State (disambiguation)

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  • State (polity) [r]: A supreme corporate entity that has a legal existence that is distinct from its constituents and that exercises sovereign political authority over a country. [e]
    • Country [r]: Nation, state, region, or territory, or large tract of land distinguishable by features of topography, biology, or culture. [e]
  • Sovereign state [r]: Political association with effective internal and external sovereignty over a geographic area and population which is not dependent on, or subject to any other power or state. [e]
  • Nation state [r]: Form of state that derives its political legitimacy from serving as a sovereign entity for a nation as a sovereign territorial unit. [e]
  • Pseudostate [r]: A term put forward by the author and journalist Adam Hochschild to refer to political states or regions where power rests with a government or organisation either outside the country or in some way unaccountable - for example, a local militia. [e]
  • Small state [r]: A term used by the secretariat of the Commonwealth of Nations to denote a country with a population not greater than 1.5 million. [e]
  • Core state [r]: Within a civilization, one or more nations that provide a dominant cultural influence [e]
  • Failed state [r]: A nation or quasi-nation unable to deliver minimal governance services to its citizens; there may not even be a functioning government [e]
  • Weak state [r]: A nation whose government or institutions are unable, or unwilling, to provide a significant set of essential public services, including just and legitimate government, physical security, food and health, and minimal economic development; contrast with failed state, which provides essentially none [e]
  • Islamic state [r]: Nation with a government and legal system conducted in accordance with Islamic religious law. [e]
  • SS State [r]: A term used in historical analysis of Nazi Germany, referring to Heinrich Himmler's increasing development of an Schutzstaffel state-within-the-state, with its own ethos, economy, and racial standards superior to Germany as a whole; introduced in the book Das SS-Staat by Eugene Kogon [e]


  • Steady state [r]: A situation with constant system properties despite non-vanishing energy flow. [e]
  • Mixed state [r]: A concept for describing a quantum mechanical system whose state is not known precisely, but can possibly be in a collection of pure states, with a certain probability of being in one of the pure states. [e]

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