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The duty of obedience owed to a head of state in return for his protection. It is due from all citizens of that state and its dependencies and also from any alien present in the state (including enemy aliens under licence; e.g. internees). A person who is declared by the British Nationality Act 1981 not to be an alien but who has a primary citizenship conferred by a state other than the UK is probably governed by the same principles as aliens so far as allegiance is concerned.

Subjects: International Law.


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