Many global citizens are dissatisfied with the contemporary ideology or political functioning of their Country and more readily identify with the values of another Country or an ideal they wish to create.
These people lack the opportunity or means to migrate or make this ideal a reality.
The world is already awash with ‘virtual citizens’, individuals who reside in one nation but with no single national affiliation, or several.
Refugees who have been forced to cross national borders in order to survive, many of whom are not able to return home and are effectively permanently displaced or seek asylum. Asylum law recognises the rights of citizens to flee oppression and seek citizenship elsewhere.
‘Open borders’ in the EU (Schengen) allow citizens of a member state to freely seek work and residence in other member states,
So called ‘Economic migrants’, individuals who choose to seek a better life elsewhere, many of whom spend a long time on their journey residing in nations that are not their ultimate destination
In our troubled world, it is time to re-consider the role played by the Nation State and explore alternatives more suited to our century:
- a citizenship largely independent of birth and physical location,
- based on personal values and identity rather than accident and history.
We believe many of the components essential to the construction of a virtual nation state and supporting virtual global institutions already exist.
The challenge is to make them visible and find ways to connect, fill in the gaps and create a compelling narrative to ignite interest and encourage experimentation.
History is littered with attempts to create alternative communities but though some have been successful and endured, none have scaled.
We now have most of the digital tools essential to scale communities across geographic and national boundaries and build on the growing desire to identify with, associate and ‘belong with’ others, regardless of location…