President of Earth

 

There’s few Presidents of Earth in science fiction. General world governments are more common.

 

Overview

 

In tune with Immanuel Kant‘s vision of a world state based on the voluntary political union of all countries of this planet in order to avoid colonialism and in particular any future war (“Idee zu einer allgemeinen Geschichte in weltbürgerlicher Absicht”, 1784; “Zum ewigen Frieden”, 1795), some of these scenarios depict an egalitarian and utopian world supervised (rather than controlled) by a benevolent (and usually democratic) world government. Others, however, describe the effects of a totalitarian regime which, after having seized power in one country, annexes the rest of the world in order to dominate and oppress all mankind.

One major influence was Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward. The best-known advocate of world government was H. G. Wells. He describes such a system in The Shape of Things to ComeMen Like Gods and The World Set Free.

Some writers have also parodied the idea: E. M. Forster’s The Machine Stops (1909) and Aldous Huxley‘s 1932 novel Brave New World. Wells himself wrote The Sleeper Awakes, an early vision of a dystopian world.

World government themes in science fiction are particularly prominent in the years following World War II, coincident with the involvement of many scientists in the actual political movement for world government in response to the perceived dangers of nuclear holocaust. Prominent examples from the Cold War era include Childhood’s End (1953), Starship Troopers (1959), Star Trek (from 1966), the Doctor Who story The Enemy of the World (1968) and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1968) Later references to a unified world government also appear however in post-Cold War science fiction television series such as Babylon 5.

The concept also appears frequently in science fiction anime, whether in the form of a strengthened United Nations or an entirely new organizations with world presidential election. Examples of anime with this premise are Macross (adapted in America as the first part of Robotech) and Gundam.

 

Examples

 

 

The Doctor (12/13)

 

The Doctor/EMH

 

Nixon’s Head

 

My Picks:

Natalie Dormer

Michael J. Fox

Andre Braugher

Leonard Nimoy

 

Who would you pick?