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What’s law got to do with it? The legal side of creating a new state
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Breaking up is like a divorce settlement. And like in the family courts in the civil world, there are many rules associated with the establishment of a new state. Some of them deal with the right to file the paperwork in the first place. The first issue deals with the so-called right of self-determination. Is this a right? When are countries allowed to start the proceedings? As in the case of families, you have a right to leave an abusive relationship, but unlike in the civil world, there is not always a neutral mediator who can validate the facts. Further, once the conditions for starting political divorce proceedings are met, there are rules – some of them very old-fashioned and arcane – that have to be followed. The second chapter deals with these and provides a checklist for when the new state goes to their solicitor and starts the process.

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I want to break free

A practical guide to making a new country

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