Sovereignty

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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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"A very strict definition of a naked sale would keep investors who finance public investment or companies that enter into contracts with sovereign nations or with state-owned companies from hedging the default risk of their counterparties.
District Judge Michael Hogan to dismiss the city's lawsuit, arguing that the tribe, as a sovereign nation, has immunity from being sued - although the tribe had signed a waiver agreeing to be sued in state or federal court.
HNA must be obtained before the operation of spectrum-dependent systems and equipment within a sovereign nation. The combatant commander is responsible for coordinating requests with sovereign nations within his or her area of responsibility.
Congress are not the only lawmakers who are opposing this stealth merger of three sovereign nations. Anti-NAU resolutions have been introduced at the state level in South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia--with more states expected to join the fight.
In effect, the so-called sovereign nations of Scotland and Wales and the devolved government of Northern Ireland are actually already established regions of the EU.
Wherever a major river, lake, or aquifer system is shared by two or more sovereign nations, the waters become vulnerable to exploitation and degradation and can provide a catalyst for political conflict.
As part of his FHWA responsibilities, he helped coordinate utilities, environmental and right-of-way issues with various Native American sovereign nations.
Some African Americans wound up members of these sovereign nations as "freedmen" and had citizenship there, if not direct bloodlines.
But Porter Goss can't tell his secret - out of respect for sovereign nations.
"Treaties are supposed to be somber agreements between sovereign nations, but the tribes were no longer treated as equitably.
These sovereign nations create their own destiny, that is until they get into trouble and apply to the IME And once a country has a flawed macro-economic policy, the inevitable economic disaster is exacerbated by a weak financial system.
Germany's federal system is the grandchild of the Empire proclaimed in 1870 which absorbed preexisting sovereign nations into a new Reich and a child of the Nazi era which saw the federated Weimar Republic turned into a dictatorship.