Navassa Island, UMMOA
UMMOA Economic Prospects
UMMOA has extraordinary economic prospects. Technologically, there could be benefits from the potential of the .UM ccTLD; one could possibly collect rental fees for the 808 code; and new time and calendar standards which are ideal for UMMOA could make the country a pioneer in the development of time and calendar standards for the whole world. UMMOA also has wildlife tourism assets; potential cultural assets through its official English, Italian, and Interlingua; has significant natural resources with pink coral and Caribbeen rosewood; is ideal for coconut and seaweed farming; it is probably well-suited for olive and citrus fruit growing on Navassa; and would probably benefit enormously by the introduction of the Moringa tree.According to the latests statistics I have, Tuvalu (.TV), a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Australia, and with a population of 10441, makes 10.04% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from renting the .TV top level domain. I'm not saying that a non-ICANN .UM ccTLD would have the same economic potential, but there is definitely some economic potential, especially with greater use of the Cesidian Root.
UMMOA also has it own allotted 808 IDD (International Direct Dialing) prefix. This prefix is currently being used as the International Shared Cost Number (ISCN), which is a unique number assigned to a Recognized Operating Agency (ROA) for its International Shared Cost Service (ISCS) customer. This is great, because we can probably sue the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a UN agency, for abuse of UMMOA ISO-assigned property, and demand a different IDD prefix, and/or rental fees for use of the 808 code, originally assigned to the United States Minor Outlying Islands, especially to Midway and Wake islands.
The fact that UMMOA will use Swatch Internet Time as a time standard, and this even benefits us since UMMOA crosses the entire spectrum of world time zones for all practical purposes, and the fact that the Cesidian Calendar will be also be official, can also be both potential revenue generators. UMMOA time and calendar standards, are very likely to become global time and calendar standards in the future.
Special Wildlife Refuge tourism can also be a source of tourist revenues, and unlike other forms of tourism, this has a smaller environmental impact. Tourist revenue and pristine nature happily go together here.
The fact that English is official in UMMOA can be advantageous, since English has become the chief international language. However, the fact that our second language is Italian, can also be a source of income, or at least of savings and/or other advantages. Italian language study is currently booming in the United States (and for reasons unrelated to immigration), and even if current trends are maintained, Italian is likely to become the US's third language in importance within the next 20-30 years after English and Spanish. UMMOA, therefore, is likely to improve the already favorable economy for Italian-speaking linguists, and for all fields where speaking Italian is an advantage. Unlike other foreign languages, Italian is very attractive in the US as a foreign language for many reasons, not one, because it is connected with music, but also with art, cinema, cuisine, fashion, and literature.
The fact that UMMOA also uses Interlingua semiofficially, is also going to improve the status of that language, and it may even surpass the status of Esperanto as an interlanguage eventually. These two linguistic facets are going to either bring UMMOA additional revenues in the future, and will give our nation additional visibility culturally. We will be a cultural heavyweight.
Nature can also be a source of national income. Besides the obvious revenue from sustainable fishing, since UMMOA is made-up of many islands, we could also facilitate the raising of aquarium fish, especially the more exotic species. Midway is already an underwater sanctuary in that respect. Coral, and especially pink coral (Corrallium secundum), can also be a substantial source of national revenue, if used in a sustainable fashion. Caribbean Rosewood (Metopium brownei), which grows naturally on Navassa, is also a significant resource, since it is used to make high quality musical instruments.
Another significant source of revenue is represented by coconuts, plentiful on Johnston, but also available on other islands. Coconut oil is one of the best oils from a health perspective (olive oil is another very healthy oil), and coconuts are great food by themselves as well.
Seaweed farming is also a great idea, and is environmentally sustainable. While there is clear potential for certain farmed species like Kappaphycus alvarezii, Eucheuma denticulatum, Caulerpa racemosa, Gracilaria eucheumoides, and others that haven't even been exploited commercially yet, Cladosiphon okamuranus, also called Mozuku in Japan and Limu Tanga'u on the island of Tonga, is not only an edible "sea vegetable" like many seaweeds, and rich in minerals and other nutrients, but it is also a seaweed with potential as a nutraceutical (a food thought to have a beneficial effect on human health). Cladosiphon is a significant source of the group of bioactive sulphated polysaccharides known as fucoidan. Fucoidan is receiving attention in medical research circles because it appears to have anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant properties. It has even been used to successfully reverse many kinds of cancers. Cladosiphon, like many seaweeds, is also a source of alginates, and these have powerful detox properties (they help the body get rid of neurotoxic heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury).
