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Old 11-27-2016, 02:04 AM
 
Location: Turku, Finland
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Sweden, Norway and Denmark
Not on my watch!
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Old 11-27-2016, 11:09 AM
 
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There's no way Panama and Colombia would get together, they had major conflict and separated from each other. They each have too much national pride now to join for anything.

Same goes for Mexico and Guatemala, that would never happen, there was conflict before. The state of Chiapas in Mexico used to be a part of Guatemala.
Keep in mind that this is hypothetical. I am aware of the history involved, but there are many commonalities too. Most of the pairings I suggested would never happen as long as emotions are involved, but they COULD work.
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Old 11-27-2016, 12:00 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Let's just get all of Scandanavia in of one country.

Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Norway & Denmark

We constantly talk about them like they are one country anyway. Their flags look the same already.
It was tried already. Big failure. Lots of feeling were hurt.
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Old 11-27-2016, 12:31 PM
BMI
 
Location: Ontario
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Germany and Austria for sure....why are they separate countries anyway
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Old 11-27-2016, 01:03 PM
 
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Keep in mind that this is hypothetical. I am aware of the history involved, but there are many commonalities too. Most of the pairings I suggested would never happen as long as emotions are involved, but they COULD work.
I know it's hypothetical, and I know it's for fun. I just can't imagine these two happening. Lol

There's maybe a sliver of a chance that Mexico and Guatemala join.
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Old 11-27-2016, 04:39 PM
 
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Not on your nelly!
LOL!!

you know you guys want to Joe,....
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Old 11-27-2016, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, Commonwealth of Virginia
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There's no way Panama and Colombia would get together, they had major conflict and separated from each other. They each have too much national pride now to join for anything.

Same goes for Mexico and Guatemala, that would never happen, there was conflict before. The state of Chiapas in Mexico used to be a part of Guatemala.
Colombia would be happy to take Panama back. But Panama wouldn't go along. For one, it would mean a major downgrade in the standard of living considering Colombia is much poorer.
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Old 11-27-2016, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Canada
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That was discussed during & after the Spanish American War - we annexed Puerto Rico (more or less) & took the Philippines under protectorate status - allegedly to Christianize them, although the Spanish had been there @ that for centuries). We also could have placed Cuba in protectorate status, but passed. In all three cases, there were calls for outright annexation & taking them in as US states. Anti-Catholic & anti-Spanish language (& maybe anti-Black, -Malayan, -Chinese, -Islamic) forces objected in the US, & we didn't annex the islands.

The same discussion came up repeatedly as the US intervened in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Central & South America, Mexico (Mexican American War) & throughout the Caribbean. Each time, the proposals for were knocked back by concerns over taking in a large Spanish- or Native People speaking populations, Catholics or Nativists, Native People populations, under a different (French? Spanish?) legal system.

There were less objections to taking in the Bahamas, Jamaica & other English-speaking islands & nations, although we didn't typically intervene in those - & there was still some concern about the variations in government, the Black & Arab & India populations, etc.

All of this ground has been plowed repeatedly - the exact same discussions took place after the Mexican American War, when we annexed NM, AZ, CO, CA, NV & bits of other states, & the people & tribes already there. If we - the US - didn't carry through on most of these annexation notions when we were an expanding industrializing country & growing by natural increase in population (plus immigration), then it's much less likely now, that we're less of an industrializing economy, & when immigration has become a controversial issue. In point of fact, without immigration, our population would be contracting - & we still have lots of grunt work that needs to be done (plus Social Security & other social net programs need steady income streams).
Well, not really. Cuba was under US military rule for 10 out of the 11 years between 1898 and 1909. And when it was independent, the Platt Agreement made it legally a puppet state.
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Old 11-27-2016, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I know it's hypothetical, and I know it's for fun. I just can't imagine these two happening. Lol

There's maybe a sliver of a chance that Mexico and Guatemala join.

Guatemala would have been better off if it had stayed part of Mexico.
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Old 11-27-2016, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Hong Kong / Vienna
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Germany and Austria for sure....why are they separate countries anyway
Not entirely sure, if you really want to be schooled on that topic?
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