What Will the United Nations be Like in the Year 4000?

The Future is Mysterious

The Unimaginable Future
The Unimaginable Future

A Simpler World

An Anthropology Background


Social and biological distinctions exist among people who inhabit the Earth. Ethnic and racial distinctions and ties are obvious, especially to citizens of the United States which, more than other nations, is a melting pot of peoples from all over the planet. Comparisons of various cultures and racial origins can be made in order to categorize people, not in a discriminatory sense but in a scientific way.

To recognize someone's roots in anthropology is not to criticize that person, but to acknowledge the greatness of his or her national, racial, or cultural identity. Those who dwell in urban areas noted for large groups of immigrants and tremendous diversity of national origin and race have come to accept and appreciate other cultural backgrounds.

Because some races and nations have been subjected to tremendous oppression, it is a sensitive undertaking to attempt to group together those people and countries that seem to belong to a common thread of humanity, and so could work well together due to a shared identity with certain values.

While all human beings are equal in the eyes of God and the law, each person is distinct and unique. But generalities surely can be made concerning anthropology because it's all about social groupings of people. The alliances, pacts, and international agreements that exist today in the world of global politics did not come about accidentally, but exist among nations that already agree on many values due to a common heritage.

The world is multicultural. Biological, physical, social, and political differences among countries have roots in ancient history. Traditions, languages, religion, arts, and laws all go into the sociological make-up of a nation and help to determine which other nations will be easy to form an understanding with, and which would be more different from them.

To understand mankind is to understand its politics and various forms of governments. It is logical and required to be able to look to the future and predict which nations might form alliances so closely that they would become conglomerate super-nations in the distant future of some new millennium.

Imaginary Political and Governmental Groupings of the Future

To the left of America and far around the globe lies the Australian Continent, an appropriate beginning for the word to describe the empire on which the sun never set and because of which the language of international business is English. Sweeping westward from Australia brings someone eventually to Great Britain the historical hub of that empire. Going even farther to the west are the major off-springs of British colonization, Canada and America. For lack of a better word, this nation of the year 4000 could be called “Ausie-Brit-Can-America.”

Next, in the Mediterranean Sea, the “boot” of Italy is conspicuously graceful, home to the ancient Roman Empire that spawned the great nations of Europe and instilled in them the spirit of conquest that carried what they called “civilization” to the Americas, and along with it the traditional, official religion of the Roman Empire, Christianity, an offshoot from Judaism. Although Polynesia wasn't part of that imperialistic spread of ancestral Roman conquest, the culture of the island people fits well with the relaxed lifestyles of southern Europeans who came to populate Latin America. For want of a better term, this combination of Latino, Polynesian, and Southern Mediterranean peoples might be called, in the imaginary year 4000, “Poly-Mediterra-Latina.”

What about Northern Europe? Moscow is almost hinged with those cultures, so why not extend all the way across Russia and the traditional boundaries of the Soviet Union, all the way to the ocean to the east? Grouping these cold climate people together would result in another imaginary nation called “Nordica.”

The “dark continent” is enormous. It houses the roots of ancient Egyptian civilization and seems to spread its influence across other old nations to the east, as if the dawn of mankind were in these warmest climates. Moving eastward from Africa would take people across the Middle East including Israel where the Bible suggests the original Garden of Eden existed, then Greece, the civilization that predated Rome, Persia and the evidence of its great empire, and finally India, perhaps the world's oldest civilization. Mohammed incorporated Judaism and Christianity into his new Muslim religion. India spawned Buddhism and Hinduism. Africans had mystical religions going back to unfathomable depths of ancient history. This enormous block of humanity, held together by a common dedication to their profound faiths, in the distant future year of 4000 might be called “Afro-Islamic-India.”

The classic Asian race, with its highly disciplined lifestyles and tremendous density of population belongs to China, Japan, and the nations south of China. In the year 4000, this combined nation could be called “Japo-China.”

This is imaginary but attempts to group countries according to some similarity of background or culture. The year 4000 is very distant. Although factions within any nation tend to want independence, the grouping together of nations could result in trade agreements that would be mutually beneficial. There is a chance that such anthropological combinations will occur to make the world more organized and coherent by the year 4000. Some evidence of cooperation among similar countries already exists. Mainly, however, the names are made up, just for fun.

The more people differ from one another, the more sects, clans, and races seem to want to bond together. While it's true that opposites can attract in the personal sense, it's also true that people feel more secure when living in communities of their same color, race, and cultural values. Very few individuals want to be fish out of water. This is why neighborhoods congeal together in cities or nations form trade agreements and pacts to add to their own sense of security. As the world grows smaller, especially in comparison to the expanding knowledge of galaxies in the universe, it makes sense to categorize human settlements and group them into nations with like-minded approaches to life. This will make the world stronger and more organized. By the year 4000 there may be the final achievement of world peace, which today is visualized only momentarily by some idealists. Categorizing people into national and racial groups that will respect the cultural values of their neighboring countries seems to be a logical step forward to promote mutual understanding and peaceful living on Earth.

Commonalities Build Strong Bonds

Those people who share common characteristics can group together more easily than with others who differ from them. This is why nations form agreements with similar countries. Just as people in a certain age group, for example, will stick with others that age, so it is with countries. They either share a common ancestry or else a common age or language. It's exactly like a flock of birds flying in unison. It's natural.

Nations bond together an become allies, like friends. Wealthy nations sometimes have a lot in common, as do poor nations with each other. The United Nations is a daring attempt to find a common bond among all the 200 or so nations on Earth. Close associations can be formed within groups of nations, but to achieve world peace all nations must find some common ground on which they all agree morally.

When a country is isolated too much from the rest of the world it becomes an island unto itself and usually has a hard time economically surviving in a world full of trade agreements and alliances of those who've found common ties. It is only natural to want to help others, however. So it is that other isolated nations will find they have the similar problems of each other. Then the next step is to form a pact to come together for mutual assistance.

Various cultures are similar to each other. With the great benefits of bonding together, it seems relevant to predict that some day in the distant future there will be fewer and not more different nations on Earth. Food, religion, and languages are among the common points of similarity. Race, government, and customs can bind nations together. It looks more and more as if joining together is the wisest choice and will become a trend in the distant future.

The United Nations

U.N. HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK
U.N. HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK

Why the Conglomerate Nations of 4000 May Be Better than Today's United Nations

In the United Nations of today, there is too much power placed in the hands of particular countries. If the more reasonable, and much smaller number of, nations could be assembled, things would work better.

Today's UN has a Security council. The most influential countries are the permanent members (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States). But there are also 10 members elected by the general assembly. These are smaller nations. They only serve two-year terms (including Angola, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Chile, Germany, Guinea, Mexico, Pakistan, Spain and Syria in the year 2013).

The difficulty arises when the Security Council votes on important matters. It is hard to reach the necessary total of 9 members agreeing. But even if they do agree, the five permanent members, or any one of those five acting alone, will have a veto power. This means they can block any resolution of the Security Council of the United Nations.

It would be much simpler to have "nations" divided into the groupings projected for the year 4000. That way an overall agreement could be reached, or not reached, very quickly. If there was disagreement, there could be discussions to increase understanding. Modifications could be made in proposals, and another vote taken.

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