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There are thousands of ethnic, religious, and other groups around the world that might aspire to self-determination and their own state. Consider how international politics would, and would not, be different if the international system consisted of thousands of states. How does would this differ from the effectiveness of collective security with only a small number of states? What are the implications of collective security with such a large number of states? What is the likelihood that interstate and intrastate conflicts would threaten collective security?