Oceania is in a constant state of what in 1984?

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Oceania is in a constant state of war. The enemy nation may shift from one country to another, but the state of war continues.

Early in the novel, Winston recalls that:

Oceania was at war with Eurasia and allied with Eastasia yesterday, and not vice versa.

War is a tool of the state in this novel, helping the government to control its population through fear, blind hate, and nationalism. As a post-World War II novel, Orwell's book reflects a fear that perpetual war may become a reality in which citizens are manipulated into obediance, made subject to sweeping fears of violent outbreaks or attack. 

Winston reflects on the state of war in the narrative and receives a full account of the government's position from O'Brien.


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