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sovereign
used in Starship Troopers

8 uses
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Definition
of a person:  a nation's ruler or head of state

of a political body:  not controlled by outside forces
  • The unlimited democracies were unstable because their citizens were not responsible for the fashion in which they exerted their sovereign authority ...
    Chapter 12 (51% in)
sovereign = power (in this case, their power to vote for their leaders without interference by others)
  • ..." — and, on being honorably discharged at the completion of my full term of active service or upon being placed on inactive retired status after having completed such full term, to carry out all duties and obligations and to enjoy all privileges of Federation citizenship including but not limited to the duty, obligation and privilege of exercising sovereign franchise for the rest of my natural life unless stripped of honor by verdict, finally sustained, of court of my sovereign peers."
    Chapter 2 (67% in)
  • ..." — and, on being honorably discharged at the completion of my full term of active service or upon being placed on inactive retired status after having completed such full term, to carry out all duties and obligations and to enjoy all privileges of Federation citizenship including but not limited to the duty, obligation and privilege of exercising sovereign franchise for the rest of my natural life unless stripped of honor by verdict, finally sustained, of court of my sovereign peers."
    Chapter 2 (68% in)
  • Throughout history men have labored to place the sovereign franchise in hands that would guard it well and use it wisely, for the benefit of all.
    Chapter 12 (44% in)
  • The sovereign franchise has been bestowed by all sorts of rules — place of birth, family of birth, race, sex, property, education, age, religion, et cetera.
    Chapter 12 (46% in)
  • Nor are the voters picked men; they bring no special wisdom, talent, or training to their sovereign tasks.
    Chapter 12 (48% in)
  • Superficially, our system is only slightly different; we have democracy unlimited by race, color, creed, birth, wealth, sex, or conviction, and anyone may win sovereign power by a usually short and not too arduous term of service — nothing more than a light workout to our cave-man ancestors.
    Chapter 12 (52% in)
  • Since sovereign franchise is the ultimate in human authority, we insure that all who wield it accept the ultimate in social responsibility — we require each person who wishes to exert control over the state to wager his own life — and lose it, if need be — to save the life of the state.
    Chapter 12 (52% in)

There are no more uses of "sovereign" in Starship Troopers.

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