There has been discussion from time to time (and in various venues) regarding how Mahjong organizations view nationality, and how it impacts the ability and desire to participate in tournaments, from the following angles:
- being able to even apply
- being able to be a representative of X-nation (at home)
- being able to be a representative of X-nation when living in Y-nation (away)
- being able to represent Y-nation when living in Y-nation, and if the person's standing with X-nation even matters
What ends up happening is that a lot of people end up falling through the cracks, sometimes for good reasons, often for bad ones. I was going to say that it seemed like a self-evident tenet of Mahjong to want to expand across the globe, implying a universal form of equality, but it really isn't.
- For starters, do we accept that as a premise, and if we do, how do we implement it going forward?
- Is it citizenship or residence that matters?
- How would we deal with people in unorganized countries?
- What do we do with people from organized countries but that live outside the organization's sphere of influence? Is there an acceptable limit to say that X-nation can or cannot restrict eligibility of people who may be at some Z-distance from their sphere of influence?
- How do we deal with "countries within a country" (I guess at the moment, there is no separate organization in the UK), territories and protectorates of a country, etc?
- How do we deal with organizations who render people stateless/ineligible out of spite, malice, or ignorance?
I'd like to know what other people have to say about this. There were 23 countries present last time, it would probably be a good idea to spell this stuff out for the future to encourage a sustained participation of those 23 as well as other nations. I'd love to see at least 30 for next time around.