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seems a novel turn of phrase until compared with 'principality', likewise suzrainties, duchies, kingdoms through the ages. The territory known as Italy probably set the record per each per km2 ~420 CE. Then there's the US state of Georgia's "counties." BTDT. The barrier to dread monarchy a/k/a tyranny is not geographical area. It is conceptualization and praxis of a republican polity, firstly, how pple identify with "citizenship" and whether ppl accept delegation of democratic "principles" instituted in oligarchy. The extent to which arbitrary ("unelected") rule and rules ("laws") prevails over citizenship in any locality seems to me to recur in every dispute of exclusive authority to which ppl will submit "autonomy," or "empowerment".

Can an `EU of the regions' offer an alternative to Catalan secession?

It is enshrined in the principle of 'subsidiarity': that decisions should be made at the level - European, national, or regional - that is closest to citizens while still being effective. It was codified in 1985 and inserted into the Maastricht Treaty in 1992.

To this end, the EU's Committee of the Regions was created in 1994. Given that 70% of EU legislation needs to be implemented at the regional level, it was meant to give regional governments a greater voice in EU policy-making.

"The principle of subsidiarity is in the treaties, and if it's to be taken seriously, decision-making should take place at the level of governance which is closest to the citizen," said Michael O'Conchuir of the European Alliance group of regionalist-minded members of the committee.

So there's that homage to history.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 9th, 2017 at 05:27:56 PM EST
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Here are two essays. The first "goes to," as the attys say, construction of EU policy titled "Europe of the Regions" and comparisons of revolt by "subsidiaries." You will find familiar subject matter therein, not least of which suspicious red tag of the author's name.

Catalonia: The Revolt of the Rich?

The second is a forlorn memoir which resurrects personae dramatis in England's war of borders against the Scots.
Buried History: the Legacy of Kett's Rebellion

Happy Black History D284 Y2

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 11th, 2017 at 02:15:03 PM EST
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