Can the Holy Roman Empire be called a state?

The Holy Roman Empire was a state with clearly delineated borders, a hereditary ruler and the presence of a common state emblem, flag and currency. Over time, the role of the emperor became less and less significant, and affairs in the state were ruled by a council of electors, which could go against the decision of the ruler. Nevertheless, all dukes and earls were bound by a common oath of allegiance that they took to the empire.

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