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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Jan Wiklund

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

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… Read more »
Scott Perry

I say wait 50 years and see how well America has behaved during those years. If well, then maybe in America. If not, and China continues its stabilizing influence, maybe in China. I like Singapore too. It seems to me that America and all of the other major powers would still have to somehow learn to be far more respectful of their smaller national brethren than they are these days, before they might all be able to acquiesce to any choice like Singapore, and such types of learning often require some certain measure of “pain.”