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SOVEREIGN. A chief ruler with supreme power; one possessing sovereignty. (q.v.) It is also applied to a king or other magistrate with limited powers.
     2. In the United States the sovereignty resides in the body of the people. Vide Rutherf. Inst. 282.

SOVEREIGN, Eng. law. The name of a gold coin of Great Britain of the value of one pound sterling.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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(Any time a person's name is spelled in all-capital letters, the sovereigns believe that it is a reference to his or her straw man--not the person's true identity.)
For sovereigns in the Middle East, investment risk is seen as the biggest challenge to investing in China.
London: Fitch Ratings said the creation of European Sovereign Bond Backed Securities (SBBS) would be unlikely to improve the eurozone's institutional underpinnings sufficiently to provide a near-term boost to the sovereign ratings of the bloc's lower-rated countries.
A number of factors will support sovereign Sukuk issuance, including high borrowing needs for GCC sovereigns, which Moody's expects to reach around $148 billion in 2018.
The limited edition coin being issued as part of the 2017 anniversary celebrations is the first double portrait gold quarter sovereign coin ever struck - and that's why people are so determined to get their hands on one.
(359) However the Court recently recognized that there are some limits to states' ability to refuse to apply their own sovereign immunities to sister states haled into their courts.
Loyd wants to talk about the UCC and corporate status, which is a position that certain citizens that are sometimes called sovereign citizens take in courts of law, oftentimes misguided," Lauten said, according to the ( Washington Post .
That the founders maintained that "We the People" are the sovereign boss and those in government merely their agent or servant is universally accepted.
"While the resulting imbalances differ in scale and duration, one commonality among GCC sovereigns is the emergence of almost unprecedented fiscal financing needs," it said.
Based on the most straightforward analysis, a world in which a sovereign bore no cost by defaulting would be one in which sovereigns might default with impunity and would be free to do so frequently.
Overall, sovereigns seem confident in their ability to manage the impact of withdrawals; they note they are "better placed to manage these challenges than before the financial crisis in 2008."
When sovereigns do plan an attack in advance, the assessment suggests that this tends to be "in direct response to an ongoing personal grievance, such as an arrest or court order."