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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If we simply recognize the reality that sovereign nations will do what they will and in that process continue to create periodic economic crises, then it just makes common sense to strengthen that set of activities which will minimize the damage done by short-sighted politicians.
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Because Indian tribes have a unique legal status as sovereign nations, they work primarily with the federal rather than state governments to provide services for their members.
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There cannot be sovereign nations without men and women who can fully exercise their essential freedoms.
We are, after all, dealing with sovereign nations with long traditions, not always consonant with market capitalism.
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The contract is covered by the FMS programme of the United States, which assists the sales of US military equipment, services and training to the allied sovereign nations.
OMAN, October 23, 2011 (Frontier Star): President Asif Ali Zardari affirms that the future of Pakistan is bright and that a handful of terrorists cannot impose their agenda on sovereign nations.
As sovereign nations, they argued, they're not obligated to follow state law.
The SPP envisions replacing the borders around the United States with borders around North America, a de facto geographical merger of the three formerly sovereign nations.
Along these lines, Singer proposes rules of engagement for humanitarian intervention in the genocidal affairs of sovereign nations.