De facto

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De facto is a Latin term meaning 'in fact'. It describes practices that are in reality and practiced, even if they're not recognized by any laws.[1]

A de facto capital is the unofficial government capital. There are leagl practices conducted there, regardless of whether or not they're recognized by the government or law. An example of a de facto capital is Brades in a Caribbean island called Montserrat. A volcanic eruption destroyed the official capital.

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