Orwells Wars in 1984
(Extracted from article written in 2010 - source below)
Reflections in February 2023
With the perpetuation of the Ukraine & Syrian war, I find it remarkable how close we got to Orwells dystopian vision.
In George Orwell’s dystopian novel ‘1984’, the world is ruled by three superstates:
• Oceania covers the entire continents of America and Oceania and the British Isles - Airirstrip One.
• Eurasia covers Europe and (more or less) the entire Soviet Union.
• Eastasia covers Japan, Korea, China and northern India.
Unfortunately, there’s not much ‘super’ to these states except their size. All three are totalitarian dictatorships. Oceania’s ideology is Ingsoc (English Socialism), Eurasia’s Neo-Bolshevism and Eastasia’s is the Obliteration of the Self (one imagines some kind of buddhist-inspired fascism. If one can). These ideologies are very similar, but the people are not informed of this. The three states are in a perpetual state of warfare – sometimes two against one, sometimes all three against each other. These wars are fought in the disputed territories, running from North Africa over the Middle East and southern India to Southeast Asia.
https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/66-the-world-in-george-orwells-1984/ (The world war of the regions)
https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/1984/summary/ (Winston succumbs to BigBro and betrays Julia)
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