Is this the beginning of the disintegration of nation states?
In fifty or a hundred years will we find that the official structures that organize our world are corporations, not countries? Is the buddy, buddy relationship of Trump and Putin a harbinger of a really fundamental shift in the way life on earth is organized?
Never mind about the sub-rosa structures of wealthy people and corporations. I'm talking about official changes.
Trump and Putin form an alliance to form the most fearsome military force ever assembled on Earth. They conquer the planet after pounding China into submission with nuclear weapons.
The the real power struggle begins when Pootie accomplishes his tells Trump, "you're fired"!
This is a major blow to Trumps ego, so he launches an all out Twitter assault in retaliation.
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by Robinson. He addresses this issue in some depth.
It's not long, but it's also not the easiest read. Well worth one's time, though.
Fun read, but there are also some troubleshooting and thought provoking concepts embedded in the future in which the story takes place.
I had the pleasure of meeting Max Barry at a book-signing.
George Clooney and Matt Damon optioned Jennifer Government for the movies a number of years ago, but couldn't make a go of it. I hope someone does soon. It would make an incredible film.
You see it nicely in Catalonia, where what was built is coming unstuck.
In some places the process never fully took hold. Jugoslavija is a good example.
Nigeria's still building a nation state. They can't the way the French did back in the 1800s by all but disposing of Occitan and Bretagne and the various patois.
Russia is still building a nation state. They've redefined "Russian" along the lines of how we originally defined American or "Latino" (before some post-truth advocates a few decades ago decided that since race matters, Latino had to be a race, and helped enable separatist movements under other names).
The Westphalian nation state was a construct for world order that resolved the international ambitions of Christian sects during the Reformation and the Thirty Years War by constructing geographic territories in which the prince was supreme over religion and could dictate the religious and other social attitudes within his realm. During this period, religion was the primary transnational cause, and it was effectively neutered by the nobility.
During the enlightenment, other philosophies and ideologies began to emerge which also took on a transnational character. The French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars were the first of these new non-religious crusades. The Congress of Vienna and the restoration of monarchies delayed this impulse, but ideologies continued to grow during the 19th century. Finally, WWI and II swept away the crowned heads of Europe.
With the end of the nobility and the monarchs "ownership" of all the lands of the nation, came the end of the nation state. Since WW II geographic borders no longer have the inviolability that they once had, and major powers, such as the US and USSR have violated them whenever it seemed useful.
In the emerging multipolar world, nation states will become less and less important, and transnational religious and ideological movements will continue to grow in influence and power. Wars will be fought without front lines between contending forces, and expect to see the tactics of irregular warfare and terrorism developed further.