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A confederation, in modern political terms, is usually limited to a permanent union of sovereign states for common action in relation to other states.

In fact it was the formation of Switzerland that created the term Confederation, but the Helvetic Confederation technically functions according to the modern concept of Federation.

I can't find my preferred article on that, so I'll just direct you to the Wikipedia's article on the subject.

Switzerland is often used by Federalists has an example of the lasting characteristics of Federations.

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by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Tue Jun 19th, 2007 at 02:41:30 PM EST
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