The human need for government did not get wiped out by the floods and famine and plague. Some of the governmental systems that we use, however, were changed radically.
The most stable national government in the new world is easily that of the Pristine Dominion of the Netherlands. The huge reach of their political influence – most of non-Mediterranean Europe – may imply a hugely powerful central government, but this is not the case. In fact, the distributed and diffused nature of the PDN’s government means that individual member city-states retain most of the power, including rights of militia and taxation. The umbrella acts as a whole only in specific issues affecting the majority of members.
The Republic of America is a more likely competitor for the most powerful national government. Heir apparent to the resources of the old United States, the Republic claims the place of world superpower with no competition. On the world stage, the Republic stands proud – but most of its energies are directed towards resolving its disagreements with the American Confederacy of Independent City-States, which in turn simply denies the legitimacy of the Republic as a representative government.
Other national governments of note include Japan, the Siberian Commune, and the Canadian Commonwealth. Smaller inter-city governments exist, generally on a locally-focused level, and numerous cities retain the status of city-state, governing themselves solo.
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