Sovereignty
A New International Order

We live in an era where only a small percentage of the world’s 7.6 billion humans has access to anything approaching higher-quality rights and freedoms. Current systems of government could be broadly be classified as follows:

Failed and collapsed states – these are regions of the world where a government barely exists and is not able to discharge any of the functions normally associated with nations. Libya and Somalia are examples of collapsed states.

Authoritarian states – these range from Communist China to fundamentalist Saudi Arabia.

Weak democracies – in these states there is a semblance of First Dimension rights and freedoms, but they largely exist in constitutions that are not enforced consistently, as the respect for the rule of law, the functioning of the institutions necessary for a democracy, and the ability of the state to guarantee those rights, are all compromised. Often they are characterised by low-intensity internecine wars. 

Functional democracies – in these states there is a much higher degree of individual freedom guaranteed and largely available to the majority of the population because of the existence and efficiency of institutions to protect and enforce the law. This ensures that basic rights and freedoms are available to all citizens. 

Early Second Dimension states – these are the exceptional states where a majority of the population already operates at a higher level of consciousness. Their policies and programmes, the quality of rights and freedoms enjoyed by the population and their widespread availability make them unusual examples.

Type of Government Examples of states of this type Approx. aggregate population Percentage of humanity
Failed and collapsed states Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Sudan 1.91 billion 25.1%
Authoritarian or pseudo-democratic states China, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Bangladesh, Phillipines 2.57 billion 33.9%
Weak democracies India, Indonesia, South Africa, Malaysia, Brazil, Argentina, Nigeria 2.26 billion 29.8%
Functional democracies USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Australia 820 million 10.8%
Early Second Dimension states Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Switzerland 35 million 0.5%

 

It is clear that except for a few Scandinavian countries, the rest of the world falls into low First Dimension categories. The fact that only 11% of today’s citizens enjoy any meaningful set of rights and freedoms is a shocking indictment of the First Dimension world. Today, we have the means and technology to overcome many of the problems that our world faces. There is no reason why billions of people must continue to live with few or no human rights. The goal of our movement is to work towards this new period for humanity.

Below is the pyramidal diagram already seen in the page on democracy. Here, however, the top two tiers have been added, showing how the highest domestic assembly (the National Council) will be superseded by trans-national assemblies at the continental and global levels. In structure and purpose, these bodies would be very similar to the continental and global assemblies that already exist now. However, decision-making at these levels would proceed in a radically different manner—a manner that ignores the availability of brute force and relies instead on each country’s record in assuring and developing its citizens’ rights and freedoms.

The Continental Congress and the Global Forum exercise their jurisdiction in six areas:

They operate continental and global arbitration councils

They work closely with national governments to monitor the rights and freedoms indices by which the voting weight of each country is calculated. 

When a nation state’s rights and freedoms score is declining rapidly and there is threat to human life and the complete abrogation of liberties, they may invoke a suspension of sovereignty provision that requires all members to impose punitive sanctions and, in extreme cases, to intervene militarily and place that nation under the trusteeship of the Global Forum. 

They appoint expert groups to calculate the new economic indicators that will replace GDP as the primary means of measuring the well-being of nations and of the global community.

They ensure free trade and support the use of the Global Unit of Settlement (GUS) as the sole global currency used for trade and international capital settlements.

They supervise the issuance and exchange of two new financial instruments (or meta-currencies) that will be needed to trade intangible assets in higher dimensions. 

Imagine now a new world order in which most nations have accepted the need for a new logical system that aspires to Second and Third Dimensional values. To align governance with this aspiration, most nations have taken up the proposals outlined on this site and have implemented a new, merit-based democracy. Their leaders are now judged according to a rights-based scorecard system. Every country, therefore, has a score that reflects its commitment to fostering a higher degree of consciousness in its citizens. At a supra-national level, a continental assembly of Heads of State presides over matters of continental concern—the Continental Congress—while, above that, a global assembly not dissimilar from the UN, oversees all matters that touch upon global concerns—the Global Forum. Unlike the UN Security Council, however, the Global Forum has the moral authority, the political mandate, and the logistical means to intervene in any matter where the rights and freedoms of citizens are threatened or inadequately supplied. 

To see how the Global Forum would address issues of global importance, see the infographic in the link below.

