The idea of the nation-state and the political movement to build the interstate system on a national basis is a core element of modern state building, particularly as seen in early modern state building in Europe (Tilly, 1975). In Pacific Asia, as in many other parts of the world, however, the boundaries and structural substance of nation and state are complicated and the forces that shaped their interaction and mutual constitution are highly complex. The various ways the tension between nation and state has been dealt with in contemporary Pacific Asia has led to the shaping of different models of how nation and state relate to each other. This issue continues to impact the constitutional character of the state, how state institutions relate to religion, and ethnic groups and the very existence of the state itself.
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