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Fr. Sercq (sĕrk), island (1991 pop. 575), 2 sq mi (5 sq km), in the English Channel, E of Guernsey, one of the Channel IslandsChannel Islands,
archipelago (2005 est. pop. 156,000), 75 sq mi (194 sq km), 10 mi (16 km) off the coast of Normandy, France, in the English Channel. The main islands are Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, and Sark, and there are several smaller islands, including Herm, Jethou, and
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. It is divided into Great Sark and Little Sark, which are connected by a natural causeway, the Coupée. The interior is reached through tunnels from Creux Harbour, the landing place, on the east. The island belongs to Guernsey bailiwick; its local government, which dated to the mid-16th cent., was a survival of the feudal system, but in 2008 the establishment of an elected parliament and the adoption of changes to the judiciary were approved. The resident economic activity is agriculture.


an island in the English Channel in the Channel Islands, consisting of Great Sark and Little Sark, connected by an isthmus: ruled by a hereditary Seigneur or Dame. Pop.: 591 (2000). Area: 5 sq. km (2 sq. miles)
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But the biggest change was in April 2008, when the Chief Pleas heeded the Barclays and adopted universal suffrage, ending feudal rule once and for all.
In a referendum last October the 600-strong population voted for a wholly elected Chief Pleas, and today the members decide whether to accept this termination of their governmental privilege.
Seneshal Lieutenant Colonel Reg Guille, who acts as a presiding officer of the Chief Pleas, confirmed that after some two and-a-half hours of debate, the law had been approved.
The island was split into 40 farms or tenements, with tenants forming the Chief Pleas to act as a governing body.
In the 16th century the Seigneur of St Ouen in Jersey was granted the island and it was split into 40 farms or tenements, with tenants forming the Chief Pleas to govern the island.

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