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Spain Will Remove Catalonia Leader, Escalating Secession Crisis (nytimes.com)
submitted 11 months ago by magnora7
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[–]magnora7[S] 1 insightful - 1 funny1 insightful - 0 funny2 insightful - 0 funny2 insightful - 1 funny - 11 months ago (1 child)
Massive organizations being massive just to be massive doesn't actually provide value in and of itself. There's no reason a country should be big instead of small. Seems like people power-grabbing to me, using the state as an apparatus to do so.
[–]Node 2 insightful - 1 funny2 insightful - 0 funny3 insightful - 0 funny3 insightful - 1 funny - 11 months ago (0 children)
That's true, but in the case of countries, it seems like their most basic duty is to maintain themselves as an organization. The actual size is less important than maintaining credibility as a going concern, as they say. You start looking unstable, and it becomes more difficult to make favorable deals, and your costs go up.
Aside from the moral and philosophical arguments against self-dismemberment, which I believe are stronger, the more compelling and practical argument against it is its historic success in destroying ones own country/territory through civil war.