The World According To Rohan T.

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What does it mean to be a good citizen? Being a good citizen has many requirements, and one of them is that you follow the responsibilities that you are given to do. Responsibilities are shown in different ways, such as laws and rules. These include keeping informed, paying taxes, and more. Also, there are Rights. If you are a good citizen, than you have Rights: the ability to do special things. These can be big things like freedom of speech, petition, and more, while others are smaller things like getting to watch T.V. So, to be a good citizen you also must respect other people’s rights, but they should respect your as well.

What is government and why is it necessary?

Government is the system of organization of the community and it is needed to stop chaos, or anarchy. Government is the way of organization of a country. Without government, there would be no organization, no rights, no responsibilities, no buildings, no roads, no schools, no shops, and more things the wouldn't be there. Without leaders, no one would follow anyone and nothing would ever be done, such as why the cavemen never had schools. Without government, everything would be chaos. With no government, there would be no constitution, which means no laws, which means something like murder can't be “bad”. To sum it up, government is a system that keeps things organized and civilized and it is needed to stop chaos.

What forces work for and against supranational cooperation among nations in the EU? There are many forces that work for and against supranational cooperation among nations. These forces can be called centripetal, for supranational cooperation, and centrifugal, against supranational cooperation. One of these forces is the trade bloc and the common market. A trade bloc basically is a group of countries that work together to promote trade with each other. Since there are millions of people living in this trade bloc, other nations want to trade with this trade bloc. The common market has all kinds of different helpful uses. These include the fact that goods can travel across country borders, without a tariff, lower prices, the fact that workers can travel freely to other EU countries to find work, and more. Another one of these forces is more on the political side, and it is the supranational level of government. This level of government has its pros and cons. A pro is that this level of government takes members of the governments of the other countries to work on shared and environmental issues, which means each country gets to participate. A con is that if the majority wants to go through a decision but one country doesn't, that country will have to follow through with the decision anyway, which is a reason why a country might not want to join the EU- they would have to give up some of their power. This force here is kind of centrifugal, and it is about the culture and language. Even though the EU may have some different aspects of culture that is united such as Europe Day, there are still separate cultures in between countries. Another big issue about this is the language that the country speaks. Even though the EU may be thought as one region, all the countries inside of it still speak their own languages, which will be difficult to communicate if you go to a different country in the EU, creating some diversity. So those are some centripetal and centrifugal forces relating to the EU. The trade bloc and common market, the supranational level of government, and the culture are the ones mentioned, but there are definitely more.

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