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Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 01:44:25

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I have assigned 198 countries a number. The countries I've chosen are the 193 members of the UN plus those recognised by at least 20 UN members. Each week I will pick a country using a random number generator and we will discuss that country.




Country of the Week for week 2: Republic of Belarus

Population: 9.5M

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Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 01:51:52


Cata Cauda
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They say, they have beautiful women there, but I cant confirm that.
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 01:55:53


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Ive actually had the pleasure of speaking with a Belarusian woman in person. She was an exchange student from Minsk if I remember correctly. I was just learnng russian at the time but all my friends were like, "Go talk to her!" when I started talking in russian, I forgot everything I knew.

But yes Catalina, I can say they have some gorgeous women.
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 01:57:17


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The only dictatorship in Europe...... for now
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 01:59:03


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Republic? HA!
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 03:04:38


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Putinland.

Nuff said.

Edited 10/16/2015 03:04:54
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 03:11:46


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A dictator that told Putin NO!
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 03:42:42


Жұқтыру
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Goodness gracious, I will not allow libel about my country.

à Clement:

Could get a better map, couldn't you? Also, bigger flag is needed - Belarus is second most detailed flag.

They say, they have beautiful women there, but I cant confirm that.


The men are usually really pretty, the women are pretty as long as you stay out of Minsk, Soligorsk, Brest and Grodno. Big boroughs in general are a problem, but these I think have the biggest unprettiness.

Ive actually had the pleasure of speaking with a Belarusian woman in person.


It's no pleasure.

when I started talking in russian, I forgot everything I knew.


Legend has it that's how the Belarusian tongue was made: forgetting how to speak Russian.

The only dictatorship in Europe...... for now


Great most countries are autocracies - they're even rarer than true republics.

Republic? HA!


You can say that about most "republics"

Putinland.

Nuff said.


Just since it doesn't want anything to do with NATO doesn't mean it's allied with Russia. Let me tell you something: Russia has put light sanctions on Belarus (since a while ago, before Square even began).

A dictator that told Putin NO!


This is far from a no compared to other answers - Belarus is more a "I'll think about it later."
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 04:14:30


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I've always seen Belarus as "Mini-Russia" or "Russia Lite".

Although, I'm surprised no-one has pointed this tidbit out yet: Belarus is the sole European country that still has the death penalty.
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 04:28:44


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I've always seen Belarus as "Mini-Russia" or "Russia Lite".


Ukraine in the olden days used to be called Little Russia.

Although, I'm surprised no-one has pointed this tidbit out yet: Belarus is the sole European country that still has the death penalty.


That's a common misconception, it's not far off. Belarus and Donetsk have the death penalty for common crime. Kazakhstan and North Cyprus still has warcrimes and terrorism punished by death.
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 04:36:22


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Oh meeting the Belarusian women was very enjoyable. If you catch my drift ;D

But seriously she was understanding of my poor Russian and we had some good laughs.
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 04:59:24


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Fun fact: Belarus is worth 3 armies on the Europe challenge map
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 06:43:41


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I like Belarus
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 09:17:34


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There are no pretty women in Brest? Damn.
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 09:45:55

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In most northern European languages Belarus is called something what literary means "White-Russia" for example in Dutch it's called Wit-Rusland

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Belarus and Donetsk have the death penalty for common crime.

Since when do those rebels in Donetsk have the right to enforce laws? And they even justify themselves to kill people?

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Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 10:23:15


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There are no pretty women in Brest? Damn.


Which Brest????????


I am not far from it!! I will check this by myself!!
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 10:38:51


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There are two Brests in Europe.
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 12:02:56

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Could get a better map, couldn't you? Also, bigger flag is needed - Belarus is second most detailed flag.


I think that map's ok, it show where Belarus is, so it does it's job. As for the flag, you can see the pattern easily, it's not that difficult to see. I think it's ok.
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 12:19:28


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Which Brest????????


We should just call it Brześć to avoid confusion ;)
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 12:44:50


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Fact about Belarus: Belarus is part of the Commonwealth of Nations; A "Regional Organization" of the former Soviet States.

