25 April, 2016

If the world federates into one nation, where would the capital be?

New York.

I agree with S. Ranck that most likely there would not be a single capital where the entire government is located. However, in terms of a city that serves as a figurehead for the “world government”, it would very likely be New York City.

New York is already where the United Nations has their official headquarters, and that’s the closest thing we have to a “world government”. It has already been described by many as the world’s cultural and financial capital. [1][2][3][4][5][6] It is the largest and most influential city in the world’s most powerful country.

From a practical standpoint, London and Singapore would function as the administrative centers for Euro-Africa and Asia-Pacific, respectively.

One could also make a good argument for Geneva, on the grounds that many international organizations are headquartered or otherwise located there, and Switzerland is universally respected as a neutral place where all parties can sit down and have a round table discussion. So perhaps Geneva would be a figurehead or legislative capital, with New York, London and Singapore as the primary executive centers.

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2 Comments on “If the world federates into one nation, where would the capital be?

Jan Wiklund
3 July, 2017 at 8:50 am

But wait 50 years, and it would be Beijing….

7 August, 2017 at 4:10 am

In UE Brussels was chosen because it reunite the Germanic and Latin tradition (French and Dutch speaking) and not belonging to a big player state. I assume something similar should be found.
New York is he capital of the “West”, but it’s not the one of the world.
I think London do not qualifies after Brexit.
Singapore seems a good candidate as well, big city in a small country. Too far from America and Europa.
Geneva is mostly the neutral hearth of Europa
Some other candidates:
– Istanbul, between Europa and Asia
– Jerusalem: between Europa, Asia, and not far from Africa. Already multicultural, multi-religious. But if left out the Far East out, which has a growing relevance…


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