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What does it mean to be a good citizen?

A good citizen is someone who obeys political and social laws. They have rights and responsibilities and they have to respect them so that they don't start affecting other people's rights. Like in a movie theater, they wouldn't yell fire even though they have the right to freedom of speech. That is the responsibility of public safety. There is also the responsibility to stay informed and other things that they should do. Also, they pay their taxes and vote in an election. These taxes help the government run schools and build new things. The voting helps you get connected with the government by having you choose who you want. In conclusion, a good citizen is a person who follow the rules and respects the rights and responsibilities.

The USA Constitution

What is government and why is it necessary?

Government is a governing body that rules a state, country, or community. Government comes in many forms, and it is necessary because without government, everything would be in anarchy. One form of government is autocracy, where only one person is ruling. Absolute Monarchy and dictatorship are examples of autocracy. Even though one leader often leads to trouble, it is better than anarchy, which would happen without government. Another form is oligarchy, which is ruled by few, usually in one group. Democracy, where citizens vote for their leaders, comes in two forms: direct democracy and representative democracy. In conclusion, there are many types of government. Government is great to have, but a bad government is not good to have ruling over you. Without government, the citizens would live in chaos, so government is very important.

U.S. Government

What forces work for and against the supranational cooperation among nations?

There are two forces that work for and against the supranational cooperation. One force is called a centripetal force and the other is called a centrifugal force. A centripetal force is a force that pulls together the EU to make it a united supranational cooperation. An example of a centripetal force is the trade bloc, which allows people from other countries to move across borders freely and find jobs in other countries. Also, it allows to remove tariffs, otherwise know as taxes, so that the prices of goods are lowered. A centrifugal force, however, pulls apart the supranational cooperation. An example of a centrifugal force is the use of the Euro. The EU spends a great sum of Euro on Eastern Europe, the poorer countries of Europe. Western Europe, the wealthier countries of Europe, complain on how they don't get as much money as the Eastern Europe citizens. In conclusion, there are two forces that work for and against the EU that will affect the supranational cooperation.

EU flag

Which is easier to live in, the Sahara or the Sahel?

The Sahara would be easier to live in than the Sahel. The Sahara has a more predictable climate than the Sahel. The Sahel is going through desertification caused by deforestation and it's hard to predict what the future of the tropical grassland is going to be like. The grassland is shrinking. If you live in the Sahara, you can move to the oases and have a good source of water and food. The Sahel is becoming a desert, and it won't have any oases. In the Sahara’s oases, there is water, date palms, and acacia and baobab trees. Dates are a good source of food for people and animals. People eat the actual date fruit, and then they give the pits to their animals, or use them to fertilize their crops. People stop by here to trade, get water, and feed their camels. Some people live in the oases. Some oases are natural, others were drilled into by humans. In the Sahel, nomads have to go through shifting agriculture, and survive by nomadic herding. That is way harder than just settling in an oasis. In conclusion, living in the Sahara is way easier and better than living in the Sahel. The Sahel is slowly turning into a desert, and without oases, it is a bad place to live in.

A caravan of camels in the Sahara desert

How might having a valuable resource affect a region?

Having a valuable resource can affect a region in many ways. Having a valuable resource in a region can cause the life expectancy to go up. Life expectancy is the average amount of years a citizen lives for in that area. Also, the infant mortality rate goes down. The infant mortality rate is the amount of babies that pass away in their first three years. In Southwest Asia, this happened because they have lots of a valuable resource, crude oil. Millions of years ago, the region was underwater. Many creatures lived in the water and soon, they died. The bodies of the tiny creatures formed natural gas. Tectonic plates scraped together and created oil pockets. Today, the oil is still beneath Southwest Asia in those pockets. People drill deep holes to reach this resource. This oil sells for lots of money. However, the distribution of this money is unequal. The royal family gets a big portion of the money. Some people still live in poverty. The per capita GDP does not reflect a person’s wealth. It is an average. There is also OPEC, which is many Southwest Asian countries with oil reserves. They work together and try to keep the oil prices controlled. There are many ways a valuable resource can affect a region. Oil obviously affected Southwest Asia a lot!

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