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A body of persons within a particular territory having their own distinctive government. Originally a nation implied ethnic unity and a certain cultural or even religious identity. but many nations are ow more properly states than nations. they are politically autonomous while having a variety of racial, cultural, and religious groups under the same civil authority.
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