A state (country) based around a single city and its surounding land. City states do not have defined borders and no city states exist in the modern world.
by Ace of words February 26, 2009
A small independent state consisting of an urban center and the surrounding agricultural territory. A characteristic political form in early Mesopotamia, Archaic and Classical Greece, Phoenicia, and early Italy.
The term city-state refers to a self-governing urban center and the agriculture territories it controlled.
by HistoryNerd94 December 16, 2010