PERSON \ ? DWELLING \ ? WATCH GROUP \ ? NEIGHBORHOOD \ ? VILLAGE \ ? COMMUNITY \ ? TOWN \ ? AREA ------------- URBAN or RURAL? (city or countryside?) REGION \ ? NATION \ ? CONTINENT \ ? PLANET \ ?
Most of these
sound familiar but their common usage is sometimes vague.
There are many other similar-sounding names for settlements of all sizes,
but these twelve seem to fit the model the best.
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For example, one hears
the Portland metro area
Metro is called a regional government
for that same area.
defines the uses of
The world is rich with variation, for example:
The above address shows the hierarchical relationship in two dimensions. It can be written in 1-D. For example, within the USA, my current address could be written asPERSON John Miller DWELLING Time Haven WATCH GROUP North End NEIGHBORHOOD Boone's Ferry Road VILLAGE Collins View COMMUNITY Burlingame TOWN Southwest AREA Portland REGION Pacific Northwest NATION America CONTINENT North America PLANET Earth
JM/8959/N/BFR/CV/SW/PDX/PNW8959 is an alias for the dwelling name, PDX is an alias for the area, and so on.
Mail sent within PNW region would not need PNW in the address, just the area, PDX in this example. Mail sent from within the village need have only the neighborhood, watchgroup, dwelling and person in the address (because of the way mail could be sorted).
This scheme also lends itself well to sorting goods to these addresses, and can be the attraction to an address when wandering the transportation landscape.
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