Africa’s failed states: the Central African Republic

My posts are published now on Africa on the Blog.

On 18 April, a post was published called Africa’s failed states: the Central African Republic.

In the post, I argue that the fact that some states in Africa fail is partly due to the fact that the boundaries of these countries are artificial and not related to what the peoples living in those countries would have chosen themselves. It would be better to redraw the borders of some of these countries in order to make them more homogeneous from the ethnic and linguistic point of view.

The post examines the work of ethnologists, who have tried to identify and classify the differences between languages. It argues that from the point of view of building feasible countries, it would be better to look instead at the similarities.

The example given is that of the Central African Republic. It is demonstrated that it would make much more sense to shift that country’s borders to the South, roughly along the lines shown in the map. This would bring all or most of the peoples who speak one of the Ubangian languages together in one country. The country’s name could be Ubangi and the national language could be Sango, a creole easily learned by all who speak an Ubangian language.

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