With a messy form of federalist direct democracy, four official languages, two dominant religions, and a topography dissected by lofty mountain ranges, the continued existence of Switzerland is quite doubtful. In a long run of trials, Switzerland-type-nations are highly unstable. Of those that there ever were, the overwhelming majority have ceased to exist, and an even greater number of these states never came into existence at all. To a real scientist, the Switzerland on our maps is merely anecdotal.

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