Imagine for a moment Sweden declaring war on and violently annexing Norway. The idea is close to unthinkable, in much the same way war between Greensboro and Raleigh would be. The Nordic countries have not warred amongst themselves for over 200 years.
They’re part of what Dr. Douglas P. Fry and Dr. Geneviève Souillac – and their collaborators – call a peace system. “These clusters of neighboring societies do not war on each other, and in some cases don’t make war at all,” explains Fry.