The Worldwide System The Worldwide System Contact the Author Worldwide Space The Imperial system of weights and measures had many disadvantages, because it was based upon non-standard anatomy and had different bases. The French Revolutionaries wanted to use a logical measurement system. They based the metre on the distance from the North Pole to the Equator because they were not able to measure the circumference of the Equator. This measurement was inaccurate and it has been perpetuated ever since.    The arbitrary metre is now based upon the arbitrary second and this was originally defined as an eighty-six-thousand-four-hundredth part of a day but it is now defined as 9,192,631,770 vibrations of an atom of caesium. Britain is now using a hotchpotch of both Imperial and Metric systems.   The statute mile is still in use but it is now defined as 1609.344 metres.   In the Navigational system of latitude, longitude, distance and direction there are still sixty nautical miles to one equatorial degree of longitude.  This can be confusing when everything else is now divided by decimals. Worldwide Space is based upon the circumference of our planet Earth:  exactly 21,600 nautical miles, about 24,906 statute miles or 40,074 km.    If Earth's circumference at the Equator is divided by 360 degrees and then by one million, the resultant is about the same as the ancient hand unit.  If this is called a han then, using the notation from the Metric System,   there could be Gigahans, Megahans, Kilohans, millihans, microhans...   A cubic han could be a can and a cubic han of water could weigh a wan.     A global standard measure of wealth could be a wan of gold, called a gan. We would have a complete system of currencies, weights and measures.  Latitude, longtitude and compass directions would be in decimal degrees. All land, sea and air distances and directions would be exactly the same. Angles and directions would be expressed in degrees rather than radians. Commonly used temperatures should be in Celsius rather than Kelvin.     The Worldwide System includes every other physical measurement. Next>