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A one nation planet equals peace?

What if all governments were forcefully subsumed into one? all national borders abolished? a single planetary government ruled over all the people on earth? this is a very common motif in Science Fiction, especially in near and relatively near future stories, but mostly al of them skip over to the part where this kind of government has already been instated, skipping over the not so friendly transition period. Think about it, you have been a national of whichever country you live in for your entire life, some more fervently than others, but we have all at some point proudly said "I am a... (insert national appellative here)", and at some other (maybe even right after the other) have said "...(insert name of bothersome neighboring country here)... sure are (insert demeaning and/or negative adjective here)".

Then imagine that one day along comes a new world government and says: "You are no longer a ..." you are now a citizen of the world. This would probabl…

Religious Zealotry - the lesser of all evils in Science Fiction?

After all other evils have been covered, religious zealotry rears its ugly head above the landscape of Dystopia. We all know that zealots tend to gather in isolated groups, to form their own minority, after all the kind of people who have the one sided mindedness necessary to become a zealot is not something frequent. So then what would happen if all of a sudden you gave the zealots power enough to become the ruling group? or even worse, what if they turn political ideas into a sort of religion?

Take for example the Ford religion seen in Huxley's Brave New World, where the economic and political ideas of Henry Ford are taken to the level of religious doctrine, and anyone deviating from the established way of life, and the accepted social principles, they are faced with a sort of inquisition that ends in exile and ostracism. Another very clear example is the entire society portrayed in, once again, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaiden's Tale, with an enforcement of some of the …