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Political Geography

Political Geography- LeBlanc

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 soveriegn state comprising a city and its immediate hinterland.
Colonialism Attempt by one country to establish settlements and to impose its political, economic, and cultural principles in another territory.
Colony A territory that is legally tied to a sovereign state rather than completely independent.
Compact State A state in which the distance from the center to any boundary does not vary significantly.
Elongated State A state with a long, narrow shape.
Federal State An internal organization of a state that allocates most powers to units of local government.
Fragmented State A state that includes several discontinuous pieces of territory.
Frontier A zone seperating two states in which neither state exercises political control.
Imperialism Control of territory already occupied and organized by an indigenous society.
Land-Locked State A state that does not have a direct outlet to sea.
Microstate A state that encompasses a very small land area.
Perforated State A state that completely surrounds another one.
Prorupted State An otherwise compact state with a large projecting extension.
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.
Unitary State An internal organization of a state that places most power in the hands of the central government officials.