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A sovereign state consisting of an independent city and its surrounding territory.
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(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
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a sovereign state consisting of an autonomous city with its dependencies.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - a state consisting of a sovereign city
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.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Apr 10 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday questioned the Congress' logic of demanding three seats in New Delhi to forge an alliance with the party in the city-state. The party also said that "Congress-AAP" alliance is not possible.
Facebook said Thursday it will invest over $1 billion to build a data center in Singapore, its first in Asia, powered by renewable energy and adapted to the city-state's tropical climate.
Singaporean officials welcomed President Duterte on Thursday, apparently setting aside a ban on the Philippine leader for burning a Singaporean flag when he was mayor of Davao City after the city-state hanged a Filipino maid in 1995.
The Vatican is a geographical territory, a city-state ceded to the Roman Catholic church as an independent territory by the Lateran Treaty of 1929.
The Italian city-state thought of itself as a republic at home, Viroli argues, but as a state in its dealings with its contado and with the outside world.
The eastern portion was controlled by the Greek city-state of Syracuse, which was in alliance with Rome.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Mar 24 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday burnt the copies of BJP's special 2014 manifesto, which had promised full statehood to the national capital, at least 3,000 locations across the city-state.
Between 1750 and 1840, says Aaslestad (history, West Virginia U.), the north German city-state of Hamburg and its environs experienced a fundamental shift in its civic and local identity that would direct the city-state's development through the 19th century.
VATICAN CITY -- Despite the influx of some 6 million visitors to the Vatican during the papal transition period in April 2005, for two weeks that month the 108-acre city-state was crime free, said Nicola Picardi, promoter of justice for the Tribunal of Vatican City State.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Mar 2 (ANI): The Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday announced candidates for six out of seven Lok Sabha seats, which are at stake in the city-state. The party has fielded Raghav Chadha from South Delhi.