The Sovereign State
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a body of people, living in a defined space, with the power to make and enforce laws, and with an organization to do this.
the group of people who are the members or citizens of a state. It can be large or small.
the area in which a state's rule applies.
the organization inside a state that controls the actions and policies of the state.
the ability to rule absolutely within a territory.
Boundaries can change over time
Through war, negations, or purchase.
A state does not have to check with any higher authority in order to make and enforce laws.
Its own organization, or government, is its highest authority.
A population can be large or small.
China has a population of more than 1.3 billion people, while the island state of Fiji has just over 860,000.
The population of a state also has a variety of features.
The population might be mainly rural or mostly urban. People are very poor, or maybe very wealthy. The education people receive plays a big role. Populations also have their own cultural traditions, and they usually speak a common language.
The principle of sovereignty means that all states are considered equal to each other.
no state may interfere in the affairs of another state.
Sovereign states are free to set their own
The world's states have created a higher authority. States agree to follow the rules for dealing with each other — but they don't have to follow them.
the government provides rules for how things inside the state are run.
protecting the state
the government provides a military to defend the state against outside attack.
keeps order inside the state
by establishing law enforcement agencies that deal with criminal activity.
helps its citizens
by providing services people need.
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