GeniusCodeMonkey wrote:Interesting idea, but if you think about how the social axiom works, lower axioms needs direct rule and a person to organise clans, states etc. Higher axioms on the other hand become much more about individuals becoming self organised for the benefit of the whole (the whole being the world in this example). The UN is already (partially) there; the politicians currently give direction to the UN, but individual department's and the people within them already have a willingness to help the world. Remove the politicians and you still have the people on the ground who believe in the betterment of mankind and the world (but now with potentially no affiliation to a single country but to CE as a whole). Add invaders from another reality and that just strengthens that belief. I wouldn't be surprised if the invasion actually caused the social axiom to increase by a point just on this premise.
I'm sure there are still people with the outmoded concept of the betterment of their own country when they should be thinking about the betterment of the whole of Earth when it's in danger.
I see two issues working against the UN as a vital response to the invasion:
(1) The UN is divided against itself at the very top, and would have to be completely restructured. It is true that the social/cultural programs would probably still function, and could definitely perform some vital tasks around supplies, coordination and inspiration. But no major military operation against Pan-Pacifica or Tharkhold can get past the Security Council veto by Russia or China - and if Malraux manages to get the French seat under his control (which seems very plausible to me, given his initial invasion method), then no major UN military operation will happen against the Cyberpapacy either.
There are alternatives - NATO is there for the Europe area, though it probably be dominated by Germany (which will probably have to turn itself into an armed camp (again?) to resist invaders. In any case, NATO has the basic structures and philosophy to organize international efforts. There are other similar regional organizations that could readily step up in the face of the situation.
Over the long haul, I think it very likely that an alternative UN-like structure would be created, one that includes only the 'free' nations - it might even have all the same rules, just a different core membership at the top.
(2) There are so many invasion zones - every continent except Australia has huge sections under enemy control by Year One. And those include nearly all the major manufacturing regions (and the armies they support) from pre-invasion Core Earth. Most people would cooperate (to some extent) to save their own region before committing in large numbers to go fight somewhere else. Now, Core Earth does seem rather more hopeful and optimistic than 'real' Earth, and with Storm Knights doing (literally!) miraculous things, they'd be a great source of inspiration for those who would combine efforts across regional interests. Something would come together eventually, but it would take some time - in WW2, it took the Western powers a year or two to learn how to work together effectively. CE has a bigger, harder job, but could probably pull a similar achievement in a similar amount of time.