There are seven levels of social territory and correspondingly seven tiers of political organization. We can now summarize the framework and then review various implications.
This Matrix-Table summarizes theFor territory synonyms, go to the relevant webpages by clicking on the political organization.
|Primary Political Concern
|Humanity sharing the planet
(UN aspires to this role.)
|Promoting the rights of man and protection of the global ecosystem.
|Group of similar adjacent countries
|Feelings of cultural commonality
|Consortium of Nation-states
|Developing wider cultural links and greater security.
|Country with a Culture
|Protecting the nation: its borders, and sense of cultural unity; plus doing what society requires.
|Distinct sub-cultural and socio-geographic features.
|Sustaining and developing the regional cultural identity.
|Town or District
|Area of daily travel for most services and recreation.
|Regulating the collective necessities of daily life.
|An area able to be walked around while getting to know many families.
|Regulating the immediate environment.
|Area for personal living.
|Regulating personal autonomy and belonging.
The distinction between politics and government, made at the outset, is further clarified here in that all 7 Levels are in the sense of using power and wealth for the good of all;
but only 4 Levels are in the sense of producing rules (laws) backed by force to ensure adherence.
The most powerful tiers seem to beand . Each has a wholeness and seeming self-sufficiency. However, that view may be misleading from a longer-term perspective. Changes in culture are what drive changes in political organization
Theis often formed through conquest, and then its hold over its is necessarily weak unless it is determined to use violent force.
Althoughare often problematic, the intrinsic strength of their (sub)culture, determines the configuration of the , which is the element of any and .
Examples: Scotland became part of Great Britain in 1707, but was never fully assimilated. Czechoslovakia, once free of Russian domination, rapidly broke up into the Czech and Slovak Republics.
Theis a function of people living in that district (i.e. ) and changes in work-patterns or living arrangements can radically alter the political situation.
The views ofdetermine what counts as a and shape the . Life here is practical, and cultural issues are usually irrelevant unless stoked at higher tiers.
Racial tensions are not inevitable. Different cultural and ethnic groups commonly lived peaceably together in towns and villages prior to cultural conflicts around nationhood: e.g. Hindus and Muslims prior to partition of India; Arabs, Jews and Christians prior to the creation of Israel.
Originally posted: August-2009; Last updated: 15-Nov-2010