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- Created 2012-02-16
is a political organization with a
that has supreme independent authority over a geographic area. It has a permanent population, a
, and the capacity to enter into
with other sovereign states. It is also normally understood to be a state which is neither dependent on nor subject to any other power or state. The existence or disappearance of a state is a question of fact. While according to the declaratory theory of state recognition a sovereign state can exist without being
by other sovereign states, unrecognised states will often find it hard to exercise full treaty-making powers and engage in
relations with other sovereign states.
The word "
" is often
used to refer to sovereign states, although it means, originally, only a
, and subsequently its meaning became extended to the sovereign
which controls the geographic region.
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