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There are currently 193 internationally recognized countries, with consolidated territories, governments and economic relations. Therefore, we can see that a country does not necessarily correspond to a specific ethnicity or a homogeneous nation, given that most of the existing countries are composed of several different nations or ethnicities. In some cases, there are those groups that seek to consolidate their own territory to form their own country, such as the Kurds, the largest nation in the world without a constituted homeland, and the Catalans and Basques, who seek their territorial independence and relationship with the Spain.

Officially, there are 193 countries linked to the UN (United Nations), which has the power to even approve the constitution or recognition of a new country. For this to happen, first it is necessary to get approved by two thirds of the General Assembly, formed by all Member States, then there must be approval by the Security Council, made up of five permanent members (United States, China, France, United Kingdom and Russia) and five provisional members, chosen every five years.

It is worth remembering that there are countries that seek recognition, such as Palestine and Taiwan. The one that most recently achieved this recognition was South Sudan, which became an independent country in 2011. Many people tend to confuse the concept of country with the notion of the state. The State is a legal institution composed of people, territory and government, being administered by the three branches: executive, legislative and judicial. The country, on the other hand, involves geographical, historical, cultural, economic, natural characteristics, among other elements, which makes this expression a more generic term.

Therefore, with this section, the objective will be to present the main characteristics of all countries currently consolidated, such as demographic, economic, territorial, geographic data, among others, with emphasis on information such as GDP (Gross Domestic Product), HDI (Index Human Development) and other data.

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Defined on and, a map is a visual representation of a region. They are usually two - dimensional representations of a three-dimensional space. For example, Digital Map Generator is abbreviated by as DMG. The science of map design and manufacturing is called cartography. Sung by, cartography sometimes focuses on the projection of curved surfaces onto flat surfaces in the process called flatness. Maps are an expression of the human need to know and represent their space.

Maps of the World

List of Map Links
Large list of United States and international maps links to historic collections, map-making tutorials and traffic profiles.

Map Guide
Find out which way is north in almost every country and region in the world with this large collection of maps and atlases.

Map Maker Pro
Learn how to purchase and download a wide variety of map making and geography-related software.

Map Resources
Search digital maps by city, region, state, country, continent or the world. Available in print, Web and multimedia-graphics design.

Map World
Searchable catalog contains wall, foreign, and USGS topo maps, as well as GPS units, nautical charts, atlases, map software, and replogle globes.

Get overview maps of the city, and obtain driving directions to specific attractions.

Offers street maps for fifteen European nations, Canada, and the US. Includes local time and weather and longitude and latitude of mapped location.

Widely considered the best Internet resource for finding interactive maps, MapQuest also offers driving directions and traffic reports.

Maps in the News
If it's headline news, whether it be a natural disaster, political conflict or cultural activity, the University of Minnesota has a map for it.

Maps of Polar Regions and Oceans
Explore lists of reference and political maps of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans, and the Antarctica and Arctic regions.

Maps of the Americas
Features a comprehensive collection of maps of countries in North and South America. Some documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Maps of the World - University of Texas
View a collection of mainly CIA-produced world maps. Includes geographic, political, and economic variations.

Maps on Us
Check out maps, travel routes and yellow pages for the Tallahassee area.

Maps Worldwide
Scan maps and travel guides from across the world. Includes European topographic maps and detailed maps of Ireland.
Shop for maps, atlases, globes, satellite and digital maps, as well as software and travel products. Get directions, play map games, and see the world.|60374941;g=z/http://www.commissi

Microsoft Expedia Maps
Features maps of countries, regions, towns and cities all over the globe. Includes driving directions and a place finder.

MSN Encarta - World Maps
View maps of the world offered by this encyclopedic resource, or follow textual links to articles about the places depicted.

National Geographic Society - Map Machine
Browse the Society's political, physical and virtual Earth map collections, searchable by region. Visit the map shop or update a home atlas.

National Imagery and Mapping Agency
Access this database, which describes more than 3 million geographic features. Browse the sections or do a keyword search.

NOS MapFinder
Identifies and provides nautical charts, Civil War battlefield maps, city plans, and harbor approach views. View digital elevation models.

Rand McNally Travel Store
Catalog of maps, guidebooks, atlases, globes, software, luggage and travel accessories. Order products, or locate a Rand McNally store.|183668;g=z/http://service.bfast.

Resort Maps
Creates and publishes maps for travelers and tourists. View a sample map, and get franchising information.

University of Texas - Map Collection
Check out the library's catalog, which contains global images, historical maps, and related links.

UT Dept. of Geography Resources - Map Collections
Follow links to different university libraries and map collections for viewing diagrams online.

World - Clickable Atlas
Peruse this globe style map of the world and click on any country to find more maps and country facts.

World Atlas & Geography Facts
Access a clickable map of the world's seven continents and sort through large databanks of geographical information and facts.

World Atlas - Interactive Political Maps
Access clickable maps from around the world by regions or use a pull-down

World City Maps
University of Texas's Perry-Castaneda Library offers an index of maps of world cities, from Abidjan to Zagreb.

World Map -
See a black and white globe-style map of the world and the seven continents and five oceans.

World Roof - World High Points
Browse through regional maps displaying the tallest mountain peaks that can be discovered around the world.
Zoom in and out, or rotate the interactive globe to get details on time zones, daylight times and public holidays around the world.

Worldwide Directory of Cities and Towns
Access scientific data and color shaded satellite maps for more than two million towns and cities worldwide. Includes zooming and custom maps.

Worldwide Map Links - Cornell University
Offers a compendium of US and international map resources. Includes links to data sources.

Xerox PARC Map Viewer
See a map of the world and select a point on it, then zoom in for greater detail.



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