One of the most common objections to global rule of law; and perhaps the most resistant objection within the actual halls of power that have the means to found extra-National Unions, is this simplistic notion that it is “impossible” to unite disparate countries, cultures, languages, religions and political systems.
So, the hardest case example one can throw out is, perhaps, the notion of Iran and Israel falling under a political Union. It sounds absurd. But read on.
One of the deliberate and essential provisions of General Federalism is the rapid ratification of disparate States. Using this mechanism it is possible to create a union between two countries without any change whatsoever in the most contested and controversial portions of law generally cited as the reasons why union won’t work. Here is an excerpt from the Constitution for a General Federation Version 0.7:
§ 6.7.1 Any State of this Union may append to this Constitution a National Codicil to a Social Contract bearing legal force and effect only within said State’s jurisdiction as set by the Federation by Law; provided each Individual subject to the jurisidiction of that Codicil, acting freely of duress of the State, attach their willful and non-coerced signature thereto; and provided, nothing in said Codicil shall contradict, suspend, ameliorate or supersede the sovereign force and effect of this entire Constitution; excepting § 7.7 through § 7.12 inclusive of same. Any State may at any time unilaterally rescind its Codicil in full, but no State may modify an existing Codicil.
§ 6.7.2 All Courts and Laws of the Federation, by Law and Equity, shall render full faith and credit to each State’s National Codicil to a Social Contract; provided the parties affected are valid signatories to that Codicil and provided; § 7.7 through § 7.12 inclusive of this Constitution, if honored in one jurisdction, are not disfurnished or set aside in that jurisdiction consequent to full faith and credit.
§ 6.7.3 Upon every multiple of twenty years since the date a State ratified a National Codicil to a Social Contract said State shall hold an election by equal suffrage of the Individuals residing in that State for the purpose of determining the validity and force of said Codicil. If one-half or more of Individuals voting confirm said Codicil, the Codicil shall remain in force without interruption or modification. If less than one-half of Individuals voting confirm, said Codicil shall be permanently null and that State shall no longer reserve the right to propose any further Codicils.
§ 5.4.3 Any State, upon becoming a new State of the General Federation, may present a National Codicil to a Social Contract, as described in Article 6 of this Constitution, in which all Individuals of that State at the time of admission are presumed signatories, and those signatures shall have the force of Law indicated by this Constitution.
Notice something funny?
The Codicil is an escape hatch which, wherever it is unpopular, disappears naturally over time.
So, while no one would claim that this would work in the most extreme case; i.e. Iran and Israel, the only thing the two countries would have to agree on are the economic provisions … the one thing virtually no country has a problem agreeing on if it makes everyone rich.
There might be some minor details that would have to be agreed upon, such as freedom of travel between States. That could be a big deal for Israel and Iran, but in most countries it is nowhere near as big an issue as some of the other things this provision circumvents.
People who say unification is not realistic or that it can’t be done are not thinking out of the box, imo. The end goal here is to put nations on an inexorable path to unification, not necessarily unify them all at once. Conjoining economies and providing the wider legal framework early into the process ensures that it is inexorable.