The boundaries of many communities or created by fiat or accident — or both. The United States and the USSR split Korea on the 38th parallel because that line stood out on a map in an officer’s National Geographic. Earlier that same month, Germany was divided into zones of occupation that reflected, more than anything else, whose troops were standing where at the time. Many of our own American states were created by royal charter or act of Congress, their borders drawn by people who would never see the land in person. Absentee mapmaking was and still is a much more pernicious problem in Africa, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East — and everywhere else that tread of Empire has stamped the soil.
Only very occasionally have maps been drawn to reflect “the will of the people” and even in those cases, as we’ve seen in Israel, which began its modern history as, officially, the British Mandate for Palestina, the question naturally becomes: which people, whose will.
Dataclism - Christian Rudder