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See also: balkanization
The term is a reference to the conflicts the Balkan peninsula experienced in the 20th century.
- (historical, chiefly political science) A geopolitical term to describe the fragmentation of a region into several small states that are often hostile or non-cooperative with each other.
- (informal) Any disintegration process, such as that of the Internet being divided into separate enclaves.
fragmentation of a region into several small states
any disintegration process