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microstate

[′mī·krə‚stāt]
(statistical mechanics)
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* In May 2016, Russian millionaire businessman, Anton Bakov, held talks with the government of Kiribati, a sovereign mini-state in Micronesia, about his plans to set up an 'alternative Russian Empire' on some of Kiribati's 32 atolls and reef islands.
The GCs and TCs can then enjoy their own mini-states, as functional as now, each behind an agreed new border.
And from his testimony, the proposed mini-state appears to be a project with many ambitious goals, which involves the efforts of diplomats, intelligence officers and military commanders.
According to the reports, Praljak was originally sentenced in 2013 for his involvement in a campaign to drive Muslims out of a would-be Bosnian Croat mini-state in Bosnia in the early 1990s
He went on to shine light on the rampant corruption, "an internal issue that the Lebanese must resolve," before dwelling on what he described as a "strategic problem of failure to respect the concept of the state." In this context, he attacked Hezbollah, "a mini-state that confiscates strategic decisions, those of war and peace, and acts as it wishes, even if the results of its actions have repercussions on all the Lebanese people." "As Lebanese groups, we respect each other because Lebanon we cannot be built otherwise, but we must decide whether we want the state or not," he said.
Mukalla, capital of the vast eastern province of Hadramout and an important shipping hub, was the center of a wealthy mini-state that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) built up over the past year as it took control of an almost 600-km (370-mile) band of Arabian Sea coastline.
"Hizbullah has used this government to consolidate its project of a mini-state. It wanted to use it as a tool to extend its control over the state and its decisions", he added.
British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond said Tuesday that Russia may try to carve out an Alawite mini-state in Syria for its ally Bashar Al-Assad by bombing the opposition instead of fighting the "Islamic State" (IS) militants.
It was confirmed in the first week of July that MB's Gaza unit Hamas and Israel were secretly and indirectly negotiating establishment of a mini-state in the Gaza Strip - taking advantage of the Sissi-MB war's escalation, and thus exposing the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA), Fatah (the chief rival of Hamas) and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).
It was confirmed in the first week of July that MB's Gaza unit Hamas and Israel were secretly and indirectly negotiating establishment of a Palestinian mini-state in the Gaza Strip - taking advantage of the Sissi-MB war's escalation - and thus exposing the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA), Fatah (the chief rival of Hamas) and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) leadership in the occupied West Bank to a potential war with the Jewish state.
This minority fears that such a mini-state would expose the entire community to decades of persecution at the hands of Syria's Sunni Arab majority.