Guy Gardener wrote:
That depends if Aalderan was more a physical entity or a legal entity underwritten by the Empire or the Senate.
A polity is by definition a legal entity, not a unit of geography. Polities have a distinct geographic territory, but they are not the same thing as their territory. That's why it's not, for instance, Chile -- it's the Republic of
Chile. That's why it's not Nebraska, it's the State of
Nebraska. That's why it's not Great Britain and Northern Ireland, it's the United Kingdom of
Great Britain and Northern Ireland. That's why it's not Norway, it's the Kingdom of