Types &/or Conditions of States:

Client State – a country that is obliged to cede some control of its external relations to some foreign power or powers.

Terms for a State Located along a Coast:

Coastal State – a country that borders on an ocean or sea.

Littoral State – a state that has a coast.


Code State – a state that has procedurally merged law and equity into one system, and having only one form of civil action.

Composite State – a state that comprises an aggregate or group of constituent states.

  • Federal State – wherein the sovereignty of the entire state is divided between the central or federal government and the local governments of the several constituent states, and the external international relations of all member states is handled by the central government.
  • Imperial State – a composite state wherein the central government possesses sovereignty from and over the states.

Failed State – has lost of physical control of its territory, ability to provide reasonable public services, &/or having an erosion of legitimate authority.

Free State – a political community organized independently of all others.


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4


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