Special Administrative Regions and Virtual Government

2 min readAug 13, 2022

A Virtual Government Would Be Nice (7)

Part of the marble stele (grave marker) of Kalliades,
550–525 BC

A “virtual government” like a mirror budget resembles the concept of so-called “special administrative districts.”

A “special administrative district” is a mechanism for regional revitalization or experimentation by designating a specific area and deregulating restrictions there only.

Is there any difference between a special administrative region and a virtual government?

A virtual government is characterized by the “government” being created independently.

Installing an operating system as a bundle to fit development tools was based on the need to avoid unnecessary directives and ties.

Namely, if you want to change a particular new system, it is faster and better to clean up the entire environment surrounding it. The critical point was that virtual environments inverted the relationship between the container and its contents from the standard definition.

In a special administrative district, the ties (i.e., the environment outside it) remain intact so that eventually, binding with it arises when expanding it or deciding on its initial settings. The relationship between the container (environment) and the content (special administrative region) remains the same.

You have to change the whole for parts, but the whole is too heavy with ties to change. The solution to this dilemma was a mechanism that enables the scrap-and-build of the “whole” = the virtual environment.

Virtual environments change quickly. Speed leads to hope.

Actual institutional reforms would take a thousand years, virtual reforms a decade. That way, we can see the results more than once in our lifetime.

This fantasy occurred to us while using a virtual environment stacked in three layers for personal reasons.

Even though layers of virtual environments seem wasteful, developers still love the freedom to abandon their environments at any time. That’s what a developer is. And now, programming is required for compulsory education in Japan, and people’s mindsets should shift toward the developer’s perspective.

One day, one must find a reason why it is reasonable to build multiple virtual governments on top of one virtual government and even to have each country run a pseudo-United Nation. That is how the virtual environment has evolved.

Right now, though, we do not know the necessity of it at all.