Is it not high time we got RID of borders?
Here’s the thing: all countries have borders consisting of wiggly lines, generally being rivers – and straight lines, put there by bureaucrats, without ANY consideration for the local inhabitants.
Thus communities get turned into nations – or cut into pieces.
If I were King For A Day, one of my first deeds would be to have all political maps destroyed and replaced by physical ones.
All of the towns, cities, rivers and roads would be featured as usual – but there would be NO borders. Instead, areas known to the locals by name would be shown as such – simply being REGIONS.
Imagine how much SIMPLER the World would be if this were done.
And while we’re getting rid of national borders – how about throwing out CONTINENTS as well?
For the uninitiated (and a certain Alaskan bimbo) there are SEVEN: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Isle of Dogs – make that Antarctica.
For a long time, North and South America were known as The New World, thereby completely ignoring the oppressed, exploited and often murdered local inhabitants, for whom it was just The World.
It also ignored the occupants of Central America. A region that might look small, joining the two main land-masses – but you try WALKING across it.
And both South and Central America were often called Latin America, in deference to its CONQUERORS, rather than its natives.
Then we have Europe and Asia – clearly ONE land mass, it was subdivided to differentiate between the important bit and the sticks.
Although this causes confusion; the Ural Mountains make a convenient divider – but a series of navigable waterways well to the west are usually quoted as the articulation.
Either way, it is really just one huge piece of real estate.
Then there is the Dark Continent (although the sun is generally pretty bright there) – Africa. However, whilst from space it may LOOK like a distinct land-mass, in reality it is joined to Europe and Asia for over two thousand miles – if you ignore the Mediterranean Sea.
And there is certainly a case for doing so, given it is only five thousand feet deep, with a mere eight-mile-wide opening to the Atlantic Ocean at Gibraltar – and little tidal rise and fall. Basically, it’s a big lake.
Which brings us to the islands; Australia and Antarctica. The problem here is that they ARE just islands. Why not include Greenland? It has all the criteria.
Okay, Ant and Aus are a lot bigger, but if we’re not careful, the former may not be for too long.
Of course by then we won’t care – since we’ll all be UNDERWATER…