Finding Our New Home Locale
"Give me a place to stand, and I shall move the world."--Archimedes
There is one downside to evolving into a new nation from the bosom of the existing United States. Short of a miraculous gift from the United States government we will be forsaking the physical land we call America, and what a land it is, nearly four million square miles. You might feel we, as current Americans, deserve a portion of those lands to call our own, particularly if our movement builds to hundreds of thousands, or even millions of current Americans. You may be right, but ... unless the United States government loses it's mind and presents us with a piece of land to call our own, which will certainly never happen should liberals regain the presidency, this is not about revolution. This is about evolution. Part of the Alteran mindset is about being a peaceful people, our nation built on principles of honor and justice. Intelligent and peaceful people do not need to make demands on existing nations to establish the basis for evolution of their nation. Alterans will be capable of creating our own options. We will find another way.
If it were up to me, we'd be going to the stars ...
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
If we currently had the technological expertise which would allow our citizens to go to space in private ships you'd be reading the same book, but our target locale would more likely be 'somewhere out there' (assuming space isn't teeming with aliens arguing over borders as well). Answer me this, if this project intended to colonize another planet which none of us have ever seen, but maintained all of the same ideals and goals, would you still be expressing interest? If so, then it shouldn't really matter what type of conditions we find in our eventual locale here on this planet. Whatever the conditions, it will be just as if we landed on an alien planet and decided, "Okay, this is where we build." The key will be to simply adapt to our new environment.
I view the search for our new locale much like searching the cosmos for a hospitable planet on which to build our new colony. We have certain minimal needs, but just what environment our new locale will possess, or just what type of weather patterns, or just what types of plants will be there, or just what type of animals will roam the land, are all mysteries until we eventually make a choice. We will then adapt our approach to our new locale as if we have just landed on an alien planet. We'll survey the land, we'll make plans and adjustments, and we'll get to work.
For me personally, if we were leaving the planet to search for another world to host our new colony the specifics of the planet we were seeking, other than some general considerations (air, water, fertile land, hospitable climate), would be the furthest thing from my mind. That said, I know many people will worry about this question more than others. Will it be cold, or hot, or watery, or jungle, or desert? All I can tell you is we will examine all options available to us to find a plot of land that falls within certain acceptable parameters (as determined by our serious members), then we'll evaluate that piece of land to determine the reality of our situation. And finally, we'll release a report to our people on exactly where we landed (metaphorically speaking).
Okay, let's talk land ...
"If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good."--Buddha
By far the most difficult task we face is in finding an acceptable place in today's world where we can build our new home. With the exception of Antarctica and the open oceans, all land on planet Earth has been claimed by one existing country or another. The days of sailing your people across an open ocean and claiming an island or new continent are long gone. This means we are generally at the mercy of the existing and formally recognized countries of the world. Fortunately, there are currently (196) of them.
As I've already stated, I believe it's possible we can find a benefactor nation somewhere on Earth who will either appreciate the task we have undertaken, be willing to offer us land in return for some very specific action or other benefit, or who will recognize the future benefits we can provide to them in return for donating to us a small parcel of land to call our own. Unfortunately, the search for this benefactor nation may not be easy. Not because there is little open land on the planet, but because most countries are too busy running their own affairs, or caught up in neighboring squabbles, or entangled in local crime, or paranoid about outsiders, or corrupt, or too small to spare any land even if they wished to do so. Many others hate the United States and will likely initially hate us as a perceived extension of the United States. More countries will just be flat suspicious of a people trying to do such an absurd thing as create their own country. Some, despite possessing massive swaths of open land, will be selfish, some will be standoffish, some will deny our needs due to the color of our skin, some will think we're crazy, some will think we're living in a fantasy of the impossible, and many will not even take us seriously enough to read our mail. It's okay. In all cases, it is their prerogative to feel this way, and it's a natural human response. Do not begrudge them. Like all things in Altera, we will deal with the reality of our situation as it comes to us.
