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See also: Confederacy
- confœderacy (archaic)
confederacy (plural confederacies)
- An alliance.
- (politics) A state where the sovereign constituent units delegate their authority to the centre. As opposed to a federation, where the central and regional governments are each equal and sovereign in their own sphere.
- Specifically, an instance of a decentralized governing structure among the indigenous peoples of North America.
a decentralized state made up of sovereign units — see confederation