I've said on a few threads that I feel that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) would be the best organization to have control of the Stargate. My argument is based on the fact that many member-states of the International Oversight Advisory (IOA) are either members of NATO, or partner countries with NATO. Also, since the United States of America currently controls the gate, NATO would be the international organization that they would be the most comfortable with since they wield so much influence, and only their closest allies are members.
The primary issue with NATO controlling the Stargate is that it, by definition and geographic restrictions, excludes important IOA members such as Japan, Russia, China, Australia, New Zealand, etc. Since it is unlikely that NATO could easily be significantly reformed to be able to include this countries, I now propose that a new organization be created around the Gate Alliance Treaty...GATO (pronounced Gate-O, not Gaht-O, like a cat ).
Since all IOA member-states are also signers of the Gate Alliance Treaty, no nation would be excluded. The foundation of the Gate Alliance Treaty Organization should be based upon the principles of what made (and continues to make) NATO such a successful and resilient alliance. Maybe NATO's current infrastructure could be transformed into GATO, which would expedite the process, and help retain the institutional norms and values that NATO has established over the past 60 years.
I want to base this alliance on NATO, because it is the most successful alliance in history. It has lasted for over half a century, and continues to thrive even though the threat it was initially created to confront has passed. Not only has it survived, it has grown! The membership has almost doubled since the end of the Cold War, and the creation of the NATO Response Force (NRF) and the reforms of the Prague Summit have shown that NATO is capable of adapting to new roles and new missions (such as out-of-area operations in Afghanistan as the head of the International Security Assistance Force).
Though NATO is a military alliance, it has also become a political organization, and a unifying institution. If GATO could exhibit these same qualities, I think Earth's govenments could have an unprecedented level of cooperation, especially when it came to planetary defense.
The IOA Joint Committee could become the Gate Alliance Council (GAC)...okay, maybe "gak" would be a bad idea...yeah, we can just call that the IOA.
What do you all think? Could GATO really work? Any suggestions about how to make it happen?
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