In the first century AD the current territory of Great Britain was inhabited by 27 tribes, from the Caledones in the Scottish highlands to the Dumnonii in the extreme south of England. Some of these tribes were, in turn, an aggregate of smaller tribes
After the withdrawal of the Romans from the region, waves of invasion by Nordic people generated permanent Anglo-Saxon settlements which slowly coalesced into kingdoms. One of them, Wessex, prevailed in time over the others and managed to structure a united England. This kingdom lost power to Danish invaders for several decades, until the Wessex dynasty recovered control. The Normans imposed policies and customs which served to reinforce a national identity.
The English experience was not unique and nations slowly emerged in other regions of Europe as the result of the progressive unification of tribes. Much later in history, a similar process is taking place in Africa, where nations are becoming slowly consolidated after long periods of tribal struggle.
This illustrates how long has been the journey of global populations to become nations and federations of nations, such as in the case of the European Union. It has been a progressive ascent into higher ranks of human organization and civilization, not without dramatic oscillations and setbacks, but always keeping an overall integrationist trend. It is, therefore, not surprising that many thinkers have entertained the idea of a world government as the end result of this long historical process of political integration. In Science Fiction, which has long predicted interstellar travel, the concept of, and pride in being an earthman has long represented the aspiration of humans to become citizens of the world, progressing beyond artificial political boundaries into the higher level of a united planet where we all are passengers of space ship Earth. Rather artificial political boundaries, cultural jealousies and religious fanaticism still keep many national communities behaving as large tribal movements, much in the same way that fear forced primitive man to become member of a tribe. The concept of national interest and exclusiveness is still very strong and has often led to violence, not only among nations but also among citizens of the same nation, as illustrated by the murder of a member of the English Parliament at the hands of a fanatic said to belong to a movement called Britain First.
The decision taken by the English people to withdraw from the European Union represents a step in the wrong direction in the path towards world government. It will cause great disturbances both to their domestic well-being and to the global economy. It is not surprising that this step originated in England, an island nation for which cultural integration has always seemed to come a little more difficult than for the rest of European nations. Yesterday it was mainly England that decided to break away from Europe. In doing so, it might have also triggered a political divorce with Scotland and northern Ireland, which clearly voted to remain within the European Union.
We think (and hope) the England’s decision only represents a point in the curve, just a negative oscillation when seen in a wide historical context. Even during the long and complex process of separating from Europe England might realize her mistake and come around to the idea of a single Europe, realizing that their withdrawal will be economically, politically and spiritually harmful to the nation. This will be so because the majority of the young English population voted to remain within the European Union and they will be the ones in charge of the future.