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(The New York Times)   Easter Island heads towards independence from Chile, faces long odds, stony reception, and a rocky relationship. Moai   ( nytimes.com) divider line
    More: Strange, Easter Island, Chile, Polynesians, independence, Cook Islands, subsidized housing  
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2012-10-07 02:58:30 PM  
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the UN is despicable
2012-10-07 02:01:15 PM  
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Lord Dimwit: The Rapanui population of the island is less than 3000. I can't imagine it would be possible to create a functioning state with that small a population. Maybe an "associated state" like Niue could work.

I was expecting Easter Island to appear on the list of Non-Self Governing Territories, which the UN has earmarked for complete independence (such as Gibraltar, Guam, the US Virgin Islands, the Falklands, etc) because controlling anything outside of your own coastline is deemed intolerable by the UN.

Oddly enough it is not listed. I guess that South American countries by definition can't hold colonial territories or something. It certainly sounds like it was colonized. Indigenous folks rounded up and held in a town? Check. Last legit ruler thought to have been murdered by the colonizing power? Laws voiding all indigenous claims to land? Check. Almost all the land given over to a powerful company? Check. Laws favoring "continentals" over natives in the job market? Check.
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