A state must have set boundaries, but they are not always agreed on.
Boundaries can change in three ways:
war – people win or lose territory
negotiation – people agree to trade territory
purchase – states can buy territory from other states
Definition : the area in which a state’s rule applies
WAIT! Where did the word “SOVEREIGNTY” come from? Sovereignty
Sovereignty Don’t worry guys! “ Sovereignty” is just a big word that means a state has the ability to rule within its border as it chooses… Remember the definition of “state”? It says, “…with the power to make and enforce laws without having to check with any higher authority…”?
According to Eric Hobsbawm – Any government rest on three presumptions : first, that they have more power than other units operating on their territory; second, that inhabitants of their territories accept their authority more or less willingly; and third ; that government can provide services for them which could not be provided equally effectively or at all, such as, in the proverbial phrase, ‘law and order’.