Country

A country is a region legally identified as a distinct entity in political geography. A country may be an independent sovereign state or one that is occupied by another state, as a non-sovereign or formerly sovereign political division, or a geographic region associated with sets of previously independent or differently associated peoples with distinct political characteristics. Regardless of the physical geography, in the modern internationally accepted legal definition as defined by the League of Nations in 1937 and reaffirmed by the United Nations in 1945, a resident of a country is subject to the independent exercise of legal jurisdiction.

Sometimes the word country is used to refer both to sovereign states and to other political entities, while other times it refers only to states. For example, the CIA World Factbook uses the word in its "Country name" field to refer to "a wide variety of dependencies, areas of special sovereignty, uninhabited islands, and other entities in addition to the traditional countries or independent states".

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Famous quotes containing the word country:

    Lars Jorgensen: It’s this country killed my boy. Yes, by golly, I tell you Ethan—
    Mrs. Jorgensen: Now Lars. It just so happens we be Texicans. A Texican is nothing but a human man way out on a limb, this year, and next, maybe for a hundred more. But I don’t think it’ll be forever. Someday this country’s going to be a fine good place to be. Maybe it needs our bones in the ground before that time can come.
    Frank S. Nugent (1908–1965)

    A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs.
    German proverb.

    The country is holy: O bide in that country kind,
    Know the green good,
    Under the prayer wheeling moon in the rosy wood
    Be shielded by chant and flower and gay may you
    Lie in grace.
    Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)