This is the fourth 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 and three 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 foreign policy.
Ascendia’s foreign policy would be based on these four foundations:
- Political Independence
Trade means that foreign trade will be heavily encouraged and almost completely unregulated. Ascendia would use the same free trade models that turned Hong Kong into a tiny, useless, barren rock with no natural resources into the number one economy in the entire world in less than 40 years.
This is not an article about Ascendia’s trade policies; I’ll have to discuss that at another time. The point here is that all of Ascendia’s foreign policy would be conducive to free and extensive trade with other nations, and barriers to international trade would be forbidden by the Enforceable Constitution.
Embassies would be set up in most (or all) foreign nations, again, to foster trade and goodwill.
Peace means that it would be illegal for Ascendia to militarily attack any other country in any way whatsoever unless that country attacked Ascendian resources (real or cyber) within the boarders of Ascendia first. Preemptive wars of any kind would be illegal. This would be very clearly and explicitly spelled out in the Enforceable Constitution, and any politician violating this would be expelled from office and thrown in prison by the CEA, as I discussed back in part two.
If Ascendia was actually attacked within its borders by a foreign nation or entity, the Assembly would have to pass a two-thirds vote in order to make a formal declaration of war. No military action whatsoever would be allowed until a declaration of war was formalized.
Nation building and long-term occupation of other nations would not be allowed under any conditions. Therefore, if Ascendia won a war, it would immediately bring 100% of all military troops back home.
Nonintervention means that when it came to foreign nations, Ascendia would never do things like:
- Give foreign aid (all foreign aid from the government would be illegal, but citizens of Ascendia would be allowed to send money to any nation they wished)
- Arm rebels, or provide any side of any civil war with any assistance whatsoever
- Instigate coups
- Interfere in any way with foreign elections
- Provide logistical support
- Provide intelligence
Bottom line, it would not interfere in the internal operations of any other foreign nation, ever.
Political independence means that Ascendia would be 100% free of all long-term foreign entanglements and treaties, just like George Washington said. It would never be a member in any supernational political foreign organization, such as the United Nations, NATO, and so on, and be very much like Switzerland in terms of extreme neutrality in all wars and other political disputes.
Membership in international trade organizations, such as the WTO, might be acceptable as long as the ideals of personal liberty, trade and nonintervention were obeyed. These kinds of things would be taken on a case-by-case basis.
No treaty with any other nation, other than some trade agreements, would be allowed to last more than two years. Ascendia would not be like the United States, which is bound by forever-treaties forcing it to go to war if any one of its numerous allies are attacked. (Why do we need to go to war if Australia is attacked? Isn’t that Australia’s problem?) Temporary treaties, lasting less than two years, such as during or right after a war or similar event, would be allowed.
Many on both the left and the right view nonintervention as the same thing as “isolationism.” As you can clearly see, Ascendia would be noninterventionist, but not isolationist in any way. It would have embassies all over the world and encourage trade and goodwill between nations. It just wouldn’t butt its nose into other nations’ businesses.
Trade, peace, nonintervention, and independence.
In the next article, I will discuss Ascendia’s military and military issues.