Finding a land benefactor is not our only option, but if we can make it happen, it is by far the best option. Not only will it give us a location to formally call home, but it will give Altera the benefit of already having one serious friend in the international community to call our own, regardless of how large or how small they are as a sovereign nation. Unfortunately, it's very difficult to get someone to believe how much you can benefit them tomorrow, when you're asking them to benefit you today. This is a stumbling block with which we must deal, but there's no point getting caught up in the difficulty of the task when that difficulty can not just be wished away. We have more concrete issues about which we can do something about right now, and that's where we should place our energy. There are many issues to consider.
Let's first examine the good news:
- Location. We have one clear advantage in that we do not require a specific part of the world, as say the Jews or Palestinians require in their 'holy land'. We have no such needs. The only limitation facing the majority of our future citizens will be in determining how far from friends and relatives they are willing to move. Those will be personal choices and I can not control them, so I will leave them up to you.
- Popularity. We will not be a nation established on hate against any other peoples of the world, we will not claim any particular religion, we will not be involved in any wars, we will have no enemies to speak of, we will have little interest in meddling in the affairs of other governments, including the United States, and our philosophy will be one of peace and harmony with all living beings. These things can only work to our advantage.
- Physical Size. We do not require a large land area. The larger the better, of course, giving us more future options as far as natural resources, expansion, and land availability, but I do not expect any country to sign over half their own land area to a bunch of strangers from the west. More likely, and more realistically, we should expect no more than a small offering, but that doesn't mean we must accept anything not fully acceptable to our future citizens, or capable of supporting sufficient expansion as the world sees we are for real and people flock to find their space within our new borders.
- Our greatest strength will be in numbers. We can show the foreign nations of the world just how serious we are by the number of people participating in our project. If we can demonstrate no more than a few hundred or even a few thousand people as being serious enough to commit to our new nation we will not even get an invitation to say hello from most countries. If we can show tens of thousands of commitments, or 100k committed people, or a million committed people, it's an entirely different story in how we are received, how we will be perceived, and how we will be treated. Even if you are not personally ready to make any life-altering decisions right now, but you still support our cause, at least put your name in the mix, as I will likely be quoting our number of members often when discussing with foreign dignitaries the power of our people and our likelihood of success.
Now let's take a look at some of the hurdles we face. There are many reasons why an otherwise potential benefactor country may choose not to give us a hand in establishing our own neighboring homeland. Here are a few:
- Many countries may just not have space to spare. Imagine even a country like the massive United States, trying to set aside an unpopulated area somewhere in the lower forty eight states, bordering the ocean (for international access without restriction), and with a large river or lake (for drinking water). It would be difficult to do so just by virtue of Americans having already spread to every corner of the lower forty eight. Now imagine smaller nations like Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, all tiny nations packed with citizens from border to border. Some countries will simply not be able to provide land even if they wished to do so. Just this simple fact already reduces the potential of those (196) countries.
- They could feel threatened by us as primarily former 'Americans'. Countries such as Iran or North Korea. those who already stand as open enemies of the United States, or suspicious superpower nations like Russia and China, are likely to be a bit paranoid to have even a small cluster of former 'Americans' anywhere near them. They will likely assume we are some type of offshoot spy-asset for the United States. This is natural, and it's tough to blame them when we would likely think the same if the roles were reversed.
- Some countries will irrationally fear us as radicals, citing the American 'gun culture' propped up by our own liberal media to foreign countries around the world. The Brits are a good example. It amazes me how often I see British citizens attaching derogatory comments to their newspaper articles about Americans and 'their guns'. I refuse to believe all Brits are that gullible, or that stupid, but our history with the British aside, these types of people, paranoid and insecure in themselves, will just assume because we don't fear inanimate objects we are a bunch of gun-toting cowboys and will want us nowhere near them (as if real 'Cowboys' ever invaded another country).
- Since the world loves to paint the white man as some kind of universal racist some non-white countries will be suspicious of us solely due to the color of our skin (it's funny when racism works the other way, yes?). This will be primarily countries in Africa, who despite their massive open land reserves will, with the liberal media whispering 'racism' and 'apartheid' in their ears, naturally fear having any form of 'white man' anywhere on their entire continent (despite billions of dollars in 'white man's' aid over the last decades). Though I believe this is very clearly reverse-racism, and the primary reason African nations will never catch up to the rest of the world, it is a reality which we face. It's actually unfortunate, as Africa is a beautiful continent and someone like the Kenyans or red-clad Maasai tribesman would probably make great neighbors.
