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Old 05-15-2017, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Østenfor sol og vestenfor måne
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I agree with the 2nd option. The best thing Puerto Rico can do is discontinue any association with the US and unite with the Dominican Republic, as you said before it would be similar to what Trinidad and Tobago got going on. Puerto Rico would only worsen as a US territory obviously, and as a state its unknown what would happen economically but itll definetly lose most its culture very quickly if it ever becomes a state (Congress determines if they can become a state or not, and i dont think it accept a majority non white/mixed race culturally hispanic and very poor territory as a state, even the blackest state mississippi is majority white and the poorest state is no where near as poor as Puerto Rico, congress would likely never accept anytime soon if ever). A union with DR is ideal, as it has a stronger military & economy than a independent PR, as well as very similar culture and very close distance.
There is already a precedent for a very poor, majority culturally Hispanic state. I live in it.
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Old 05-16-2017, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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This topic is a non-issue. The global tendency is countries tend to divide and sub-divide. How many countries have been created in the past half century? At least dozens.

How many countries have been united? I can think of only Germany -- unified at a tremendous cost.
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Old 05-17-2017, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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Why are countries not keen in unifying the neighbor, or another country with close ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds?

The answer is that unlike 100+ years ago when many countries engaged in empire building, they could plunder the resources of the annexed land, re-divert their economy and enslaved their people, nowadays for most democratic and even authoritarian countries, the first consideration will be after annexing their land, how much extra financial burden can those governments shoulder?

Unless the region is of high strategic importance, i.e. Crimea, otherwise most governments will think thrice.

In fact, every country is scared about the cost involved in the German unification. Considering that former West Germany had one of the strongest economy, former East Germany was only the size of Ohio and East Germany had the strongest economy of Warsaw Bloc, still it imposed a huge burden to the people of former West Germany.

So will people in South Korea love to unite with their poor cousin in the north? Or will the Thai willingly pay the cost of uniting with the Lao?
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Old 05-18-2017, 06:55 AM
 
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Yemen reunified a quarter a century (I think) ago but it's true the results are unconvincing since it's been in a state of quasi perpetual civil war since then.
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Old 05-18-2017, 07:58 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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I honestly think Colombia should invade Venezuela and give the people there a democratic vote on their government.

This act may allow for the reunification of these two countries at a later date, following a referendum obviously on both sides. The capital city would need to be transferred to Cucuta - not a great city, it's only the 8th most important city in Colombia (would be the 6th in Venezuela) but I think it would do. It can serve as the basis for a planned city in neighbouring Villa Rosario around the symbolic independence monument which is symbolic to both countries.




Dutch guy in Cucuta

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