Physical Structures



As a rule, human communities are more or less attached to a geographical area. Even nomadic tribes move about on certain routes within specific zones. Likewise, the populations of these communities have various characteristics—such as number, density, and distribution. Territory and population are traditionally recognized as basic elements of nations in the theory of the state, but actually they are components of every human group. To define the nation-state in the traditional way, as “a population fixed to a given territory,” is to ascribe to one kind of community a characteristic that applies to almost all communities.


Physical Structure Large Community Political Influence Political Structure Underdeveloped Country 
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