- Anti-Conservatives. It will be pretty obvious by my words and my tone I possess what liberals the world around will perceive as an ultra-conservative personal philosophy. It's necessary for me to make this very clear to my readers in order to reach the people I need to reach. The downside, many liberal governments out there (thankfully no longer including the United States), who are in a position to help us if they desired, will be put off (even incensed) by my conservative 'rhetoric'. Nations with liberal governments such as Canada, France, Spain, Argentina, Greece, and Venezuela come immediately to mind. You have to realize, nations are run by people, and most people are saddled by emotions and devotion to a particular ideology. It won't make much difference if their citizens may support helping us out if a single man or woman at the top of their government doesn't agree with our base ideals. Just the fact I, and soon we, wholeheartedly espouse anti-liberal ideas will get us a negative response by most of these types of nations. It would be an extremely rare leader indeed who could step past this trait of human nature.
I have to admit it's a little frustrating knowing in my heart my future countrymen and I will present no outside threat and make the best neighbors possible (especially to a benefactor country), then watch people around the world who don't know us at all so easily cast suspicion and rancor. No worries, their loss.
Aside from potential stumbling blocks there will be many more decisions for us to make as a group.
- If offered, do we accept a hostile climate (ie. the Himalayas), or a hostile environment (ie. the Amazon)?
- If a temperate zone is not possible, do we accept a desert or Icelandic offering?
- Is heat or cold an issue? Will 70% of our prospective citizens balk at moving to a location where it's winter seven months out of the year (as my wife likely will)? Will 70% balk in moving to a location where it's 100+ degrees seven months out of the year (as my wife likely will)?
- How many prospective Alterans would balk at living on an island, in the high mountains, or on the other side of the world, miles away from families and friends?
- Would you move far out into the ocean, where only an airliner can reach you?
- Would it bother you to have a country in disarray right next door. Say one run by warlords, or one who supports piracy, or one run by drug cartels?
- Would you be comfortable living close to a country who hates Americans? We've been fortunate in America, to be both militarily strong, and have friendly and relatively non-threatening countries on all sides.
- Would you be comfortable acting as the buffer between two hostile neighbors?
While most of us would likely prefer a location close to the United States with beautiful forests and lakes and streams and pastures and large flowing rivers (ie. Canada), reality says the likelihood of getting all that is not good. Of course it first depends on how we are accepted by the international community, but we should plan for nothing more than a big patch of open, hot or cold, dirt. This way there will be no disappointment if we end up with a big patch of open, hot or cold, dirt. In the end, I believe there are features of our new land which would be nice, and there are features we will absolutely require for various reasons.
What we will REQUIRE:
- Fresh water source. A large local freshwater drinking source to accommodate our entire nation. This means a large river, or large freshwater lake. In the case of a large river I believe the source of that river must originate within our borders so we not only directly control the levels of pollution, but can not under any conditions be held ransom by folks living upriver from us. A large inland lake or sea would also give us fishing and recreational opportunities.
- Arable soil. One thing humans have in common after the need for water is the need for food. While food supplies can be supplemented through trade I believe it is important every nation have the ability to feed its own people entirely on its own should it become necessary. This means we will likely need at least a minimal amount of arable land on which to erect traditional farms and raise livestock.
- Physical land access routes accessible to the free world (if not an island). If we become an island nation providing outsiders access to our island will not be difficult (though expensive). Ocean access also invalidates this concern, since we can bring people in through free travel of the world's oceans. It's in the case where our future locale is physically attached to one of more opposing countries where direct access becomes an issue. I believe our home location must have direct access to the free world. That means a piece of land only accessible through say, North Korea, would not be acceptable. If our citizens and visitors can not just freely fly, sail, or better yet, drive on in, then we already have a problem.
