A political union is a type of state which is composed of or created out of smaller states. The process is called unification. Unifications of states that used to be together and are reuniting is referred to as reunification. Unlike a personal union, the individual states share a central government and the union is recognized internationally as a single political entity. A political union may also be called a legislative union or state union. A union may be effected in a number of forms, broadly categorized as: Incorporating union Incorporating annexation Federal (or confederal) union Federative annexation Mixed unions.
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