Elongated State Shape Case Study


Vietnam is a textbook example of an elongated state.
The country is long and thin, and has endured many political and humanitarian hardships over the past few decades.
Having a long, narrow shape makes communication and transportation more difficult for it's citizens.
Also, the capital city (which is also the centre of government and commerce) is on the far Northern end, many miles away from the other cities in the Southern sector.
However, the elongated shape results in lots of coastline. This makes access to the South China Sea and international trade routes very easy.
Vietnam was united into one communist nation in the last century, and despite it's elongated shape (which is usually harder to govern) it is relatively stable.

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