We inhabit and relate to more states than our passports, visas and horizontal cartographies indicate. Many different kinds of state grow, both inside and outside of us, rise and fall over and above one another, come and go peacefully or violently, leaving deep, faint, or no visible traces of their past existence. From territorial and diasporic states to states of being and fantasy, we come to know the state less for what it is and more for what it incites. Let me start by giving you two polemic illustrations.