Cultural upheaval, like the breakdown of Yugoslavia and similar, causes humans to create ‘turbulence’ that manifests itself as civil and political unrest. And this will continue until a new balance of power is found.

On reflection, this appears to be the natural response that is also witnessed as when removing a rock from the bottom of a still pond.
The action of removing the rock creates disturbance in the immediate vicinity. The surrounding silt wells up in clouds, then slowly dissipates over an area far wider than the rock originally took up, thus affecting much more than only the space it had occupied.
This disruption causes territorial disputes in both animals and plants.

The animals will have come to accept that rock as one of the defining features of their world. Similarly, the plants that grew around the rock will have always have had the rock to grow around, under, or on.
In both cases it had ‘always’ been there.

The animals will now have a battle over the new territory as the territorial boundaries created by the faces of the rock have disappeared. If they don’t stay and fight to protect what they deem as theirs, they will move out looking for new homes, and new protection from predators, thus causing a temporary imbalance in territorial boundaries much further afield.
The plants will have their own territorial battle, albeit a lot slower. They will now battle over space for the nutrients in the newly exposed silt, and over access to sunlight that was previously unavailable to all.

All of this clearly demonstrates that :
1) Defining features of an environment have a direct affect on all things within that environment.
2) That a change to that feature causes disturbance to life of all forms, that often results in conflict through new pressures of survival and power balance.
3) That the apparent individual nature of ‘things’ is in fact an illusion, as a change in one ‘thing’ causes a ripple effect in other ‘things’.

The change in a ‘thing’ doesn’t even have to be of the physical world.
A loud sneeze in a quiet office can often cause humourous comments from others (I just witnessed this 5 minutes ago!)  This in turn can have a ripple affect across the office as others hear the comments and laugh, join in, or simply look up distracted by the commotion.

A sudden stimulus of light, sound, vibration, influx of people / animals, materialisation, or de-materialisation of an object(s) also causes the ‘meerkat affect’ in people and animals.

To veer off the subject for a moment; it is accepted within the scientific world of the physicists, that matter and energy are simply different aspects of the same universal property.  A corollary would be that water can exist as ice, liquid, or gas, but each state has different properties, but is made from the same thing.

Going back to what I’ve written above, it is becoming clear to me that there is a universal tendency inherent in all things to settle into a state of low energy when all things in the immediate environment are in equilibrium (whether a balanced, or unbalanced equilibrium).
When there is sudden change to the quantity of matter or energy within that environment (remember that they are the same thing), disturbance must occur whilst a new equilibrium is established.
Because we humans are made of the universe, we also follow this pattern as it is just as inherent in out makeup, at the deepest level… hence the likes of what was seen after the breakdown of Yugoslavia.

Is the European Union next?