History of Patriotism Folks– So at this point, though we don’t have a formal definition, we’re circling around several factors that we think help define a nation: 1.  Language–both written and spoken, though especially written.2.   Culture–shared and distinct to a particular people.3.  Territory–controlled by a state.4.  A state/government (we haven’t really talked about this, but can a “nation” be controlled by more than one “state”?)