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States (in the Encyclopædia Britannica, 9th ed., and these categories) are territories united under a single sovereign government, whether or not they share a single culture or identity. The shared cultures themselves are considered Nations (q.v.).

As an example: Abyssinia is a nation and a state; England is a nation but not a state; the Holy See is a state but not a nation; and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland is a state comprising several nations.

For the "states" of the United States of North America and other federal states, see Regions.


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