Debate:Should the United States of America really be counted as a country?
I saw this and figured I might as well put in a reasonably detailed answer: There are two major theories of what is required for an area to be considered a 'sovereign state' (country). 1) Constitutive theory: it's a country if it's recognised by other countries. This is undoubtedly the case with regards to the United States, which is recognised by all 193 countries in the UN. Here's a summary of the current disputes: South Korea-North Korea [claimed and unrecognised by each other, North Korea unrecognised by Japan] Taiwan (ROC)-China (PRC) [claimed and unrecognised by each other, 22 + Vatican City recognise Taiwan, some of whom don't recognise China] Cyprus-Northern Cyprus [claimed and unrecognised by each other, Cyprus recognised by all but Turkey, Northern Cyprus recognised by only Turkey] Israel-Palestine [claimed and unrecognised by each other, Israel unrecognised by 21 UN members, Palestine recognised by 126 UN members] Kosovo - claimed by Serbia South Ossetia - claimed by Georgia Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic - claims the territory known as Western Sahara, claimed by Morocco Abkhazia - recognised by 4 UN members, claimed by Georgia Armenia - unrecognised by Pakistan for diplomatic reasons. The other major theory is 2) Declarative Theory. In order to be a countries, it must a) have a defined territory (definitely check), b) a permanent population (definitely check), c) a government (check), and d) the capacity to enter into foreign relations with other countries (check). I know my answer is long winded, but it I thought that someone should answer this while it exists. Note: I support the speedy deletion as it is a non-debate. - JamesCA 09:46, 22 September 2011 (EDT)