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date: 19 October 2020

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For the last two millennia, administrative sovereignty has focused on the performance of specific administrative functions and whether that performance is independent, exclusive, and uniform within a particular physical boundary, homogeneous area, treaty-described jurisdiction, or ethno-linguistic context. To be effective and recognized as administration, the state or quasi-state’s behaviour must be operational rather than merely aspirational, must administer rather than merely involve the functions in question, and must be independent rather than merely complementary relative to the activities of nearby states and state-like actors. Only through more nuanced and more flexible definitions of what ‘countries’ are will we be able to write the next generation of legal, treaty, policy, and administrative rules.

Keywords: government, law, nationhood, public administration, quasi-independence, sovereignty

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