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The British empire

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Centuries before the United States was a major power, England led the world at building a global empire, exploiting foreign civilizations and resources, and producing massive trade arrangements to its advantage. 

At one time, England held or possessed nearly 100 different locations and places on earth, resulting in the introduction and practice of English-based legal, linguistic, economic, military, social, and cultural traditions that, to this day, have had lasting effects.  

Today, England has lost much of its imperial holdings and relative power while the United States has become an economic, political, cultural, and military center of gravity. 

Today, the British Navy is a relatively small organization compared to the American Navy, unable to project and deliver state-sponsored maritime-based violence worldwide to the degree that the American military is able. 

Royal Navy visit to Guam

Recently, the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth came to Guam for a visit. The intent of the port visit was to give the crew a break as it continues its long-term multinational journey and military exercise training throughout the Blue Ocean continent and Asiatic regions. 

Making an extended visit to Guam has enabled the British to resupply food, water, and materiel, perform a variety of maintenance procedures and dump garbage produced and collected while at sea.

The British are in the general region, making their presence known once again to signal to Asia and Pacific allies that they remain engaged militarily in an area of the planet that represents the largest concentration of people and total wealth worldwide.

The Chinese government is not happy about this. 

This maritime effort undertaken by the English Navy is prohibitively expensive for British taxpayers because huge sums of money are required to support a surface ship, aircraft, and submarine fighting force conducting a long-term activity. 
The British are also practicing how to operate new fifth generation fighter aircraft that have been sponsored by many nations and production led by the United States.  

British behavior, conquest, and damage to the Blue Ocean continent

The British, like the Americans, have a mixed history when it comes to past behaviors conducted throughout select areas of the Pacific Ocean. 

The British previously conquered and took control of several Blue Ocean continent locations to include the Solomons, Nauru, portions of Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. 

New Zealand and Australia also have deep English roots stemming from conquest, initial forced relocation, and other English derived actions. 

The English were involved in nuclear weapons testing in the Deep Blue Pacific Ocean continent during the last half of the 20th century, outside of Micronesia and mostly in the southern Pacific. 

As was the case with the United States, the English did not seek nor did they solicit the prior, written, or formal consent of Pacific Island nations or islander civilizations near selected testing areas prior to engaging in a host of Blue Ocean Continent nuclear tests. 

What this means to our Chamorro Pacific Islander civilization 

What all this means to our people in today’s environment is that major European powers are most interested in expanding their military-to-military relationships with Pacific Asia nation state powers, including America. It means that the militarization of our Marianas Pacific Island chain will continue to be one of several Deep Blue Ocean continent locations where first nation efforts to prepare for war-related contingencies will ramp up and continue. 

What is taking place in our island chain region is also taking place in the Central, Eastern and Northern Pacific Ocean areas and beyond.
 
Our Deep Blue Ocean continent civilization will see more and more first nation military activities geared toward seeking out and hunting down Chinese, DPRK, and Russian aircraft, submarines, and surface ships.

What this means is that our Pacific Island chain will likely see more military personnel from England and other English-speaking countries on the ground in the foreseeable future. 

What we should also expect to see is many first nation militaries, including the British military, to concurrently continue to rebuild, modernize, and replace major weapons of all kinds, whether they be aircraft, submarines, surface ships or unmanned assets. 

The worldwide arms race shows no signs of slowing down, and its first and second order effects have come and will remain present throughout our collective island chain doorstep.

Pacific Islanders, Atlantic Islanders, and all kinds of interesting oddities

Beyond all things military, there are some interesting attributes that the British and Chamorro people share and do not share. 

While we certainly don’t have similar outward physical appearances, our Chamorro civilization and the British civilization are centered and associated with interacting on small areas of land surrounded by ocean. 

One stark and ever-present difference is that islanders of the Atlantic have long been much more aggressive, expansionist and outright ruthless at times when compared to Pacific Islanders when it comes to the exploitation of foreign peoples and populations, natural resources, social system norms and interpretations of these past behaviors. 

Yet when it comes to matters of love for the ocean, fishing, religion, and socializing, Atlantic Islanders and Pacific Islanders are similar in a variety of ways. And as is the case with our Chamorro people, the British population is also very proud of their collective heritage, language, and societal traditions. 

Some of our Chamorro families and relatives are descendants of English whalers or tradesmen who passed through the Marianas centuries ago and decided to stay. 

Several other Chamorros and villagers living in Guam and on Saipan both past and present have completed university degree programs at places like Oxford University, Cambridge University, and the London School of Economics. 

Rick Perez | Author
Rick Perez used to serve in the U.S. military and has work experiences in public policy research and public affairs. He is passionate about national security and geopolitics and runs a newsletter called Guam Affairs at guamaffairs.substack.com. For questions or comments, contact Perez at rickp7839@gmail.com.

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