reply to post by snowen20
Oh how could I resist to answer this question.
We could do without the whole genocide, sterilization bit though. No need for that.
There's two playbooks that are a major influence on the direction of COBRA.
Atlas Shrugged and Starship Troopers
As you may know Atlas Shrugged is a pre collapse novel about the titans of human civilization who go on a global strike in response to bureaucratic
collectivism dominating world governments. The global strike results in societal collapse. In the aftermath, the titans emerge to rebuild the world.
Starship Troopers is a post collapse novel, where a new global social order is established in the form of the Terran Federation. The Terran Federation
is a stratocracy that emphasizes Federal Service. It has two social classes: Citizens and Civilians. Citizens are members of society who have served
and as such they have privileges that civilians don't, such as the privilege to vote, to hold office, etc.
Now take those two books and imagine Atlas Shrugged is vol. 1 and Starship Troopers is vol.2.
Imagine the combination of John Galt's/Ayn Rand's Objectivism with Robert Heinlein's stratocratic federation.
What would be the result?
A social order that emphasizes reason, individual liberties, laissez faire capitalism, and federal service.
Welcome to the Objectivist Stratocracy.
In the immediate aftermath of the collapse, law and order would have to be restored. The first step would be the establishment of an International
Provisional Authority. The IPA would then recruit relief workers and peacekeepers for its Security, Stabilization and Assistance Force and Relief,
Reconstruction Teams. Humanitarian relief and peacekeeping operations would commence. Some places would recover faster than others and a worldwide
Marshal Plan would be enacted by the IPA.
Everyone who served in any capacity, whether it be SSAF or R&R teams would be rewarded with full citizenship within the new supranational federal
republic. The establishment of a supranational legislature or intercontinental congress would be the main priority once a majority of the planet had
been stabilized. This new legislative body would have representatives of every citizen on the planet.
The legislature's first order of duty would be to hold a constitutional convention. The new constitution would detail a bill or charter of universal
rights and citizens privileges.
Included in among the universal rights would be:
1. Universal freedom from censorship
2. Universal freedom of faith and philosophy
3. Universal freedom of armed self defense and security
4. Universal freedom of privacy and private property
5. Universal freedom of income and wages (no income tax)
6. Universal freedom of justice and innocence
7. Universal freedom of trade and barter (no tarrifs)
8. Universal freedom of information and communication (everyone has internet access and cell phones)
9. Universal freedom of assembly and association
10. Universal freedom from monopolies, unions, and political parties.
11. Universal freedom of mobility and travel (no passports, drivers certificates/liscenses are free)
12. Universal freedom of service and citizenship
Included among citizens privileges:
1. The Privilege to vote.
2. The Privilege to hold office.
3. The Privilege to lobby.
The new constitution would also outline the government structure, checks and balances, and federal service.
Examples: The new legislature would be tricameral. The three chambers would be a popularly elected assembly (headed by a prime minister in charge of
intranational affairs), an executive chamber appointed by the assembly (headed by a president in charge of international relations), and a chamber of
tribunes appointed for life by the executive. Each chamber would also correspond to a section of government. Only the popular assembly would be able
to introduce bills. Bills would require the approval of the executive chamber and assent of the chamber of tribunes before it could become law.
Tribunal assent would prevent the need for legal cases to determine the constitutionality of legislation. They would determine the constitutionality
before it even became law.
I could go on further into detail, but it would literally take up a whole book, but this gives someone at least some kind of idea what kind of system
could be in place if Rand and Heinlein wrote a political manifesto and how COBRA would govern the world.
edit on 17/4/11 by MikeboydUS