2012 has brought a lingering question to the surface of everyone’s minds; do we require governance? The idea of governance was created by the Romans who gave us great achievements such as most of the English language and great architecture. So it seems reasonable to entrust our civilization with the social morals and ideals of these intelligent Romans. However, this is the same civilization that introduced the world to slavery and foreign imperialism. So, after hundreds of generations passing down the idea of a state being the higher power, it’s about time we stepped back and thought about what we should pass on. Will we rise to the same glory as ancient Rome, or suffer the same fate at the hands of governance? Let us take a look at governance through hypothetical Gubernatia, which is ruled under complete governance of a higher authority or monarchy. This type of power over a city usually takes several years. Gubernatia can experience the pros of governance through appropriate democracy and a stable economy. Similar to Norway, which is ruled under its consitutuional monarchy. Norway benefits with the highest standard of living in the world, lowest crime rate, and one of the highest GDPs per capita. Governance may appear to be a shining utopia of rainbows. However, amidst every national body, there’s always one cataclysmic judicial anatomy down, corruption. After years of trusted governance, the governance of Gubernatia begins to take a toll on the justice system and governance is slowly stripping Gubernatia of its basic human rights. An example of this can be Syria, which as a result has suffered long term political unrest, economic instability, and major internal corruption due to the unjust policies taking place within the governmental body. A revolution occurs in Gubernatia, the corrupted government is overthrown and governance has diminished. Gubernatia now goes by a system of anarchy. There is an absence of leaders and forces that establish and regulate laws. This type of country is primarily seen post-revolution. Once people have gotten a taste of harsh oppression, they will lean towards achieving as much freedom as possible. Under a system of anarchy, the people of Gubernatia are able to speak and act freely, they are free of any form of oppression. They can prosper without being subjected to the corruption that comes with government. This proved evident in Somalia. Before the Islamic Courts took control in 2006, Somalia was not administrated by any federal government. The economy soared and distribution of wealth was balanced. Compared to their neighboring nations, Somalia had the highest standards of living and the lowest poverty rate. However, Gubernatia is experiencing too much freedom. Without a basic central government, Gubernatia is slowly spiralling into chaos as disorder begins to take a toll within the country. The absence of a state can go horribly wrong. An example of this would be Libya, postrevolution. Militias and armed groups have increased and violence has become widespread.Now, what is Gubernatia left with? It has suffered under both extremities of civilisation, chaos and order. What should we turn to? Will there ever come a time when humanity can handle itself without resorting to chaos or violence? Or will we suffer under the cruel mistress of governance?
By: Tala Ezedien and Sarra Hamid