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The filmmakers present a 12-step program to establish the world’s newest country: South Sudan.
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I don’t think that Northern Sudan is going to relinquish control of South Sudan that easily. I am going to employ the wait and see attitude to this “Hot Spot” issue.
I think if that if you're building a country from scratch, then you're going to have to include the following:
*Picking a Name
*You have to welcome your people.
*Invite the secretary general
*Honoring the flag.
*Cherishing the past (anything historical or ancient)
*Collection of first taxes.
*Training the police.
*The country would have to refrain from invading its neighbor.
*Governance is key!!!! You need to have a political constitution and come up with ways to enforce the law, also have boarders aroound the country so you can define the territory, have a cultural identity, among common interests and goal, but most importantly have recognition. If nobody recognizes that you're a country then who would take your country serious? it'll be insignificant to the rest of the world.
If I was to create my own country, the first thing I'd do is make sure not to shoot down any U.N. helicopters. This video does show the very hard process of creating a country from scratch. I particularly enjoy the piece in which a government official attempts to explain taxes to folks at the marketplace because I probably had the same expression when taxes were first explained to me. "Why should I pay the government my hard earned money? They didn't do anything to earn it from me."
Tags: MiddleEast, territoriality, transportation, borders, conflict, governance, political, unit 4 political.
A relatively grim reminder that even things as clear-cut as road systems can be inherently political. This system forces segregation by the law of which roads can be driven on, but it's a good jumping point to remember that even the placement of roads can exclude or include communities. I'm reminded of the proposed idea for a NAFTA superhighway running through Mexico, Canada, and the US. One of the criticisms was that the highway would not provide exits for anywhere but major economics centers, effectively cutting off small towns from the rest of the area.