Some time back in Norway’s history, a man of some rank named Harald asked a woman to marry him. She said no. Harald swore he would not wash his hair again until he had become king of all Norway. And he succeeded, which is why he became known as King Harald Fairhair.
As you might imagine, this elevation required some demotions, and not all of the demoted got killed. A group of people did not want to have to serve a king, no matter what his hair was like. They moved to Iceland.
Medieval Iceland, both as a pagan society and then as a Christian one, functioned for a few centuries as a society without a state. There were no state offices, or office-holders, or taxes, or legislation. There was only a yearly meeting where any outstanding cases could be heard and verdicts given by people who were respected in the society as judges. It was a completely private-law system.
No my question is, does what Paul says in Romans 13 mean that Christian missionaries should havd commanded these Icelandic “anarchists” to form a state. What about ancient Ireland? Or Israel in the time of the judges?
Oh, and how has Iceland prospered under its present democratic State government?