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Old November 21st, 2012, 02:07 PM   #71

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Sint Maarten/Saint Martin, the Carribean island divided between the Netherlands and France respectively, would be better off united i think. The people who live there speak mostly English anyway.
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Old November 21st, 2012, 02:11 PM   #72
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Indonesia, malaysia, east timor, and the philippines into Maphilindo.
It would be a good idea to add Brunei and Madagascar to this union as well and name it Mamaphilindobru
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Old November 21st, 2012, 03:00 PM   #73

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It would be a good idea to add Brunei and Madagascar to this union as well and name it Mamaphilindobru
no way would brunei ever join such a union. that would mean too much oil to share
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Old November 21st, 2012, 03:43 PM   #74
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I thought the issue that started the whole two Cyprus mess was that the Greeks wanted to unite with Cyprus, and the Turks didn't want a Greek encirclement of their territory...
[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_invasion_of_Cyprus]Turkish invasion of Cyprus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
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Old November 21st, 2012, 03:48 PM   #75

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So the Koreans are as ethnically discriminatory as the Chinese are toward the minorities. Ethnic divisions are so dangerous. If you are a citizen of a country you should think of yourself and your fellow citizens as the same. To break a country down over ethnic lines is ridiculous.

If you are a citizen of China you are nothing other than Chinese. If you are a citizen of The United States you are nothing other than American.
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Old November 21st, 2012, 04:14 PM   #76

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The entire continent of AFRICA!!!!!
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Old November 21st, 2012, 04:21 PM   #77

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What about an Iberian Union (Iberian Federalism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Or maybe the islands in the West Indies. They do play under one flag in cricket, all hail the mighty Chris Gayle (West Indies cricket team - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
The UK. once tried creating a West Indies Federation but there was political infighting between some of the islands. In time, Jamaica opt out after seeing that they would have to provide most of the money for the federation. So Trinidad took it upon itself to save the federation. But they opt out when they saw that they would have to provide most of the money with no increase in political power. So the small islands that were left looked to Barbados to save the federation but they did not want the money drain so the whole thing fell apart.

A problem particular to island people is that they tend to be isolated from the world thus many developed there own particular cultures. When it came to the West Indies, just because they spoke english you could not expect that they would all get along with each other. There was also at times rivalry between different islands. And none wanted really to pay to prop up the other islands economies.

Read this on the Federation - [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Indies_Federation"]West Indies Federation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

Someone mentioned Central America. They tried twice but nothing came of it. Too much rivalry and local politicians who did not want to lose power to a federal President.

I do think an economic union, and not a political union, would most likely work. Currently, the Central American nations and the Dominican Republic have Free Trade Agreements (CAFTA-DR), Panama has treaties with Central America. In the end it seems the region will further economially unite.

Found this, the old anthem of Central America
La Granadera" - Anthem of the United Provinces/Federal Republic of Central America (1823-1839).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwwr01zNeFs&feature=related"]Himno a la Gloriosa Union de Centroamerica - YouTube[/ame]
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Old November 21st, 2012, 04:34 PM   #78
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The entire continent of AFRICA!!!!!
The African nations are at least as different from each other as the nations of any other continent, in fact presumably exponentially more.
Senegal & Madagascar are not any more similar than let say Jordan & Singapore just for having both enjoyed the blessings of the same colonial masters.

After so many decades Sub-Saharan Africa as a whole has still an extremely serious collective identity problem.
Virtually all their borders are entirely arbitrary lines drawn by their former colonial masters during the scramble for Africa.
Therefore, any single ethnicity may be fractioned between four or more nations.
Even so, such absolutely arbitrary lines have survived almost unchanged to this very day.
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Old December 1st, 2012, 02:58 PM   #79
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Beginning in 2025, there should be a "big bang" consolidation of these lands:

USA, including Puerto Rico
Great Britain
New Zealand

Talks should also begin for accession of South Africa and a Persian Gulf presence at an agreeable date. Sea lanes and ports galore!
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Old December 1st, 2012, 07:27 PM   #80

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The trend is the opposite. Czechoslovakia has split up, as has Yugoslavia, the Sudan and Somalia. Iraq has been split into a Kurdistan and another state de facto since 1991.
Scotland (or some of its inhabiants) want to go their own way, as do the Basques, Catalonians and Corsicans. Now that Belgium's original reason for existing-providing a place where other countries could fight their wars, is obsolete, the inhabitants want to split into two or three micro, micro states. The Northern Italian regions are fed up with the Southern ones and the EU is ready to unravel.
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