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As a citizen of the United States, I have gotten a vicarious thrill in recent years by the success of the U.S. in both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games. However, as an objective observer, it seems unfair to base Olympic teams strictly by nationality, since some countries are so much larger than others. A solution might be to have a maximum base population for any team, and then break the larger countries up into regional teams. For example, the United States might have four teams from the Northeast, South, Midwest, and West. What could be even more interesting (although probably political dynamite) is cross-national groupings based on local culture or ethic divisions, such as Cascadia in Northwestern US and British Columbia, or Kurdistan in Turkey and Iraq.


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