[At-Large] [ALAC] Idea for an alternative to the EMM proposed in the At-Large Review

John R. Levine johnl at iecc.com
Mon Feb 13 20:24:45 UTC 2017

> There are 8 territories in NA region

These are countries:

> * Canada
> * United States

These are US territories whcih for historical reasons have ISO 3166 codes:

> * American Samoa
> * Guam
> * Northern Mariana Islands
> * Puerto Rico
> * United States Minor Outlying Islands
> * Virgin Islands, U.S.

The minor outlying islands are uninahbited, the rest other than Puerto 
Rico are tiny with a combined population less than Wyoming, the smallest 
US state.

Really, there are two countries in the NA region, the US and Canada.  It 
is vanishingly unlikely there will ever be an ALS from any US territory 
other than Puerto Rico because they are so small.

Canada also has three thinly populated territories but since they are 
contiguous with the rest of Canada, ISO 3166 never noticed them.

Canada is divided into provinces and the US into states, but in both 
countries the large provinces and states are vastly larger than the 
smallest ones so they're not a very good way to subdivide, either.

We now return you to whatever we were talking about before.


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