It is clear, therefore, that these "silly islands" have enormous economic potential.
We can probably plant and grow olive trees on Navassa Island. Anything that grows on those hilly Greek islands, will probably have no trouble growing there, and that means figs, and citrus fruits, and even grapes could probably grow there without much trouble. The climate and type of soil seem perfect. However, we have a tree which is more native to this area, and it just short of miraculous.
The Moringa oleifera, aka Horseradish-tree, Ben-oil tree, or Drumstick-tree, is a tree that is worth planting on Navassa Island, but that would probably grow on any of UMMOA's islands. It is a fast-growing and drought-resistant tree, which is short, slender, and perennial, and which grows to about 10 m. tall. It has rather slender with drooping branches, a corky bark, and tripinnate leaves. The flowers are fragrant, white or creamy-white, the pods pendulous, brown, and triangular, containing about 20 seeds. The main root is thick. Fruit or other parts of plant usually harvested as desired, but in India or Sri Lanka fruiting may peak between March and April and again in September and October. Seed is gathered in March and April, and oil expressed.
Moringa oleifera is a multi-purpose tree with a variety of potential uses. The leaves, pods, seeds, flowers, and roots of the Moringa tree are edible, although the bark of the Moringa root should be scraped off because of its toxicity, and the flesh of the root should be eaten sparingly.
A pleasant-tasting edible oil can be extracted from the seeds for use in making perfume, protecting skin, and for use as a lubricant for fine machinery! Powder from seed kernels work as a natural coagulant which can clarify even very turbid water, removing up to 99% of the bacteria in the process.
Moringa trees are also well-suited for use in alley cropping systems, and various parts and products can be used as animal forage. The parts can also be used as a domestic cleaning agent, dye, fertilizer, honey and sugar cane juice clarifier, honey producer, live fencing, in traditional medicine, as an ornamental, plant disease preventative, for paper pulp, rope fiber, and hide tanning agent. The tree is practically the foundation for a new civilisation!
Ancient Indian writings, dating as far back as 150 B.C., refer to the Moringa plant and its uses. Early Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians prized Moringa for its therapeutic properties and also used it to protect skin, make perfume, and purify water for drinking.
Moringa oleifera is being called the most nutrient-rich plant on the planet. With its complex range of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, amino acids (including all of the essentials), and their important phytonutrients, Moringa is a rare powerhouse of nutrition. It has mass amounts of chlorophyll, more protein than soy, and a healthy quantity of omega-3 oils. When one uses the Moringa plant's most nutrient-rich parts -- the leaves, the fruit, and the seeds -- you also get zeatin, quercetin, beta-sitosterol, caffeoylquinic acid, and kaempferol, which allow the body to absorb every nutrient available.
Moringa oleifera is a superfood as much as spirulina is, but it grows on land, in the tropics, and on arid soil! It is packed with all nutrients necessary for a healthy life. Moringa leaves contain 7 times the Vitamin C found in oranges; 4 times the calcium and 2 times the protein found in milk; 4 times the Vitamin A found in carrots; and 3 times the potassium found in bananas! It is loaded with vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, C, D, E, K, and many more. It is loaded with minerals: calcium, chloride, chromium, copper, flourine, iron, manganese, magnesium, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, selenium, sulfur, and zinc. It has all 8 essential amino acids such as isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine, but also 10 non-essential amino acids such as: alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, cystine, glutamine, glycine, histidine, proline, serine, and tyrosine. Moringa also has other beneficial nutrients such as chlorophyll, carotenoids, cytokinins, flavanoids, omega (3, 6, 9) oils, plant sterols, polyphenols, lutein, xanthins, rutin, and many more. It has a total of over 90 vitamins, minerals, and other vital nutrients, including multiple antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
Biochemists, natural scientists, and healthcare workers are busy substantiating ancient claims of Moringa's effectiveness in treating more than 300 conditions. Many people taking Moringa have reported rapid improvements in skin, digestion, eyesight, mental clarity, overall well-being, plus a reduction in symptoms associated with fatigue, arthritic-like conditions, and aging. The gnarly tree can cure ills, purify water, and feed the hungry!
Moringa seeds are available from Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO) at +1 941-543-3246. Also, Trees for Life may have them at certain times of the year. Call +1 316-945-6929 for inquiries.
Hon Most Rev Dr Cesidio Tallini