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Sovereign state

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A sovereign state is, in international law, a nonphysical juridical entity that is represented by one centralized government that has sovereignty over a geographic area. International law defines sovereign states as having a permanent population, defined territory, one government, and the capacity to enter into relations with other sovereign states. It is also normally understood that a sovereign state is neither dependent on nor subjected to any other power or state.


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  • Westphalian sovereignty 

  • Recognition 

  • Ontological status of the state 

  • Trends in the number of states