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Balance of power
Condition of roughly equal strength between opposing countries or alliances of countries.
Invisible line that marks the extent of a state's territory.
Attempt by one country to establish settlements and to impose its political, economic, and cultural principles in another territory.
A territory that is legally tied to a sovereign state rather than completely independent.
A state in which the distance from the center to any boundary does not vary significantly.
A state with a long, narrow shape.
An internal organization of a state that allocates most powers to units of local government.
A state that includes several discontinuous pieces of territory.
zone separating two states in which neither state exercises political control.
Process of redrawing legislative boundaries for the purpose of benefiting the party in power.
Control of territory already occupied and organized by an indigenous society.
A state that does not have a direct outlet to the sea.
A state that encompasses a very small land area.
A state that completely surrounds another one.
An otherwise compact state with a large projecting extension.
Ability of a state to govern its territory free from control of its internal affairs by other states.
An area organized into a political unit and ruled by an established government \\ith control over its internal and foreign affairs.
An internal organization of a state that places most power in the hands of central government officials.
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