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This article refers to the term Province as it relates to Nationstates. For more general information, see the Wikipedia article on the subject.

A province is a territorial subdivision. In many nations, territorial subdivisions are officially styled as provinces. More generally, the term is often used to refer to any territorial subdivision of a nation.


A possible origin in Latin is from pro- ("on behalf of") and vincere ("to triumph/take control over"). Thus a province was a territory or function that an official took control over on behalf of a higher authority.

The word most immediately entered the English language through French. The French word province was derived from the Latin word provincia which had an essentially identical meaning.