Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Preston, England
A new BBC program - Places That Don't Exist - anyone seen it?
It's about countries that are fully independent, but don't offically exist (like Taiwan, for example)
It's on Wednesdays, BBC 2, 7:30pm.
Last week was about Somaliland, this week is about the Trans-Dniester Republic, which is seperate from but offically part of Moldova.
Next week Taiwan (then South Ossetia, and Nagorno Karabakh).
Somaliland is strange, because it was seperate from Somalia (Somaliland was British, Somalia Italian), but then they joined together to form the country known as Somalia.
But Somaliland didn't get a good deal and so wanted their independence back.
Somalia, has no government, no health service, not even traffic lights, and is run by various competing (ie, fighting) warlords.
Somaliland on the other hand, has a democratic government, a health service, ministers with official duties, they even have traffic lights, but unfotunately they have no independence.
Watch the series if you can. It's really interesting.