On 17 February 2008, Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia, joining a growing list of fractured nations from the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia which now includes Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia and Slovenia. The secession split the world in two, with (as of today) countries like USA, France, United Kingdom and Australia formally recognising the new country while countries like Russia, Spain and Serbia itself refusing. Many countries are still in the process of recognising or taking the middle stance.

If observed, this is an ongoing trend, with the latest independence (excluding Serbia and Montenegro) being Timor-Leste in 2002. Numerous countries which started as empires have dwindled down to smaller countries, with the most notable example being Soviet Union (now a collection of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan).

Indeed, a quick look at Wikipedia reveals a list of hundreds of active autonomist and secessionist movements around the world at the moment.

There are still a number of countries still not recognised by one or more countries, including Israel, Palestine and Taiwan. Perhaps not a surprise, North and South Korea refused to recognise each other.

It does beg the question, where do you draw the line? Is identity more important than unity? Is pride more important than stability?

Is independence more important than peace?

If you could understand the colossal moral dilemma, you would understand the miracle that is Malaysia.

Since her independence from British colonial rule in 31st August 1957, Malaysia is still going strong despite having 4 major ethnics, 4 major religions and numerous languages/dialects. Despite Sabah and Sarawak separated from the capital by the South China Sea. If history was played right, Singapura and Brunei might have been part of Malaysia too.

Hundreds of years ago, the world was split into a few empires spanning several territories. Now it’s a collection of sovereign nation, united mostly by ethnicity. Perhaps in the future, it will be a loose collection of autonomous states where nationality is no more important.

Perhaps, the whole earth will be under a single government, just another planet in the D.O.O.P.—the Democratic Order of Planets.