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Notes from a small island: Is Sealand an independent 'micronation' or an illegal fortress?

Notes from a small island: Is Sealand an independent 'micronation' or an illegal fortress? | Sovereign Voice | Scoop.it
Seven miles off the coast of Suffolk, there is a country. It isn't a very big country. In fact, its surface area extends to no more than 6,000 square feet, which is about twice the size of a tennis court. You won't find it on Google Maps and it isn't a member of Nato or, indeed, the EU. But it exists. And I know, because I've been there.
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Right, you lot, it's time we seceded

Right, you lot, it's time we seceded | Sovereign Voice | Scoop.it
Are you sick of your local representative? Fed up with paying tax? Like to be a monarch ruling your own nation? If so, you could be one of a surprising number of people who have seceded from Australia to form their own micro nation.
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SECESSION, RECOGNITION & THE INTERNATIONAL POLITICS OF STATEHOOD

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http://etd.ohiolink.edu/send-pdf.cgi/Coggins%20Bridget.pdf?osu1154013298 

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Circassian Transnation and the Politics of Genocide Recognition

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Congress of the Council of Europe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Congress of the Council of Europe (in full, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe) is an institution representing local and regional authorities from the forty-seven member states of the Council of Europe. It has two chambers, the Chamber of Local Authorities and the Chamber of Regions. The Congress holds its plenary meetings at the Palace of Europe in Strasbourg, where its permanent Secretariat is located.

The Congress is composed of representatives from the Member states, who are elected in a local or regional office and are equipped with a mandate. The 318 members are divided into the national and political delegations The objective of the Congress is to ensure that the local and regional authorities take part in the European integration, as well as participate in the Council for Democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. In addition, it presents a place of exchange, in which the members can meet to discuss problems within their communities, share their experiences, and engage in conversation with national governments.

Thematically, the Congress covers a wide area with its activities, including reinforcing cooperation among the communities and at the international level, and is committed to Roma and civil rights. The Congress also initiates various resolutions and charters, including the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, the Convention on the Participation of Foreigners in Public Life, and the European Urban Charter.

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Sovereign citizen movement - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The sovereign citizen movement is a loose grouping of American litigants, commentators, and financial scheme promoters. The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation classifies "sovereign citizens" among domestic terror threats as anti-government extremists.[1]

Self-described sovereign citizens take the position that they are answerable only to common law and are not subject to any statutes or proceedings at the federal, states or municipal levels, or that they do not recognize U.S. currency and that they are "free of any legal constraints".[2][3][4]

They especially reject most forms of taxation as illegitimate.[5] Participants in the movement argue this concept in opposition to "federal citizens" who, they say, have unknowingly forfeited their rights by accepting some aspect of federal law.[6]

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United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law - Historic Archives

United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law - Historic Archives | Sovereign Voice | Scoop.it

The Historic Archives aim to preserve, in a vivid and informative manner, the audiovisual heritage of the United Nations in the progressive development and codification of international law and thereby promote a better understanding of the essential role of the United Nations in the advancement of the rule of law.

The Historic Archives provide a unique multi-media resource for teaching, studying and researching significant legal instruments, on virtually every subject of international law, which have been adopted under the auspices of the United Nations and related agencies or confer a role on the Organization.

Each page of the Historic Archives is devoted to a particular legal instrument. It contains a brief introduction to the instrument prepared by an eminent international law scholar  or practitioner with special expertise on the subject, information on its procedural history and related documents, as well as the text and status of the instrument. Each legal instrument is accompanied by audiovisual materials, as available, including film footage, audio recordings and photos, relating to the negotiation and adoption of the instrument at meetings or diplomatic conferences.

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Pacific Island Micro-States and Global Politics | Building Global Democracy

Pacific Island Micro-States and Global Politics | Building Global Democracy | Sovereign Voice | Scoop.it
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The Pirate Bay plans to buy island - The Local

The Pirate Bay plans to buy island - The Local | Sovereign Voice | Scoop.it
Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay is planning to buy its own nation in an attempt to circumvent international copyright laws.
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RUSSIFICATION REFORMS IN THE BALTIC PROVINCES

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Lalor, Cyclopaedia of Political Science, V.1, Entry 380, DIVINE RIGHT | Library of Economics and Liberty

Lalor, Cyclopaedia of Political Science, V.1, Entry 380, DIVINE RIGHT | Library of Economics and Liberty | Sovereign Voice | Scoop.it
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http://www.econlib.org/library/YPDBooks/Lalor/llCy380.html

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WindowonEurasia: Window on Eurasia: ‘De-Russification’ of North Caucasus Republics Continues

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Sovereign state - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A sovereign state is a political organization with a centralized government that has supreme independent authority over a geographic area.[1] It has a permanent population, a government, and the capacity to enter into relations with other sovereign states.[2] It is also normally understood to be a state which is neither dependent on nor subject to any other power or state.[3] The existence or disappearance of a state is a question of fact.[4] While according to the declaratory theory of state recognition a sovereign state can exist without being recognised by other sovereign states, unrecognised states will often find it hard to exercise full treaty-making powers and engage in diplomatic relations with other sovereign states.

The word "country" is often colloquially used to refer to sovereign states, although it means, originally, only a geographic region, and subsequently its meaning became extended to the sovereign polity which controls the geographic region.

Westphalian sovereignty is the concept of nation-state sovereignty based on territoriality and the absence of a role for external agents in domestic structures. It is an international system of states, multinational corporations, and organizations that began with the Peace of Westphalia in 1648.

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Lecture Series - Prof. Alain Pellet

Lecture Series - Prof. Alain Pellet | Sovereign Voice | Scoop.it
States Responsibility Responsibility in International Law -                         An Introduction
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