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    Nationhood : The future of Nationalism
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    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 ourselves?

    What if your nation was your values, a nation a thought?

    A map of these nations could not be solid, it would have to change based on a focus. It's contours and features would be specific based on each individual. This map shows the values of one Summer Smith, and her values mapped across 3 axis: Ecological, Social, and Financial.

    The values have scales based on a semantic differentials. The averages of her 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.
    Relationships and reputational identity of a set of values associated with the nation

    In any type of fluid space mapping system, we need to cover all points relative to the focal point. These points would be other people to which one could shift the focus and see what nation they are from.

    Perhaps the most interesting thing is to think of a values based economy, and pairing of beneficial trade relationships. Current beneficial trade relationships often come from natural resource surplus. What if a system could generate and identify the most powerful personal relationships. Introduce you to the nations of thought you need to be a better person, or find the group that needs your skills the most? Help you connect to those who share similar values and interests? Remind you of who you're fighting against and keep tabs on their numbers?

    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.

    Tue, Jun 10, 2008  Permanent link
    Categories: future, art, nations, nationalism, society, map, mapping
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    Spaceweaver     Thu, Jun 12, 2008  Permanent link
    I think you have here a very valuable and interesting idea. I like it very much. Have you read a book called 'The golden age trilogy'? Various aspects of this idea are being explored there with interesting twists such as reconfiguring brains to optimize the mind's capabilities to perceive and represent a reality that fits a specific chosen philosophic world view.
    Alan Smith     Mon, Jun 16, 2008  Permanent link

    No I haven't read the book you're mentioning. I can see how the concept relates though! It's a rich area of exploration, which I hope to see and do more of in the future as it becomes more relevant.
    meganmay     Wed, Jun 25, 2008  Permanent link
    I'm also very interested in this idea...perhaps we inhabit the same nation of thought!

    I've been thinking a lot recently about how to follow up the original "internation" brainstorm post, which envisioned an internet-like nation that would be defined by shared ideas rather than shared land masses.

    What i quite like about your idea is that you have many different nations of thought within an actual territory. So, when you walk around outside you are always a tourist, occasionally forming a temporary nation when you walk through the streets with people of the same "mentality."

    I'm curious how the money and the passports might come into play?

    Tyler Lang     Wed, Jun 25, 2008  Permanent link
    Wow, what a gorgeous way to layout the information . Did you design this map or is it from somewhere?
    Alan Smith     Wed, Jun 25, 2008  Permanent link
    Hey Tyler, yeah this map and system for designing it are both things I came up with based on similar conversations seperate from the "Internation" project, but it certainly sounds like it has a lot in common.
    meika     Thu, Jul 3, 2008  Permanent link
    research suggestion/ compare / a thought /reading?

    Cultural Theory of Risk
    folkert     Mon, Aug 18, 2008  Permanent link
    As seen in the Visual Complexity archives:
    connor     Mon, Sep 22, 2008  Permanent link
    this is nice, alan.

    is this simply a visual prototype? have you thought about taking it a step further to make something to generate them in 3d?

    the reason I ask is that i would be curious to see more than one person on one axis, and be able to toggle the attributes.
    meganmay     Sat, Sep 12, 2009  Permanent link
    I just came across some some great German worlds including Weltanschauung, which translates to world view in english and can refer to a shared sense of understanding across borders:

    If it were possible to draw a map of the world on the basis of Weltanschauung, it would probably be seen to cross political borders — Weltanschauung is the product of political borders and common experiences of a people from a geographical region,[5] environmental-climatic conditions, the economic resources available, socio-cultural systems, and the linguistic family.[5] (The work of the population geneticist Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza aims to show the gene-linguistic co-evolution of people).

    If the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis is correct, the worldview map of the world would be similar to the linguistic map of the world. However, it would also almost coincide with a map of the world drawn on the basis of music across people.[6]