The Geography of Secession

Secessionist conflicts often begin in places abundant with resources and located far from the centers of state power. These factors make it easier for rebels to form a functional state within the borders of their territory following independence. Many regions that meet the necessary conditions for sovereign governance in the world, but there are few secessionist conflicts. This relative paucity of secessionist violence is the result of government preemption of potential separatist movements. The secessionist...
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