How to start a country

Everyone knows what a country is, but where do they come from? Some countries have a long lineage, existing for thousands of years, but what if you wanted to start a new country today – how would you do it? Despite musician Frank Zappa’s suggestion that countries just need beer and airlines, there’s a whole lot of legal and political wrangling to do – but it does happen, with the country of South Sudan emerging ten years ago. Here’s a quick run-through of the founding of a new country.
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