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A country, or nation state, is a geographical area and an independent political entity with its own government, administration, laws, often a constitution, police, military, tax rules, and people. For the history of the development of the modern nation state, see nation state.

Sometimes, parts of nation states with a distinct history or culture are called "countries": Wales and Scotland both are sometimes called countries, even though they are not nation states.

See countries of the world