The Characteristics of the Nation-State and Transnational Entities

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Nation-states deal certain characteristics of self-rule, organized government, territory, and population. Self-rule implies that nation-states rule themselves. They are free and not colonies of some other country. For example, the U.S. was a colony of Great Britain until the American Revolution. As a consequence of the American Revolution, the United States formed a nation-state. Organized government is the manner in which nation-states rule themselves. For example, the government of the U.S. is organized into three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial and into three levels: federal, state, and local. All nation-states are not organized in the identical manner as the United States. Nevertheless, they all have governments that are organized in several manners. Territory is the land and water which is controlled through a nation-state. The territory of the United States covers all of its 50 states, close areas of ocean, and other areas, such as Puerto Rico and Guam, these are regulated territories of the United States.

A state is sovereign territory whose control or power is shared with a greater nation-state but the state employs its own public services such as police, fire, legislative committee, and other institutions. Commonly viewed states are those included in the United States of America.

A nation is a group of people, often within a country, that possess common culture and shared identity but that lack authority and sovereignty who often share a common language, race, descent, and/or history, such as the Kurdish nation. A state is a country that possesses sovereignty and authority (particularly the ability to use force) but lacks a cohesive identity such as the classic example of Belgium.

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... middle of paper ... one another economically, for example, if one country’s economy starts failing it will in turn bring down the economy of those countries tied to its economy. In cases where foreign policy can create allies it can also create enemies by aligning one’s self with countries that have enemies of their own.

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