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One of the essential attributes of a state under International Law is external sovereignty—that is, the right to exercise freely the full range of power a state possesses under international law. Recognition of a state as independent necessarily implies that the recognizing states have no legal authority over the independent state. The status of a fully independent state should be contrasted with that of dependent or vassal states, where a superior state has the legal authority to impose its will over the subject, or inferior, state.


noun authority, authorization, delegation, disassociation, disconnection, emancipation, freedom, liberty, license, not controlled, prerogative, self-determination, self-direction, sovereignty, unrestraint, unshackled
See also: freedom, home rule, latitude, liberty, nonconformity

INDEPENDENCE. A state of perfect irresponsibility to any superior; the United States are free and independent of all earthly power.
     2. Independence may be divided into political and natural independence. By the former is to be understood that we have contracted no tie except those which flow from the three great natural rights of safety, liberty and property. The latter consists in the power of being able to enjoy a permanent well-being, whatever may be the disposition of those from whom we call ourselves independent. In that sense a nation may be independent with regard to most people, but not independent of the whole world. Vide on of Independence.

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President Abbas expressed appreciation of the great support provided by the UAE, under the leadership of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for the Palestinian people in order to restore its legitimate rights and establish its independent state on its own land.
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Bulgaria's government will recognize the Republic of South Sudan as an independent state during its regular sitting this week and will start establishing diplomatic relations with the new state.
ANKARA, Jul 10, 2011 (TUR) -- Turkey expressed its willingness on Saturday to boost cooperation with Southern Sudan after it had officially recognized it as an independent state, the Foreign Ministry said.
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Summary: New York (United Nations) - Morocco has established diplomatic relations with the Solomon Islands and the Independent State of Samoa, Morocco's mission to the UN said on Friday in New York.

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