By Atlas Al
The Gambling Capital of the World is Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World is Los Angeles, the Automotive Capital of the World is Detroit, the Spice Capital of the World is India, and the Wine Capital of the World is France; everything has a capital.
What about flagging; where would the Flagging Capital be? There are many international/capital/global cities sprinkled over six continents; however, according to the GaWC (Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network), New York and London outranked them all. Both were ranked Alpha + +, meaning they are the most culturally/economically/politically/infrastructural diverse cities on the planet. The only problem is that we must choose one of these two cities to be the epicenter of the flagging world.
I believe it’s London, and here’s why:
–New York is one of the oldest cities in the United States and founded by Dutch traders in the early 17th century; London was founded roughly 2000 years ago by Romans.
–If we look at world history, North America and South America are considered to be the “new world;” Europe is arguably the center of the world, not only because of its longer and richer history than new world countries, but because Europe boasts more Alpha cities than any other continent. It seems natural to have the capital of Flagging in the continental capital of the world.
–The United States controls (or used to control) a vast global economic empire; the United Kingdom had a real empire making up 25% of the world’s landmass at its height.
–Canada is ranked tenth, the USA is sixth, and Australia is fifth; I wonder what the most promiscuous country in the world is? You guessed it: Great Britain (see God Save The Brits). It’s only fitting that the Capital of the Flagging World would lie in the most promiscuous country in the world, which is the same country that spawned the three mentioned above.
The flagfest that’ll take place during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London will be one to remember. One thing’s for sure: you can count me in ;)