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More city states?
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By NopeNope 366 Pts
In the past city states where everywhere Athens, Thebes, Sparta, Uruk. However now city states are rare. I would argue Singapore is the only true city state with cities like Hong Kong and Macau being very city state like. City states have some advantages like a more localized government and some disadvantage like less access to natural resources. Do you think city states are a good idea? Do you think there are some city's that would be advantaged if they where city states?



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  • MayCaesarMayCaesar 3208 Pts
    I think that city states are marvelous, provided they have the right system in place: extensive business freedoms, free trade and immigration policies. Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau are so prosperous exactly because their economies are essentially investment havens and major trade hubs, and high-quality specialists move there to work in conditions of low taxation and regulations.

    They, however, are quite susceptible for pressure from gigantic foreign governments, that can often buy up a significant fraction of private assets and make the market dependant on them. Singapore avoided this fate by harsh anti-corruption standards in the government in combination with a unique international corporate makeup, with investors from countless foreign countries competing for influence. Hong Kong and Macau were not so lucky and have fairly little independence at this point.
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  • piloteerpiloteer 674 Pts
    edited March 23
    I would think the absence of city states are because of uncontrollable circumstances that caused them to be less useful in modern society, as opposed to them being phased out by choice, or for a purpose. Only speculation on my part though.   
  • WinstonCWinstonC 120 Pts
    "A small country cannot contend with a great; the few cannot contend with the many; the weak cannot contend with the strong" - Mencius.

    Such states were historically conquered or assimilated by larger ones. I'd also worry that any small city-state to form in modernity could be brought to it's knees through propaganda, fomented rebellion, economic warfare and other covert means. Today's sophisticated powers don't need to invade enemy states to destroy them.
    Josh_Drake
  • MayCaesar said:
    I think that city states are marvelous, provided they have the right system in place: extensive business freedoms, free trade and immigration policies. Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau are so prosperous exactly because their economies are essentially investment havens and major trade hubs, and high-quality specialists move there to work in conditions of low taxation and regulations.

    They, however, are quite susceptible for pressure from gigantic foreign governments, that can often buy up a significant fraction of private assets and make the market dependant on them. Singapore avoided this fate by harsh anti-corruption standards in the government in combination with a unique international corporate makeup, with investors from countless foreign countries competing for influence. Hong Kong and Macau were not so lucky and have fairly little independence at this point.
    Singapore also has virtually no LGBT freedoms whatsoever. Not sure why you're taking up for them, Mr. Liberty.
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