A nation-state is “a sovereign state inhabited by a relatively homogeneous group of people who share a feeling of common nationality” (Dictionary.com).  Nation-states consist of five different entities: liberal democracies, communism, newly industrialized, lesser developed, and Islamic.  The following three entries introduce France, North Korea, and Turkey, each an example of a specific kind of nation-state.  I wish to introduce the reader to a new perspective of what a country is made of.

The typical country translates from agriculture to industry to services.  Liberal democracies are service based.  Newly industrialized states struggle to make the change from agriculture to industry.  Lesser developed countries rely mainly on agriculture and have large quantities of subsistence living.  Communist and Islamic countries can span all three ranges.  Although political scientists argue that the liberal democracy with its services is the highest form of polity, I would contest that the jury is still out on that… for what comes after services?  If the United States maintains its push for the highest quality of services and she loses all of her industry base, what is left?  Where does she go next to sustain her working population?

– Hannah S. Bowers

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