Why do we live in ‘countries’ these days?
Oh I know why we HAVE countries. It’s because some tribal chief with a taste for domination and a tee-pee full of hungry dependents decided it’d be good to move the marker posts out a bit. In other words, (or so I’m guessing) it’s because demand for resources and a desire to own more stuff drove initially small communities to expand and conquer new territory. To hold on to it, they had to eventually build a fence around it, set up passport control, and institute some sort of organised, unified system.
But what’s a ‘nation’ actually good for, apart from going to war against other nations and/or stopping them ganging up and taking our stuff? Can’t we cooperate regionally WITHOUT having to call ourselves a country? Wouldn’t our fights be littler and less deadly if it was only Coopers Creek against West Wyalong and neither of them could afford more than small arms?
Suppose we didn’t need any Presidents and Prime Ministers. Suppose if you wanted to tell The Government something you just dropped in on coffee break and left a note? Suppose the guy who ran the place lived next door and had to catch the bus to work?
I dunno. Do you?