I guess pretty much everybody would agree that Germany and Switzerland are both independent countries.

Many people would also agree that the Republic of China (aka Taiwan) is an independent country.

Only few people consider Transnistria as an independent country.

It still remains to be seen who will recognize Kosovo as a country.

[Btw: here‘s a list of unrecognized countries.]

But regardless of any particular incident or concrete example, it’s interesting to try to come up with a definition of a “country”.

If I declare my office as a separate country of which I’m the democratically elected leader, does this change anything? If all of Lausanne declared itself independent of Switzerland and they founded a new country, would this “count” as a country? What if they even had the support of the rest of Switzerland but other nations would still refuse to accept it? What if the richest region of a current country declared itself independent, would this be different than from a scenario where it was the poorest region which wanted to break away? What if the people in a certain region have historically been mistreated by the ruling powers, does this make their claim for independence more justified?

The current definition of a country seems to be rather circular: X is a country, if it is recognized by “enough” important other countries.

So if I could get both George W. Bush (or soon Barack Hussein Obama) and Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (or soon Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev) to recognize the status of my office among its equal brothers of countries, then this would give a significant boost to my campaign for independence.

Anyways, all the best to the Kosovo and the whole region. Hopefully, once they are all members of the European Union these national issues will start to matter less.

Oh, and if you want to do me a favor, please add my office (BC 132) to the list of unrecognized countries on the Wikipedia.

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