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WEEK 2STATES #2Modern Day Sovereignty IssuesSovereignty is being redefined in very tangible ways and causing some conflict in cooperation in today’s worldThere is about 192 or 193 sovereign states todayoWhy are we unsure of this number?oThere is 192 sovereign states but 193 is on its way… it is called Timor and is located in the Indonesia ArchipelagoThey have submitted their application and everyone has agreed to it, they just have to jump through a few more hoops There are another dozen or two dozen areas on the Earth that have nations ofpeople within them that may or may not be actively trying to become a sovereign state oLikely new states places that have a serious chance of achieving sovereign state status in our lifetimei.e. Palestine in Israel it has about 100 other sovereign states that recognize it as a sovereign state; this will not be peacefuli.e. Greenland which is a colony of Denmark will probably peacefully become a sovereign state because the Danish government wants to cut them loseoPossibly future states they will have movements in their nation towards independence and sovereignty in the future but there’s nothing really going on nowi.e. Scotland which is part of the United Kingdom there has been talk and movements toward becoming a sovereign state but no real actioni.e. Quebec in Canada have had referendums in which they decided whether to vote themselves into independence but it isn’t quite a hot issue yet oViolently trying to be a state places that have a very active movement within them to become a sovereign state I.e. Chechenia in Russia has been trying to get independence for about a decade and has had an ongoing war because of this i.e. The Basque in Spain and ethnic group that has been trying to get a separate Basque country for quite some time i.e. Transnistria in Moldova i.e. the Kurds who reside in sections of the Middle East want to form their own Kurdistan and have been trying for 100 or 200 years oCan never be states these places have pitted international powers against one another in their battle to gain independence and therefore could logically never gain power
i.e. Taiwan, Kosovo, South Ossetia, Abkhazia Taiwan is a little island off the coast of China oFor the past 60 years, off and on, it has had independent movements oAt one point, it may have had 60 or 70 different countries that recognized its sovereignty oHowever, China is on the Permanent Security Council and wishes to keep Taiwan under its control oAs things have progressed in the last 20 years and China has become more and more powerful, the Taiwanese issue has slowly started to slide away Fewer people want to ruffle China’s feathers by recognizing Taiwan as an independent state It’s now down to about 23 countries only The US used to recognize their sovereignty but we shifted Kosovo is a little province within the Sovereign state Serbiao