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microstate

[′mī·krə‚stāt]
(statistical mechanics)
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In comparison with the categories detailed above, the micro-states are not uniform in their degree of economic vulnerability.
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.
Thanks to Khan, to his vicious, disloyal and self-serving European suppliers (German and Afrikaans crooks) and to cynical micro-states like Dubai (willing to mask front-companies and to act as entrepots for this most destabilising example of the triumph of market omnipotence), we are all now living in a world where the nuclear 'genie' is well and truly out of the bottle.
Armstrong and Robert Read attempt to explain differences in the economic performance of micro-states in Africa and Asia and conclude that African microstates perform worse than their Asian/Pacific counterparts, but better than larger African economies.
Japan - the world's leading consumer of whale meat and blubber - was once again supported by several Caribbean micro-States not involved in commercial hunting, leading several environmental organisations to accuse Tokyo of buying the votes of several states in order to guarantee that the proposal would fail.
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.
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.
External labour mobility is an issue of relevance mainly to those micro-states and territories that already possess a migration outlet to a metropolitan power, usually because of a past or present dependent political relationship and because their tiny populations offer little threat of disturbance to metropolitan labour markets, social security systems and mass cultures.
The quite extraordinary intellectual insight of Maxwell, Boltzmann and Gibbs in combining deterministic mechanics for micro-states with a probabilistic or statistical theory of observables (macro-states) and their equally brilliant early critics, like Henri Poincare, Ernst Zermelo and Tatiana and Paul Ehrenfest, provided a host of delicate and profound conceptual problems, which though much clarified and elaborated are as central now to the proper understanding of the physical Universe as they were a hundred years ago.