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Chapter 8 vocab

Chapter 8 Key Terms (Jeppson)

Balance of Power A condition of roughly equal strength between opposing alliances
Federal State A government structure where the central government allocates power to units of local government
Micro State States with very small land areas
elongated state a state with a long narrow shape
Fragmented State Several Discontinuous Pieces of Territory
Unitary State A state that places most power in the hands of the central government
compact state a state where the ditance from the center to any boundary does not vary significantly
Sovereignty Independence from control of its internal affairs by other states (aka: the right to self-government without interference from other states)
Imperialism the control of territory already occupied and organized by an indigenous society
confederation an organization structure where the states retain their sovereignty but surrenders some authority to an international governing authority
state an area organized into a political unit ruled by an established government
perforated state a state that completely surrounds another
colonialism the effort by one country to establish settlements outside its own political boundaries and impose its political, economic, and cultural ways on the people there
Boundary An invisible line marking the extend of a state's territory
Landlocked state a state that laks a direct outlet to the sea because it is completely surrounded by other states
prorupted state an otherwise compact state with a large projecting extension
frontier a zone where no state exercises complete political control
Gerrymandering the process of redrawing legislative boundaries for the purpose of benefitting the party in power
city state a sovereign state that comprises a town and the surrounding countryside
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