When the British Empire extended its grasp to various countries, in a number
of cases they/we obliterated the existing populace, claimed the land was
empty, and took it. In Australia this was called “Terra Nullius”. However,
the principle was applied elsewhere.
These were full nations with their own governments, their own laws, their own
bureaucracies. They did not always look like our governments, but they had
long been established and respected by their peoples. These lands were not
simply settled. They were invaded and conquered for the purposes of enriching
Westerners. Here in Australia we have had some people afraid that if the
aboriginal peoples were given back native land then they would have their
backyards taken from them. The original peoples have never made such a
request. In both the US and Australia a number of the original peoples felt
there was plenty of land to share. Westerners don’t seem to be very good at
If the west had not invaded, these people would have traded with us and
shared ideas. We would have Aboriginal and Native American Indian tourists
traveling the globe. Because their nationhood would be respected, people
would be applying for citizenship to their countries and vice versa.
Therefore, someone would be considered Wurundjeri or Chickasaw not based on
the colour of their skin, but by the passport they hold. They would be
recognised members of the United Nations.
Via the lovely frater chaos.
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