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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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We look forward to the raising of the Palestinian flag above an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital," he said.
He reiterated Pakistan's unflinching support to the Palestinian people in their continuing quest for their right for an independent state.
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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.
Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry already joined the other EU countries in the recognition and welcome of the newest independent state in the world, South Sudan, which its independence ceremony on July 9.
A ministry statement said Turkey had recognized Southern Sudan as an independent state, and therefore it would exert efforts to enchance cooperation with this country and its people within the framework of friendship and brotherhood.
In part of South Wales - Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend - only 14% think Wales will be an independent state in their lifetime, with a further 21% believing Wales will achieve such a status, but not in their lifetime.
This interesting history of the Nazi era in the Independent State of Croatia examines the heroic efforts, both large and small, of Croatians from all levels of society in assisting Jews and protecting them from the genocidal pogroms of the Axis backed regime.
President Abbas also valued the firm support extended by Tunisia to the cause of Palestine and the right of the Palestinian people to establish an independent state.
12, 2011 (TAP) - Following the announcement of the final results of the referendum on self-determination of Southern Sudan, in which a large majority of the population expressed will to secede from the Republic of Sudan and establish an independent State, the Tunisian Government said "it respects the free choice of the people of Southern Sudan.

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