While the events being reported out of Iran are of mild interest to me, I find myself more drawn to the "understanding" (as I see it) of the next step in the evolution of political power: The SuperState. Of course, all States/Governments are interested in maintaining their existence/hold on power, but we are now seeing a new form emerging, an incarnation that has but one purpose, the maintenance of the status quo (the State's continued existence and its exercise of a monopoly of power).
The SuperState has existed in various forms in recent years with such sterling examples as the USSR, Communist China and East Germany. Notice how these monolithic, all encompassing Superstates were "the enemy" during the Cold War as opposed to our allies such as the Philippines under Marcos, Nicaragua under Somoza and any number of countries that we backed ("They may be bastards, but they're our bastards."). And yet these smaller entities were just as efficient, if not more brutal, playing at being Superstates. But size is not a major criteria for being a SuperState. A SuperState must be willing to engage in any activity that insures its survival even at the expense of the people it is supposedly sworn to protect.