Asked • 05/06/19

Has support for the arts ever lead to an expansion of borders?

Many computer games (like Civilization and Endless Space), implement a "culture" or "influence" score that applies outward pressure on national borders. These scores are depicted as being raised by arts funding and buildings like museums and theatres. As a result, the arts appear to be moving borders: quite straightforwardly, if you build a museum your national borders will start moving outwards. Land will be (sometimes) be taken from enemies as if by conquest, and virgin territory will be marked as your on maps as you gain the rights to control entry and exit.Has anything like this ever happened? If necessary, broaden the scope to indirect effects: has support for the arts ever *lead* to an expansion of borders?

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