Civil wars are very inappropriately named. In the taxonomy of war and warfare, civil wars tend to be anything but civil. Whereas conventional wars between states fall under specific rules, set forth by the Geneva Accords, civil wars are characterized by fighting within a country’s borders. External states are very reluctant to get involved in sovereign states’ internal issues. Thus, civil wars, while roundly condemned by the UN, have a tendency to be brutal, destructive, and are often allowed to fester without significant outside interference.