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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
tightly knit group of individuals sharing a common language, ethnicity, religion, and other cultural attributes
a state in which the distance from the center to any boundary does not vary significantly
The largest population cluster, the most productive region, the area with greatest centrality and accessibility, probably containing the capital city as well.
An internal organization of a state that allocated most powers to units of local government.
a geopolitical hypothesis proposed by British geographer Harold Mackinder that states that any political power based in the heart of Eurasia could gain strength to eventually dominate the world.
The view that states resemble biological organisms with life cycles that include all stages of life.
a situation in which people feel greater allegiance and loyalty to their own ethnic group than to a state as a whole
An internal organization of a state that places most power in the hands of central government officials
group of nations established in 1957 to expand free trade in Europe; also called Common Market
an organization whose goal is to unite Europe so that goods, services, and workers can move freely among member countries
Transboundary cooperartion zones in Europe that conform to the rules of the Euregion Council.
EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone)
sea zone over which a state has special rights over the exploration and use of marine resources.
Actions taken by countries against others for political reasons, either unilaterally or multilaterally.
law of the sea
law establishing states' rights and responcibilitirs concerning the ownership of the earth's natural seas and oceans and their rescources
the system of drawing a political boundary midway between two states' coastlines when the territorial seas or EEZ are narrower than twice the standard or adopted limit
a mutual treaty of assistance that commits each nation to support one another if they should be attacked
New World Order
period of history evidencing a dramatic change in world political thought and the balance of power
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