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APHG Ch.8 Vocab

AP Human Geography Vocabulary for Chapter 8: Political Geography

TermDefinition
Autocracy A country that is run according to the interests of the ruler rather than the people.
Anocracy A country that is not fully democratic or autocratic, but rather displays a mix of the two.
Balance of Power Condition of roughly equal strength between opposing countries or alliances of countries.
City-state A sovereign state comprising a city and it's immediate hinterland (a remote region).
Colonialism Attempt by one country to establish settlements and to impose its political, economic, and cultural principles in another territory.
Compact State A state in which the distance from the center to any boundary does not vary significantly.
Democracy A country in which citizens elect leaders and can run for office.
Elongated State A state with a long, narrow shape.
Federal State An international organization of a state that allocates most powers to units of a local government.
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 Control of territory already occupied and organized by an indigenous society.
Landlocked State A state that does not have a direct outlet to the sea.
Multiethnic State A state that contains more than one ethnicity.
Multinational State A state that contains two or more ethnic groups with traditions of self-determination that agree to coexist peacefully by recognizing each other as distinct nationalities.
Microstate A state that encompasses a very small land area.
Nation-state A state whose territory corresponds to that occupied by a particular ethnicity that has been transformed into a nationality.
Perforated State A state that completely surrounds another one.
Prorupted State An otherwise compact state with large projecting extension.
Self-determination The concept that ethnicities have the right to govern themselves.
Sovereignty Ability of a state to govern its territory free from control of its internal affairs by other states.
State An area organized into a political unit and ruled by an established government with control over its internal and foreign affairs.
Terrorism The systematic use of violence by a group on order to intimidate a population or coerce a government into granting its demands.
Unitary State An internal organization of a state that places most power in the hands of central government officials.
Boundary Invisible line that marks the extent of a state's territory.
Colony A territory that is legally tied to a sovereign state rather than completely independent.
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