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Posted by: GORDON on Sep. 18 2001,10:45

I've always wondered where we should establish America II.
I'm thinking "Afghanistan" is going to be vacant, soon. No seaport, but we can cover 75% of the desert landmass with solar panels, and sell energy on the cheap to our neighbors in exchange for military protection.

We could put up signs, "Under New Management."


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Posted by: thibodeaux on Sep. 18 2001,11:08

The upside is that it's a very difficult country to invade, being all mountainous and desolate. The downside is....well, it's all mountainous and desolate.
I was actually thinking more along the lines of some banana republic, maybe Central or South America. If we pick a small one that has a communist dictator, we can get the U.S. government to help us overthrow it.


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Posted by: GORDON on Sep. 18 2001,11:11

The thought of turning Afghanistan into the new Jewel of Central Asia appeals to the SimCity playah in me.
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Posted by: Cakedaddy on Sep. 18 2001,12:21

Just make sure you leave room for roads. . . .
My only concern would be, who would provide the Internet services?
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I like the central/south america idea.

And Afghanistan is poor for a reason, lack of natural resources and all.
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Think sub-saharan Africa. Diamond mines, evil dictators that we can overthrow, lots of coastline, and good natural resources.
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mbilderback wrote:...evil dictators that we can overthrow...
I call Chairman of the Department of Leg-Breaking.
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Malcolm wrote:
mbilderback wrote:...evil dictators that we can overthrow...

I call Chairman of the Department of Leg-Breaking.
That's the spirit! :D
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Evil dictators have big evil armies.
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TheCatt wrote:And Afghanistan is poor for a reason, lack of natural resources and all.
What resources does Hong Kong have, besides a seaport?
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thibodeaux wrote:
TheCatt wrote:And Afghanistan is poor for a reason, lack of natural resources and all.

What resources does Hong Kong have, besides a seaport?
I don't really know.

But it's not an oasis of crappy sand.
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India is stepping up these days because of their investment in a technical workforce. They're just a hot, muddy typhoon landing pad, no?
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Dunno, they got a pretty varied bit of land cuz of its size.
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I say we run Gordo for office here and take over from within.
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unkbill wrote:I say we run Gordo for office here and take over from within.
Gordo won't work, we need someone good-looking. :p
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mbilderback wrote:
unkbill wrote:I say we run Gordo for office here and take over from within.

Gordo won't work, we need someone good-looking. :p
Well, OK.

I reluctantly accept :D
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TheCatt wrote:
mbilderback wrote:
unkbill wrote:I say we run Gordo for office here and take over from within.

Gordo won't work, we need someone good-looking. :p

Well, OK.

I reluctantly accept :D
Nah, put Salma Hayak in charge, with us as her puppet masters.

What world leader will say no to Salma... besides Chirac, who is obviously in the closet.
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So how about we start trying to make some <s>Faustian</s> deals with various countries for a chunk of land, for a small Singaporian/Hong Kongian-type country? For the land, we give then X% of our revenue, GDP, or something like that.

What are our requirments? Deep Water port? Do we want to be landlocked? Natural resources? What?
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I think we need to found America II at the intersection of the borders of as many countries as possible, each of which we've made a land deal with. That way if one country goes back on the deal and screws us over before we consolidate our power base we can pull back into the rest of America II and still make it.
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TPRJones wrote:I think we need to found America II at the intersection of the borders of as many countries as possible, each of which we've made a land deal with. That way if one country goes back on the deal and screws us over before we consolidate our power base we can pull back into the rest of America II and still make it.
Interesting.
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Alternately, we could just go take over France. They should be a pushover.

What would we do with all those annoying Frenchmen, though?
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TPRJones wrote:I think we need to found America II at the intersection of the borders of as many countries as possible, each of which we've made a land deal with. That way if one country goes back on the deal and screws us over before we consolidate our power base we can pull back into the rest of America II and still make it.
So....Switzerland?
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We could have Russia boost a large asteroid into a geostationary orbit and live off of mining the resources until they run out and then slowly change to a low-g manufacturing and astroengineering economic base. No need to worry about anybody trying to take over and it's new land. :)
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