The Empire was the default mode of political organization for much of human history until the 17th century - following which the idea of a nation state bound by ethnic and lingual ties gained currency
On one hand they dislike the ethno nation state. Its so uncool
But they also dislike the "Empire" model that preceded the nation state
But then Constitutional patriotism can never provide a model for nation state formation
It is only a student of culture, lingual and religious demographics who can comment on that.