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Old 08-31-2018, 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by carnivorousplant View Post
How does that work? Assuming we in the USA were still with you guys, does Levy, Arkansas (cesspool of the world, armpit of the South) write a Letter to Elizabeth II and request to become a city instead of a town?
Currently, in the U.S. each state has its own regulations for and definitions of what makes cities, towns, and villages. They are formally incorporated by state law. (Which is why a city attorney is its corporation counsel.) (And why areas outside these boundaries are called unincorporated districts.)

These definitions have exactly nothing in common with the way archaeologists use the terms. They are arbitrary and there are 50 of them. I'm assuming that each nation has its own set of equally arbitrary definitions and rules.

Think of "city" as a scientific term that lives in a different world from the common meaning, similar to theory, paradigm, chaos, and countless others.