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China is an undisputed sovereign state and should be noted as such. The list incorrectly lists the PRC and the ROC/Taiwan as separate states. All they are, are different names for the same state China, given by rival governments both claiming legitimacy over the whole state of China. Roger 8 Roger (talk) 02:01, 12 May 2017 (UTC)
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I notice that the list of nations does not include the Principality of Hutt River(PHR), a 75 kilometre square nation established in 1970 on the Australian continent, recognised by Queen Elizabeth II, and which has all of the attributes required by the Montevideo Convention (1933). PHR is independent and greater in area than several other nations. By what standards is PHR excluded? PHR has existed as a sovereign entity for almost fifty years. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 00:45, 18 June 2017 (UTC)
In order to demonstrate that a putative state belongs on this list you would need to demonstrate either:
that the putative state is often considered by reliable sources independent of the subject (e.g. scholars or international lawyers) to meet the standard of the declarative theory. The sources need to be explicit on this point. What Wikipedians might think is not relevant. Or,
that the putative state has been recognised as a sovereign state by a UN member state. Again, this needs to be explicit. The notion that the use the words "Principality of Hutt River" by a governmental agency counts as recognition is a typical micronation claim and does not meet (or even come anywhere close to) the standard we require.
The difference between a sovereign state and a micronation is well understood in the literature. It is very clear that Hutt River is a micronation and thus does not belong on a list such as this. Kahastoktalk 17:53, 19 June 2017 (UTC)