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A union of states in which each member state retains some independent control over internal and external affairs. Thus, for international purposes, there are separate states, not just one state. A federation, in contrast, is a union of states in which external affairs are controlled by a unified, central government.

See: affiliation, alliance, association, band, body, cartel, chamber, coalescence, committee, compact, concert, confederacy, consolidation, contribution, federation, integration, league, merger, partnership, party, pool, society, sodality

CONFEDERATION, government. The name given to that form of government which the American colonies, on shaking off the British yoke, devised for their mutual safety and government.
     2. The articles of confederation, (q.v.) were finally adopted on the 15th of November, 1777, and with the exception of Maryland, which, however, afterwards also agreed to them, were speedily adopted by the United States, and by which they were formed into a federal @bod y, and went into force on the first day of March, 1781; 1 Story Const. Sec. 225; and so remained until the adoption of the present constitution, which acquired the force of the supreme law of the land on the first Wednesday of March, 1789. 5 Wheat. R. 420. Vide Articles of Confederation.

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Egypt will play three matches in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers before flying to South Africa for the Confederations Cup.
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labor to prepare for his dialogue with workers in the North following the two successful ones in the Central and Southern regions in 2016 and 2017.
Abu Dhabi: Fifa want to scrap the Confederations Cup and make the Club World Cup bigger, according to reports in Spanish sports daily Marca .
From June 17 to July 2, 2017, Russia hosted the FIFA Confederations Cup.

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