noun /ˈbɒl.kən.aɪ.zeɪ.ʃən,ˈbɑl.kən.aɪ.zeɪ.ʃən/
a) A geopolitical term to describe the fragmentation of a region into several small states that are often hostile or non-cooperative with each other.
b) Any disintegration process, such as that of the Internet being divided into separate enclaves.

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