Self-determination

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The right of nations to self-determination (German: Selbstbestimmungsrecht der Völker), or in short form self determination is the principle in international law, that nations have the right to freely choose their sovereignty and international political status with no external compulsion or external interference. The principle does not state how the decision is to be made, or what the outcome should be, be it independence, federation, protection, some form of autonomy or even full assimilation. Neither does it state what the delimitation between nations should be — or even what constitutes a nation. In fact, there are conflicting definitions and legal criteria for determining which groups may legitimately claim the right to self-determination.[1]

By extension the term self-determination has come to mean the free choice of one's own acts without external compulsion.[2][3]

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