Sovereignty Updates 2016 Update #1: 194 Sovereign states The newest admitted full members to the sovereign state club have been in 2002 in East Timor join the club used to be kind of part of Indonesia In 2006: Montenegro became a full-on S.S It used to be part of Serbia. They were kind of in a diplomatic pact for decades/centuries. 2011: South Sudan United Nations: 193 members - With two observer states: Vatican City and Palestine (not S.S) - 16 other entities that are more nebulous in their status o Abkhazia o South Ossetia o Kosovo o Taiwan (about 30 states who recognizes them) o Transnistria o Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, which is a place that actually has de facto independence, but still counted as part of S.S of Azerbaijan Total of 206 is some other entities Update #2: Scotland had a referendum for independence which took place on September 18, 2014 - Should we leave the UK, vote yet (45%) - Should we stay in the UK, vote no for independence (this vote won about 55%) - Was the largest voting turnout in Scottish history, with 85% of people going out to vote Brexit or the British exit from the European Union In June 2016: 52% British citizens voted to leave the European Union 48% voted to stay Scotland voted to stay in the EU, so now this is going to open up the independence Scottish issue. Reopen that chasm between Scotland and the rest of UK of whether they should go their own way again.
Other folks in Europe watching the Scottish issue is a place called Catalonia, which may be following suit with Scotland. It’s part of Spain. The northeastern quadrant of Spain and one of the richest areas. It has Barcelona and it’s kind of the capital. Barcelona is the second biggest city in Spain Catalonia say, we’re not Spanish, we’re Catalan, we’re a sperate nation SPAIN: - Were petitioning for independence and had a terrorist group and stuff. The Basque have largely been quiet lately.
- Fall '08
- Crimea, Russians