Chirol’s previous post on the dynamic between nation and state reminds me of this map from Strange Maps.
Although drafted recently by a Russian nationalist Mikhail Yuryevas a work of fiction in his book Third Empire, the belief that the world was heading towards political consolidation similar to this map was widely believed 30 to 50 years ago. With the Soviet Union, a unified India, growing European cooperation and talk of an African Union, many believed that “superstates” were the wave of the future. Today, with the grow of ethnic nationalism over state nationalism the opposite trend is in effect. But the back-and-forth between the nation and the state will continue to flucutate, and the future may someday see a return to great state conflicts and eventually superstates.