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Derivatism (or sometimes Derivativism) is a uniquely Talossan philosophy, which holds that Talossa is a real country in all important respects. According to some definitions this also includes the belief that Talossa should do things as much like other countries as possible. The opposite of derivatism is peculiarism, which believes Talossa is something new and unique. Historically, Talossa has been dominated by derivatism, thanks to the support of King Ben as well as a ruling by the Cort Pü Inalt that held that Talossa was "inherently derivativist." At this time, all political parties are either explicitly derivativist or else neutral.

Talossa has no sovereignty over its territory, meaning that it does not possess practical authority over cestours, provide meaningful services, or collect taxes. Derivativists have argued, however, that this is either an admirable state of affairs or a temporary one, and that Talossa is an independent political unit much like other non-sovereign states; comparisons have been made to the Palestinian Authority or historic governments-in-exile.