1 A confederation is a governmental entity created by independent sovereign State[s] that join together to perform some governmental functions under common authority (Sovereignty; Territorial Integrity and Political Independence). A confederation is a stronger form of association than an alliance (Alliances), but is weaker than a federation. The individual member units retain their status as sovereign States, and are separately recognized as members of the international community. This distinguishes a confederation from a federation in which the constituent States...
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