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Lesotho should be annexed by South Africa

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Started: 5/16/2014 Category: Places-Travel
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Gs325jcbd

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Welcome to my debate, I will start it off with a little history on Lesotho and South Africa.

Lesotho is a small country of just over 30,355 km2 (12,727 sq. mi) in size with a population slightly over two million which is landlocked and completely surrounded by South Africa, a much bigger country 40 times the size and 26 times its population. This unusual situation of a country having no access to the sea and being completely surrounded by another country is a result of South Africa and Lesotho"s colonial history.

Basutoland, as the current Lesotho was known was threatened from the 1830s by the Boers, originally Dutch colonists in South Africa though no longer under Dutch control, who claimed territory in the region. The British in charge of Cape Colony, the colony that would later go on to be South Africa, in response made a treaty with Basotho recognising them as an ally in 1843. While Anglo Basotho relations were briefly upset by a brief war in 1854 they were soon brought back together after the Boers declared the Orange Free State. Hostilities broke out in 1865 with the Boers besieging Thaba Bosiu a mountain stronghold that acted as the capital. King Moshoeshoe appealed to the British who agreed to make the country a British protectorate. Unlike the rest of South Africa therefore the region was brought under British control by diplomatic agreement, not conflict or settlement. The territory was ruled from Cape Colony, but mismanagement resulted in a rebellion in 1880-1 and an appeal for direct rule from London which was accepted in 1884. This has meant that Lesotho and South Africa despite both being controlled by the British were run separately. In turn this meant that when South Africa became a dominion in 1910 and was then granted equality between the dominions and Britain in 1931 Lesotho remained separate and under British, not South African control. When independence came in 1966 Lesotho therefore became an independent country.
terrorizedorphan1

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I'll just say I accept this round to make it fair so that we both can have an equal amount of rounds to argue
Debate Round No. 1
Gs325jcbd

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terrorizedorphan1

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Debate Round No. 2
Gs325jcbd

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terrorizedorphan1

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Lesotho has fought for itself to be independent today it did not want to be apart of South Africa then and I do not see why it's people would want to lose its sovereignty now.
Secondly it is not economically beneficial to South Africa and once incorporated by the South African government it can be neglected by the government because of its small lands
Thirdly there is bad blood between the two governments after the last minister of defense in South Africa "accidentally" sent an air squadron over the lands of Lesotho in a recon run
Fourthly There is the case of debt where the Lesotho Government has an international debt and I am fairly certain that no-one would want to pay someone elses debt especially another countries
And that are some reasons why Lesotho should not be Annexed by South Africa
Debate Round No. 3
Gs325jcbd

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by debate_power 2 years ago
debate_power
Not excessive forfeiting again...
Posted by Gs325jcbd 2 years ago
Gs325jcbd
come on people dont be scared lol
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