The future will eventually see fraternal societies organized around the concept of nations of people which are not political states, but which have an alternative form of sovereignty respected by political states and more like the domestic nation status of modern American "Indian Tribes."

I envision Upadaria being formally and legally organized as a fraternal society for Christians who unite around our Christian universals and our shared convictions, who wish to obtain mutual self-reliance and mutual assurance to be God's best with excellence and as  witness to the nations, who wish to help and support Christians in crisis (both internal and global refugees), and who wish to support a worldwide missionary effort that starts with living missionaly ourselves through intentional local extended multi-family households. As a fraternal order, ideally a fraternal benefit society, people who identify with our intentional Christian nationality will be able to come together in a private free association for mutual support and to conduct a shared mission.

In short, I envision a fraternal society based on the concept of a nation of people. What kind of fraternal society will it be? It will be a fraternal Christian missionary and refugee society. How will it be designed and what will its nomenclature and narratives be based on? They will be based on the concept of a nation of people whose God is the Lord. The online or virtual community will be called The Christian Commonwealth of Upadaria, and you do not have to be a member of the Society to join, although the Society and its members will administrate the virtual commonwealth.

Anyone can adopt this intentional Christian nationality, it is based on ideals and a Christian lifestyle and governance discipline, which you need nobody's permission to utilize and organize your life and relationships around. This is the nation, as in a nation of people whose God is the Lord.

The Christian Commonwealth of Updaria, as a virtual commonwealth, is modelled on the fictional "Crown Commonwealth of Upadaria", which is, in the fictional future history, partly a global commonwealth of states that use the UPDR governance model and partly a global commonwealth of non-state sovereignties which are made up of people who adopt the Upadarian nationality. Unlike the Crown Commonwealth, the Christian Commonwealth is a purely virtual, non-territorial commonwealth which would act as a non-territorial state or "micronation" to unite and gather people under the Upadarian banner for mutual support and encouragement. We leave it to God and the future to determine whether the Crown Commonwealth envisioned in our fictional future history ever comes into existence, but it would have to emerge organically and through free association between different societies and non-state actors which are part of the nation and through political states adopting the UPDR governance model. We don't foresee that happening any time soon and it may not happen at all.

These are difficult but important concepts which point the way to the future, and which are not limited by, although they may be informed by, the past. Today's modern nation-state and concept of sovereignty based solely on political control of physical territory is only around 400 years old, and it will have to compete with new ideas of sovereignty, rooted in a form of nationhood that is mostly spiritual and cultural and only incidentally political, insofar as national peoples (of which there are said to be between 9,000 and 12,000 in existence today) have to deal with political states (of which there are around 200). To remove yourself from a 400 year old paradigm, which also includes the current Christian view of the church, or churchianity (a form of Christianity which emphasizes local churches as religious groups led by clergy and whose main activities are church services), can be difficult. It is even more difficult to do this at a time when the first hints of a new dawn are slight and barely noticeable at a time when the old paradigm has been exhausted and is only producing what feels very much like a blanket of darkness.

The nation-state and churchianity, as they have been known for 400 years, are not suited to the future, in which we will see more voluntary and distributed forms of sovereignty, in which groups united by shared identity will demand more social, cultural, and economic autonomy, like more robust versions of fraternal societies or Native American tribes, and which will increasingly form virtual to local chapters which result in some form of intentional (even if distributed) communities wherein they can freely live their chosen way of life in peace. This does not mean people will suddenly form walled cities and isolate themselves from each other, but it does mean their primary daily, face-to-face connections and relationships will revolve around such communities which will be part of larger global communities of the same type which have the same convictions and standards that, sociologically speaking, form the basis of a shared nationality.

I am not saying political states will disappear, per se. Some might argue they could, others that political states of some kind must always exist, but they will definitiely become only one form of sovereignty and will not be culture-bearing institutions on par with, say, national Societies, which have a non-territorial basis for their sovereignty but which, through their own global institutions, wield economic power and have political influence. Indeed, as shocking as it is to some, the 17th century notion that the political state, especially the nation-state, should hold a monopoly on the use of force will be challanged and broken in the future. We are already seeing it happen with private armies ranging Africa, and it will only accelerate as the ability of the political state to perform the role of magistrate fully and fairly comes into serious doubt. So, we may see non-territorial Societies consisting of global networks of intentional communities, some distributed and some concentrated, sharing the magisterial role.

In essence, the future is going to resemble the past in many ways, but not exactly, I do not foresee the political state disappearing, and in some cases political states may become or remain quite centralized and quite stuck in the 17th century paradigm. But sovereignty, and the role of the magistrate, are going to undergo changes going forward, just as they have undergone changes in the past. The one constant is that people have always needed a magistrate of some kind and people tend to seek control over land for the exclusive use of their group, tribe, or national community. Control over land may become more dispersed, with single "nations", through societies and their distributed land-holdings, having some control over many locations and with political states having some control over all territory in their borders, but in a more cooperative way with societies.

We are not going to see business as usual, however it may take a few decades for people to really start to see what we can only discern dimly, as through a haze, right now. This is the reason why so few people alive right now have such a hard time understanding the vision and concepts of Upadaria- it is a vision for a fraternal Christian missionary and refugee society, a vision for a new nation of people whose God is the Lord, a vision for a new Christian civilization based on the UPDR ideals, a vision for a new Christian lifestyle and governance discipline also based on the UPDR ideals, and even a vision for the emergence of a new era in which the one universal Christian nation is the spiritual commonwealth of Israel, the spiritual state if the Kingdom of God, and the Eccelsia is both the governing body of the Kingdom of God among us and, at the local level, a spiritual city-state of the elect.

This is a big and sweeping vision that confronts the old paradigm and indicts it for its inability to meet needs today or to use current technology to its full extent while confronting its modern institutions for their betrayal of the ancient truths learned by our ancestors and which are eternal and cannot be changed. Few will see this, and this is as it was with Gideon: those whom God has chosen as founders will not struggle to see how a fraternal Christian missionary and refugee society consisting of distributed intentional communities based on an extended multi-family household can be based on the concept of being a nation of people whose God is the Lord.

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