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Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English volume


Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English vol.
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Territory  (TERRITORY)

A country 1 is usually the territory (301-2) of a people 2 (cf. 333-3) or a nation 2. Persons belonging to a nation share, in general, a common culture. A state 3 is a political body. The term may be used in two different senses: most commonly a state is a body possessing full sovereignty in its territory and over its inhabitants. However, a number of federations 4 of federal states 4 are divided into smaller units which are also called states 5 and whose sovereignty is not absolute (e.g. in the United States of America and Australia). The term territory 6 (301-2) is generally used for a geographical area, but it is occasionally used to denote a political unit which has been settled relatively recently. A distinction is sometimes made between self-governing territories 7 and non-self-governing territories 8.

  • 2. Nation, n. - national, adj.