There was a thread in November regarding the legality of individual states seceding from the Union. Now I wish to turn to a broader issue; the theoretical aspects of any region or territory that functioned as a component of a larger nation-state choosing to secede from that larger nation-state. What are the ethical issues involved with secession? Should it be determined by democratic referendum in the respective region or territory? Should it require the consent of the larger nation-state? Though secession is often infamously linked to the Confederacy, it cannot be forgotten that the American Revolution technically constituted a secession rather than a revolution inasmuch as the American colonies declared independence from Great Britain and merely attempted to establish rule over themselves in a union rather than to overthrow the British monarchy and establish republican government throughout the British empire.