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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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Reagan formalized diplomatic relations with the religious micro-state in 1984.
But the best motivation of all for the micro-state of 33,000 people is given by former Juventus and San Marino midfielder Massimo Bonnini, who said: "Playing international football is a good advert for tourism in our country.
Below is a quote from the Independent article: "Since 2011, PSG, the only professional football club in Paris, have been the tool - not the plaything - of a hyper-rich micro-state with tentacular ambitions.
Zionist Israel is a revolutionary micro-state whose existence has permeated the world with universal morality.
Finding a definition for the micro-state is not easy but you certainly know when you re in one.
They invoked that clause on Monday despite concerns by Caribbean nations, the Commonwealth and the US that their micro-state could be victimised by global trade currents and drug cartels.
Chechnya, a small oil rich republic in the north Caucasus, is the only micro-state out of all the autonomous republics of the ex-Soviet Union to have dared directly challenge Moscow by declaring full independence from Russia.
Aa AaAaAaAa The French expert said a micro-state in the Sahara would inevitably be a satellite of another power, which would upset the regional balance, adding that it will become a permanent source of regional destabilization and a new centre of terrorism that threatens Europe.
And any meaningful development project within such mini-states and micro-states, fractured along ethnic lines has proved difficult to pull off.
The BTI examined 129 countries with the exclusion of micro-states, normally with populations of 500,000 or less.
In many cases, the leaked documents expose insider details of how agents would incorporate companies in Caribbean and South Pacific micro-states on behalf of wealthy clients, then assign front people called "nominees" to serve, on paper, as directors and shareholders for the corporations a disguising the companies' true owners.
Taken together, all this means that after secession the South would have several inefficient micro-states, some of them strongly divided by prejudice and class distinctions.