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Ch. 1 Vocab.
|State||precisely identifies a political community that occupies a definite territory and has and organized gov. with the power to make and enforce laws without approval from any higher authority|
|Nation||Any sizable group of people who are united by common bonds of race, language custom tradition, and sometimes religion.|
|Consensus||agreement about basic beliefs|
|sovereignty||Means that the state has supreme and absolute authority within its territorial boundaries|
|Government||the institution through which the state maintains social order, provides public services, and enforces decisions that are binding on all people living within the state.|
|Social Contract||theory that by contract, people surrender to the state and power needed to maintain social order and the state, in turn, agrees to protect its citizens|