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A dependent territory, dependent area, dependency or autonomous territory is a territory that does not possess full political independence or sovereignty as a sovereign state yet remains politically outside{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Clarify |date=__DATE__ |$B= }} of the controlling state's integral area.<ref>[[s:United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1514#United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1514]]</ref>

A dependency is commonly distinguished from other subnational entities in that they are not considered to be part of the integral territory of the governing State. A subnational entity typically represents a division of the State proper, while a dependent territory often maintains a great degree of autonomy from the controlling State. Historically, most colonies were considered to be dependencies of their controlling State. The dependencies that remain generally maintain a very high degree of political autonomy. At the same time, not all autonomous entities are considered to be dependencies.<ref>United Nations Trusteeship Council</ref>

Many political entities have a special position recognized by international treaty or agreement resulting in a certain level of autonomy or differences in immigration rules. These are sometimes<ref name="The Trusteeship System and Non-Self-Governing Territories">United Nations General Assembly 15th Session - The Trusteeship System and Non-Self-Governing Territories (pages:509-510)</ref> considered dependencies,<ref>Listaba.com</ref> but are officially considered by their controlling states to be integral parts of the state.<ref name="The Trusteeship System and Non-Self-Governing Territories"/> Examples are Åland (Finland), Hong Kong (China), and Macau (China).<ref>The World Factbook. Cia.gov. Retrieved on 2013-07-12.</ref>


Dependent territory sections
Intro  Summary of list contents   Lists of dependent territories    Lists of other entities    Description   See also   Notes and references    Bibliography   External links  

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