Suppose the aliens come – and decide to ignore the USA and land somewhere else? Suppose they land in Argentina, for example, and can be seen on local TV having cordial meetings with President Kirchner (or whoever)?
I know this scenario was touched on in District 9, but that film didn’t spend a whole lot of time on the issue. So … how would the US government react? How would US citizens react? (Would this matter?) Especially if the locals at the landing zone seem to be getting on fine with their visitors, and possibly trading information or technology?
It would depend a lot on the govt of the USA at that particular moment. Potus Nixon may have reacted differently from Potus Clinton.
Step one , make sure that there is no threat to Conus
Step two , ensure abassadorial relations if I assume that ET likes that particular country or came down in semi controlled fashion and is making the best of a crappy situation.
I’l make an assumption on the rest, no matter what information or trade that ET makes, sooner or later its going to migrate to other countries, be it the states or china. If the aliens are a trading race, then they are gonna want the best bang for their buck or shekels and that means that the host nation may have to cede part of their country over to the ET’s as a special economic region.
In order of what I would want, assuming a extra terrestrial trading delegation, would be their astrogation data, anything else would simply be decades in reverse engineering or just a better or different way of doing things that we are already doing.
They come for Slaves: Industrious China, with 1.3 billion people, would provide a ready source.
They come for Food: India, with 1 billion people, would seem a likely choice.
They come for Ideology: Then wherever they want to land.
They come for Resources: No need to land on Earth.
They come for Conquest: Again, not much reason to land. At least not until after they’ve nuked certain spots from orbit “just to be sure”. Even then, the logistics of planet wide occupation dictate that they create bases in only a small number of key spots from which to terrorize and dominate the local population. No Klingon occupiers on every corner - that would take many many millions of Klingons.
As I established in the other thread, they’re here for women. With that in mind, and given that aliens are bound to be a bit perverted (look at the phallus-shaped rocket ships!), I’m betting they end up in Japan after surfing internet porn for a little while.
And the weirdness coming out of Japan won’t change in any way.
We draft Hollywood into making a “video inteligence summation” directed by J Cameron, M Bey, and a few others. Give them the GDP of some small shithole to do the video and by the time ET has finished watching it, they are gonna be looking at their friends in a different manner.