Words like country, nation, state, and even nation-state are used to define social, cultural and political relationships in the United States and around the world. There are many defining characteristics that allow countries and groups of countries to understand each other, and in some cases, for unions. The purpose of this essay is to briefly discuss nations, states, and nation states, how the United States constitutes a nation state, and the European Union. A nation is a union of people who share social similarities such as language, beliefs, culture, possibly religion, and values. A state is defined by laws and politics, uniting people by geography, population, and government. The modern nation-state is more of a combination of nation and state and is defined as “a single or multiple nationalities joined together in a formal political union” (What is a Nation-State, N.D.). Basically, a nation-state makes the general regulations for large decisions such as what language the general population will speak, what form of currency will be accepted, and what type of government and law system will be used. It is easy to describe nations, states, and nation states when discussing the United States; however, identifying each of them in other countries can help truly define each of the terms. An example of another nation is England, Puerto Rico, and Hong Kong. Examples of other states include Afghanistan, Australia and The Bahamas. Finally, some other nation-states include France, Egypt, Germany, and Japan. United States fits the criteria of and functions as a modern nation-state because it is a fixed territory, utilizes sovereignty, and the people share a common culture. Having a fixed territory- the geographically defined area that makes up the United States, makes it a State. Sovereignty, which means dominion, power, control, self-government also constitutes the United States status of a State. Finally, sharing a common culture, including language and lifestyle, makes...
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