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An independent country that is very small in area and population. Also called ministate.
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a very small nation that is an internationally-recognized sovereign state. Also called: mini-state
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(ˈmɪn iˌsteɪt)

a small, independent nation.
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The policy has traditionally been adopted by microstates, emerging republics, and trust territories.
The trade agreement count in the area is also driven up by European microstates outside the EU (e.g.
For simplicity, let s = {[s.sub.1], [s.sub.2], ..., [s.sub.N]} be the set of possible microstates of our system.
As the CPP maintains near absolute control over almost every facet of Chinese society, it has been able to 'weaponize' tourism against Taiwan's allies, many of which are tourism-dependent microstates.
Only a handful of countries--mostly European and Pacific island microstates, as well as some North African and Middle Eastern countries --remain outside the WTO, and most of those are accorded "observer" status as a prelude to their eventual membership.
Boltzmann asserted the fact that the macrostates supervene the microstates. A microstate is defined by the states of the N particles constituting the system.
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.
This has negative implications to the various proposals that the event horizon would contain some bits representing the microstates of the black hole, discussed in Section 5.4.
Since the exponential divergence of the Jacobi vector field intensity [mathematical expression not reproducible] is a known classical feature of chaos, from (1), (2), and (3), the authors propose that [mathematical expression not reproducible], [mathematical expression not reproducible], and [mathematical expression not reproducible] each behave as proper indicators of chaoticity, with each being proportional to the number of Gaussian-distributed microstates of the system.
Some research in the resting state EEG defined the brain activity as 4 types of microstates [6-9, 11, 34, 35, 38, 39], corresponding to the 4 resting state networks; Meanwhile, in task states, the number of microstates is usually unknown, and to find the optimal cluster number, researchers often use the cross validation method [32, 40].
Iran has the highest tariffs in the world, apart from a few island microstates.