Well I don't think I believe in the idea of nations so I'm not sure I agree.
"What makes a country a country
is whether other countries think
is a country."
(From Wikipedia) A nation is a large area of land ruled by one government. A country is a region that is identified as a distinct national entity in political geography.
From what I can make out, it would be called a nation before (or without) gaining international recognition (like the Navajo nation in America. It won't become a country anytime soon unless a majority of the population decides that the Navajo nation should become it's own country. It would be called a country when it has international recognition (such as UN status). The amount of countries various from person to person, but I hope that has cleared up when to use each.
Ne, per la forteco de armiloj.
Ŝajnas, ke tiu estus malŝatata reĝestaro, se ili bezonus soldatojn por teni la pacon. Kion pro amo por la lando?