Paradigm Shift Time Again.
That How to Start Your Own Country programme is a breath of fresh air, isn't it? One of the few smile-inducing things on television these days, I reckon.
...but it's an interesting concept as well. Although the jokey nature of the programme makes it unsuitable for serious analysis, it's still interesting that they eventually settled on a country with a leader and immigration policy and territory and things. What would be really interesting would be to initiate a sort-of-nation using modern viral techniques. You could, for example, implement total democracy via a simple citizen-polling system. Less society-as-static-organism than society-as-viral-meme-grouping. Once you've got the actual voting system going, you can eliminate any leaders and run everything via high-speed debate and direct referenda rather than representation. Furthermore, you could implement an exchange of goods that wouldn't get dragged down by the normal human drives of greed and corruption, because the essential needs of the citizens are taken care of within the larger states they may inhabit. Basically, the best points of artistic communes, /talk, communism, and liberal democratic states. Viral Conceptual Nations. What'dyou think?