Does Size Really Matter?

In honor of the upcoming vote on Scottish Independence (long live King Francis II!), a thought occurs to me: the last 30 years or so have seen a distinct trend towards smaller nation-states. The breakup of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, the Velvet Divorce of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the independence of Eritrea and South Sudan, all led to a devolution of power and geography. And is that necessarily a bad thing? We’ve been taught in political science for the last 100 years or so that balkanization leads to unrest, war, etc., but was that just the worried leaders of empires talking? Would the world be better off with many small, militarily weak, and necessarily economically interdependent countries as opposed to large blocs or empires?
Discuss amongst yourselves…

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