|As any Earth schoolchild can tell you, the Terran flag has 240 stars, one for each state, and 7 stripes, one for each continent.|
In Berman-Gorvine's fantastical vision, many of these "countries" are at war with each other. Now, your average Solar reader, especially a Jovian or Saturnian, will find it quite incredible that so much conflict could exist in so small a space. And yet that was the case for most of Earth's history, until just two and a half centuries ago, when President Theodore Roosevelt, who had led the old USA through the Great War, declared that that insane conflict must be "the war to end all wars." (An obscure professor called Woodrow Wilson sued the great TR for "plagiarizing" that phrase, oddly enough.)
But what if the Earthly wars had just kept going? In Berman-Gorvine's dark vision, Israel is best by enemies on all sides, including one that's mentioned in the new article called "Iran," though I can't find any such state in my comprehensive Terran atlas--I think he may be referring to Persia.