On June 2008, Alan Smith posted a great article on the topic of Nationhood,
on his Personal Cargo, part of the Space Collective community. As he
explains on his post: "As time marches on, we see the weakening of
geographical forces on the lives and activities of humans. The borders we
used to draw are being replaced with centers and relationships of relevance.
People flock to cities, the countryside empties, and the connection to a
National identity in a virtual connected world is no longer the most
powerful connection an indivudal feels to another group. So where will this
trend take us? What will the nations of the future look like? When we move
towards the borderless expanse of space and cyberspace, how will we define
Alan concludes his rationale with the question "What if your
nation was your values, a nation a thought?". In order to find an answer to
this inquest he build an intricate map based on the values of a made-up
persona called Summer Smith, represented across 3 axis: Ecological, Social,
The values have scales based on semantic differentials.
The averages of Summer values would determine the co-ordinates of her
Nation. Each nations name would be generated by the names of the company
alone. The population of the Nations would not be fixed to one number, but
rather have various thresholds between people who share the exact same
values, people who are similar, and people who are opposites. These could be
seen as Allies and Enemies. The size of the nation could be characterized by
the scope of the values, focused, or expansive.
Alan finishes the article
with an interesting prediction: "In the future, the importance of geography
will be matched by the importance of values and ideas. Overlapping islands
of thought within a flexible possibility space ever-expanding to match the
boundaries of human creativity".