Imagine, if you will, an extinction level event asteroid, hurtling towards our planet, due to strike for the sake of this scenario, in 2012.
Imagine also, that there exists an alien civilization with the capacity to deflect such an asteroid.
The problem however, lies in the politics surrounding membership of an alien civilization. It has long been policy that their resources are for the
benefit of member planets only. Member planets flourish within this alien federation (for want of a better word) under their various single world
governments which vary from global monarchies to world wide democracies.
Our alien friends make contact with our United Nations and explain their dilemma. They'd love to help out - but the asteroid has just posed a huge
problem. They were going to wait until we were close to achieving a single planetary level of government before offering to induct us into their
Federation, but we've now got less than three years before the disaster, and ...
Can we possibly hurry up the process of creating a planetary government? There are benefits to Earth's joining and only a few minor inconveniences.
Failure to become a member will regretfully result in all Earth people becoming a carbonized mist sometime in 2012.
My questions to you are ...
1. Is such a planetary government possible in such a short time?
2. How would you feel about taking down your national flag and never singing your national anthem again, instead pledging allegiance to the Terran
Federation and the "Alien Federation".
3. Where would our new planetary Capital city be located - bearing in mind that with alien technology, road and services infrastructure as we know it
would not be necessary - just a piece of land.
4. Suggested strategies for overcoming resistance by the more "authoritarian" nations and gaining their compliance. Remember that world wide
acceptance is necessary for this to go ahead.
For the sake of the argument, I'd also like you to imagine that the aliens are reading these responses and formulating their strategies according to
this informal survey of not necessarily a representative sample!