Any portion of such people that can, may revolutionize, and make their own, of so much of the territory as they inhabit.
§ 1. What is meant by a nation or state.
NATIONS or states are bodies politic, societies of men united together for the purpose of promoting their mutual safely and advantage by the joint efforts of their combined strength.
§ 2. It is a moral person.
Such a society has her affairs and her interests; she deliberates and takes resolutions in common; thus becoming a moral person, who possesses an understanding and a will peculiar to herself, and is susceptible of obligations and rights.
To establish on a solid foundation the obligations and rights of nations, is the design of this work.
§ 3. Definition of the law of nations.
The Law of Nations is the science which teaches the rights subsisting between nations or states, and the obligations correspondent to those rights. (1)
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