How does this fit in Nicaragua?
A friend sent me a copy of this editorial from a Michigan newspaper. While my personal conclusions are different than those implied by the author, it's a short piece which raises some serious concerns. My reason for posting it here is to talk about how Nicaragua would fare in the points being made.
[Unfortunately, I don't know the name of the newspaper where it appeared. I assume it is under copyright but claim fair use here as it is being posted for discussion.]
To start, let me take the last point, "How do we handle a major crisis?" Clearly, a major crisis in Nicaragua can be a much smaller event than something that qualifies in the US. While there are ways to compare the two countries that make Nicaragua look even smaller (such as GDP), if we just use population we get a ratio of over 50:1. Thus, some natural disaster that effected 5 million people in the US would be equivalent to one that effected 100,000 in Nicaragua.
This type of event is not that uncommon here. Hurricanes and tropical storms with this level of impact happen on a regular basis. The typical first response in to send in the Army. (Nicaragua is not involved in any foreign wars. The Army pretty much serves the functions of what would be the domestic use of the National Guard in the US.) It is also quite common for other nations to help out -- particularly with donations of food and supplies. More often than not, reconstruction is done with a combination of workers including the affected locals. I mention this because, in the US, you might see months or years of studies and permitting proccesses before any real action takes place.
This doesn't make the US approach better or worse than the Nicaraguan approach but it is clearly quite different. When people considering a move to Nicaragua ask "How can Nicaragua survive without a department of redundancy department?" [to borrow a phrase from The Firesign Theatre], you need to take the difference of approach into consideration.