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Democracy and Secession: The Fragmentation of States (II)

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Two days before Scotland voted on independence, the Guardian ran an article[1] with the title “When given the chance, countries tend to say yes to independence”. The authors looked at 50 independence votes since 1846 and found that the “YES” vote has averaged 82.9% with independence coming as the result in 88% of the votes. That […]

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La Serenissima

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The citizens of the Italian region of Veneto voted overwhelmingly for independence from Italy in a non-binding referendum which will nevertheless send shock waves throughout Europe. The referendum, organized by the pro-independence organization “Il Veneto Decida” but not recognized by Rome, was held online between the 16th and 21st of March.  The organizers claim that […]

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Catalonia: The War of the Words

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More depressingly belligerent statements in the context of the Catalan desire for an independence referendum. A few days ago, a Catalan businessman at the Barcelona Mobile Technologies Congress refused to shake hands with Felipe de Borbón (the Prince of Asturias), denouncing him as “no friend” and citing the government’s opposition to the proposed referendum[1]. That […]

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“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.“

John Adams

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