VIII.20 Consequence of the preceding chapters

, par Stewart

If the natural property of small states is to be governed as republics, that of medium states is to be subject to a monarch, and that of large empires to be dominated by a despot, it follows that, to preserve the principles of the established government, the state must be maintained at the size it already had, and that such a state will change in spirit to the degree that its borders are contracted or extended.