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World of States1. Introduction Big chunks of the planet defined as regionsWherever you are not as a region but as a stateState punishes, help build infrastructure, roads, stimulates the economy, defends you from attack from other statesState is the main internationally respected norm by which we divide the living spaces in our planetHow a state comes to existence, what does one need to become a state, variety of governments in control of the state, how do states interact with one anotherChanging role of the states in the 21st century2. The State of StatesGeographic areas have been politically and legally defined as independent sovereign nationsInternational treaties and policies agreed upon (ex: Antartica)USA, China, Iran oldest sovereign statesMost of Africa and USSR are 50 or 60 years oldSovereign state concept is what's newFirst people would have associated themselves with other people: ethnic group, clan, tribe, culture, nationPerson in charge: sovereign leader or sovereign of the peoplesNot the king of France but the king of the Franks, Chinese emperor of the peoplesSovereign state, nation, nation-stateInternational stage countries are all states