city-state

[sit-ee-steyt]
noun
a sovereign state consisting of an autonomous city with its dependencies.

Origin:
1890–95

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city-state
 
n
a state consisting of a sovereign city and its dependencies. Among the most famous are the great independent cities of the ancient world, such as Athens, Sparta, Carthage, Thebes, Corinth, and Rome

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A citystate is a region controlled exclusively by a city, usually having sovereignty.
However, citystate cultures were far from universal in the ancient world.
Both ports had docks for the large war fleet of the citystate.
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