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The potential annexation of the Wendatia by Paloma is a recurring proposal on the future political status of the nation.

The idea has occasionally been discussed at the Supreme Paloman and other formal venues. While the Paloman government has proposed many times towards Wendatia of its interest in annexing it however all proposals have been denied.

Heads of Government
Jonas Rhymer
President of Wendatia

Comparison

Politics and government

Both Paloma and the Wendatia are both republics that operate under a unicameral type of legislature, with the only difference being that Paloma is a one-party state and Wendatia is a multi-party state. A major difference between the two would be the political systems themself. Paloma is a Federal Marxist-leninist one-party socialist republic which de-facto preforms as a oligarchy or a anocracy, Wendatia is a Unitary semi-presidential republic. Both countries are headed by a president, which acts as both head of state and head of government. Both countries are currently dominated by left leaning parties and politics.

Geography

Geography in Paloma and Wendatia are practically the same, with expansive flat marshy plains. Paloma and Wendatia both also sit on the Lake Erie Basin and have many similar connecting watersheds. Paloma and Wendatia as have very similar elevations with Paloma being 616 ft. above sea level and Wendatia being slightly higher at 686 ft. above sea level.

Demographics

History

Early years

Proposed methods of union

There are multiple proposals for political union, all with certain supporters and detractors, and many variations within each. Template:Canadian politicsIn every method, the consent of at least the federal Canadian Parliament and the governing authorities of the Turks and Caicos would be necessary for annexation.[1] Thus, overwhelming public support in both countries would have to support annexation for it to occur. The United Kingdom would be involved in these negotiations; however, the official position of the UK Government has been to support the self-determination of its overseas territories,[2] and thus would not prevent the Turks and Caicos from becoming a part of Canada if the citizens of the islands supported that move.[3] This position was reaffirmed by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office with respect to the Turks and Caicos in 1987.[4]

All methods of annexation would require an amendment to the Canadian Constitution.[5]

Establishment as a new province

The establishment of the islands as a new province in their own right would provide the maximum level of autonomy for the Turks and Caicos under all proposed methods of annexation by putting it legally on a par with the existing 10 provinces. The Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands has said this method would be the most desirable form of annexation for the islanders.[6]

However, becoming a province would also be the most politically challenging method, as it would require amending under the general procedure of the Constitution Act of 1982, requiring the support of the federal parliament and two-thirds of provincial legislatures that represent more than 50% of the Canadian population. It is improbable that this number could be achieved, as the addition of a new province has the potential to divide federal payments to existing provinces.[7] It is likely that incorporation of the less affluent Turks and Caicos would result in the islands siphoning funds from equalisation payments from other less wealthy provinces, reducing their chances of supporting this method.[8]

Establishment as a territory

The incorporation of the Turks and Caicos Islands as a territory of Canada would be the simplest method of annexation from a legal and constitutional standpoint. The establishment of territories requires a simple act of the federal parliament, and does not require any action on the part of the provinces. A similar procedure was used in 1993 to establish Nunavut.[9]

Incorporation into an existing province

Template:Politics of the Turks and Caicos Islands Some proponents of annexation have suggested that incorporation into an existing province would be the most feasible method of annexation. This method would skirt the normal process for amending the Canadian Constitution by taking advantage of the less rigorous formula under Section 43 of the Constitution Act, 1982. This prescribes that portions of the constitution affecting only one province can be amended with the consent of the federal Parliament and the legislature of that province. Thus, it is probable that annexation could be achieved using this method with general public support throughout Canada in addition to support from one willing province, as well as public support in the Turks and Caicos.

This proposal has already been officially supported by one province, Nova Scotia, in April 2004 when its legislature adopted a resolution explicitly inviting the government of the Turks and Caicos to explore joining Canada as a part of that province. The full text of the resolution reads:[10]

Whereas the Turks and Caicos is a Caribbean treasure consisting of 40 islands and a population of almost 19,000 people that is currently governed as a British territory; and

Whereas the Government of Turks and Caicos has expressed an interest in joining Canada; and

Whereas the Province of Nova Scotia has a long and proud history of conducting trade with the Caribbean;

Therefore be it resolved that the Government of Nova Scotia initiate discussions with the Turks and Caicos to become part of the Province of Nova Scotia and encourage the Government of Canada to welcome the Turks and Caicos as part of our country.

See also

References

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  2. "British Overseas Territories: Self-determination of States:Written question - 33851". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
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  4. Denton, Herbert (1987). "CANADA HEARS SIREN CALL OF ISLANDS IN THE SUN". The Washington Post.
  5. Branch, Legislative Services (30 July 2015). "Consolidated federal laws of canada, Access to Information Act". laws-lois.justice.gc.ca. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  6. News; Canada (1 July 2013). "Turks and Caicos could be like a tiny Nunavut or Canada's 11th province | National Post". Retrieved 3 April 2020.
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  8. "Does Turks and Caicos even want to join Canada? We sent a reporter to find out". Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  9. Branch, Legislative Services (15 July 2019). "Consolidated federal laws of canada, Nunavut Act". laws-lois.justice.gc.ca. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  10. "Debates and Proceedings | Wednesday, April 21, 2004". Nova Scotia Legislature. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2020.

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