What is federation?

  • (noun): An organization formed by merging several groups or parties.
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A federation (Latin: foedus, foederis, 'covenant'), also known as a federal state, is a political entity characterized by a union of partially self-governing states or regions united by a central (federal) government. In a federation, the self-governing status of the component states, as well as the division of power between them and the central government, are typically constitutionally entrenched and may not be altered by a unilateral decision of the latter.

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Federation Cup
... Federation Cup or Fed Cup is the premier team competition in women's tennis ... Federation Cup may also refer to Federation Cup (Bangladesh) Federation Cup (India) Federation Cup (United Arab Emirates), an association football tournament Kuwait Federation Cup Lebanese ...
Malayan Union
... The Malayan Union was a federation of the Malay states and the Straits Settlements of Penang and Malacca ... The Malayan Union later became the independent Federation of Malaya in 1948 ... The Federation of Malaya became the Federation of Malaysia in 1963, following the admission of Singapore, Sabah (North Borneo) and Sarawak to the new federation ...
American Federation Of Labor
... The American Federation of Labor (AFL) was one of the first federations of labor unions in the United States ... Union was elected president of the Federation at its founding convention and was reelected every year except one until his death in 1924 ... While the Federation was founded and dominated by craft unions throughout the first fifty years of its existence, many of its craft union affiliates turned to organizing on an industrial ...
Harris - Education
... a secondary school in Dundee, Scotland Harris Federation, a federation of secondary school academies in South London, England ... Academy Crystal Palace, the flagship academy of the Federation ...
Federation - Federal Governments - Defunct
... Federated Malay States (1896–1946) Federation of Malaya (1948–1963) Mali Federation (1959–1960) New Granada (1855–1886) Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1569–1795 ...

More definitions of "federation":

  • (noun): The act of constituting a political unity out of a number of separate states or colonies or provinces so that each member retains the management of its internal affairs.

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    Women realize that we are living in an ungoverned world. At heart we are all pacifists. We should love to talk it over with the war-makers, but they would not understand. Words are so inadequate, and we realize that the hatred must kill itself; so we give our men gladly, unselfishly, proudly, patriotically, since the world chooses to settle its disputes in the old barbarous way.
    —General Federation Of Women’s Clubs (GFWC)