As a rule, "post-imperial formations" never (or almost never) become full-fledged states and continue to exist as economic and political appendages of the former (or new) metropolis. Almost always, the ruling elite in them is the direct successor (often a protege) of the colonial administration, the economy depends entirely on external factors, and the political and social structure adapts to the model of the former center. The preservation of such "post-imperial legitimacy" often leads to the fact that the same autochthonous ethnic group inhabits the territories of different post-imperial states, and several ethnic and religious groups live in the same state.In fact, the relative balance of interests is maintained in such cases only by appeal to an external factor, most often to the sheer or hidden power of the former metropolis (or the developed state that can replace it). It is very significant that at the last stages of the "liberation" of Africa, the Pan-African Congress decided to apply the principle of "post-imperial legitimacy" in all newly formed states, although many large African peoples in particular, Bantu, Zulus, etc. turned out to live immediately in two or three states. This was done under the pretext of avoiding ethnic, tribal and religious wars. In fact, it was about the desire of the leaders of the post-imperial administration to keep their artificial elites in power,not allowing the creation of new representatives of an organic national hierarchy in the process of national upsurge. Given the strategic and socio-economic backwardness of Africa and the lack of fresh and vibrant state traditions, this approach has worked quite successfully.