The above photograph is of the cheque – US$ 7.2 million used to pay the Russians for Alaska. This was the price paid for land that didn’t belong to either of the two countries.
When USA bought Alaska from the Russians did they conduct a referendum to know if the indigneous peoples of Alaska wanted to be with Russia or USA or simply independent of both countries? Sadly no one asked them (indigenous folk) and just took over their lands and civilised them with western clothes and the incumbent religion.
Alaska was bought in 1867 and only became an American State in 1959. USA and Russia looted Alaska and took salvation to the natives. They all but destroyed the indigenous peoples’ lands and way of life, besides illegally occupying them.
And now the USA and Russia are squabbling over the Crimean referendum. (Russia sold Alaska to the Americans because of the losses incurred during the Crimean War).
Maybe the world will be better off without governments.