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The Rise of Stateless Space I

Stateless space conjures images of Martian land grabs and unclaimed oceanic outposts.  However, a more home-grown version has been evolving along modern nation-state borders. Every troop deployment, immigration policy advance or triple-layer fence construction re-partitions border space into new, buffered zones of potential statelessness. These zones are a dimensional expression of the inability of governments to truly control their cartographically defined territory. It is one of the great paradoxes of the satellite era—current technological capabilities allow a kind of omnipresence in all state space, but their on-the-ground enforcement disallows citizens from actually accessing these zones. Several examples along the U.S./Mexico border illustrate the rise of these new zones of statelessness and how they pose the potential to undermine environmental and ethical codes. 

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