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Sovereignty

The legal right of a state to govern its own affairs in its own territory without outside interference. Sovereignty may reside with an individual (such as a monarch, sometimes known as a sovereign), a body (such as a parliament) or with the populace as a whole. The notion of sovereignty is less clear in federal governments like the U.S. and Canada, as sovereignty is split between the national government and the regional governments. This is a matter of considerable controversy in some countries.
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I am confident that the UK will thrive as a sovereign nation again, just as we did in our economic golden age of the 18th and 19th centuries when we, collectively as a nation, introduced industrial enlightenment and Adam Smith advocated the enormous benefits of free markets.
We will not lose out on free trade deals as we will negotiate our own as a sovereign nation. In April 2013, Iceland negotiated a free trade deal with China.
But his line about attacking a sovereign nation that we'd never had an angry word with it...
However, the proposals on accelerating a solution to the name issue should be sent to Athens that thus far played the card a solution not to be found but to impose us with conditions with which it perfidiously shot in the dignity of one sovereign nation and independent country.
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IF Scotland becomes a sovereign nation, would renegotiating our terms of entry to the European Union be such a bad thing?
IN TWO years' time the Scots will be asked the most important question in over three hundred years: do you want to pay the full market price for the right to wave your own flag and become a sovereign nation, divorced from the country that kept you in subservience and stole your oil?
Echoing Machar's comments in the US, Anei said that South Sudan was now a sovereign nation having seceded from Sudan, meaning that the eight-month old country did not inherit the economic sanctions the US placed on Sudan for allegedly sponsoring terrorism and for the conduct of its armed forces and paramilitaries in response to the insurgency in Darfur that began in 2003.
This was not a "war"--it was an invasion of a sovereign nation for the benefit of the West.
Meanwhile, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt John Kirby told reporters, as a sovereign nation, Pakistan had the right to self-defence, so did the United States.
Otherwise we could wake up one day and discover that we are no longer a sovereign nation, but a branch office of the Franco-German empire.
The Vatican's status as a sovereign nation is at issue.

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