"But the UN is a government--"
"No it isn't," Martin insisted, "It's a talking shop. Started
out as a treaty organization, turned into a bureaucracy, then an escrow
agent for various transnational trade and standards agreements. After
the Singularity, it was taken over by the Internet engineering task
force. It's not the government of Earth; it's just the only remaining
relic of Earth's governments that your people can recognize. ..."
Singularity Sky, by Charles Stross, ISBN: 0-441-01179-9, Ace Books. From
page 281 of the July 2004 paperback edition.
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