Re: Extropic Nation

Yak Wax (
Sun, 11 Jan 1998 06:00:38 -0800 (PST)

The Nation.1 website is at, they have several mailing
lists for discussing what should go into this new country. I've
signed up to see just what kind of ideas these kids will come up with.
I would love to see a virtual nation represented in the UN, perhaps
it would make it easier for other countries to deal with the Internet
if they can look at it like another nation. But as i've said before,
I think the whole internet community could benefit from this kind of
representation, not just kids.

byteboy <> wrote:
> That's amazing - I haven't been keeping up with Wired or any other
> magazines recently due to extended work on my book and thesis - but
as a
> child, is there anything that I can do to help the Extropian cause in
> dealing with this Junior Summit or Nation.1?
> Nation.1 definitely sounds like something I'll have to look into.
> -byteboy
> Yak Wax wrote:
> > I read just this in a Nicholas Negroponte's recent Wired article
> > the upcoming Junior Summit:
> >
> > <quote>
> > One topic on the table will be a proposal by five alumni of the
> > Junior Summit to start Nation.1 - a virtual nation for children,
> > its own voice, flag, and currency, but without borders or
> > government. This nation would apply for membership to the UN and
> > every effort to include children from developing nations. Here is an
> > excerpt from Nation.1's first proclamation:
> >
> > As a kid growing up with computers, you have ideas, you see
> > possibilities, but they don't count, you're just a kid. Adults need
> > kids, they just don't realize it. They can't relate to what kids
> > to offer, because they don't understand technology the way kids do.
> > Kids have valuable perspectives, but the world offers no mechanism
> > voice their opinions. They have no representation in world politics
> > and they have no influence in the decisions that govern their
> >
> > So with the help of the second Junior Summit, a group of young, very
> > wired individuals is going to bend, twist, and distort some barriers
> > with the hope those barriers will come undone. We are going to
> > a country in cyberspace, not defined by geography or race, but by
> > technology and age: Nation.1 - a country populated and run by kids.
> >
> > Nation.1 is just beginning, and we are considering how to create
> > digital political systems, how to deal with language barriers, how
> > technology behind the country will work. We passionately believe
> > worth it, because uniting kids changes their perspective, widens
> > understanding, and leads to a better world.
> >
> > Proposals like Nation.1 may seem outrageous, even unthinkable,
> > compared with what we adults would have suggested. That's the way it
> > should be: ultimately, the world must go past what adults believe
> > succeed. The global information society is ours only to dream - it
> > will be up to these children to live it out.
> > </quote>
> >
> > What I want to know is - why only kids? I want to have my very own
> > virtual nation. NOW! :-(
> >
> > So here's an idea - make an extropic virtual nation and get
> > represented in the UN, how about TransNation? or something similar.
> > Anyone have any idea if this is possible?
> >
> > --Wax
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