This is the fifth installment in a series where I design, with your help, a small, hypothetical new nation called Ascendia, based on small government, personal liberty, and free markets. Please read parts one, two, three and four if you have not yet before reading this article so that you’re up to speed. Today I will lay out how Ascendia will handle its military.
As I talked about in the last installment in this series, it would be illegal for the government of Ascendia to attack any other nation without a formal declaration of war from the Assembly, which with today’s technology, would be quick to obtain if needed. A declaration of war would be given if any nation attacks any resource or citizen of Ascendia within Ascendia’s borders. Any attacks by any foreign nations on Ascendian citizens traveling or living aboard, outside of the nation’s borders, would be ignored. This is because individual citizens take their own safety into their own hands when they travel abroad, and no citizen can expect the government of their nation to go to war just because the citizen knowingly traveled to a dangerous part of the world, as I already described here.