Land territory which is not occupied by another state may become part of a state through occupation1. In order to acquire title to territory it is not enough that the state's agents have discovered the territory2. Discovery and a formal declaration of possession may constitute a root of title3, but such title must be perfected by acts of effective occupation4. A state must continuously and peaceably administer the territory5. The extent of the authority which must be asserted and the area over which administration is
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