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Free the south moluccas

On 27 December 1949 in The Hague, the Netherlands transferred sovereignty over Indonesia to the Federal Republic of the United States of Indonesia. At that time the Moluccas were an autonomous people within the eastern state of that federation. Within eight months the federation was dissolved and exchanged for a unified state. The Moluccas were occupied. Resistance was suppressed by military force. Since then the Moluccas have lived under conditions of oppression, exploitation and violation of human rights. 


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united states of ​​Europe

The European Union behaves like a state but operates on the basis of a treaty. Result: increasing conflicts between (groups of) EU- countries. It weakens Europe’s geopolitical strength, its unity, solidarity and interconnectedness. Resolving conflicts within the European Union is needed more than ever. 

 

Any attempt since 1800 to create the United States of Europe failed. A step-by-step federalizing approach might be the solution. There are already three federal states within the European Union: Germany, Austria and Belgium. The next step should be establishing the BENELUX (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) as a federation within the EU. And another step such as creating a federation of the member states Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Rumania, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania in Eastern Europe.


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Netherlands antilles

The Netherlands Antilles - six islands in the Caribbean - have a love-hate relationship with the Netherlands. The constitutional relationship between the Netherlands and the islands is weak. Moreover, there is a constant tension between the need for sovereign freedom for the islands and financial and economic dependence on the Netherlands. Political and economic independence can only be achieved in a federal state context of the islands, whether or not together with other islands in that area. This can only be realised by resolving one problem: maintaining a passport that offers free access to the rest of the world, especially to the European Union.


The Federalism for Peace Foundation is considering this project.

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​Kurds

The people of the Kurds live in several countries in the Middle East. Only the part of the Kurds that lives in northern Iraq has a level of peace and prosperity because of a federal connection with the rest of Iraq. Due to geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, the goal of creating a federal state for the various sub-groups of the Kurdish people has still not been achieved. The Federalism for Peace Foundation is considering this project.


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​ ​Cameroon

Cameroon is a so-called failed federation. This federation - founded in 1961 - consisted of a French-speaking and an English-speaking member-state. Conflicts lead to a disintegration of the federation. In 1984 it became a unitary state. However, peace did not return. The need for a correct federal state within which the two member-states can live together, while being sovereign in their own right, still remains. 


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 united kingdom after brexit

Apart from the Common Wealth organization with the British Queen as head of state, the United Kingdom consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The latter three have their own parliament and government. It's called devolution. It's not federalism because the English part still holds central power. Over the years, it has often been advocated to extend the devolution into a fully-fledged federal state in which the four member-states, in sovereign freedom, entrust the powers for the care of a few common interests to a federal body. With Brexit, the plea for the federalisation of the United Kingdom increases. Read, for example, this article of 26 January 2020 in The Guardian.

 

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Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger

Attempts at federalisation in the sub-Saharan region have so far failed. We must not give up the pursuit of peace, political and economic stability. As is the case with the Cameroon project in which we are committed to restoring the disintegrated federation.

 

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 Israel-Palestine

The conflicts between Israel and Palestine since 1948 are a major cause of violence and instability in the Middle East. Any attempt to achieve peace has so far failed. The geopolitical contrasts in that region have hardened to such an extent that peace hardly seems possible. Nevertheless, the creation of a federal state of two member states can offer a solution, just as federalisation has brought peace and stability to the conflict between the regions of Wallonia and Flanders in Belgium that has lasted for more than a century.

 

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