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State

a political community that occupies a definite territory and has an organized government with the power to make and enforce laws without approval from any higher authority

Nation

a group of people who share the same race, language, customs, traditions, and sometimes religion

Nation-state

a country in which the territory of both the nation and state coincide

Consensus

an agreement about basic beliefs

Sovereignty

the supreme and absolute authority within territorial boundaries

Government

the institution through which the state maintains social order, provides public services, and enforces binding decisions on citizens

Social contract

the theory that people surrender to the state the power needed to maintain order, and the state, in turn, agrees to protect its citizens

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