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Political Geography

TermDefinition
Balance of Power Condition of roughly equal strength between opposing countries or alliances of countries.
Boundary Invisible line that marks the extent of a state's territory.
City-state A sovereign state comprising a city and surrounded by country land.
Colonialism Attempt by one country to establish settlements and to impose its political, economic, and cultural principles in an underdeveloped territory.
Colony A territory that is legally tied to a sovereign state rather than completely dependent.
Compact state A state in which the distance from the center to any boundary doesn't vary significantly.
Elongated state A state with a long, narrow shape.
Federal state The internal organization of a state that allocates most powers to units of local government.
Fragmented state A state that includes multiple discontinued pieces of territory.
Frontier A zone separating two states in which neither state exercises political control.
Gerrymandering Process of redrawing legislative boundaries for the purpose of benefiting the party in power.
Imperialism Controlling a territory that is already occupied and organized by a native group
Landlocked state A state surrounded by other states, and has no direct access to the seat.
Microstate A state that encompasses a very small land area.
Perforated state A state that completely surrounds another state.
Prorupted state A compact state with a large extension or "leg".
Sovereignty The ability for a state to control its own domestic and foreign affairs.
State An area organized into a political unit and ruled by an established government with control over its own internal and foreign affairs (has government, population, territory, and sovereignty)
Unitary state An internal organization of a state that puts most of the power in the central government official's hands.
Created by: Saya-Bella