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Are national capitals becoming obsolete?

Given that the vast majority of the world's population live in urban areas, is the concept of having a single city as a nation's capital obsolete? Could a country not have multiple "capital cities" or is it still necessary to have national power centralized in one city? Plus with technology allowing us to stay connected over such large distances 24 hours a day 7 days a week, can a de-centralized nation be as effective in governing itself as compared to a centralized government?

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    Oct 9 2013: I think if the question is 'will they become obsolete', then the probability would be higher. 'Becoming' implies now, so I agree with the previous comments that our technologies are not advanced anough and reliable yet to replace a lot of the current systems of communication.

    In the future though, when you can imagine walking into a virtual meeting room, where you sit at a round table and everyone else is there in 3D realistic hollograms, you can have most office works from home, let alone governments.
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    Sep 11 2013: I think Your country and Your people can decide it . It doesn't matter.
  • Sep 10 2013: Why would the concept be obsolete?
    The government has to sit somewhere, might as well call it a capital.

    Spreading out the government more would make it work less efficiently. Some things can simply not be transferred digitally, like face to face meetings.

    Never mind that most governments have been slow to digitize for all sorts of reasons.
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    Sep 10 2013: The Internet has no specific location even though it has existence. You are asking if the Federal Government could function like that? To be co-located was once necessary for many reasons most of which have become obsolete because of the Information super-highway. There are non-technical reasons to have a single city as headquarters and I think there will always be one.