Edited 10/16/2015 12:45:31
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 13:02:39


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In most northern European languages Belarus is called something what literary means "White-Russia" for example in Dutch it's called Wit-Rusland

In German too: "Weißrussland" directly translated into English: "White Russia".
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 13:34:33


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Isn't Russia pretty white already?

It's practically covered in snow
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 14:04:40


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Only during winter, of course the high north is an exception.
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 16:24:22


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I meant Siberia/northern parts
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 22:11:31


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In German too: "Weißrussland" directly translated into English: "White Russia".

Polish "Białoruś" (guess where the english name come from :p) means the same.

Isn't Russia pretty white already?

There were "Red Russia" and "Black Russia" too (todays Ukraine). ^^
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/16/2015 23:45:33


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They try too hard to pretend to be Wielpolskans :)


There are two Brests in Europe.


There are more - as for important boroughs, Brest in Croatia was important, as well.

I think that map's ok, it show where Belarus is, so it does it's job. As for the flag, you can see the pattern easily, it's not that difficult to see. I think it's ok.


Your map makes it look like Belarus is the only European country that defied the European unification; and it looks like it is in east Europe. As for the flag, no, is hard to see.



And while we're at it, the mark:



Since when do those rebels in Donetsk have the right to enforce laws? And they even justify themselves to kill people?


Since establishment of the parliament and legislature; the death penalty was made in August. And it's pretty obvious they justify themselves to kill folk - not just since August, since the war in Donbass began.

We should just call it Brześć to avoid confusion ;)


Don't make me call Warsaw Varšava ;)

In most northern European languages Belarus is called something what literary means "White-Russia" for example in Dutch it's called Wit-Rusland


There have actually been appeals from some Belarusians to change the names of Belarus in their tongues, but none have been done since it's quite ridiculous and not significant. In Belarusian, Bela means white as well, but Rus, as some nationalists will tell you, is not Russia.

Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/18/2015 22:34:13

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Your map makes it look like Belarus is the only European country that defied the European unification


How?

and it looks like it is in east Europe.


But Belarus is in east Europe.

As for the flag, no, is hard to see.


Well, you've provided a larger version of the pattern, so I don't need to now.
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/18/2015 22:48:41


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The existence of Belarus as an independent nation seems an odd fact of history. It had never done so before the collapse of the Soviet Union, and yet it's a relatively stable nation, compared to the other 4 non-independent pre-soviet nations (Tajikstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgistan, and Uzbekistan).

Other than that, Go Belarus!
Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/18/2015 22:58:14


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Uzbekistan hadn't previously been independent, but the Uzbek Horde in the region had been a strong regional power a few hundred years ago, and the peoples of that region had clearly continued living under various rule, but only got their independence back a while later.



Not unlike Ukraine, but Ukraine can only be traced back to the Kievan Rus', up until the Ukrainian citizens lived under many different countries' rule, and were independent for short periods of time before their extended period of independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Country of the Week: Belarus (2): 10/19/2015 00:56:48


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Your map makes it look like Belarus is the only European country that defied the European unification


How?


The only politic borders you can clearly see is Belarus, unless you look closely.

But Belarus is in east Europe.


No, it's in middle Europe - by some estimates, Europe's geographic middle is in Belarus (by most, it is believed to be in Lithuania, near Vilnius).

Well, you've provided a larger version of the pattern, so I don't need to now.


Don't forget to do the same for Turkmenistan.

The existence of Belarus as an independent nation seems an odd fact of history. It had never done so before the collapse of the Soviet Union, and yet it's a relatively stable nation, compared to the other 4 non-independent pre-soviet nations (Tajikstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan).


Well, counting out Kyiv (which was just all the East Slavs, when East Slav was one tongue), Belarus has also had significant independence as Belarusian Folk Republic (1918-1919), which today is the longest running government-in-exile and as the independent Soviet Belarus (1920-1922) (before the SSRU's making). Tajikistan used to be (and still are extremely related to) the Persians, so they had independence, too. I am pretty sure Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan had independent theodes, earlier, as well. And Turkmenistan is very stable, as far as I know.

Not unlike Ukraine, but Ukraine can only be traced back to the Kievan Rus', up until the Ukrainian citizens lived under many different countries' rule, and were independent for short periods of time before their extended period of independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union.


The Ukrainian hetmanates were nominally bit of Polandlithuania; they were independent.
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