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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Name of a State

Manuel Brunner

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 April 2021

Constitutional history — State name — State territory

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1. The name of a state is the designation under which it is known on its own state territory and in international relations. Usually two forms of such a name exist. One is a common short-form of the name that designates the respective territory as such under which the state is referred to in official or private conversations or the media. This is also the name the population of the state identifies itself with. The other form is the official or constitutional name of the state. This long-form is the name that is given to the state, in most cases, by its...
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