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If you're definition of strength includes that the reason for wanting the territory is legitimate, then strength determines everything, but legitimacy determines strength, so legitimacy is still relevant.

People will always try to define legitimacy in their favor, which does tend to make it vague, even though it would be better for everyone if it wasn't. But it's still not meaningless.

If there are 2 opposing principles to define legitimacy - territorial integrity vs national self-determination, and every side is free to choose whichever principle it likes - it is meaningless, to a large degree. I think that propaganda campaigns in national media play a much bigger role in shaping people's view of what is legitimate, than things like abstract logic and fairness.
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