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[Europe] Waszczykowski’s slip creates a new country

Postby Minoa » Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:44 am

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38582447

In a snippet clearly worthy of inclusion for NationStates, since it is all about running your own nation, Poland's foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski led the press to think that there is a country called San Escobar, which is actually a slip-up on Saint Kitts and Nevis’ Spanish name, San Cristobal y Nieves. Regardless, the Internet responded in customary style, with an official Twitter account, a flag, and even some currency.

And yes, San Escobar is on NationStates now.

But to be honest Waszczykowski, we already had the facilities to create countries long before you — more than 14 years ago to be precise. :p It just makes me wonder how long before a politician thinks Minoa exists for real (probably because the name is short and simple).

General thoughts, NSG? What political problems inspired you to create your nation here? In my case, it was the Greek debt crisis.
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Postby Luziyca » Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:46 am

Interesting to hear.

But before NationStates, people made their own micronations and did them IRL. *cough* Molossia and Sealand *cough*

As for me, no political problems inspired me to make my nation.
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Postby Minoa » Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:51 am

Luziyca wrote:Interesting to hear.

But before NationStates, people made their own micronations and did them IRL. *cough* Molossia and Sealand *cough*

As for me, no political problems inspired me to make my nation.

It could be said that NationStates brought the idea of creating your own country to a greater audience on the Internet. Cyber Nations came into existence four years later, in 2006. :p
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Postby Colbert Super PAC » Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:57 am

I assume Pablo Escobar is the country's president?
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Postby Petrolheadia » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:12 pm

On 10th January 2017, the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Witold Waszczykowski, told the press that he had been strengthening diplomathic relations with countries "like Belize or San Escobar".

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... an-escobar

This caused amusement, as San Escobar isn't an actual country. The official later clarified that he meant St. Kitts and Nevis, but the Polish internet is still having a field day mocking the blunder. There are even fake "official" Facebook and Twitter pages for San Escobar:
https://www.facebook.com/sanescobarcountry/
https://mobile.twitter.com/rpdsanescobar

So, NS,,what do you think of that blunder? Is it worth mockery?
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Postby Baltenstein » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:23 pm

The minister has probably watched too much "Narcos".
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Postby Petrolheadia » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:38 pm

Baltenstein wrote:The minister has probably watched too much "Narcos".

Well, is there another explanation for a person getting the title of his recent talk partner wrong?
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Postby Lady Scylla » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:40 pm

Petrolheadia wrote:
Baltenstein wrote:The minister has probably watched too much "Narcos".

Well, is there another explanation for a person getting the title of his recent talk partner wrong?


Simple human error. Still, hilarious.
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Postby Fartsniffage » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:12 pm

Colbert Super PAC wrote:I assume Pablo Escobar is the country's president?


Don't be silly. It's one of his hippos.

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Postby Rio Cana » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:21 pm

He could have been looking at a map in spanish since it would then be called "San Cristóbal y Nieves" which kind of sounds like what he was trying to say.

The map - http://www.infolaso.com/images/stories/ ... esmapa.gif
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Postby The Derpy Democratic Republic Of Herp » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:24 pm

Heh, silly.
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Postby Southerly Gentleman » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:32 pm

Pablo Escobar was sainted, apparently
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Postby The Archregimancy » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:39 pm

Colbert Super PAC wrote:I assume Pablo Escobar is the country's president?



No; but I understand that the current president is from the city of Al Pacino, capital of the Niro District in Tabasco Province.

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Al Pacino is in the foothills of the Sierra Corleone.

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The highest mountain in the Sierra Corleone - indeed in all of San Escobar - is Hasta La Vista.

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It's a wonderful country.


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Postby Major-Tom » Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:37 pm

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