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I don't think reasonable size and reasonably contiguous actually are problems in the real world. I can't think of any case where an attempted or successful secession got into the history books as other than a curiosity, where the area that tried to secede wasn't reasonable size and reasonably contiguous (other than South African bantusans, which were a sham secession anyway). I mentioned those to rule out cases that are not normally considered secession today, but which overly literal Internet people (or just parties who want to take advantage of secession rules) might try to call secession if I don't exclude them.

As for how you set standards for a good government before they have a government, you can solve that by creating a presumption that the government will be good unless they say or do something otherwise. A surprising number of them do. Furthermore, even when they don't, it usually becomes pretty obvious long before the secessionist government is completely entrenched.

Letís take a few real world examples.

Do you consider Palestine to be reasonably contiguous? Was Kosovo large enough to secede from Serbia? Is Alabama large enough to secede from the US?

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