J: "But nobody has "stolen" the land, it was purchased or it is public land." WHat an occupying power can and cannot do to "state land" is detailed in Article 55 of the Hague Regulations. "The occupying State shall be regarded only as administrator and usufructuary of public buildings, real estate, forests, and agricultural estates belonging to the hostile State, and situated in the occupied country. It must safeguard the capital of these properties, and administer them in accordance with the rules of usufruct." The "rules of usufruct" most definitely does not allow an occupying power to take state land and sell that land to its own citizens, Jasper.
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