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Micro-states can never be made small enough to satisfy their advocates' exalted standards of cultural integrity.
Europe's micro-states have had a torrid time over the last six months.
The continent's other three Portuguese-speaking countries, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde and Sao Tome e Principe, continue to struggle with the problems of micro-states, but could join Mozambique and Angola in benefiting from rising levels of Portuguese and Brazilian investment.
Even if we don't think the present incumbents in the cabinet in Cardiff Bay are up to the job, the Assembly gets enhanced powers later this year, piffling as they are compared to those enjoyed by micro-states such as Gibraltar, the Falkland Islands or the Isle of Man.
Neil Ford looks at some of Africa's micro-states and asseses their tourism potential.
While some countries with small populations, such as Botswana, can be micro-states despite their large territorial size, most states that fall into this category have both small territories and small populations.
African island micro-states invariably have warm climates and seas, and most are blessed with attractive beaches and photogenic palm-strewn shorelines.
As in the Caribbean, the colonial heritage of African micro-states provides a blend of a familiar European language with local cultures, creating an identity that is both identifiable and often distinctive from other similar sized countries.
Finding a definition for the micro-state is not easy but you certainly know when you re in one.
But even here, island nations such as Sao Tome and Principe, Cape Verde, Mauritius and the Seychelles are archetypes of the micro-state.
Seychelles is perhaps the best known of Africa's micro-state tourist destinations, having established itself as a relatively low cost luxury destination for European visitors.
Another African micro-state is attempting to develop a tourist industry while at the same time striving to maintain the environmental conditions which attracted tourists to the country in the first place.
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