There are 196 independent countries in the world. These countries are divided into states and nation-states. A nation is a cultural union of people that share a similar culture and language. Examples: Irish, Kurds, Cherokee, Polish, etc. A state is a political entity that is comprised of: - Population - Territory - Government - The ability to have relations with other states. Examples: United States of America and Canada. A Country is simply another word for State. The 50 states of the U.S.A are subdivisions of the larger state and do no have independence. A Nation-State is a state consisting of people with common beliefs, history, and culture. Examples: Germany, France, Japan, and Italy. Culture: A shared way of life (food, dress, behavior, ideals) Religion: A religion shared by all or most of the people Nationality: Belief in common ethnic ancestry that may or may not be true History: A common past; common experiences Language: Different dialects of one language; one dialect becomes “national language” Territory: A certain territory that belongs to the ethnic group; it’s “land” Nationalism is… - Patriotic pride - Extreme patriotism, marked by a feeling of superiority over other countries. - Wanting political independence for a particular country. Should the United States be considered a Nation State based on the previous criteria? Why or Why not? Your response should be about five to eight sentences.