State vs. Nation State

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A nation state is the combination of a nation and a state. A nation is a culturally or ethnically linked area and a state is a politically and geographically linked area. The nation state is where the two overlap. Nation states create and maintain mass transportation which enables trade and travel to help to boost the economy, which provides economic stability and unity. They have a set governing body which controls policies and laws. They also have a common culture, which may or may not be set through policy. The population creates a nation state by being united by a common language or culture. Another thing that is found in nation states is a uniform standard for education. An example of a nation state is The United Kingdom. There are counties within the country. There are four nations within the UK and they are England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

They share not only borders but also political and cultural ties (Wikipedia,org, 2012).

A nation is a community who can share a common religion, history, culture, language, or descent. Where a nation state has actual physical borders, a nation does not. An example of a nation would be the Kurds. They are currently found in Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Turkey. They share a language, a common history which includes the harsh treatment they received from the Turkish government as well as from Iraq, and a common culture which includes a nomadic lifestyle based on herding sheep and goats (, 2012).

A state is a political community, and can be referred to as sovereigns. A sovereign is a state with a defined territory with permanent population and government and can freely enter into relations with other states. It is not subjected to or dependent on any other state. One such state...