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A city-state is a region controlled exclusively by a city. City-states were common in the ancient period and gradually were combined into nations. The many city-states of ancient Greece are classical examples.

Examples of city-states in history include:

See also: polis

The term city-state is also used for a city that is a state by itself: the independent states Monaco, Singapore, Liechtenstein, San Marino and Vatican City; the states of Germany: Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg; and the Chinese Special Administrative Regions: Hong Kong and Macau.

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