How would I cut and paste a selection of a vector shape?

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Let's say I've drawn a vector shape of a country with the freeform pen tool, now I want to divide that country into individual regions, also with the pen tool. How would I go about doing that? The Subtract Front Shape option seems the closest to what I am after except it deletes the overlapping region rather than cut and pastes it to a new layer.

Say if I drew this country in a standard raster layer the way I would go about doing this is using the selection tool, drawing out the region and then going Layer Via Cut to take this piece out of the original.

Is there a similar way to do this with vector shapes in Photoshop? I'm using CS6 right now BTW
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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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My first though would be to copy the country shape to a new layer; one copy for each region. Then you can reshape the copy layers to form regions.
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The problem with that sadly would be that the boundary edges of each region wouldn't match up without loads of work to fix it. By cutting and pasting I know that the edges would be equal, no overlap or gaps between them.
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Will the shapes be transparent? If not, then it doesn’t matter. Just make them overlap, the overlapping region below the ‘real’ one.
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They'll be transparent with layer effects to get the particular outlines I want for them, I want the underlying details still visible.