I wonder if we'd do a better service to the world community by limiting it to North America. Or, as Scott said, find ways to attract a larger number of countries to participate.
I definitely will cop to ignorance of the diversity of past participants in relation to countries of origin. Maybe we'd be better focused if we addressed one region and let it bubble up? Just trying to engage some discussion.
I think it would be a far better thing to live up to the intent of the event by putting in some extra effort abroad. Marc Smith is always spending time abroad at slams, in Europe especially. Pilot in Paris knows people who slam abroad. He even invites them to his big slam in France (each year, I think). Like I said, I believe it was the LAST time we were in Charlotte when we had something like 7 countries represented, so it's not been that long ago. Ireland was one of them. France, of course. A few others. Plenty of U.S. poets end up abroad for gigs. Is the case being made through them? Probably not. Should it be? Probably so.
So really, it just takes a person who really cares about this issue asking how to fix the problem, getting these kind of leads, and pursuing them. If Eirik or anyone else thinks this is genuinely important, it can be fixed in a month of emails and gathering contacts. I would imagine the EC can be sold on saving a few slots for world champs from competitions abroad to see what happens. They already get preferential treatment based on distance, so we have a rule in place designed for their access into the tournament.
You guys know there is a forum for international slams, right? I mean, it died, but it did exist ad as far as I know you can still see it on the list of forums here. There is stuff to learn from in it.
If we're just talking then there's your short answer: no, we cannot change iWPS to the INAPS.
(Or rather, we could, but then the next year you'd have to change it back when one of Pilot's band of merry poets showed up.)