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The Principality of Laàs (Lars in Occitan)  is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France.

Laàs was first mentioned in 1205 in the titles of Bérérenx . The original castle of Laàs dates back to the 15th century. In the beginning of the 17th century the seigneury of Laàs is elevated to a barony by Henry IV.

The Principality of Laàs en Béarn is an initiative of the mayor of Laàs, Jacques Pédehontaà. He first proposed the idea in August 2011 to protest against the administrative reforms of the French government.

The commune of Laàs has an annual budget of 1.38 milllion Euros for 132 inhabitants.  The public debt reached 416 000 Euros in 2015, while the public debt annuity (interest and capital) is 21 000 Euros.

In this section we will review the foundations of the setting, economy, culture and political philosophy of Laàs.

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