As far as Political status
is concerned, three categories are usually recognized in international law
- independent countries e.g.: France, Canada
- Internal independent countries which are under the protection of another country in matters of defense and foreign affairs, e.g.: Netherlands Antilles, the Faroe Islands, Puerto Rico, British Virgin Islands etc.
- Colonies and other dependent political units e.g.: Guadeloupe, Guam, Guernsey