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    Artificial Islands: Adventures in the Dominions

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    ISBN: 9781914420863
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    AuthorHatherley, Owen
    Pub Date09/08/2022
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    Should Britain form a new union with its old 'Dominions' in Canada, Australia and New Zealand? Are they really our closest allies and relations? And is there any reason why they should want to unite again with us?

    Great Britain has just left one Union, after years of bitter argument and divisive
    posturing. But what if the island's future lies in another Union altogether, with some of
    its former colonial "kith and kin" across the seas? Why be in a Union with your
    immediate neighbours, when you could instead be in a trans-oceanic super-state with
    our old friends in Canada, Australia and New Zealand? Welcome to the strange world of
    the 'CANZUK Union', the name for a quixotic but apparently serious plan to reunify the
    white-majority 'Dominions' of the British Empire under the flag of low taxes, strong
    borders and climate change denialism.

    Artificial Islands tests the idea that Britain's natural allies and closest relations are in
    these three countries in North America and the Antipodes, through a good look at the
    histories, townscapes and spaces of several cities across the settler zones of the British
    Empire. These are some of the most purely artificial and modern landscapes in the
    world, British-designed cities that were built with extreme rapidity in forcibly seized
    territories on the other side of the world from Britain. Were these places really no more
    than just a reproduction of British Values planted in unlikely corners of the globe? How
    are people in Auckland, Melbourne, Montreal, Ottawa and Wellington re-imagining their
    own history, or their countries' role in the British Empire and their complicity in its
    crimes? And do they have any interest in a union with us?