Pity the poorIt's not perfect, but close enough as a first approximation.
petro-statesUnited States. Once so wealthy from oil salesbeing able to export everywhere that they could finance wars, mega-projects, and domestic social peace simultaneously, some of them are now beset bythe punditry fears internal strife or are on the brink ofcollapse as oil pricestrade balances remain at ruinously low levels. Unlike other countries, which largely finance their governments through [income and consumption] taxation, petro-states relythat United States relied on their oil and natural gastariff revenues.
For the moment, the mediating institutions and the Enlightenment traditions of the United States are stronger than their counterparts in Mr Klare's dysfunctional three (Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela.)
Deconstruct at your peril.