Kosovo, with a lot of help from your friends
The International Court of Justice ruled yesterday that Kosovo did not act illegally when declaring independence from Serbia in February 2008. The vote amongst the judges was 10 to 4.
Kosovo came into existence after the US and some EU countries bombed Serbia and encouraged Kosovan nationalists to set up their own country. Both the UN and the EU have a heavy presence in Kosovo. As can be seen on the paintings on this peace wall in the capital Pristina, the Kosovans are very grateful and thankful towrads the US and the EU, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Tony Blair all being particularly popular.
There are strongly divided opinions about this ruling with many fearing that this will encourage other secessionist states, others welcoming this as an ancouragement to secssionist states. I think that each case needs to be looked at on its own merits.