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My book "Towards a Science of States: their Evolution and Properties" was published in the beginning of 2015. Since then much has happened in the world which is of relevance for the book.

   

To the extent that the book contains theories of various kinds some of them may have met contradicting facts whereas other ones rather may have got some kind of support. In both cases these matters have to be discussed. How serious are the contradictions? Could they for example be dealt with by some small changes in the theory, or are they more serious than that? And how about the supporting facts? Of course they do not prove the theory, but still they can be more or less more or less convincing, more or less fundamental.

   

But the book also contains much else than theories. To take just one example the Appendix contains a classification of the 195 states in the world around 2014. Some of these states should, in all probability, be put in some other group than in 2014. Another very important new phenomenon are the suddenly so great migration streams. These are obviously relevant for theories and ideas about states. The migrants are leaving some states for some reasons, and they try to get into other ones hoping to get a better life there. And there are more topics like this, topics not dealt with in the book, but, nevertheless, falling within its general framework.

 

Finally, and in spite of all my efforts, the book may contain faults or dubious matters which for some other one may have been obvious already in 2015.

   

Here I will deal with matters like these and I will try, as far as possible, to relate the discussions and comments to the chapters, and their sections, in the book. Hence the links to the chapters with their titles below, and the links to the sections of the chapters with their subtitles on the chapter pages.

 

Chapter 6: Dictatorships

 

Chapter 10: The properties of representative democracy

 

Chapter 11: Statelessness

 

Appendix: The states in the present world

 

PS. This project of mine has just begun. Therefore, and for some time ahead, it will be quite sketchy. Hopefully, and bit by bit, it will however become more plentiful and comprehensive.