This note is a part of my Zettelkasten. What is below might not be complete or accurate. It is also likely to change often.
4th August, 2020


The nation-state rose along with other forces of Modernity as the preeminent form of polity. States usually have a centralized form of government whose power extends over its territory.

Government decrees passed by a state apply to all within its boundaries. These decrees are enforced in its territory by a civil authority - a system of administrators and beurocrats. The states power lies with its monopoly over the use of force - by controlling the army and the police.