Sept 25, 2012
New York Times
has published an interesting interactive page
new nations. I hadn’t heard, for instance, that “at
least a half-dozen Tuareg rebellions in the past century predate the recent
declaration of Azawad as an independent state in Mali’s vast northern Sahara
But it’s been a while since I paid any attention to any TPLACs of that
part of the continent, and of course the conflict seems to be fairly byzantine.
odd thing about modern African borders, which were colonial
impositions anyway, is that they’ve (mostly) lasted this long.
one about China biting off a chunk of Siberia (#10) seems far-fetched. Sure,
Moscow is far away, and the Russian state isn’t quite what it used to be. But I’d
guess that any formal territorial grabs – as opposed to the informal kinds –
would awaken the bear pretty quickly, and the bear would be in a vodka-besotted fury.
to note that none of the posited new nations are in the Western Hemisphere, so
maybe the NYT thinks that Quebec’s secession isn’t too likely. This doesn’t
involve a new nation, but I learned the other day that Bolivia has finally regained
its access to the ocean, sort of.
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