Do you consider internationally recognised states as legitimate authority? If so, why? If not, why not? Do you consider any other bunch of individuals legitimate authorities? If so, why? If not, why not? What exactly does it take for some group of people to be recognised, by you, as having authority over you? A recognised state usually has police, an army, and mountains of paperwork which you accept as part of your life. Why is such an organisation more legitimate than, for example, a bunch of guys running around in the jungles of Borneo with guns and a leader? Or is it? Is it merely that one has a larger rate of acceptance as authority?