I'm writing some fantasy fiction and want to write about a society where government was never conceived. This is not so much a philosophical question as is it a fun brain storming question. Other races have governments, armies, and tax like ideas but I really want to develop this one race of "people" that have a thriving society and economy but don't use government. What would that look like to you? How would punishment work? How would "law" work? How would this society clash with the other races that have small to large governments in place?
Again, this is for fun and any input you have very much appreciated.