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microstate

[′mī·krə‚stāt]
(statistical mechanics)
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But even here, island nations such as Sao Tome and Principe, Cape Verde, Mauritius and the Seychelles are archetypes of the micro-state.
Seychelles is perhaps the best known of Africa's micro-state tourist destinations, having established itself as a relatively low cost luxury destination for European visitors.
A careful study of these countries - mainly post-communist countries in Eastern Europe and a smattering of tiny micro-states worldwide - suggests that there are three main reasons.
That would mean 3,000 micro-states, each refusing to accept any sovereignty superior to its own.
Micro-states can never be made small enough to satisfy their advocates' exalted standards of cultural integrity.
Over the course of the past two decades, the Great Lakes Region of central Africa--encompassing the micro-states of Rwanda and Burundi, as well as the eastern portion of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the southwestern corner of Uganda--has seen some of the world's most devastating civil and interstate wars.
Subjects tackled by the remaining papers include relations between the EU and Switzerland; EU relations with the micro-states of Andorra, San Marino, and Monaco; the European Neighbourhood Policy; the prospects of the EU and Russia signing the Strategic Partnership Agreement; EU-US transatlantic relations; attempts to elaborate an intellectual property enforcement strategy in third world countries; and the EU's external actions in the field of environmental protection.
The governments of micro-states such as Gibraltar, Guernsey or the Isle of Man would tell Westminster to take a running jump if they tried that sort of trick with them.
Firstly, micro-states such as Andorra, San Marino and Liechtenstein - tiny countries that you can pub crawl in an afternoon - and secondly new nations, forged after the collapse of the Soviet Union, that are still building the foundations of international football.
Europe's micro-states have had a torrid time over the last six months.
With minimal - if existent - trade with Beijing, a number of micro-states (in the South Pacific and Caribbean) and economically depressed nations (in Africa and Latin America) have nothing to lose by siding with Taiwan in the 'two Chinas' dispute.
Even if we don't think the present incumbents in the cabinet in Cardiff Bay are up to the job, the Assembly gets enhanced powers later this year, piffling as they are compared to those enjoyed by micro-states such as Gibraltar, the Falkland Islands or the Isle of Man.