Territory (geography)

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  • A geographical area that can be determinate or indeterminate but is usually under the jurisdiction of a state or national government. The term gives rise to political and social connotations expressed in variations, such as territorial or territoriality—the defense of a certain geographical entity. The term is also embedded in the territorial imperative theory of aggression, in which animals, humans, and nations seek to expand their physical space at the expense of others. Such actions on the part of governments frequently lead to wars and other conflicts.

    On a much more limited, political basis, the term refers to a nonsovereign nation that is controlled by the government of the nation in which the territory is located. Territories located in the United States are subject to the ...

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