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

Javier Rua javrua at gmail.com
Mon Feb 13 20:30:30 UTC 2017

Two sovereign states.  "A country may be an independent sovereign state or one that is occupied by another state, as a non-sovereign or formerly sovereign political division, or a geographic region associated with sets of previously independent or differently associated people with distinct political characteristics." https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Country

Javier Rúa-Jovet

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On Feb 13, 2017, at 4:24 PM, John R. Levine <johnl at iecc.com> wrote:

>> 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.
> R's,
> John
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