3rd state objective: to control or at least exercise influence over the world economy or international division of labor (24) #1 objective of all states most vital interest (arguable definition) is that of safety and security anything a state does is for its own particular set of interests. Diplomatic, military, economic, and other relationships among states constitute the functioning of the international system. (27) relationships have been governed by formal rules: form of control regulates behavior with (in)formal rules. The essence of international relations is precisely the absence of control. Whose interests are principally promoted the superpowers of the world how much influence do they have (forced?) oligopolistic. Europe from treaty of westphalia to wwi (1648-1914: hierarchy of prestige among states. Whereas power refers to the economic, military, and related capabilities of a state, prestige refers primarily to the perceptions of other states with respect to a state"s capabilities and its ability and willingness to exercise power.