- Access to the global Internet backbone. The Internet backbone circles the globe and connects all technologically advanced nations at one or more points. We must have at least a reasonably close access point to the global Internet's main backbone. If it's three thousand miles away, we'd never be able to afford even the primary cable to make a connection, assuming some wealthy nation does not step forward to provide assistance.
What we might DESIRE:
- Minimum physical size. We need enough physical space to expand our population over the next several generations, otherwise we'll become overcrowded more quickly than we can mature. There are (17) countries in the world with less than 200 square miles of total land area. The country of Monaco is less than (1) square mile in diameter and houses 32,000 residents. While the sovereignty of these tiny countries is just as holy and treasured as any other large country, we're not seeking just any tiny novel plot of land. If I'm correct, we will be in need of land to house not thousands, but tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands of people, and perhaps even a few million people before we are done. There is also the important issue of future expansion of our population. By accepting a tiny plot of land a few miles across, even if we only begin our history with say 10k residents, we limit our future population potential to an unacceptably low level. My intention is not to create a small gambling mecca, or a tiny tourist island, or a small religious state such as the Vatican, but the next globally influential country on Earth. It doesn't have to be massive, but we will need some room to grow. How much room?
After removing the greater part of the Negev Desert from consideration a small country like Israel is made up of around 2000 square miles of useable land. In that 2000 square miles Israel houses over 8 million citizens. I think this is just about right for a maximum potential population for Altera (down the line). An area holding approximately 2000 sq miles would make up a square approximately 45 miles long on each side. Forty five miles. That's not even a fifth of the driving distance between Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee (in the U.S.), less than half the size of Los Angeles County alone (in CA), and about the distance a Pony Express rider could travel in less than five hours on horseback! A piece of land equal to 45 miles across and 45 miles wide (it's not important it be a square). I don't believe that's asking too much in a world where just the United States alone consists of 3.8 million square miles (9.84 million square km). On such a large planet I don't believe it's unattainable to reach for a parcel of land containing a mere 2k sq miles in usable area. While we could certainly make due with smaller, perhaps as low as 400 square miles, I believe this is the minimum land area for which we should strive until fulfillment of that desire is shown to be impossible.
- Ocean Access. Possessing land bordering one of the world's oceans provides many important and immediate benefits.
- Air access corridors directly connecting our nation to the international flight corridors of the world without having to cross over the sovereign air space of another country.
- Commercial fishing opportunities
- Direct ocean access for our own shipping
- Direct shipping access to our port(s) by foreign nations
- Tourist and leisure activities, ie. cruise ship destination point
- Emergency source of water (using desalinization)
- Direct access to the ocean's miscellaneous natural resources
- Direct access to exploration of the world's oceans by our scientists
- On and on ...
- Air Travel Access. I believe a functioning Altera will not only have extensive tourism, but also extensive visitors to our citizenry to consider in our new locale. This means we will not only need open land permitting construction of a large airport, but also require access to International air corridors. I realized early on our search for a locale would be much easier if we could accept an interior location not directly connected to one of the world's oceans. After staring at a globe for a few days in examining landlocked nations (no ocean borders) such as Switzerland, Paraguay, Bolivia, Zambia, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, etc., I realized as a landlocked nation we would need the permissions of other countries just for our commercial aircraft to fly through their air space on a day-to-day basis. Why do you think the small land-locked country of Switzerland declares neutrality in world affairs at all times? They are not only completely surrounded by foreign nations, but require the permissions of those nations to even leave their homeland. While I expect to have friendly relations with all of our future neighbors, to give up control of this possibly vital option to the whims of foreign politicians in an outside nation would be poor judgment on our part. I think any current global leader would agree.
- Reasonable weather and variable seasons. While not the end-all of necessities I do realize, particularly as a American, the importance of a locale with decent and defined seasons. To some of our members it won't be important. To others, it will be critical.
- Easily defined borders (ie. river, mountains, ocean). This prevents future disagreements over such things, especially in light of the fact we will be a new nation with no real military. A neighboring nation, not our benefactor, may welcome us to the neighborhood by immediately disputing our formal borders, especially if we have not yet been accepted by the global community. Bullying is human nature, and it won't be any different on a global scale. Easily defined borders are also important because we are likely to be, physically, a very small nation, where every square mile is important to our future.
