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Old 03-04-2013, 06:36 PM
 
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I've always heard that the map of Africa was drawn incorrectly as it did not reflect the boundaries the natives had. However, if you were free to redraw the country boundaries of Africa today, how would you do it? Would you divide the continent into smaller, similar, or larger sized nations?
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:13 PM
 
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Awesome question.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:22 AM
 
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The results would be similar to what happened when they redrew the boundaries of India or Yugoslavia. It's too late, the damage has been done, you can only live with it now.

The best we can do is to learn from out past mistakes, instead of asking people on the other side of the world to meddle further into other people's affairs.
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:14 PM
 
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tribes?
we're tribal anyway...
drop all boundaries and revert back to family, clans and tribes...
integrate the modern economic system into it...

for example...i'm a citizen of the Bantu nation....Bantus are all over Africa, central, east, west...no reason for them not to be a nation.

kind of like "integrated nations" living in one place..
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Old 03-07-2013, 05:18 PM
 
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allow self determination in all of SubSaharan Africa, except in Nigeria and South Africa
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:51 PM
 
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allow self determination in all of SubSaharan Africa, except in Nigeria and South Africa
What size nations would that be? like the size of Luxembourg? Netherlands? Angola?
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:12 PM
 
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Redrawing boundaries might not happen because it could be too complicated to decide on how to redraw them. I think it's more that African regions need to allow for better intra regional trade between countries.
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:57 AM
 
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allow self determination in all of SubSaharan Africa, except in Nigeria and South Africa
That is happening now. Who is obstructing self-determination?
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:36 AM
 
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The results would be similar to what happened when they redrew the boundaries of India or Yugoslavia. It's too late, the damage has been done, you can only live with it now.

The best we can do is to learn from out past mistakes, instead of asking people on the other side of the world to meddle further into other people's affairs.
The countries of former Yugoslavia are now much better off as independent, separate nations. That is actually a great example of what needs to happen in Africa - break up all these big countries and let the different ethnic groups form their own (smaller) countries.

For example, there wouldn't be this civil war in Mali right now if Bambara and Tauregs weren't forced to live in the same country together. That's actually the WHOLE POINT of the war - the Tuaregs want independence! This is the kind of stuff that was happening in Yugoslavia because the Bosnians didn't want to be ruled by the Serbs, etc. The Tuaregs don't want to be ruled by Bambara... so why was it acceptable to let Bosnians, Croatians, and Slovenians separate from Serbia, but it's not acceptable to let Tauregs, Fulani, and Dogons separate from Bambara? Just because the French drew some lines a couple hundred years ago?
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:01 PM
 
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The countries of former Yugoslavia are now much better off as independent, separate nations.
Some of them are. Croatia and Slovenia are doing fine. Bosnia Herzegovina is a mess however--governed by three different presidents with the country basically split between a Bosniak/Croat territory and a Serb Territory. No one can agree on anything and the government is in gridlock when it comes to accomplishing anything. Kosovo is a huge question mark as well. While Tito was a dictator, while was in charge no one was given a chance to worry about all the stupid tribal/religious division in the former Yugoslav nations.

Basically countries that keep descending further into tribal politics and not global realities are often basically dividing themselves into smaller and weaker nations. Heard any exciting economic news out of East Timor lately? A better option for Africa would be more regional confederations of some of those smaller entities.

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