I get the feeling—just a feeling—that anime has a somewhat misguided view of the functioning of the United Nations. I don’t exactly blame anyone for that; the United Nations is one of those organisations that, when it’s working, we hear very little about, and so we sort of forget what it actually does when there’s no crisis going on. And when there is a crisis, everyone heaps undue attention, the Security Council gets all the stage time, the permanent members overshadow everyone else, and we all remember why we don’t like them.
In practice, I think referring this whole Wam matter to the Security Council and threatening sanctions straight away is a brash, unusual, and even unwise move. Although the analogy to nuclear weapons are raised immediately (one thing I would like more of in Kado: subtlety), it’s not really a 1:1 comparison here, is it? We’re still in the process of figuring out what these Wam are, what they do, and how they may be used, so immediately resorting to the hard line, provoking a potentially friendly nation, and turning it into pariah state off the bat may be jumping the gun a bit. We’re sort of okay with nuclear power, so…? Regardless, shouldn’t they at least open, I don’t know, a Wam commission first? Take things slowly? It’s not like Wam are chemical weapons; there are no facilities for actually receiving them and holding them, even if Japan gave them up. There’s no ‘United Nations Warehouse For All the Wam’. Maybe start there first.
And all of that? General Assembly, not Security Council.
In general, though, I can understand why every other, non-Wamified countries are panicing. If these Wam can indeed power anything effortlessly with infinite energy, they sound very, very dangerous. Splitting the atom was simply about producing large amounts of energy, and we instantly made super-weapons with that science. What will we do with infinite energy? Basically, anything we want. Anything. That’s incredible. In fact, it’s incomprehensible. Even if Wam was used for the most benign of purposes, it would require a rethinking of all human infrastructure, economics, social organisation, and physics. Rethinking that we have never done, of course, because the concept of infinite energy is madness. It’s like if a genie offered you three wishes out of the blue; unless one has spent an undue amount of time fantasising about it, one will probably blow them on something stupid like becoming a prince because they’re simply not prepared for this opportunity.
I wonder if Za actually knows this. He’s evidently still learning about humanity, and has only just gotten to the concept of countries. Yet, even before he figured those out, he’s dumped all this Wam on us. Has he really, really thought this through? Is he sure this is a good idea? Or are we all supposed to just make it up as we go along? I know that the concept of an omnipotent God who has a master plan for all of us is a daunting idea, and perhaps hard to believe. But what if there was an omnipotent god, but it actually has no plan at all? Perhaps that’s the more terrifying thought.