States universally claim access to authority and control over events and persons. States exercise power within their territories primarily to maintain and promote public order, protect their assets and wealth, and ensure the public safety. The end result of these actions is law. The operational element of law involves combinations invoking cooperation, reciprocity in treatment and behavior, and dispute management and settlement.
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