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"Politics is the process and method of gaining or maintaining support for public or common action, the conduct of "decision-making for groups. Although it is usually applied to governments, political behavior is also observed in corporate, academic, religious, and other institutions. "Political science is the field devoted to studying political behavior and examining the acquisition and application of "power, or the ability to impose one's will on another. Its practitioners are known as political scientists. Political scientists look at "elections, public opinion, institutional activities (how "legislatures act, the relative importance of various sources of political power), the ideologies behind various politicians and interest groups, how politicians achieve and wield their influence, and so on.

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The "Scottish Parliament is the national "unicameral "legislature of Scotland, located in the "Holyrood area of "Edinburgh. The Parliament is a democratically elected body with 129 members who are known as "Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). Members are elected for four year terms under the "proportional representation system. The original "Parliament of Scotland was the national legislature of the independent "Kingdom of Scotland and existed from the early thirteenth century until the Kingdom of Scotland merged with the "Kingdom of England under the "Acts of Union 1707 to form the "Kingdom of Great Britain. Following a "referendum in 1997 where the Scottish people gave their consent, the current Parliament was established by the "Scotland Act 1998 which sets out its powers as a "devolved legislature. The Act delineated the areas in which it can make laws by explicitly specifying powers that are ""reserved" to the "Parliament of the United Kingdom. All matters that are not explicitly reserved are automatically the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament. The UK Parliament retains the ability to amend the terms of reference of the Scottish Parliament, and can extend or reduce the areas in which it can make laws. The first meeting of the new Parliament took place on 12 May 1999.

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Located in "Victoria, British Columbia, "Canada, and officially opened in 1898 with a 500 feet (150 m) long facade, central dome, two end pavilions, and a "gold-covered statue of "Captain George Vancouver, the "British Columbia Parliament Buildings are home to the "Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

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"Phạm Ngọc Thảo (1922–1965), a major provincial leader in "South Vietnam and infiltrator of the "Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), was a "communist agent of the "Viet Minh and later the "Vietnam People's Army. As the overseer of "Ngô Đình Nhu's "Strategic Hamlet Program in the early 1960s, he deliberately forced the program forward at unsustainable speeds, constructing poorly equipped and poorly defended villages, in order to foster rural resentment against the regime of President "Ngo Dinh Diem, Nhu's elder brother. Thao was posthumously promoted by the ARVN to the rank of one-star general and awarded the title of Heroic war dead ("Vietnamese: Liệt sĩ). After the "Fall of Saigon and the end of the "Vietnam War, the communist government awarded him the same title and paid war pensions to his family, claiming him as one of their own.

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