Power in the Hands of the Enlightened

Recent and current examples of problems that require a global solution, and therefore a global assembly, include Somali piracy in the Indian Ocean; and the increasingly frequent and dangerous migration of impoverished Africans and Asians from the north coast of Africa and from Turkey to Europe. Somali piracy affects all nations because it threatens international shipping lanes, and ships, crews and financial interests from a variety of countries. The migration issue is also global: migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean include people from sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia; their destination is Europe; and the smugglers involved are Libyan, Egyptian and Turkish. Such cases are clearly the purview of a global assembly empowered to pass resolutions on these matters swiftly and to deploy resources to address them. A transparent voting system that favours Second Dimension democracies would enable the Global Forum to make the correct decisions efficiently, without being held up by the particular interests or lack of resolve of individual countries.

Trusteeship in the Third Dimension

Somali piracy and migration across the Mediterranean both make an excellent case for an effective Global Forum driven exclusively by the need to bring peaceful resolution and enhanced freedoms to citizens of every nation. Moreover, they highlight an issue of special concern to the international community: the failure of sovereign states. Piracy off the coast of Somalia is, simply put, a glaring indication that Somalia has failed as a state. It is not functional as a government because it cannot ensure even the most basic rights of its people, such as law and order. Similarly, mass migrations under very perilous conditions from North Africa and the Middle East to Europe are only possible because several countries along the African and Asian coast of the Mediterranean have fallen into complete disarray. 

Libya has become a wasteland where several different factions, including terrorist groups loyal to al-Qaida and Islamic State, vie for control of territory and oil resources. Violence and lawlessness are rife, with no hope of any near-term improvement. In this decayed state, there is ample opportunity for unscrupulous human traffickers to conduct their business with impunity. Syria, meanwhile, continues to be embroiled in a distressing civil war that has been waged for six years already, and for which no end appears to be in sight. As a result of the continued warfare between the Assad government (supported militarily by Russia) and several rebel groups (some of which are supported by other western powers, including the US), the country has become dysfunctional. It is now the playground of terrorist organisations like Islamic State. Millions of its inhabitants have been displaced internally or have found refuge in neighbouring countries.

Both Somali piracy and mass migration across the Mediterranean are not only problems of global scale and concern, but also problems that must be dealt with by addressing their root causes. The most important cause is the failure of transit nations such as Somalia, Syria, and Libya, as well as the inadequacy of governance in the countries from which the bulk of migrants are attempting to flee.

In the Third Dimension, the Global Forum will have the authority and the means to place failing nations in trusteeship. It means that the community of nations represented in the Global Forum may decree that a nation has failed to deliver basic rights and freedoms to its citizens, and that intervention is warranted. 

The first step in this process would be for the Global Forum to suspend sovereignty of the country in question. This would provide the legal basis for intervention by a multinational military force tasked with enforcing peace and rebuilding the country. This is not unlike certain efforts undertaken by the UN and by US-led coalitions in recent years, in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. However, there would be important differences. To begin with, the multinational force in charge of trusteeship would, as its very first task, pursue a comprehensive and forcible disarmament of the local population. All weapons, with no exception, would have to be turned in, or seized, by whatever means necessary. This is a fundamental requirement before any peace or rebuilding process can take place. Once the populace has been completely disarmed, the multinational trusteeship force can set about rebuilding not only infrastructure, but also institutions like the police, the judiciary, educational and health systems, welfare operations, and so forth. 

Importantly, however, this must be done under the supervision of administrators who are foreign, highly experienced, and externally recruited and trained. While the ultimate goal of any such intervention is always to develop strong local leadership and capable, judicious local administrators, this can only be a long-term goal. In the near term, it is paramount to bring infrastructural systems back online and to instil in the citizenry the faith that the rebuilding effort will be conducted efficiently, without preference or corruption. This can only happen when all senior administrators are brought in from the outside.

Some may argue that this smacks of colonialism. Indeed, if a country has shown itself incapable of self-governance, the international community acting as one has the right and the duty to impose order from the outside, even if that means forcing the local population to live under foreign administration. The trusteeship would, of course, be clearly limited in time, so that the local population can keep in sight a target date to return to self-governance. In most cases, this interval would be 15 years—the minimum time needed to re-train public servants and rebuild trust in government institutions.

Rebuilding nations from the ground up in this manner would ensure that their inhabitants have a fair chance at securing the rights and freedoms that other countries take for granted. It would also enable the Global Forum to address many continental and global problems at their roots, in places where civilisation has faltered and given way to chaos. 

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