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An area of land (or occasionally sea) that is defined by political, military or cultural control.

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Can a US state opt to become a territory without leaving the nation as a whole?

This relates to an item legislated by the Texas republican party recently. Overlooking the more regressive and dangerous items, and the frivolous and inconsequential items, they are also throwing the ...
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Difference of a true enclave and an enclave which is not an true enclave

I learned what an enclave is, but I cannot still understand what is the difference between a true enclave and an enclave which is not a true enclave. I thoroughly read the explanation in this article ...
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Can the aggressions of Russia against Ukrainian territory be understood in a politico-historical light? [closed]

With the Crimea occupation and the further rather aggressive steps it seems as if Russia tries to annex parts of Ukraine, and it is unclear whether the Crimea is already an annexation of the Ukraine ...
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Significance of the organized/unorganized attribution of US territories

Reading articles re US territories, two terms are given significant (e.g are in the heading chapter AND sidebar header of relevant Wikipedia article) reference: Incorporated/Unincorporated and ...
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Why aren't all US nationals also US citizens?

This article on Stilt explains some reasons why someone might be a US national without having US citizenship: That is because there are individuals that are born in the Commonwealth of the Northern ...
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Given the current turmoil in Afghanistan, is acquiring it as a 15th US Territory a viable option?

The US and her allies have invested heavily in blood and treasure in Afghanistan for 2 decades. Current trajectories indicate that the entire country will soon fall to the Taliban. I have heard no ...
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How have America's overseas territories been assigned a particular political status?

I quote from a somewhat dated source, the "DK Essential World Atlas" (1999), which states: America's overseas territories have been seen as strategically useful, if expensive, links with ...
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What would have been the probable reaction if the Belarusian planes had entered Lithuanian airspace? [closed]

The Belarusian government hijacked a Ryanair plane (or "diverted", to use a more neutral word) above its territory to capture Roman Protasevich, a member of the opposition to President ...
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Is the Vimy Ridge Memorial Canadian territory?

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is a war memorial site in France dedicated to the memory of Canadian Expeditionary Force members killed during the First World War. Suppose I want to open a gift ...
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What were the scheduled districts under the British Raj in India? What was their purpose?

I am reading 'Indian Polity' by M Laxmikanth, chapter on 'Union Territories'. The author says, During the British Rule, certain areas were constituted as scheduled districts in 1874. Later they ...
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Why is China interested in Socotra Rock?

I have read about how China is trying to claim Socotra Rock (a submerged rock 4.6 meters below sea level). However, this is not recognized by international law since the rock is 12 nautical miles from ...
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Territories on lease world wide

What are the territories given on lease (or any other way) by some country to other country currently? Is there such map?
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Could the US federal government turn a state into a territory like India has with Jammu and Kashmir

India has recently begun the process of turning one of the states of India into 2 territories with the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019. Disregarding the rights and wrongs of this, it seems ...
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Converting a State to Union Territory

Recently Indian ruling government declared a state Jammu and Kashmir as Union territory by splitting the state into two parts. Why was this done, what are reasons for doing this. Background: This ...
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When did Britain last veto or threaten to veto legislation in British Overseas Territories?

The British Foreign Secretary has declined to veto the repeal of gay marriage in Bermuda, part of the British Overseas Territories. When did Britain last veto, or threaten to veto, legislation in ...
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Why doesn't Russia recognize Kosovo if it uses the Kosovo precedent to justify annexing Crimea?

The Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Crimea written in 2014 explicitly mentions Kosovo as a precedent for unilateral declarations of independence. This declaration of independence was ...
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What is the point of countries not recognizing the physical reality of who controls a certain territory?

There has recently been a lot of controversy regarding President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. However it seems odd to me that this is a point of contention in the ...
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Can a country sell part of its land to pay off huge national debt?

I know that in history, countries have sold certain parts of their territories to other countries. If a country is in massive debt today, and they feel there is no way they can get out of it, and the ...
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Did any country with occupied territories hold a national referendum?

According to Wikipedia, Georgia has a significant part of its country occupied by Russia: [...] territories occupied by Russia after the Russo-Georgian War in 2008. They consist of the regions of ...
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What would likely happen if China responded to US by flying through US airspace? [closed]

The United States has responded to China claiming sovereignty over South China Sea by contesting those claims by military flyovers and bypasses by military vessels. China probably could not fire at ...
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What is the precise meaning of "controlling" a territory?

I have been reading about the situation in Syria and Iraq for several months. The word "control" gets mentioned a lot. What is its precise meaning, or in other words, when do you say that a certain ...
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What are the US's major goals in the South China Sea?

