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An independent country that is very small in area and population. Also called ministate.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a very small nation that is an internationally-recognized sovereign state. Also called: mini-state


(ˈmɪn iˌsteɪt)

a small, independent nation.
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Trans-national crime cartels, narcotics smuggling, human trafficking, child warriors, weapons proliferation, and other nightmares suddenly made Honduras and Peru, Uganda and Chad, Pacific Island microstates and other backwaters compelling national interests as illegal immigrants by the millions flooded the United States with impunity.
Iran has the highest tariffs in the world, apart from a few island microstates.
The economic reality of most island microstates is one of resource and financial poverty rather than the sun- and-sea idyll portrayed by tourist industry marketing.
s welcomed the EUs talks with Andorra, Monaco and San Marino on the conclusion of one or several association agreement, which would advance the participation of all the three countries in the Single Market based on the fundamental principles of the functioning of the EU and the Single Market and in view of the special circumstances of each of the microstates.
From all per-country records in the dependent and explanatory variables, we Altered out microstates (populations of less than 250,000 inhabitants) since they tend to introduce fluctuating signals with respect to the metrics outlined above and, thus, are detrimental to regression modeling.
One of the most universal criteria to rank Processes within a Process Field then the Process Field Classes to configure Process Field Dimension is based on Entropy or the order established by any Process's microstates.
In terms of territorial size--a traditional indicator of power--at 36,193 square km, the country is only bigger than Singapore and Brunei in Southeast Asia, microstates in Oceania (such as Fiji and Papua New Guinea) and a handful of small states scattered across Africa and Central America (such as Gambia and Belize).
there is little if any reason to believe that smallness directly enhances the democratic nature of microstates, which means that any explanation of formally democratic institutions in microstates should be based on other factors than size" (Veenendaal 2015).
It is found that although the various models which have been proposed for typifying the external economic dependence of microstates do not capture the situation of all, they nevertheless, provide useful starting points for analyzing their external economic relations and changes in these.
Most volumes in the series consider education in a geographic cluster of countries, but this one, on countries excluded from the other European volumes, considers three groups: in the Balkans, microstates, and in Scandinavia.
Speaking of tourist development on island microstates in general, Coates says: "The only way they can survive is to make sure that they are not exploited.
Rhetorically pit the smallest, primarily Red States against the second smallest Blue States to make the "grievance small states [versus] microstates, not big cities against small towns and farmers.