- Easily defended borders. The majority of countries in today's world are generally civilized and realize the importance of sovereign borders. I will also speculate that if a small peaceful country like Altera were attacked, we could expect some assistance from the good guys of the world, but ... it never hurts to be able to take care of yourself. While I don't currently feel the need for a standing army in our new nation since our eventual locale is most likely to be in some remote area of the world I would certainly feel better if we had reasonably defensible borders (heavy forest or jungle, ocean, mountains, large river borders) to allow our citizens to make any necessary stand which one day presents itself. Maybe not tomorrow, but at some point in the distant future. Not to consider the possibility would be naiveté.
- A natural harbor. Building harbor facilities is extremely expensive. If Mother Nature has blessed a country with a natural harbor it can only work to their benefit.
- Existing wildlife area. This benefits a nation in many ways from just general well-being to recreational activities and helping to protect the planet. As I perused the world globe I noticed many protected wildlife areas around the world in areas I would never have expected them. Anyone paying attention to this book will already realize I am a champion of nature and wildlife at all levels. If a benefactor country happened to offer us a piece of land with either an included protected area, or an adjacent protected area, we would happily act as custodians of that protected wildlife area into the future (if they desired).
- In a peaceful global neighborhood. While we must certainly examine any benefactor land offering around the world it takes no more than common sense to understand most people would prefer a peaceful area to one down the road from active warlords. We will be busy enough without additional, unnecessary complications. That said, as noted above, any potential Alteran locale is very likely to be in a remote area. If you take a look around the world today, only extreme naiveté would deny remote areas often come with this type of baggage. While we would certainly prefer to avoid this type of complication it might just be this type of complication which presents us an otherwise favorable opportunity. Just for the record, I believe the very same people who take up this challenge and make Altera a success will be the same people who guarantee Altera's safety. In my opinion, Alterans, though the majority of which will be of higher intelligence, will also include many of the worlds tough guys, alphas and shepherds from all walks of life. I believe as a people, we will be fully capable of taking care of ourselves wherever we land, with or without a standing army.
- Presence of natural resources. While I don't anticipate mineral or natural resources to be a critical part of our economy, based mostly on our likely small size, it doesn't hurt to have access to one or more resources which could benefit our new nation.
- No current locals, unless they are of like culture and interested in immediate assimilation. There are literally millions of miles of open land around the planet, but few locations where there aren't at least some people's currently residing there. These situations could be politically sensitive for a benefactor nation, but it is not my business to tell another nation how to do their business. From our end, if we are offered a plot of land which already possesses some type of locals (who do not own the land), I see one of two things occurring.
- With locals of similar culture. If those locals are of similar culture to ourselves and wish to integrate into our new nation as full citizens living by our laws and philosophy, since these types of people the world over already have a standing invitation to our country, there is no issue.
- With dissimilar cultures. In an area where a dissimilar culture existed, perhaps an indigenous native village, it would be important to me to have the permission of the existing village leaders to encroach on their culture, and integrate them into our nation in a way acceptable to all parties. For example, a tribe of islanders (existing under a remote government) may already be attempting to open their culture to tourism. In that case, we could arrange a protective bubble of protection around their village, which would preserve their heritage, their culture, their laws, their practices, and still promote tourism for them, while still allowing them to exist in our world. They would simply become a novel part of our nation, while maintaining the integrity of their own. Yes, I already hear the bleeding-hearts making comments I won't bother to address, except to say: If we could not come to an agreement with the locals which was acceptable to all parties we would pass on the land offering. We won't be starting our new nation's history with the same foul taste left in our mouths from dispatching the Native-Americans from our last country (the U.S.).
As I said, land provided by a benefactor nation is far and away the best option for which we can hope, but it is not our only option. It will take time to organize our people, to build a financial foundation, to gather our materials, to plan our logistics, to prepare our shipping and transport options. In that time we will continue our search for a benefactor country. The larger we grow as an entity the more the world will take notice. If it appears we are not getting the recognition we require then we will examine other options and put forth ideas and proposals of our own. Since force will never be an option, our overall options currently go something like this:
- We receive land from a benefactor nation. Some country of the world bequeaths us a piece of their legally owned land which legally becomes ours under international law.
