoughts

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    This list is itself misleading. Many more capitals are either their own state or independent cities: Paris is its own département, Berlin its own Land, Madrid is an autonomous city. Others are part of small counties and districts that incorporate several suburbs with the capital in order to integrate the working area of the capital.
     
  7. Sci

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    And shockingly enough, this does not subvert democracy in those countries! CRAZY, I tell you!

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  8. Bad Thoughts

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    Actually, the reason Berlin was made its own Land was because of its control over the Prussian state, which dominated the entirely of Germany. Separating Berlin from Prussia and disaggregating Prussia were steps on the way to dismantling the bureaucracy that carried through to WWII and helped to establish democracy in the Post War era.

    ETA: The creation of the Paris departement was part of the overall process of breaking apart the provinces of Ancien Régime France.
     
  9. T'Girl

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    The goalposts invented by you? I'm not moving them Sci, I'm just not observing them.

    Washington should not become a state, because (as I pointed out) it's just a medium sized city.

    Which was a shear act of arrogance on their parts.

    "We've all decided that our (
    medium sized) city is so important in our own minds that it should be it's own state. We all agree among ourselves."

    Gee, because Wyoming isn't the size of a medium sized city?

    Why stop there Sci, why don't you take the extra step and form your own country? You know, because you're all so important?

    A whole lot of Americans really wouldn't mind seeing you go, trust me.

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  10. Mr. Laser Beam

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    Statehood is the only real option left. Retrocession is not feasible, since no existing states want DC to be a part of it. And DC's current status is unacceptable as well, because DC residents have no representation. Something must change. If there is no other option but statehood, then that must logically be the way to go.

    And to be honest, who the hell cares how big DC is? So it will become a really small state. Big deal! At least its people will have rights and representation. That's all that matters in the end.
     
  11. Sci

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    T'Girl does not want people to have rights or representation in Congress. It's that simple.
     
  12. grendelsbayne

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    The process of any territory becoming a state always begins with the people of said territory deciding that they want to be a state and saying so. There's nothing even remotely arrogant about it.
     
  13. T'Girl

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    Aren't French départements more the equivalent of American counties? With the French regions being more the equal of American states?

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    Earth's hundreds of nations did remain sovereign in the 22nd, 23rd and 24th centuries, what would United Earth's duties, responsibilities, and restrictions be?

    The sovereign national governments of Earth would each send a representative to the United Earth body. The Prime Minister or President (or whatever) of a nation might themselves select a subordinate directly, or simply leave the selection to their Secretary of State, or legislature. The representative to the United Earth world government from the United States might be titled the "Undersecretary for United Earth Affairs," or something like that.

    United Earth's duties as a non-ruling world government /international entity, subsequent to the formation of the Federation, would be to decide upon and sending a representative (or representatives plural) to the Federation Council.

    United Earth would also send a ambassador to the Federation, apparently there is both a representative and a ambassador. The UE would also receive the Federation's ambassador to Earth.

    Prior to the formation of the Federation, the United Earth governing body would facilitate activities between Earth governments and interstellar species. Not just the Vulcans, but others (like the Denobulan).

    Subsequent to the Federation, the UE would receive and send ambassadors directly with other Federation Members (we've saw this in TAS). And direct diplomatic relationships with political entities outside the Federation (we saw this is DS9).

    In addition to diplomatic relations, there would be trade and cultural exchanges. UE managing Earth's collective interstellar affairs

    Domestically, United Earth, as a limited international governing body, could be of use in diplomatic matters between sovereign nations here, the (limited) world governance would orchestrate and facilitate trade matters, disaster relief, and other activities.

    Not only trade activities on Earth but also with incoming and outgoing interplanetary and interstellar trade as well. The UE could provide co-ordination and customs services.
    Manage Earth's other off world activities, things like colonization, and ongoing relationships with former colonies. Not just interstellar, but also colonies within our own solar system.

    The UE could assume the activities of the World Bank.

    The UE would provide a Interpol (International Criminal Police Organization) like organization on Earth and on the colonies..

