A country or state (sometimes called nation) is a distinct territorial body or political entity.[1] It may be an independent sovereign state or part of a larger state,[2] as a non-sovereign or formerly sovereign political division, a physical territory with a government, or a geographic region associated with sets of previously independent or differently associated peoples with distinct political characteristics. It is not inherently sovereign.

Map showing countries with full recognition and some UN non-member states; some disputed territories are not shown.

The largest country is Russia, while the smallest is the microstate Vatican City. The Pitcairn Islands is the least populous, while the most populous is China.

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