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Federal territory

A federal territory is an area ruled directly by any central government within a federation. The territories are areas in a federation which are not federated states. The federated states are the parts making up the federation itself and sharing the sovereignty with the federal government, while a territory is in no way sovereign.

Unlike a federal district, the territory usually has some degree of self-rule, but the terms are used somewhat differently in different federations.

Federal territories in various federations

Federal territories include:

In India, the federal territories are formally called union territories. There are seven of these: Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep, Puducherry, and Delhi.

In Pakistan, the federal territories are the disputed territories of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, only two of these: Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Historical federal territories


In Brazil, although mentioned in the Federal Constitution, currently there are no federal territories. Until, 1988 there were three territories: Fernando de Noronha (today a state-level district of Pernambuco), Amapá, and Roraima, now fully recognised states. From 1943 to 1982 Rondônia was also a federal territory (until 1956 under the name of Território do Guaporé).

United States

In the organized incorporated territories.

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