Do countries still need a capital?

Zeno

Ad Honoris
Jan 2010
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Why do countries have a capital?


Do you think in this age of lightspeed communication a capital is still necessary?


Would it be more democratic if the various institutions that are traditionally in the capital were divided among the greater cities of a country?
 
May 2012
3,727
Nonbeing which is to say everywhere
A capital provides a focal point for the government. Tey need a place to meet physically and a capital has symbolic uses.
 

bartieboy

Ad Honorem
Dec 2010
6,616
The Netherlands
We could do without but it is still practical to have most government buildings in one city.
Especially in cases of emergency meetings and such
 

Vladd

Ad Honorem
Feb 2011
5,561
England
Not everyone wants to move its government around all the time just to keep different groups happy
 
Jul 2012
446
Michigan, USA.
I can't imagine Japan without Tokyo or even the USA without DC. Capitals play a major role in a country outside of simple red-tape. They tend to be the model city with the best education and infrastructure for example, along with being a key place of the country's history ie Rome in Italy.
 

infestør

Ad Honorem
Jan 2012
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i think it's smarter to decentralize the capital city, in case of an attack. like put the parliament somewhere, legislature somewhere etc.