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Geo-Politics Nation-State Relations Nation: people of common heritage, memories, myths, homeland, culture, language and/or religion. State: political unit, independent country National state: independent country composed of one or more nations, of which one is usually dominant. Multi-national state: independent country composed of many nations, none or many of which are dominant. Nationalism Feeling of belonging to a nation Belief that the nation has a natural right to determine its own affairs – sovereignty Problems when multiple nations claim same territory. Tamil Tigers Two ethnic/religous groups in Sri Lanka Tamil: Hindu., speak Tamil, laborers Sinhalese: Buddhist speak Sinhalese, rulers British colony (tea, spice trade) Independence in 1948 Sinhalese rulers promote Sinhalese interest 1983: first violent episode of resistance, continues today Tamils want to secede form Sri Lankan union LTTE: Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
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