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Colonialism

by Desi Ariyadhi Suyamto (Submitted: 05/19/2008)

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WHAT IS IT?

This is a simple model, as my initial attempt to clearly understand on why colonialism in its various forms (including corporatocracy in neo-liberalism) sufferring the victims by disrespecting human rights in many ways. Using biological point of view, colonialism is paraciticism symbiosis.

HOW IT WORKS

The world is divided into north and south. Northern hemisphere is occupied by relatively small number of people, with more advanced technology in utilizing natural resources, but with relatively poor natural resources. Southern hemisphere is occupied by relatively higher number of people, with less advanced technology in utilizing natural resources, but with relatively richer natural resources. In its default, north people are allowed to colonize the south.

HOW TO USE IT

[1] Use current setting, by pressing SETUP button and then executing GO button
[2] Wait until a message: "simulation is done" appears.
[3] See the plot, telling the emerged gap on wealth between north and south, due to colonialism, although it started from the same level.

THINGS TO NOTICE

[1] Colonialism parameters: how many people from north/south can colonize the south/north (fraction of total population).
[2] Technology parameters: efficiency of available technology to extract natural resources (fraction of total natural resources).
[3] Natural resources parameters: natural capital stocks and their recovery rates.
[4] Human population parameters: human population of north/south people and their growth.
[5] Wealth parameters: initial wealth of north/south people.

THINGS TO TRY

Try to make this world worth living in both for the north and the south, by modifying parameters related to: population, technology, and colonialism fraction.

EXTENDING THE MODEL

Extend the model with regards to empirical studies on colonialism, neo liberalism, corporatocracy, and prospective studies on current international socio-political phenomena.

NETLOGO FEATURES

This model uses NetLogo features in agent-based modelling.

RELATED MODELS

Social models, especially from the domain: international relations.

CREDITS AND REFERENCES

This model is a wild initial idea to understand why the wealth difference between north and south keep elevating. Copyright (c) 2008 by Desi Ariyadhi Suyamto, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia. Email: dsuyamto@gmail.com. Inputs and cooperation from interested scientists at relevant disciplines to further develop this model are very welcome. This call is especially announced to those still having soul.

VERSION

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This model is developed using NetLogo (c) Uri Wilensky.

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