Sovereign rulers of significant states are generally important enough to protect. Some historical city-states are not considered significant states. Provinces or regions integrated into larger units like the Holy Roman Empire are not generally considered significant states. Sovereigns of small states that did not give rise directly to modern countries will not be protected under this clause, nor will legendary kings of any state (though these kings may be individually important enough to protect).By the 9th century, the high kings of Ireland were historical rather than legendary, and the position of high king was a position of power rather than a ceremonial title. Medieval Ireland certainly gave rise to the modern country. Therefore, we agree that the historical high king Áed mac Néill (also known as Áed Oirdnide) and his grandson Áed mac Néill (also known as Áed Findliath) are worthy of protection. As this name is identical to those of the historical high kings, it makes an unmistakable claim of identity. Therefore, we are forced to return this name.
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