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".
Other articles related to "country, independent":
... A None Because of the Macedonia naming dispute, the country is referred to by the UN and a number of states and international organizations as "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" ... form the government of the kingdom as well as the government of the country the Netherlands ... A UN member state A None Papua New Guinea – Independent State of Papua New Guinea A UN member state A None Papua New Guinea is a Commonwealth realm with 1 autonomous region ...
... representing numerically a mere 3% of all farms in the country, managed 27% of agricultural land and just seven large estates (out of 155,000 farms) controlled 4% of ... The first post-war constitution of independent Albania (March 1946) declared that land belonged to the tiller and that large estates under no circumstances could be owned by private individuals (article 10) ... By 1971 independent family farms had virtually disappeared and individual farming survived only in household plots cultivated part-time by cooperative members (approximately 6% of agricultural land) ...
... Brian Murphy (politician) (born 1956), first to win independent race in his town Brian Murphy (hurler) (born 1982), corner-back on the Cork, Ireland, senior hurling team Brian Murphy (write ... David Murphy (footballer) (born 1984), English David Lee Murphy (born 1959), American country music singer-songwriter Dick Murphy (born 1942), American retired Republican politician Donald E ... Jack Murphy (Irish Politician) (1920–1984), Irish republican and independent politician Jack Murphy (footballer) (born 1918), retired Australian Rules ...
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