Pertaining to the South China Sea dispute, what does the US want? Obviously, claiming any part of it is out of the question, and we clearly want something out of it, so what is that? Links to articles ...
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China seizes drone in Phillipine waters?

From an article on the seizure today of a US government oceanographic glider I inferred that it was captured by a Chinese warship in Subic bay. I don't understand this. Isn't all of Subic Bay in ...
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Territories Ability to Vote

I am doing a research project on the recent presidential general election and need to know which territories - if any - participate in it. From Wikipedia, I understand that Puerto Rico, American Samoa,...
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On Acts of War, Preemptive Strikes, Defense Pacts, and Offensive vs Defensive Wars

Imagine Countries G, O, and Y all border Country S. Now imagine the following chain of events: Years prior, Country S had declared that closing a certain maritime access corridor to that country ...
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What is the historical basis for China's claim on the South China Sea?

Recently, there's been a lot of conflict and controversy concerning China's activities in the South China Sea. At the center of this conflict is China's belief that they have a historical claim to ...
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Why does Akrotiri and Dhekelia have a different relation to the EU than Gibraltar?

Out of the British Overseas Territories, only Gibraltar is in the European Union. Akrotiri and Dhekelia is also in Europe, at least according to the EU interpretation of admitting Cyprus as a member ...
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Are there constituencies for Russia to destroy and annex Israel?

Recently, The grand mufti of Russia (the topmost Muslim cleric) has suggested to Putin of Russia to annex Israel and Mecca: I suggested to Vladimir Putin to deal with Israel as the Crimea. Suppose ...
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Why do governments still assume that "the more land, the better"?

There is constant political struggle for land between two or more nations around the world, where two different countries claiming to own a land area even though another country controls (or "occupy") ...
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Are ships in international waters considered the flag states territory?

Are ships flagged under state (A) considered the territory or under the sovereignty of (A)? Is boarding such a ship by a state (B) which is not the same as (A) when (B) has an illegal blockade in ...
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What threat does the establishment of an Islamic State by ISIS pose in the region and the world?

What threat does the establishment of an Islamic State by ISIS pose in the region and the world? As far as i know they took control of a large portion of land in Iraq and Syria, however, they are ...
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Which US laws apply on a Native American/ Indian Reservation?

An acquaintance was employed at a casino operated by an Indian tribe. He was fired for what would be a discriminatory reason if he were employed by a non-reservation employer. My question is, which ...
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Do China claim Russian region of Amur-Khabarovsk-Primorsky (Eastern-Manchuria)?

The question derived from Russia's recent action on Crimea. I wondered why didn't China support Crimean annexation. A local user mentioned the region Amur-Khabarovsk-Primorsky or Eastern-Manchuria, ...
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How will lands on the Moon be divided?

Are there any laws on how lands on the Moon are to be divided between multiple countries?
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What is the current meaning of "Israel"?

I recently asked a question about the current meaning of the term "Palestine". Now I'd like to ask a similar question about Israel. The word "Israel" has an equally storied past, starting as an ...
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What is the current meaning of "Palestine"?

The term "Israel" seems to have a clear definition. It's a member state of the UN general assembly, and while its exact borders are controversial, I think in broad outlines people know the area it ...
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What is Israel's long-term plan in the West Bank?

A lot of liberals and other Palestine supporters make the following argument about Israel's control of the West Bank: Currently, the Palestinian people living in the Israeli-controlled territory in ...
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Why does Kaliningrad belong to Russia? [closed]

Kaliningrad: former name is Königsberg. I always wondered about why and how Russia kept Kaliningrad (located between Poland and Lithuania on the seaside). I see the strategic point of the city, it can ...
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What are the practical implications of the claims for Antarctica?

Several countries maintain territorial claims in Antarctica: What are the practical implications of those claims? The Wikipedia article mentions scientific research stations administered by a ...
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India - States and Union Territories

India has 28 States, and seven Union Territories. While States have their own elected Governments, Union Territories are directly controlled by the federal government. What was the purpose of ...
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What are the conditions required for a territory to become part of United States?

This question is very related to Commonwealth United States Insular Areas, where I asked in detail about the Puerto Rico (and other areas) situation. Now I am interested to know which are the legal ...
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What are the conditions and benefits of U.S. insular properties like Puerto Rico? [closed]

I always wanted to know which is the legal status of the associated states of United States like Puerto Rico. Who is the state head, of this kind of territory? Why can't they vote for the United ...
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