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Failed State
A country whose institutions have collapsed and in which anarchy prevails.
Example: Somalia
Population distribution
The way that people have arranged themselves in geographic space. Significant because it represents the sum total of the adjustments that a population has made to its natural, cultural, and economic environments.
Territorial Morphology
A state's geographical shape, which can have a decisive impact on its spatial cohesion and political viability. Significant because a compact shape is most desirable, as opposed to elongated, fragmented, perforated, and protruded states.
Shatter belt
region caught between stronger, colliding external cultural- political forces, under persistent stress, and often fragmented by aggressive rivals.
Example: Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia.
population density
the number of people per unit area
A port city, where goods are imported, stored, and transshiped; a break of bulk point
population explosion
the rapid growth of the world's human population during the past century, attended by accelerating rates of increase
core area
refers to the center, heart, or focus
constituted the national heartland, the largest population cluster, the most productive region, and the part of the country with the greatest centrality and accessibility-- probably containing the capital city as well but not necessarily
Buffer zone
a country or set of countries separating ideological or political adversaries
Afghanistan, Nepal, and Bhutan
The now- ended policy of the Indonesian govt to induce residents of the overcrowded, core-area island of Jawa to move to the country's other islands
Caste System
The strict social stratification and segregation of people-- specifically in India's Hindu society, on the basis of Ancestry and occupation
Physiologic density
number of people per unit of arable land
Special Administrative Region (SAR)
status accorded the former dependencies of Hong Kong and Macau that were taken over by China, respectively, from the United Kingdom in 1997 and Portugal in 1999. Both SARs received guarantees that their existing social and economic systems could continue unchanged for 50 yrs following their return to China.
Pacific Rim
A far-flung group of countries and parts of countries (extending clockwise on the map from New Zealand