    Off-world there will be a need for something like the US Marshall's Service..

    There will also be a need for something like the US Coast Guard in space. Inside the solar system, on pathways between Earth and trading partners, and between colony worlds. After the establishment of the Federation it's possible that Starfleet could do this, but it might make more sense for it to be locally managed.

    Prior to the Federation, United Earth would oversee the early Starfleet, this would be the NX-01 and Archer, and the rest of the fleet. After the Federation is formed, If Earth maintains a "Home Fleet" defense force, it would be managed through the UE governing body.

    After these relatively few things, the United Earth governing body would have no powers what-so-ever. It would not have the ability to "actually govern" the entire Earth, it would be a governing body with a limited mandate that prevent growth.

    The ability of the Earth's hundreds of sovereign nations to control the purse strings of the UE governing body will be one of the ways to ensure that it remains within it's internationally agreed upon boundaries.

    Individual nations would (of course) be able to conduct interstellar activities independently of the UE if they wished, trade and colonies, and diplomacy. But it would make economic sense to do so through the UE.

    If the various home worlds of the Federation had as many separate nations as we current do today, a future sovereign nation on Earth might need as many as 30,000 embassies to cover them all. An expensive possibility, best covered collectively through the UE.

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  14. Bad Thoughts

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    No. The départements are the primary administrative divisions of France, where the prefect, appointed by the national government, oversees the implementation of national policy. There are deliberative, non-legislative bodies, conseils généraux, for each département, which the prefects may consult, but are not required to do so. The régions consist of several départements acting in concert, but they are nowhere near having the authority, competency or capacity of American states. They are the result of Paris' langorous attempts at decentralization. They have the ability to act in some economic, social and cultural affairs, but they have limited political existences. They have deliberative bodies that can't make law. Even worse, some are almost non-existent. The success of any région depends on the ability to draw together its communities into its projects. Régions like Alsace and Rhône-Alpes have key cultural and economic resources that allow them to be very successful. However, there are some that almost do nothing.
     
  15. Sci

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    So what you're saying is that both United Earth and the Federation would, in essence, not be answerable to the people -- that the people would not actually be able to vote for their own representatives in either U.E. or the UFP. Both would end up like the European Union or United Nations, with severe democratic deficits.

    Sounds pretty awful to me. If I'm a 24th Century American, I want to be able to vote for my Member of the United Earth Parliament and my Federation Councillor, thank you very much.

    We never saw United Earth "direct" diplomatic relations with political entities outside the Federation on DSN. In fact, DSN rather consistently depicted the Federation as being in control of foreign policy -- it was the Federation government that condemned the Klingon invasion of Cardassia, for instance, not the U.E. government.

    On an Earth with national borders as necessarily porous as a society with transporter tech would create, I really don't see how a national polity could retain its sovereignty in any meaningful sense. The sheer amount of border-crossing and intercultural mixings would be guaranteed to eliminate the psychology of perceiving themselves as meaningfully separate from other nations.

    I think it makes sense to assume that most Federation Members have their own local space forces capable of providing local and in-system emergency response services, independent of the Federation Starfleet.

    It is also a way to guarantee it would fail and go the way of the Articles of Confederation.
     
  16. T'Girl

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    Thank you.


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  17. R. Star

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    Make them have to keep the Representatives, Senators and executives though. ;)
     
  18. Misfit Toy

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    Both of you know better than to add the personal snipes in your commentary. It's fair game in TNZ, but not in here. Thanks. :)
     
  19. Sci

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    And why should the Independent Republic of Washingtonia have to keep your Members of Congress? It's not like we got to elect them. ;)
     
  20. Bad Thoughts

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    It's not clear how much direct democracy is really needed in the 24th century. There are few references to elected officials, many more to those who are more likely appointed. I would not be surprised if GR had a cynical view of federalism and decentralization. Perhaps election would be limited to voting for representation to the Federation Council and Federation President. If that were the case, things like USA and UK might only exist if they are useful for administrative purposes, but might have no political existence. It's even possible that the 24th century economy would make devolved governance inconsequential.
     

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