- We purchase our land outright and annex it from the country who currently possesses it. This means there may be some country out there who is not willing to give us anything, but might be willing to sell us land and/or forge some type of agreement or trade for the land we require. The primary issues here are:
- Money. You can't buy any piece of land large enough to start your own nation by selling your house and car. The lack of large piles of money will be our initial weakness, making this avenue more difficult, but still not impossible. The greatest downside would be in using our coffer's construction money just to obtain the land we require. If we spend all of our available financial resources on land, we will have nothing left to construct the infrastructure we will require for minimal subsistence.
- Size. If we must purchase our own land then every additional acre will cost us more. Without billions of dollars in our coffers, we will not have the assets to obtain nearly as much of it, restricting us in every other way possible.
- We offer an exchange. Motivation in people is a funny thing. People can be motivated to do odd things for odd reasons at odd times. Governments and government leaders are no different. Somewhere out there may exist a government leader who realizes we can help them in a serious way and their entire payment for that help could be as little as a forty-five-mile block of land. Maybe another country just needs a good friend, or a supportive neighbor, or a skilled negotiator, or a peacemaker, or a mediator, or a permanent international representative, or a confidential go-between, or a consultant who intimately knows America to assist in their international dealings with the United States, or a fair and neutral party to act on their behalf. There are far too many government leaders in the world for there not to be a potential benefactor out there somewhere who wants something maybe only we can effectively provide.
- We offer to act as a buffer zone for the benefactor country(s). There are many countries in total disarray around the world today who lack the technology, the ability, the resolve, or the goodwill to deal with their specific problems. We might be able to help. By donating to us land that creates a buffer zone between themselves and some negative entity the benefactor country can remove, or at least reduce, their direct confrontations with an opposing nation or entity. Nations who have continuing problems with their neighbors come first to mind. Country pairs like North/South Korea, India/Pakistan, Turkey/Syria, Russia/Ukraine. Nations like Spain, who might wish to buffer their interior breakaway areas from their remaining country. Possibly even nations who wish to be buffered from drug cartels, or warlords, or pirates, or from an aggressive or troublesome neighbor. While this is not the ideal conditions for our own people to start anew, and I'm not suggesting we become directly embroiled in the politics of other countries, it might be enough incentive for some countries of the world to give us consideration. Perhaps they will allow us to play peacekeeper in exchange for land. As I said above, the current Americans most likely to follow me down this path are likely to be a generally tough and gritty bunch, making us the perfect buffer nation for two countries who don't like one another. If nothing else, we must keep an open mind.
- We convince a country currently existing in poverty we can raise their quality of life by our mere presence. America and Americans are accustomed to advanced technology, to making our lives easier through progress and ingenuity and technology, to producing all of which we are capable, to demanding high standards of living far above many nations of the world. This single attribute of Americans (and other similar cultures) gives us immediate value as a friend and neighbor. Many struggling peoples, or what we refer to as 'Third World Nations' (no disrespect intended to those nations) are in possession of the greatest swaths of open land on the planet. There must be a few government leaders out there who are more interested in actually helping their people than personally enriching themselves to the detriment of their people. Through our friendship, and with our assistance, we could personally lift them right up out of the mud (literally speaking) and instantly improve their security and standard of living, pulling them along into the 21st century. It's one thing to throw aid money at a country and watch tyrannical leaders steal it all away. It's quite another to live next door and wish to truly help your neighbor (and benefactor) country to improve their entire quality of life. All we have to do is find those truly compassionate leaders in Africa, Central and South America, Asia, the South Pacific, and elsewhere. They must exist somewhere, and we need only to find one.
- We find a country who wishes to turn it all over to us. My guess is there are governments in this world who are just no good at running a country, who continually fail at everything they do to improve the conditions of their people, who want to be good, and giving, and supportive leaders, but can't seem to make it work. Alterans will have all those skills, and this will be proven as we gather and organize our own people into a cohesive, productive entity. Is it too crazy to think there might be some small nation out there who might just wish to turn it all over into our hands to the benefit of their own people? I actually believe this may be possible in some smaller countries, perhaps among the island nations, where the same premise would be in place where we might need to peacefully integrate with the locals to the satisfaction of all involved. Maybe not likely, but possible.
