A country is a region identified as a distinct entity in political geography.


1   Grading

See `gross domestic product`_.

1.1   Development

Infrastructure is basic physical and organizational structures needed for the operation of a society or enterprise, or the services and facilities necessary for an economy to function.

Infrastructure is the physical components of interrelated systems providing commodities and services essential to enable, sustain, or enhance societal living conditions

Infrastructure is an important term for judging a country or region's development.

According to researchers at the Overseas Development Institute, the lack of infrastructure in many developing countries represents one of the most significant limitations to economic growth

Viewed functionally, infrastructure facilitates the production of goods and services, and also the distribution of finished products to markets, as well as basic social services such as schools and hospitals; for example, roads enable the transport of raw materials to a factory.

1.2   Stability

Nations often used natural boundaries, such as rivers and mountains, to draw borders in order to mitigate the `security dilemma`_.

Rivers are imperfect because they change course over time.

In Ireland, early Christian monks lived in inhospitable areas as nobody was likely to attack as there was nothing and the land wasn't fertile .

Embassy is for ambassadors of the two countries to talk and discuss for official gov purposes.

Consulates are for common folk of the host country to do paperwork business with the foreign country aka getting visas and such.

Embassies are legally the soil of the country they represent. So if you step in the Russian embassy, Russian law applies there and not American (or whatever country you're in). This is why so many people flee to them for asylum. Consulates on the other hand are not, they are basically more of a subisdiary office but they are not on their own soil, they're under local law.