Ideas for a global senate

National Assembly of Cape Verde, a unicameral body with 72 seats.


As humans around the world, born into the nation-state system through no choice of our own, now may be a good time to think about what kind of representative democracy can work best at the global level. We do not necessarily need to abandon our countries, even though at times they abandon us to forces of war and global markets that they seem unable to control. Leaders of our nations would do well to synergize corporate and military power for approaching seemingly overwhelming threats ( instead of trying in vain to balance negative aspects of power through the United Nations and other global institutions.

A global senate might consist of two senators from various geographical and population sizes of cultural bio-regions – existing natural and human divisions that are distinct in the context of our integrating world. For example, these might include the Great Lakes Region of North America, delineated from Ottawa to Louisville to Minneapolis; the Great Plains of North America, including but not limited to Nebraska and Saskatchewan; the Australian Outback (rural interior of Australia); the African Serengeti, the Eurasian Steppe and so on.

In terms of structure, a global senate might consist of 72 delegates representing 36 cultural bio-regions as described above; again, two delegates from each cultural bio-region, in some cases parts of large nations and in some cases traversing two or more nations of different sizes. Borrowing from the 3×3 Global Drills structure (, these 36 units of representation could be comprised of three sets of 12 cultural bio-regions from 1) Asia-Pacific, 2) The Americas, and 3) Africa-Europe; natural north/south oriented divisions that could also help organize global senate committee work.

Legislatures of nations in each of the 36 cultural bio-regions might elect/appoint one delegate with the other delegate being elected by the populaces of these cultural bio-regions, perhaps safeguarded through blockchain encryption. Proposed here is that this relatively small number of global senators might better deliberate in the interests of all people around our world if elected in this ultra-democratic way, inclusive of the interests of existing nations whether they are democratic themselves or not. Also, if global senators are elected as a cohort to serve together for one six-year term before another set of elected global senators takes up temporary global legislative duties, this could reinforce a strong balance between efficient decision-making and democratic principles.

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