constituent country


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constituent country (plural constituent countries)

  1. Any country that is a subdivision of a larger sovereign state.
    The constituent countries of the Kingdom of Denmark.
    • 2010, Michael P. Scharf, ‎Paul R. Williams, Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis[1]:
      We were presented with the Soviet situation first — with the question of whether to go the clean slate route or to require that each constituent country coming out of the breakup of the Soviet Union continue with all treaty obligations.
    • Denmark[2],
      Denmark is a constitutional monarchy. [...] The kingdom also comprises 2 autonomous constituent countries in the Atlantic, neither of which are EU members: the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
    1. An administrative division of the United Kingdom: one of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
      • United Kingdom Unitary Country,[3]:
        The United Kingdom is a unitary state composed of four constituent countries (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) and three devolved administrations (Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), having their own elected assembly and government since the devolution process in 1998.
      • 2022, Great Britain vs. UK vs. England: Learn The Difference ,[4]:
        While England specifically has had and continues to have significant political influence, it alone doesn’t decide the political actions of the UK. For example, the UK Parliament includes representatives from all four of its constituent countries.
    2. A land of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, of which there are four: the Netherlands proper (comprising its twelve European provinces and the three BES Islands of the Caribbean Netherlands: Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba) and the three Caribbean island countries of Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten.
  2. A sovereign country as a member of a larger organization.
    • European Union - MeSH - NCBI[5]:
      European Union An economic union with the principal objectives of free movement of goods, capital, and labor. The constituent countries are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, ...
    • Key European Union achievements and tangible benefits,[6]:
      Collectively, the EU and its constituent countries are the world's leading donor of humanitarian aid.
    • Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group – BiEPAG,[7]:
      To this end, BiEPAG is conceptualised as a platform to bring closer the various political and developmental stakeholders of the individual countries of the Western Balkans – on one side, and the bodies and branches of the European Union and the governments of its constituent countries – on the other.

Usage notesEdit

  • The term approaches being a sum of parts, constituent + country. It is most often used in reference to the countries within the U.K., Denmark, and Netherlands. It was used in reference to the republics of the former Yugoslavia and to those of the Soviet Union. It is sometimes used in reference to the member states of the European Union. It is usually not used in reference to U.S. states.

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