Expenses on joining different leagues can be a major problem for some individuals. Aside from the cost of admission, other expenses may include utilities, land use, and day to day maintenance. It is important to find a balance in order to keep your bottom line healthy. While it is a good idea to be transparent about what you are charging your constituents, it is also prudent to be honest with them about your organization’s budgetary capabilities. The best way to do this is to clearly describe the scope of your operation and the budget you expect to spend on the various activities. If you have the right people in place, there is no reason not to be open about your finances.
Aside from the usual suspects, a few nations took the initiative to put together a comprehensive plan for the creation of a global governing body. These countries included the United States, Great Britain, France, Japan, and Italy. Among other things, the three governments agreed to exchange information on armaments, and to suppress “evil effects” of private manufacture. This was the first step in the establishment of the League of Nations.
Nevertheless, the League of Nations did not come without its share of problems. One of the biggest hurdles was the lack of funds to carry out its mission. The League of Nations was composed of a variety of auxiliary institutions. Some were designed to help the League achieve its mission of settling disputes, while others were conceived in hopes of preventing war. Fortunately, most of these were of a legal or political nature, and did not have to be financed with taxpayers’ money.
To get an idea of what a League of Nations budget looked like, it is interesting to note that the average annual expenditure for the organization was under five million dollars. That figure does not include costs associated with running and maintaining the headquarters or the aforementioned offices, which often consisted of one or two rooms and the main hall. Nonetheless, many of these expenses were covered by the League’s generous sponsors. However, if you are a small state, you are likely to be excluded from the benefits of membership. For instance, the US did not participate in the League until after its belligerent ancestor had gotten into World War I.
Despite its many shortcomings, the League of Nations did a good job of promoting international cooperation in social and economic affairs. In short, the League of Nations was an exercise in philanthropy, but one that was hampered by poverty. Indeed, the most successful League members were those that made the most out of their meager resources. Sadly, many of the more wealthy nations did their best to cut back on their expenditures to the bone.