I think one way to reduce a lot of the conflict and strife between countries of the world is to assign them all first names. When you're on a first name basis with someone there is a certain rapport - a geniality - that is established that makes it easier to get along. For instance, it's easy to get pissed at a country named Iran, but you want to try and work things out with a country named Dave Iran.
Look at countries like Chad and Jordan (whose last names are Smith and O'Shaughnessy respectively). They have been on a first name basis with all of us for years and have lived in relative peace. They provide an example of what can happen when we dispense with all the formality.
You might ask, "But what about Georgia? There's been plenty of violence there." That's true, but that has more to do with the fact that Georgia is a total bitch.