THE INTERSPERSED NATION-STATE SYSTEM
Historical analysis indicates territorial states were designed for relations among distant monarchs ruling largely immobile, non-nationalistic populations. The current dynamic of international relations is different. Now, citizens are highly mobile and are bound together by national identities.
Irreconcilable problems result when two different nations claim one land. A solution is also emerging--as citizens increasingly exist across borders, governments are using systems of treaties to govern their mobile citizens.
What if two states governed their respective citizens in the same land while structuring their relations through the type of treaties now common among countries sharing a border? Citizens of each state would pay federal taxes to and receive social services from their respective governments while also coexisting in overlapping territories.
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Geographically interspersed nations pay taxes to and receive public services from different governments
Governments over distinct nations of people define power through territorial divisions
The relationship between the nation and the government (an exchange of taxes for public services) coincides with territorial divisions