. . . in Abkhazia, today "celebrating" events in 1993. I bet they don't cover world political geography any better in school now, than when I was scrabbling an education in the '60s and '70s. So you may be unable to answer:
Q. Which is the odd one out and why: Abkhazia, Altruria, Atlantis, Azania, Azkaban
with a fully confident:
A: Abkhazia - the rest are fictional islands. And thar she blows (on the left, on the coast, in the pink):
Living in a republic that is not quite a 100 years old, and having a grandfather who was surprised and delighted to secure a government post and a pension from the earliest days of Saorstat Eireann until he retired in 1947, I have some sympathy with the urge for independence. Grampa was surprised to the get the Harbormaster's billet because he was protestant, from a big house and he hadn't been in the GPO for Easter 1916 - he preferred to spend part of that spring freezing one lung to oblivion in an unretrievable Royal Naval observation balloon 400 feet above the North Sea.
And if "nations" like Nuaru (pop 9,400, area 21km2), Tuvala (pop 10,700, area 26km2) and S.Ossetia (pop 55,000, area 4000km2) can go around recognizing each other without the rest of the UN falling about laughing, then how long before we see the Republic of Cork (pop 500,000, area 7500km2) and the Kingdom of Kerry (pop 146,000, area 4750km2)?
Wikipedia and with a pinch of salt as it reports Ireland's Independence Day as 24th April 1916 which is about as realistic as calling 21st June 1798 or 29th July 1848, Irish Independence Day. We, being a staunchly religious country, rather celebrate Saint Patrick's Day - with a military parade, politicians on the podium, and a lot of dhrink - as other countries do their ID. I wonder if choosing when to have an ID National Holiday is like Mrs Windsor Next Door having an Official Birthday in the summer when the weather is better for watching a march-past. Or does it extend back to when armies tended to march about in the summer (think 1798 in Ireland) and so were more likely to precipitate the key independence event.
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