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8X Vocabulary

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Balance of Power
condition of roughly equal strength between opposing countries or alliances of countries
Boundary
invisible line that marks the extent of a state's territory
city-state
a sovereign state comprising a city and its immediate hinterland
colony
a territory that is legally tied to a sovereign state rather than completely independent
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
fragmented state
a state that includes several discontinuous pieces of territory
frontier
a zone separating two states in which neither state exercises political control
imperialism
control of territory already occupied and organized by an indigenous society
landlocked state
a state that does not have a direct outlet to the sea
microstate
a state that encompasses a very small land area
perforated state
a state that completely surrounds another one
prorupted state
an otherwise compact state with a large projecting extension