As noted above, China is a place that first comes to mind. While traveling there 15 years ago, the airports were watched by members of the miliary carrying machine guns. The idea of someone breaking the law there was ludicrous—even pre-9/11. Since violence is such a central part of how the Chinese government operates against those who break the "criminal" law and those who even speak out against, for example, civil rights violations (freedom of speech a crime in China—to voice one's opinion against the government), we can easily see how this would apply. There are a number of places in the world (Africa—e.g., Darfur) and the Middle East where violence is or has been a way of life for many years, taking the lives of countless innocent people. The concept of "governing" even applies to splinter groups that defy the controlling government, and become their own "governing" body, grabbing whatever control they can from the end of a gun.