What has San Marino done? It's the oldest "country" in the world and yet it doesn't seem to have done anything ever. Genuinely curious.
on the global stage. Sydney is an important global city, as is Melbourne. In terms of armed forces Australia has a far better military that most countries. Also 2nd highest GDP in the world.
Seconding this. Really beautiful country though,
Actually, now that I think about it, Laos has these crazy megalithic stone jars sitting on an open plain, so pretty sure that qualifies for something
>it doesn't seem to have done anything ever
San Marino was promised more clay by Napoleon, enough to reach the sea, regent Onofri told him: "The Republic of San Marino, content with its small size, dares not to accept the generous offer made to it, nor to entertain views of ambitious enlargement that could at the same time compromise its liberty." (my translation)
It remained independent @ Congress of Vienna and throughout its history, for an anachronistically small State, completely sorrounded by another on all sides, it is no small feat.
Never know this fucking place exist until i watch Breaking Bad.
Australia is also the 9th wealthiest country in the world, being worth over 6 trillions dollars, and the wealthiest per capita (more than 400k per adult.)
Portugal is not even in the top 30.
>Fascist Party of San Marino
>Giuseppe, Luigi, Fabrizio, their mama Maria, and their dog Dante
>Oh yes, we-a the Capitanos Della Fascismo now!
>look at a this nice nierra shirt!
>eh mama, make a Mia machiatto, pronto, grazie
>such is glorious fascism in San Marino
meh, it isn't modernized enough to be a real crime filled shit-hole. it's got plenty of natural resources still untouched, though
The Northern Triangle of Central America is getting borderline African on its shit hole levels
> wacky accent
> le deadly fauna maymay
> stockpile of coal/minerals for Chinese industries
Literally can't think about other australian contributions to humankind history. At least it's still better than Canada
It works like a "legal" tax haven, just like Andorra. Also our taxes are very low and people from all over Italy come here to do their shoppings, especially weapons, tobacco products, alcohol.
Our language is italian, a sammarinese dialect never existed, and we feel 100% italian. The city is really nice, it' built entirely on a mount called Monte Titano, you have a nice view from there.
The reasons why we have never been annexed to the rest of Italy is that once we helped Garibaldi the moustached guy that unified Italy, and some friends of him to flee from some austrian or papal soldiers that were after him, welcoming him as a refugee for a while. To thank us, he promised us that the future italian state will always protect San Marino's autonomy. It's still unclear wether tjis is just a legend or the truth, or 50-50. Another reason is that the majority of the intellectualls that helped Garibaldi during the unification were anti-monarchy, thinking that the future italian state should have been a Republic instead of a Kingdom. It would have been a paradox then to declare war and annex San Marino, the only state in the peninsula who was a Republic
Comfy. My dream has always been to buy an island an found my own micro nation with just my mates and my family =)
All this country has ever done is confuse people in the USA.
?? What does that even mean? If your saying it is to central America as Mexico is the north america I think that's a pretty poor analogy friend. It seems like it and maybe Panama are the best of a bad bunch.
Occupied through its entire history, and its technically a very young country.
Raped by Turks into oblivion, then also by Austrians.
I dont consider them eastern european
Literally artificial "we wuz alexanders" country. How the hell are they relevant?
Alright man, it seems to me you're more content acting smug than actually having a discussion. I'll go on thinking what I think and you can go on feeling like you're better than everyone. I'm not upset guy, your arguments are just weak.
What would you consider Greece then? Also Serbia's pretty relevant imo. I'd consider Istanbul a Euro city. Just because it's on the border between Europe and Asia doesn't make it any less European. Russia's the same.
This. Didn't include Tanzania for origin of humanity, DR Congo for King Leopold land and S Africa because Apartheid.
They're fifth largest country in area and population, something like eight in economy, and yet their biggest contribution to the world has been exporting football players and prostitutes to Europe.
Actually, South America in general is irrelevant.
Brazil has an immense manufacturing base, mostly building airplanes and other aviation technology for Europe and China, as well as producing goods used all around South America.
You could call Brazil the China of Latin America, since China cornered the American consumption market, Brazil provides for everyone else.
Wouldn't say Mali is totally irrelevant. It was in the news late last year for that hotel attack and France sent troops there in 2012; not to mention the Mali Empire, Timbuktu, and all that.
Belarus is meh. It's interesting cause Lukashenko is one of the last proper dictator's to rule a European nation.
Bhutan though is totally irrelevant. The US doesn't even have an embassy there for no other reason than there's nothing going on there.
Whaaat? Indonesia is fairly relevant at least in the past 60 years with Sukarno being a leader in the Non-Aligned Movement, Suharto's genocide in East TImor, and more recently the fact that people have been burning the shit out of rainforest there creating a massive haze over Southern East Asia.
Indonesia also just has tons of natural resources, I'd say overall it's very relevant.
Lesotho and Swaziland. Micro-nations are generally irrelevant in Europe, but fucking micro nations in Africa? It's not even as if they've managed to keep themselves from being shit countries by being small like Seychelles and Comoros, they still have shit economies etc.
the current republic is pretty underwhelming i agree, 4th largest pop in the world, shitload of resources and still irrelevant. wasnt always like that though. in the past there was the srivijaya thallasocratic empire which dominates the trade around the region with its navy until it was destroyed by consequent war with india. there is also the majapahit empire who dominated the entire archipelago plus malaysia and southern phillipines.
Burkina Faso is a pretty interesting place. It also had a terrorist attack not too long ago, but a little more severe. After independence from "French North Africa" this Marxist/Anti-Imperialist took power and wasn't an actual shithead; someone in his cadre arranged his assassination, took power, and I think he just got a couple years ago. Elections were just held and I guess we'll see how the new guy does.
Well they're somewhat fictive countries, especially Lesotho. They exist because South Africa said so, which is because they feel guilty and want to give the natives something, and also because they want to not be blamed for them having bad living conditions. They set up like 10 of these and for some reason those 2 got more recognition.
I bet you can't even name all countries here. At least you can find fucking Zimbabwe on the map.
From the bottom
>trinidad and tobago
>st vincent and the grenadines (not marked on the map)
>martinique isn't a country
>guadeloupe isn't a country either
>antigua and barbuda
>montserat isn't a couuntry
>st kitts and nevis
>st martin isn't a country
Yeah, and that was actually kind of important. It was a crazy long, bloody war. Could be considered a proxy war between the US and the Soviet Union (though they kinda got coaxed by Cuba into aiding Angola).
Lately though Angola is one of, if not the fastest growing economies in Africa. It's a member of OPEC and has tons of minerals. Will become a major site for foreign investment, I'm sure.