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A sovereign state consisting of an independent city and its surrounding territory.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a state consisting of a sovereign city and its dependencies. Among the most famous are the great independent cities of the ancient world, such as Athens, Sparta, Carthage, Thebes, Corinth, and Rome


a sovereign state consisting of an autonomous city with its dependencies.
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body politic, country, nation, res publica, commonwealth, state, land - a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land"


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They were geological experts sent to investigate the old question of the alleged supply of gold from the rocks round here, upon which (as it was said) the small city-state had so long maintained its credit and been able to negotiate with its neighbours even under the ceaseless bombardment of bigger armies.
Federations, like the Boeotian one, and many more during the 7th century are acknowledged as federations, by historians, but what was new in the 4th century federations was their democratic basis, both at the city-state and federal level, as well as their elaborate political and economic structure.
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of Michigan) that reconstructs the general social history of the independent city-states of the Levantine coast under the Persian empire at the levels of the individual household, the city-state, and the administrative unit of the Persian empire.
Hamburg is run as a city-state, with its own senior mayor and cabinet that decides the funding priorities for the area.
Hamburg is run as a City-State,with its own SeniorMayor and cabinet that decides the funding priorities for the area.
Greif argues that these Genoese legal innovations made the rising city-state integral to commerce.
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