Weakly State-Like Entity

A WSLE is a quasi-state entity which has some of the functions of a state, but is either dependent on larger states for its territory or security, has porous or otherwise ill-defined borders, has a population which is entirely claimed by other states, or otherwise fails to meet the traditional definitions of statehood.

Several seasteads have attained WSLE or stronger status. The DCAR self-governing refugee camp has also attained quasi-official status in the eyes of many NGOs.

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