U.N. Security Council votes on Amazon’s “Independent Nation” status
April 1, 2015 (AFD News)
Update: since this article was originally published, both China and the United States of America have used their vetoes on the vote discussed below. China cited concerns from tech company Alibaba, and President Barack Obama is expected to discuss the decision during his appearance on the special live version of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.
The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to vote today on a special resolution naming the internet retailing giant Amazon as an independent nation.
The controversial proposal has been in the news since it was first announced January 12, 2014 (Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ 50th birthday).
As outlined by Rupert Mountjoy, II, Amazon’s Vice President for Nationalization, the plan would give Amazon tax immunity and exemption from Federal regulation, the latter enabling the company’s Prime Air delivery by drone program.
To help our readers better understand the situation, we have prepared these
Five Questions about “Nation of Amazon”
Q. Where would the land come from?
A. According to Mountjoy, no land would be used. aNation would be the first country to exist entirely in cyberspace. Instead, Amazon facilities, such as the headquarters in Seattle, Washington, and fulfillment centers around the world, would be declared aNation embassies. Just as the American embassy in France is considered American territory, the headquarters, warehouses, and other locations would fall under aNation’s jurisdiction
Q. Would I need a passport to visit the headquarters?
A. No one is allowed to visit the headquarters now without special permission: a similar process would continue to be followed
Q. Would I have to pay sales tax on items I bought from Amazon?
A. Internet sales are considered to take place where the purchaser is, so you would still be responsible for your local taxes. However, Amazon would not be required to collect those taxes from any country, state, or city from which its customers order products
Q. What makes Amazon a country and not other businesses?
A. Again, according to Mountjoy, Amazon already has more employees than some recognized countries have citizens. It has a central authority and an infrastructure. It already has agreements with many other sovereign nations. Mountjoy said there would be no barrier to other companies of a similar size and scope also applying to the United Nations for recognition
Q. Surely, this can’t be a serious proposal?
A. It’s not…Happy April Fools’ Day! Oh, and don’t call me Shirley… 😉
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