At the time of the pawning, the 90% of land owners whose land was not included in the pawning were the cream of society. The owned their land outright, they elected their king, had their own parliament and made their own laws. A more complete definition of sovereignty would be hard to find. The rights of those people have been passed down to their hiers and successors - every single man or woman who legitimately owns a piece of land in Shetland. I say legitimately because that does not include the lairds, whose titles are based on invalid charters from a king who did not have the lands to give. I'm sure they would be willing to relinquish some of their ill-gotten gains to give to Shetland folk who are not currently land-owners.
The sovereign people of Shetland have the only legitimate claim to it. Both Scotland and the United Kingdom have been given the opportunity to come up with a superior claim, but have failed to do so. They have now lost that opportunity and are legally barred from denying the fact.
Below is the declaration by which the people of the Sovereign Nation of Shetland assert their sovereignty and their right to set up their own nation free from interference from such powers as would attempt to assert unlawful authority over them.
PLEASE NOTE: This declaration is only for Shetland residents.
I am me, myself, Sovereign. I do hereby redeem and proclaim my Sovereignty, which is my birthright.
I, a Sovereign of Shetland, do proclaim the right to the ownership of Shetland, and to the unfettered control of Shetland destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible.
I, a Sovereign of Shetland, proclaim that I owe no allegiance to any Scottish or United Kingdom government and am not bound by any of its statutes until and unless Shetland is proved to be part of Scotland.
I, a Sovereign of Shetland, declare that the land I own is mine alone, with no lord or superior. I am not bound to pay any taxes or other statutory obligation until and unless Shetland is proved to be part of Scotland.