1 a system or theory of government in which the state is seen as a loose federation of self-governing communities
2 an electoral system in which ethnic groups vote separately for their own representatives
3 loyalty to the interests of one's own ethnic group rather than to society as a whole
4 the practice or advocacy of communal living or ownership
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