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World sailing without a (US) passport
I'm not sure if this would be better in the Off Topic / politics section or here.
But anyway, let's say that some time in the future, for reasons that would belong in the politics section, that the United States becomes becomes hated world wide. The anger is so wide spread that if you travel to a foreign country you will likely have serious problems. Maybe the customs people won't want to let you in, or will steal from you. The citizens will hate you, much like the Japanese Americans were treated by Americans during World War II. They may justify stealing your boat and everything you have as payment for the crimes of America.
This may be a bit exaggerated ... or it may not be. The anti-American sentiment is already quite bad in some places. I know some missionaries in France back when there were all the protests against the Iraq invasion who were talking about how if they moved to this one other country that they should "hide their American passports and just be completely French". I think these feelings have worn off somewhat since then. But we haven't had any major foreign policy related events, like new wars, since then either. Well with Iraq most people were not directly affected, yet they were still quite upset. Just like how we don't protest wars when there is no draft, since they aren't directly affected. If another war starts, or some kind of economic trouble occurs which affects the rest of the world and affects the people directly, or at least America is blamed for it, then everyone will be affected directly, so I would expect many times more outrage against Americans. There are other things too, which belong in the politics section, but should the rest of the world learn of these crimes, the world's view of America could become quite bad, much like we thought of Nazis during WW2.
So, are there any poor impoverished places where you can go where they don't really care about passports and stuff, or a small bribe will take care of it? I'm not really concerned with being able to get in to the wealthy socialist and economically isolated places that have duties on imports where people typically like to go, like North America, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and so on.
How hard is it to get a foreign identity?
If worse came to worse and I just wanted to be able to go somewhere, or if I just wanted to fell some freedom for a while, aren't some very remote northern areas where I could go and never see anyone else, at least not from the government. Maybe like up North in Canada. The opposite of this spectrum would be a populated impoverished place where nobody really cares if you come, since everyone is trying to leave. So that's why I was thinking the problematic places would be those which are economically isolated, have a minimum wage, and where you don't find people making $1 a day.