Tibet, NOT a state. Part of China, the Chinese will jump up and down about making sure that Tibet stays part of China. You can have all the free Tibet bumper stickers you want on your car, but China says part of their country. Tajikistan, Tougher one, huh? Yes, it's a state. Just cause you don't know where it is or what it is, don't mean it ain't a state. It's part of Central Asian region we're going to look at, and all of the "stan" countries around are a bit confusing to most folks but yes, indeed, Tajikistan is a state. Greenland, another tricky one. That's actually NOT a state. It's a territory or colony of Denmark. It's Danish property, although that may be changing. The Greenlanders are petitioning for independence andit looks like it might be granted to them. So it might in the future be a sovereign state, but not yet. How about Somalia? Oh wow, this is an awesome example of what I was talking about in earlier lecture. That you don't need anything except sovereignty to be a state. Somalia has nothing, no government, no economy, doesn't have two nickels to rub together, no law, no order, no army, no nothing, but yes, Somalia is a sovereign state. Why? Cause all the other sovereign states recognize its sovereignty. Pretty much cause nobody wants to claim it. Their like hell no, you guys are still a state even though you've collapsed because none of us are claiming your territory, so you're still a state. The Middle East is NOT a state. That's a region, a well known and well recognized region. One we're going to talk about in this class, but a region not a state. East Timor, actually is a state. In fact, it's one of the newest sovereign states on planet earth, having beenreleased from its colonial master the Portuguese. It's just a little dinky part of an island in Indonesia. Indonesia assumed it was going to take it back over but East Timor declared independence and had to fight for it and it is now getting it. One of the newest states, East Timor. Palau, yeah, a little dot out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean but it has recognition from the other sovereign states. So yes, Palau, not much going on, not much there is a sovereign state. Kurdistan, the Kurdish folks located across that swath of Turkish, Syrian, Iraqi, and Iranian territory, nope NOT a state. They've been trying for hundreds of years no go, yet.
Lesotho, which is a little chunk of area within South Africa. Is that a state? Yep, it sure is. That's a sovereign state. Which proves you don't even need any coastline you can be with inside of another sovereign state in total and still be sovereign if you got the recognition. Puerto Rico, NOT a state. Puerto Rico is kind of in a bizarre circumstance. It's not a state, it's not a sovereign state in the world, it's not a part of the U.S. either, and it's not really even a territory of the U.S., it's kind of like the U.S. is just the big brother over Puerto Rico and may allow them to join the United States if they want to, but no one's really decided yet. So, Puerto Rico is kind of a very nebulous status. It's not part of a sovereign state, but it's not a sovereign state either.