Political Geography

The World Today

What is the best shape for a country?

Though countries come in various shapes for various reasons, the best shape for a country is compact. A compact country, such as Germany or France, is easier to govern than those that are fragmented (such as Indonesia) or elongated (such as Chile). Compact countries are easier to govern because transportation, communication, and internal security are easier to maintain. Also, compact countries have shorter borders to protect. Elongated and fragmented countries are more easily divided and conquered.


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