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A city-state is an independent country whose territory consists solely of a single major city and the area immediately surrounding it The term "city-state" should not be confused with "independent city", which refers to a city which is not administered as part of another local government.

Whereas the nation-states rely on a common cultural heritage, be it linguistic, historical, religious, economic, etc., the city-state relies on the common interest in the function of the urban center. The urban center and its activity supplies the livelihoods of all urbanites inhabiting the city-state.

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