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Richard Bee

Library Assistant, Brandon University

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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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  • 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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