AP Human Geo. Ch 8 Vocab


In political geography, a country's or more local community's sense of propertyand attachment toward its territory, as expressed by its determination to keep it inviolable and strongly defended


A politically organized territory tha is administered by a sovereign government and is recognized by a significant portion of the international community

Multinational State

State with mroe than one nation within its borders

Multistate Nation

Nation that stetches across borders and across states


representation of a real-world phenomenon at a certain level of reduction


Process by which representative districts are switched according to population shifts

Heartland Theory

Any political power bases in the heart of Eurasia could gain sufficient strenght to enentually dominate the world

Supranational Organization

a venture involving three or more nation-states involving formal political, economic, and/or cultural cooperation to promote shared objectives

Geometric Boundary

Political boundary defined as a straight line or arc


A principle of international relations that holds that final authority over social, economic, and political matters should rest with the legitimate rulers of independant states


tightly knit group of people possessing bonds of language, ethnicity, religion, etc.


a recognized member of the modern state system possessing formal sovereignty and occupied by a people who see themselves as a single united nation