i'm still thinking of how we all define the words "nation" and "conquer":
- example definitions found on dictionary.com
na·tion /ˈneɪʃən/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[ney-shuhn] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
1. a large body of people, associated with a particular territory, that is sufficiently conscious of its unity to seek or to possess a government peculiarly its own: The president spoke to the nation about the new tax.
2. the territory or country itself: the nations of Central America.
3. a member tribe of an American Indian confederation.
4. an aggregation of persons of the same ethnic family, often speaking the same language or cognate languages.
con·quer /ˈkɒŋkər/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[kong-ker] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–verb (used with object)
1. to acquire by force of arms; win in war: to conquer a foreign land.
2. to overcome by force; subdue: to conquer an enemy.
3. to gain, win, or obtain by effort, personal appeal, etc.: conquer the hearts of his audience.
4. to gain a victory over; surmount; master; overcome: to conquer disease and poverty; to conquer one's fear.
–verb (used without object)
5. to be victorious; make conquests; gain the victory: Despite their differences, their love will conquer.
from these two definitions i am thinking of your question in this light:
"a large body of people, associated with a particular territory, that is sufficiently conscious of its unity to seek or to possess a government peculiarly its own" who have never been "... acquire[d] by force of arms; w[o]n in war: [or] conquer[d by] a foreign land."
when thinking of it this way, i can think of many nations that have NOT historically been "conquered" (the First Nations people that live in what is now called British Columbia and Thailand being only two examples)... but few to none that have not been aggressively attacked by outsiders attempting to conquer them. I guess what i'm trying to say, is that history writes that many nations have supposedly been conquered (course, "history" is often written by the supposed conquerers) , but they remain nations nonetheless if they continue to share their common collective identity, and fight for their own sovereignty. in my mind, as long as a people have even a sense that they are still a "nation" (people), than they have NOT been conquered.
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