Failed state

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A failed state is a political body, usually a state, that can no longer work as it should. There are different definitions, but in general at least one of the following is true:

  • The state no longer has control over its territory, or it it does not have a monopoly on the legitimate use of force.
  • The ruling people are weak, and cannot enforce collective decisions
  • Providing public services is diffiult
  • Interacting with other states is difficult, for example, because there is no recognized governent

In such a state, there often is widespread corruption and there may be civil war (where different factions fight for control).


Examples of failed states are Yemen,or Somalia.