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will have to fail in the real world, un- like the modeling being done in vir- tual worlds. These island countries will serve as real-world test sites for NEW NATION PREDICTIONS tinkering with governmental sys- tems on a small scale. Unleashing the Here are a few forecasts for the • “Open enrollment” citizen- power of experimentation this way impacts of island micronations. ship may emerge. The concept of will give us a sense of humanity’s • Island countries will begin to creating a virtual citizenry, where true potential. emerge within the next 10 years, citizens do not have to reside in In creating these living laborato- and they will dramatically shift the country they are affiliated ries, host nations will find that they the face of global politics. with, gains popularity. Open en- have greatly increased their influ- • New forms of government rollment will cause many new ence around the globe. Any nation and unusual political models will laws to be created to sort out re- that becomes an expert in building begin to emerge, including corpo- sponsibilities between countries other nations will command the re- rate nation-states, religious states, and their people. spect of the entire world. tax-free zones, single-function • Once the number of new Many scenarios for experimental countries, cause-related countries, countries created starts to climb, nation-states might be imagined. and even rental nation-states, many existing countries will begin Here’s just one. where organizations can “rent a asking that a moratorium or limits country” for a year or two to test a be placed on the building of new specific project. countries. Scenario: Google Island • Many experimental nation- • As more and more countries One of the first island countries to states will fail, giving rise to a re- come into being, vying to attract be created is purchased by Google. It sale market for island countries. the wealthy and talented, existing becomes the first corporate nation- • Existing nations will buy their countries will be forced to com- state not governed by a dictator, own island countries as a way to pete to retain their own citizens. A prime minister, or president; it’s run extend their influence in other great migration of wealthy fami- by a CEO with a board of directors parts of the world, creating a sub- lies will begin to cause grave con- whose actions are influenced by sidiary country to test new sys- cerns among established govern- shareholders. tems. ments. — Thomas Frey Google decides to use the experi- mental nation-state to test a new loan-matching service designed to match the money from Middle East- Google loan system, altering finan- set out on a much more perilous and ern countries with prospective bor- cial markets in nearly every country. unlikely journey. Their aim was sim- rowers around the world. Google
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