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The frontispiece of Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan, depicting the Sovereign as a massive body wielding a sword and crozier and composed of many individual people.


Sovereignty is understood in jurisprudence as the full right and power of a governing body to govern itself without any interference from outside sources or bodies. In political theory, sovereignty is a substantive term designating supreme authority over some polity.<ref name="britannica"></ref> It is a basic principle underlying the dominant Westphalian model of state foundation.

Derived from Latin through French souveraineté, its attainment and retention, in both Chinese and Western<ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> culture, has traditionally been associated with certain moral imperatives upon any claimant.

Sovereignty sections
Intro  Different approaches  History  Definition and types  Acquisition  Justifications  Views  Relation to rule of law  See also  References  Further reading  

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