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ap hg ch 8 vocab

balance of power an equilibrium of power between nations
boundary a line or natural feature that divides one area from another
city-state a city with political and economic control over the surrounding countryside
colonialism Attempt by one country to establish settlements and to impose its political, economic, and cultural principles in another territory.
colony a geographical area politically controlled by a distant country
COMECON The economic association organized by the communist states
compact state A state that posses a roughly circular shape from which the geometric center is relatively equal in all directions.
elongated state A state whose territory is long and narrow in shape.
European union an international organization of European countries formed after World War II to reduce trade barriers and increase cooperation among its members
federal state A system where a central government looks after larger national issues and provincial government looks after local issues, 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 separating two states in which neither state exercises political control.
gerrymandering the drawing of legislative district boundaries to benefit a party, group, or incumbent
imperialism A policy in which a strong nation seeks to dominate other countries poitically, socially, and economically.
landlocked states state surrounded by other land with no direct outlet to the sea
microstate A state or territory that is small in both size and population.
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization; an alliance made to defend one another if they were attacked by any other country; US, England, France, Canada, Western European countries
perforated state A state whose territory completely surrounds that of another state.
prorupted state A state that exhibits a narrow, elongated land extension, leading away from the main territory.
sovereignty when a state becomes independent and can handle internal and international conflicts.
state the group of people comprising the government of a sovereign state
unitary state An internal organization of a state that places most power in the hands of central government officials.
United Nations an organization of independent states formed in 1945 to promote international peace and security
Warsaw Pact treaty signed in 1945 that formed an alliance of the Eastern European countries behind the Iron Curtain; USSR, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Romania
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