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That's true, but in the case of countries, it seems like their most basic duty is to maintain themselves as an organization. The actual size is less important than maintaining credibility as a going concern, as they say. You start looking unstable, and it becomes more difficult to make favorable deals, and your costs go up.

Aside from the moral and philosophical arguments against self-dismemberment, which I believe are stronger, the more compelling and practical argument against it is its historic success in destroying ones own country/territory through civil war.