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AP Human Ch. 8 Vocab

Political Geography - AP Human Geography, Chapter 8, Rubenstein

TermDefinition
Anocracy A country that is not fully democratic or fully autocratic, but rather displays a mix of the two types
Autocracy A country that is run according to the interests of the ruler rather than of the people
Balance of power A condition of roughly equal strength between opposing countries or alliances of countries
City-state A sovereign state comprising a city and its immediately surrounding countryside
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
Fronteir A zone separating two states in which neither state exercises political control
Gerrymandering The process of redrawing legislative boundaries for the purpose of benefiting the party in power
Landlocked state A state that does not have a direct outlet to the sea
Microstate A state that encompasses a very small land area
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
Nation-state A state whose territory corresponds to that occupied by a particular ethnicity
Perforated state A state that completely surrounds another one
Prorupted state An otherwise compact state with a large projecting extension
Self-determination The concept that ethnicities have the right to govern themselves
Sovereignty The ability of a state to govern its territory free from control of its internal affairs by other states
Unitary state An internal organization of a state that places the most power in the hands of central government officials
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