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At what point can a micronation establish its own laws?

The question is not "When can you enforce your laws on your land?", the question is "When can you prevent the United Kingdom from enforcing their laws on your land?". That's the case if any of these ...
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Is the creation of new states via partitioning really possible in the US? Are there any precedents to this?

Short Answer What is legally required to partition a U.S. State? Under the U.S. Constitution, a partition of a state must be approved by Congress in a simple law, and by any state whose territory is ...
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What's the difference between declaring sovereignty and declaring independence?

Sovereignty means the right to self-rule. Independence means the right to sole rule. A state can have sovereignty within its borders but still be part of a larger union: e.g., the states of the USA, ...
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Is the concept of nation explicitly ethnic?

"Country", "State" and "Nation" are often used synonymously to refer to political entities. But if you want to nitpick: A "country" usually means a geographical region. A "state" is a political ...
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What is the minimum amount of votes needed in both Chambers of Congress to send an Admission to the Union resolution to the President?

Admitting a new state to the Union requires only a normal joint act of Congress which is passed the same as any other bill. The threshold is therefore a majority in the House and a majority in the ...
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If D.C. were to be granted statehood, what would it be called?

The latest push for Statehood includes the intention to use the name; Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, a reference to African-American abolitionist Frederick Douglass as detailed on Wikipedia though ...
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Can a US state opt to become a territory without leaving the nation as a whole?

The "advantages" of being a territory are meager at best, and countermanded by a serious overriding problem: You have to follow federal law, but you have no say in what that law says. You ...
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Why are Eastern European countries more likely to recognize Palestine as a state than Western European countries?

This dates back to 1988, when the Soviet Union and the "iron curtain" still existed. At that point, the UNGA passed a resolution recognising a state of Palestine. The Soviet bloc and most ...
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At what point can a micronation establish its own laws?

The misconception in your question is meaning of "buy a plot of land". In the strictest sense, you can't. The Crown retains the ultimate ownership (Allodial Title) of all land in England and Wales. ...
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What's the difference between declaring sovereignty and declaring independence?

Sovereignty Sovereignty is a slippery term that has evolved over the centuries. The modern meaning traces back to the end of the Thirty Years War and the Peace of Westphalia known as Westphalian ...
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Why does DC want to become a new state rather than merging into Maryland?

You seem to miss the really obvious answer. If DC becomes a state, it gets two Senators and at least one Representative. If it merges into Maryland, it just gets to vote for the Senators & ...
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Why does DC want to become a new state rather than merging into Maryland?

The bulk of the argument seems to be that DC is determined to have self-rule, rather than be folded into the existing political situation of another state. From this article With retrocession, DC and ...
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Can a US state opt to become a territory without leaving the nation as a whole?

Here's what the Constitution says about territorial changes and states: (Article IV, Section 3, emphasis mine) New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new States shall be ...
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Can a US state opt to become a territory without leaving the nation as a whole?

There is no constitutional mechanism for doing so, and it has never been attempted. The conventional wisdom in the legal community is that the U.S. Civil War resolved this issue and that it is not ...
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Why doesn't US recognize Palestine as a separate state?

The basic US position is that outlined in the 1993 Oslo accords: Israel should withdraw militarily from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank (excluding Jerusalem.) An interim Palestinian authority should ...
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Why are states formed by nations?

A state must have a territory. A government can only govern when there is a region over which it governs. A nation can hope to form a state only when that nation occupies a defined territory. Right-...
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What are the possible downsides for Puerto Ricans if Puerto Rico becomes a state?

The only two certainties in life are death and taxes. While Puerto Ricans do pay some federal taxes such as FICA (Social Security), for the most part, Puerto Ricans currently do not pay federal income ...
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If Puerto Rico votes to become USA's 51st state, what effect would it have on Spanish being the primary official language?

There is no official language in the US and the fact that Puerto Rico's official language is Spanish will not have any bearing on its becoming the US state in the future. Whether to designate a ...
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Would it take any sort of amendment to make DC a state?

Washington, DC could become a state with just a law, but its representation in the electoral college would not be able to increase properly with population due to the twenty-third amendment: ...
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Is the concept of nation explicitly ethnic?

No. The concept of a nation is not explicitly ethnic. Despite the recent preponderance of intersectionality considerations, or the vast multitudes of nations that appear ethnic, a single ethnic build ...
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Are all countries nation states?

No, not all countries are nation states. Most (possibly all) large countries have started out as multinational states. India is the best current example of a highly multinational state, recognizing ...
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When is a country recognized as a sovereign state?

There is no commonly accepted definition. Every government decides for themselves which other states they recognize. Often these are not objective criteria (defined territory, permanent population, ...
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Why does DC want to become a new state rather than merging into Maryland?

I would imagine most of the Puerto Ricans who want to be a state don't want to be merged into Florida, and most of them who want to be independent of the US don't want to be merged into Cuba. DC is a ...
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The next steps for S.51 Washington Statehood bill

S.51 has been introduced to the Senate. It has been read twice and discussed in committee. The next stage is floor debate. It is subject to filibuster and S.51 will therefore not pass the Senate. It ...
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Would it take any sort of amendment to make DC a state?

Aside from the 23rd Amendment issues that have been mentioned in other answers, there are some additional parts of the Constitution that would cause me to argue that an amendment to the Constitution ...
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At what point can a micronation establish its own laws?

It does not work that way. Basically, if you control the territory you can make the laws (the state is the monopoly of violence, by one definition). If you are a few people but nobody challenges ...
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What is the minimum amount of votes needed in both Chambers of Congress to send an Admission to the Union resolution to the President?

Since the constitution does not specify a different threshold, the threshold is the default, a simple majority, with the additional requirement that a quorum be present. The details of counting votes ...
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Why are states formed by nations?

First, a PoliSci clarification: A state is geo-political entity: a territorial area united under the control of a single government. A nation is an ethno-political entity: a group of people united by ...
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What stops any nation/country from leaving the UN?

The UN is the main realisation of the "international community". Being a country means being recognised as such by other countries. This is done through the UN. What a country gains by being in the ...
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