what differentiates a country to a continent? It can’t be the amount of countries bc of Australia and Antarctica. It can’t be population bc of Antarctica. Is it size?

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what differentiates a country to a continent? It can’t be the amount of countries bc of Australia and Antarctica. It can’t be population bc of Antarctica. Is it size?

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A country is run by a central government. A continent is just one of our several large bodies of land.

The notion of a country is entirely political, not geographical. A country is as big an area as you can conquer, defend and govern. Empires like the British and Roman were effectively single counties, spanning multiple continents

Continents are large landmasses. They are natural features of the planet and don’t need humans to exist.

Countries are artificial divisions of land with their own governments and human populations.

A continent is a geological formation and/or a geopolitical region. A country is a nation state that is governed by a government headed by a president or a monarch.

There isn’t a consistently applied definition for the word continent. Different professions use the term differently but a continent is generally a geographical delineation. A country is essentially a political delineation.

In that sense they’re largely unrelated although it becomes fairly convenient, in many cases, to have some country boundaries “match” a continental boundary. This is also largely because many country boundaries use natural geographic features to define their borders.

Continents are large land masses that are largely disconnected from other land masses (very general). Countries are political boundaries where there is a government that is generally recognized as sovereign.

Countries are defined by themselves. There is an organization (generally a government) that claims sovereignty(right to rule/control) over a certain area. It doesn’t matter how many people there are or how much land it covers, just that no one with more power contests their claim to rule.

Continents are broader map boundaries which were mostly set during a period before we understood geology that well. Europe/Asia/Africa is probably the best example of this as it really doesn’t align with geology or plate tectonics. The original split of these three continents dates back to Ancient Greece and about 600 BC where they split Africa off as west of the Nile, Asia was east of the Nile, south east of the Hellespont (aka current day Istanbul), and south/east of the Phasis river that joins the black sea, everything north and west was “Europe”

Unfortunately those definitions lived on for millennia so even though we now know that India and the Arabian Peninsula are each on their own plate and Europe and the rest of Asia ride the Eurasian plate its too late to go back and update every text written since the founding of Rome

“Country” is a political term to denote an arbitrary, imaginary line humans like to draw around groups of people.

“Continent” is a geographical term to denote a partially arbitrary, sometimes imaginary, lines humans like to draw around land masses.

A country is fundamentally a social construct. It’s a group of people who share an identity and, as a result, a government.

A continent is just a geographic distinction.