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City-state

a city that forms an independent state with the surrounding territory

2

What is colonialism?

effort by one country to establish settlements in a territory and to impose its political, economic, and cultural principles on the territory.

3

Microstate

states with very small land areas

4

Nation

group of people who share common traits; tightly knit group of people possessing bonds of language, ethnicity, religion, or other shared cultural attributes

5

Sovereignty

independence from any outside control of internal affairs; autonomy of a country

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A state is...
An area organized in a _______ unit and ruled b an established _______ that has control over its ______ and _____ affairs.

Political
Government
Internal and
Foreign

7

Why is the sovereignty of Western Sahara disputed?

Morocco claims Western Sahara, but most countries in Africa consider Western Sahara sovereign

8

Describe the relationship between China and Taiwan.

China's government considers Taiwan a part of China, but most other countries consider China and Taiwan as separate nations.

9

Colony

territory that is legally tied to a sovereign state rather than being completely independent

10

What is a state territory that mainly corresponds to a particular ethnicity?
Examples?

Nation State
Japan, Iceland, Denmark, Slovenia

11

What is a multinational state?
Example?

country that contains more than one ethnicity (opposite of a nation state)
Russia recognizes 39 ethnic groups

12

How many remaining colonies are there? Examples?

about 60
Puerto Rico

13

When was the UN created and why?

At the end of WWII
To function as a facilitator for discussion regarding international problems

14

Identify some challenges the UN has in carrying out missions.

Limited power, lacks troops, lacks authority, tries to maintain neutrality

15

Why has the world become more democratic?

1. Govt regulations in exchange for broadening individual rights and liberties
2. Widening of participation of policy making
3. Diffusion of democratic govt from North America to other regions

16

What are the 12 indicators that calculate Fragile State Index?

- based on sum of scores for 12 indicators
1. security apparatus
2. factionalized elites
3. group grievance
4. economic decline
5. uneven economic development
6. human flight & brain drain
7. state legitimacy
8. public services
9. human rights & rule of law
10. demographic pressures
11. refugees & IDP
12. external intervention

17

Describe the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
Which countries signed?
Which countries are suspect states?

- prevent spread of nuclear weapons & weapons technology, promote cooperation, & achieve nuclear disarmament
- US, Russia, UK, France, & China
- India, Pakistan, North Korea, & Israel

18

Distinctive characteristics of terrorism...
1. Trying to achieve objectives through ____?
2. Viewing ______ as a means of bringing widespread publicity to their cause.
3. Believing in a cause so strongly they are willing to _____ for it.

1. Organized acts of terror
2. Violence
3. Die

19

Describe the world's major terrorist organization.

-Al Qaeda means "the base" or "the foundation"
-Duty to wage a holy war against US bc of US involvement in Saudi Arabia and Israel

20

What are the three types of physical boundaries?

Desert
Mountain
Water

21

What makes a desert boundary effective?

Deserts are hard to cross and sparsely inhabited

22

What makes mountains effective?

must be hard to cross; sometimes isolate nationalities on either side

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What makes water effective?

most common physical boundary
visible on a map, relatively unchanging, & offer good protection

24

What are two cultural boundaries?

Geometric
Ethnic

25

Describe geometric boundary & give an example.

Straight lines drawn on a map, usually correspond to a line of latitude
US & Canadian border along 49 North

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Describe an ethnic boundary & give an example.

Coincides with differences in ethnicity (language and religion)
Language - Europe
Religion - when Britain partitioned India due to predominantly Muslim areas in the West (present-day Pakistan)

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What are five state shapes?

Compact
Prorupted
Elongated
Perforated
Fragmented

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Compact State

- distance from center of state to any boundary does not vary significantly
- Benefits: ease of communication & easy to defend
- Downfalls: small in size, scarce in resources, lack population needed for labor
Example: Poland

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Prorupted State

-Otherwise compact state with large projections created for two reasons:
1. provide state with access to resource (i.e. water)
2. Separate 2 states that otherwise would share a boundary
-Downfalls: difficult to govern & protect prorupted regions
Example: Thailand

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Elongated State

Benefits: less land to protect (maybe) & access to more resources from different regions
Downfalls: poor internal communication (maybe), difficult to protect, & regions may be isolated from capital
Example: Chile, Italy