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Relationship between state and government

Although the terms "state" and "government" are often used interchangeably,[55] international law distinguishes between a non-physical state and its government; and in fact, the concept of "government-in-exile" is predicated upon that distinction.[56] States are non-physical juridical entities, and not organisations of any kind.[57] However, ordinarily, only the government of a state can obligate or bind the state, for example by treaty.[56]