I am a Zimbabwean and I believe that the only way my country can move out of the economic mess we are in is not through politics. But simply giving away the country to anyone/any country that may be able to carry our burdens and debt in return we give them all the minerals and resources which are being misappropriated. So I would like to if I where to start a campaign to look for someone to claim the country how am I to go about it?

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    I'm curious as to whether you think that previous colonialism might have been part of what led to the current situation in the first place? At the least, colonialism has a very poor track record for increasing GDP and standard of living. – Obie 2.0 Jan 24 at 7:02
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    Also, Afrobarometer's survey of Zimbabwe attitudes suggests that about 80% percent prefer democracy to any other system. Since colonialism is intrinsically undemocratic for the colony, I don't think your proposed campaign would win much support. – Obie 2.0 Jan 24 at 7:07
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    @Obie2.0 It doesn't need to be undemocratic, just like territories of the US (or States, for that matter) are under the control of the Federal Government but are still democratic and still retain significant local control. – David Rice Jan 24 at 15:53
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    @DavidRice - I think few people would qualify internal political divisions (states, provinces) as colonies. To start with, they have representation, and thus a measure of input over their governance. Their local systems of government are also usually more autonomous than those of a colony. There are, however, some non-self-governing territories that people argue are colonies for precisely the reason of having no representation and highly controlled local government. – Obie 2.0 Jan 24 at 21:17
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    @Obie2.0 US Territories don't have representation in the federal government. – David Rice Jan 24 at 21:42

Welcome to Politics S.E. I'm afraid that your question does not quite fit our question-and-answer format. I'll try some comments anyway:

  • International law does not recognize colonialism any more. There are a few holdovers from earlier days, but for political legitimacy they require both tradition and the consent of the governed.
    Consider the French overseas departments, whose inhabitants are full French citizens, or American Samoa, whose inhabitants are almost but not quite US citizens.
  • Only sovereign nations could become colonial powers. I don't think any is interested in running Zimbabwe these days. Consider how much the war and occupation in Iraq has cost.
  • For that matter, look at the mess in Somalia.

So for both practical and political reasons, forget it. Zimbabwe has to solve her own political problems. The rest of the world may be able to help, but it can't take over.

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    And if the OP is looking for the British to return … the mess they're in with Brexit should demonstrate what a bad idea that is. – John Dallman Jan 24 at 7:32
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    "International law does not recognize colonialism any more." - what legal course under international law do Tibetans, Uighurs, or Crimean Tatars have? – Andrew Grimm Jan 24 at 10:23
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    @AndrewGrimm, the Chinese pretend that the Tibetians are Chinese. – o.m. Jan 24 at 16:18
  • @JohnDallman As a Brit, that stings, but you're not wrong. We're making a colossal mess of running our own country these days, never mind trying to run someone else's. – F1Krazy Jan 25 at 20:52
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    @F1Krazy: I, too, am British. – John Dallman Jan 26 at 9:47

A sovereign country such as Zimbabwe could apply to join a federation (for example, to join the United States as a new state, or as several new states), or it could appeal to any sovereign country to be annexed to that country in some form or another as an "overseas territory". Depending on the prospective country's constitution, there may already be mechanisms in place for this. Most countries would probably insist on seeing clear signs that at least a majority of the population supports the move.

As pointed out elsewhere, the prospects for convincing another country to do this would probably be slim, even without considering Zimbabwe's structural problems.

if I were to start a campaign to look for someone to claim the country, how would I go about it?

I would probably start by looking at the world's larger countries to see whether their foreign policy indicates that they might have an interest. Countries with strong anti-immigrant sentiment, especially if it is directed against African immigrants, might be less likely to be interested. Countries with strong geopolitical ambitions might be more likely to be interested, but I would be concerned that such countries would be less likely to act in the interest of Zimbabwe's people.

In practice, I suspect that this is more useful as an interesting thought experiment than a way out of Zimbabwe's political woes. I do not know much about Zimbabwe's current affairs, but speaking generally, if the country's politicians or people cannot agree on how to run the country, how could they agree to give its management over to another party? If mineral resources or other kinds of wealth are being misappropriated, wouldn't the beneficiaries of that misappropriation use the same tactics to thwart this plan that they now use to protect their interests within Zimbabwe's current political system?

To put it another way, any potential suitor would probably respond by saying "clean up your act first, then we can talk." That would of course frustrate the very reason behind your desire to pursue the plan.

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