The Europeans have re-created their historical aristocratic class in the form of the new transnational bureaucracy that extends across and exchanges personnel among the United Nations, the European Union, various political parties, and a host of non-governmental aid and issues organizations. The "tranzis" may see themselves as virtually immune to economic and political disaster: Indeed, disaster is one of their specialties. Thus, even if Europe's economy deteriorates severely under centrally imposed stagnation and mismanagement, there will still be a need for the tranzis to administer and divide enlightenment Europe's last effects. For the present, fear, hatred, and ignorance serve their traditional roles in controlling and motivating the masses. In the future, sheer dependency may suffice. Peripheral Europe - where the tranzi influence is weakest and the US is the counterweight rather than the counterweighed - would possibly be allowed to experiment with a range of alternatives, from American-style democratic capitalism to neo-communism to brute anarchy.