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Latest revision as of 02:23, 13 July 2019

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In 1919 sociologist Max Weber defined the state as any "human community that (successfully) claims the monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force within a given territory". There are about 200 such groups in the world, which form an exclusive club that has portioned up (almost) the whole world up into particular jurisdictions.

Official narrative

The official narrative of nation states is that they represent independent political entities. Most of these claim to be "democratic" and that they seek to influence world events so as to promote the welfare of the citizens of that country. These 'democracies' represent the will of their electorates.

The blue is territory controlled by states which are members of the United Nations

Problems

Most "democratic" states use a hierarchical system of representative democracy in which the involvement of citizens is limited to a vote every few years. In many, the party political structure has been infiltrated (or even set up) by the deep state, and so is in no way responsive to the desire of the electorate.

Although some nation states are independent actors, the importance of national governments is systematically overstated by the commercially-controlled media, which is keen to obscure the role played by deep state groups. John Perkins, for example, has written about the systematic policy of removing national leaders who refused to submit to foreign control.[1] The result is that many nominally "independent" nations are in reality controlled by small groups whose loyalties lie elsewhere.

Rogue State USA

The government of the United States is openly contradicting the official narrative of how nation states operate. After generations of covert interference in the affairs of other nation states (bombings, assassinations and other interventions), the US has increasingly been claiming the legal right to outside its borders. It does not yet explicitly state that "might makes right", but prefers nebulous justifications such as "humanitarian intervention" or the "war on terror".

“The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else.”
Frédéric Bastiat (1849)  [2]

 

Examples

Page nameContinentTerritoryFlagDescription
AfghanistanFlag of Afghanistan.svg"The graveyard of empires" - Afghanistan has a reputation for undoing ambitious military ventures and humiliating would-be aggressors. Present belligerents take note.
AlbaniaEuropeFlag of Albania.svg
AlgeriaAfricaFlag of Algeria.svgFormerly colonised by France.
AngolaAfricaFlag of Angola.svgSouth West African state
ArgentinaSouth AmericaFlag of Argentina.svg
ArmeniaAsiaFlag of Armenia.svg
AustraliaOceaniaFlag of Australia (converted).svgA large island nation in the southern hemisphere which is pioneering universal surveillance of its citizenry.
AustriaEuropeFlag of Austria (state).svg
AzerbaijanAsiaFlag of Azerbaijan.svgA former part of the USSR.
BISBIS-logo.PNGThe central bankers' central bank - nothing to see here.
BahrainMiddle EastFlag of Bahrain.svgOil rich
BarbadosCentral America
Caribbean Ocean
BelarusEurope
BelgiumEuropeBelgium.jpgFlag of Belgium.svgFormer European colonial power
BelizeCentral AmericaFlag of Belize.svg
BoliviaSouth AmericaFlag of Bolivia (state).svg
Bosnia and HerzegovinaEuropeFlag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg
BotswanaAfricaFlag of Botswana.svg
BrazilSouth AmericaFlag of Brazil.svgVery large and not particularly populous country which has made a priority of biofuels.
British Virgin IslandsCaribbean SeaFlag of the British Virgin Islands.svg
BruneiAsia
South East Asia
Flag of Brunei.svg
BulgariaEuropeFlag of Bulgaria.svg
Burkina FasoAfrica
West Africa
Flag of Burkina Faso.svg
BurundiAfricaFlag of Burundi.svg
CambodiaAsia
CameroonAfrica
West Africa
Flag of Cameroon.svgWest African state
CanadaNorth AmericaFlag of Canada (Pantone).svgIf tar sands are counted, Canada possesses the 3rd largest oil reserves of any nation state.
Cape VerdeAfrica
West Africa
Flag of Cape Verde.svg
Central African RepublicAfrica
ChadAfricaFlag of Chad.svg
Chechnya
ChileSouth AmericaFlag of Chile.svg
ChinaAsiaFlag of the People's Republic of China.svgThe most populous nation state in the world
ColombiaSouth AmericaFlag of Colombia.svgColombia is an important state in the trafficking of cocaine to North America.
ComorosAfrica
Costa RicaCentral AmericaFlag of Costa Rica (state).svgAn armyless country between Nicaragua and Panama
CroatiaEuropeFlag of Croatia.svg
CubaNorth America
Caribbean Sea
Flag of Cuba.svgThe only country in North America under the influence of the USSR during the cold war.
CyprusEurope
Mediterranean Sea
Flag of Cyprus.svgA small, divided, island in the Mediterranean.
Czech RepublicEuropeFlag of the Czech Republic.svg
CzechoslovakiaEurope
Democratic Republic of the CongoAfricaFlag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svgA large country in central Africa, the majority of the former 'Belgian Congo'.
DenmarkEurope
Scandinavia
Flag of Denmark.svg
DjiboutiAfricaFlag of Djibouti.svg
Dominican RepublicCentral America
Hispaniola
Caribbean Sea
Flag of Dominica.svg
East TimorAsia
South East Asia
Flag of East Timor.svg
EcuadorSouth AmericaFlag of Ecuador.svg
EgyptMiddle East
Africa
Flag of Egypt.svgStrategically important due particularly to the Suez canal.
EireEuropeFlag of Ireland.svg
El SalvadorCentral America
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Related Quotation

PageQuoteAuthorDate
Government“No matter its guiding “ism,” every government has granted itself the power to initiate violence against its citizens. Just because the ruling agglomerate asserts this privilege doesn’t render it philosophically valid. What it does is legitimate the initiation of violence for any and all causes — domestic and foreign — the government deems proper. Having violated the first principle of nonaggression, nothing can stop that philosophical default from trickling down to the subject population.”Robert Gore11 February 2017


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