independence

How big does a country have to be?

I have friends who live in the ‘Independent Republic of Houghton Bay’. Those outside Wellington may need to know that they live in a cove between Island Bay and Lyall Bay, with magnificent views of Cook Strait, its sea life and its shipping. Its total population is probably around a hundred and perhaps not all the locals are as devoted to the republic as my friends are.

Japan-China air zone rift deepens; China to place limits on interbank lending; Scottish government publishes blueprint for achieving independence; France to send troops to Central African Republic; and more 

Top of the Agenda: China, Japan Air Zone Rift Continues