- We can build our new nation from scratch, floating in the middle of the freakin' Pacific Ocean. I'm only half-joking. You only need to take a look at the Chinese, global politics aside, who are literally raising islands right out of the open ocean even as I write these words. My point is there will always be options, and we will succeed anywhere we plan to put down roots. It's just a matter of money and resolve. Americans have both.
- Miscellaneous options I'm not willing to discuss publicly with non-Alterans. I'm a person who believes there are always options, and I still have more options in mind relating to specific governments and specific leaders who might have specific needs. For now, all you need know is hope is not likely to ever be completely lost.
- Future ideas from our own people. I am one man, with one brain (even that is often suspect). I have only so much time to ponder, and my mind has been filled with so many subjects for so long now I could not possibly have considered all of our options. I have no doubt our members, our future citizens, will bombard me with more ideas on how to obtain our new locale, and I will remain open to all of them.
Wherever our new locale is located one thing will be certain. We will adapt our entire nation to suit our new locale and environment. If necessary we will develop exclusive technology and new types of industry and technical processes to not only make our lives easier and more comfortable, but to make our land more comfortable and more productive, regardless of its location, weather or environment. I believe with modern ingenuity and a little of our forefather's resolve we can exist virtually anywhere in the world. While I too would prefer a beautiful piece of rich, fertile, forested land, I believe, if necessary, we could take a less than perfect plot and adapt to alter weather and terrain, to reroute rivers, to construct lakes and reservoirs, to tunnel deep within or shave the tops off mountains, to build floating or underwater structures. I truly believe we will attract some of the most intelligent people in the world as our future citizens, and from that esteemed group, do anything to which we set our collective minds.
You see, we do have options. This is one reason I don't stress too hard on finding an appropriate locale. If we are not offered one that is acceptable, then we will simply move on to stage two, then three, then four, until we find an appropriate land to make our own. The opportunities are just too great for there not to be at least one clear option for the world to establish another peaceful and productive nation on Earth.
I can already hear one question many people will ask, "Is there a chance the United States will grant us the required land?" There's always a chance, but ask yourself these two questions:
- Where would that potential land be? As I've already pointed out, our lower-forty-eight coastal areas are greatly populated from sea to sea, and I can't imagine even a conservative U.S. government suggesting a forty-five-mile stretch in the middle of say, California, or Florida, or even Texas. A small piece of Alaska? I suppose it's not impossible. A small forty-five-mile swatch of one of our outside territories maybe? Puerto Rico? American Samoa? The U.S. Virgin Islands? Also possible, but ... consider this ...
- Has our country, the United States of America, in all of our history, ever been known to provide land to anyone for any purpose? In fact, we are more known around the world for taking land away from other people and other countries, than giving them land to call their own. Though America, the richest country on the planet, voluntarily setting up current Americans to be a new, peaceful, related nation would seem rational and intuitive, my guess is, don't hold your breath. For one thing, while the people in general may support such a move where everyone wins (U.S. conservatives know they can trust us, U.S. liberals should love to get rid of us), the politicians themselves will see little gain in taking up our cause, and frankly, I don't think too many of them will even give credence to our chances for survival, much less see our future potential benefits. That's why they are politicians, and we will be actual nation-builders.
There is no sense in avoiding the simple truth. A miracle aside, the search for our locale will be the most difficult and frustrating phase of our evolution into a better people. The good news is you, as a supporter of our movement, will not be required to do anything to assist in making this happen. We will likely form a small crack diplomatic corps of our qualified members to assist me in this endeavor, and together we will scan the world's options from top to bottom for the fit that best suits our new nation. Dedicate your energy to all the other things we will require from our members, and leave this one issue to me. It was me who stated this entire dream is possible. It seems only fitting I take on the personal responsibility of proving it to the world. I accept that responsibility.
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