A man paints a line between the Soviet sector (left) and the British sector (right). A striking reminder of the arbitrariness of sovereign borders. 1948

@robert not disagreeing w.r.t. arbitrary borders, but strictly speaking the sectors in Germany (and Austria) after WWII weren't about sovereignty but the areas allocated to occupying forces, weren't they?

@ton I take your point, particularly in Berlin, but think I’d still hold with my assertion. After all, is sovereignty not about having ultimate authority over the people in a given area?

If a people can’t determine their laws and aren’t the ultimate authority in an area, which was arguably the case after WWII when Germany was divided into spheres of influence and lasted until 1949 and the emergence of the BRD, surely they had lost their sovereign nature?

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