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Condition of roughly equal strength between opposing countries or alliances of countries
Balance of power
Invisible line that marks the extent of a state's territory.
Boundary
A sovereign state comprising a city and its immediate hinterland.
City-state
Attempt by one country to establish settlemens and to impose its political, economic, and cultural principles in another territory.
Colonialism
A territory that is legally tied to a sovereign state rather than completely independent.
Colony
A state in which the distance from the center to any boundary does not vary significantly
Compact state
A state with a long narrow shape
Elongated state
An internal organization of a state that allocates most powers to units of local government
Federal state
A state that includes several discontinuous pieces of territory
Fragmented state
A zone separating two states in whihc neither state exercises political control
Frontier
Control of territory already occupied and organized by an indigenous society
Imperialism
A state that does not have a direct outlet to the sea
Landlocked state
A state that encompasses a very small land area
Microstate
A state that completely surrounds another one.
Perforated state
An otherwise compact state with a large projecting extension.
Prorupted state
Ability of a state to govern its territory free from control of its internal affairs by other states.
Sovereignty
An area organized into a political unit and ruled by an established government with control over its internal and foreign affairs.
States
An internal organization of a state that places most power in the hands of central government officials.
Unitary state