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Unformatted text preview: China. The unitary system is by far the most common in the modern world. It is simple, with only one level of government to contend with. Many larger nations, however, have adopted a federal system, where the nation has certain powers, but smaller political divisions enjoy a certain degree of autonomy and sovereignty. The United States is the classic example, but Canada, Australia, Russia, and Brazil all also have federal systems. Other nations not quite so large, such as Nigeria, Switzerland, India, and Mexico, opted for federal systems to ease tensions in various ethnic, linguistic, or regional groups within the nation....
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- Spring '05