„The map had been the first form of misdirection, for what is a map but a way of emphasizing some things and making other things invisible?“

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„The territorial imperatives that until very recently have been the main reason for war start to make way. As the physical and material world gives way to this infosphere, these things become less and less important. The nationalists then go into a kind of death spasm, where they realise where the map is evaporating, and there is only response to that is to dig their hooves in.“

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