Cultural Geography

After completing the map of Belize, I came to many conclusions about the political geography of this state. There seemed to be more centrifugal forces acting upon Belize, which makes it difficult for them to achieve the ideal nation-state status. This is a small country, which is a centripetal force, but the population appears to be unevenly distributed, which is a centrifugal force. Belize is 8,867 square miles and has a population of 219,296, which is 25 people per square mile. In comparison, the state of Vermont is about the same size of Belize and has about four times as many people living there.
Belize is elongated, which is a centrifugal force because it is difficult to keep contact with all members of the state. It\'s capitol, Belmopan, as well as Belize City are core areas for Belize, a centripetal force. Belmopan is in a relatively central location, a centripetal force, and therefore has easy access to the other cities. Belize has a coastal area on the Caribbean Sea, and therefore has free access to the rest of the world. This is good for trade and travel and is a centripetal force.
There aren\'t very many settlements in Belize, which is a main reason there aren\'t very many ways of transportation. There are some main roads, but there aren\'t any railroad tracks or other means of transportation. This acts as a centrifugal force on Belize because it is difficult for the citizens to travel to different areas in or out of the country. Another centrifugal force is the international barriers within Belize. There is a mountain range across much of the southern part of the country, and there are many rivers as well. Some of these rivers divide the country so it is more difficult for people to communicate with each other. There is also a swamp, flood area in much of the northeastern part of the country, which makes living conditions harsh, resulting in uneven distribution of population. Belize has a federal form of government, which is considered a centrifugal force.
There are a variety of ethnic groups in Belize; Mestizo, Creole, Maya, and Garifuna, just to name the major ones. English is the official language of Belize, and the dominant religion is Roman Catholic at 62%. For Agriculture, Industry and Resources, Belize is mostly forestry except for two small coastal areas, which are diversified tropical cash crop.
In conclusion, Belize is not a prospective for maintaining or achieving ideal nation-state status. There does not seem to be a reasonable measure of political integration, stability and power. There are many centrifugal forces acting against this country, and only a few centripetal forces acting for Belize.

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