My Favorite Breakaway Republic

Saturday, August 09, 2008
Breakaway republics have been a lot in the news lately, what with Russia invading South Ossetia and Abkhazia, autonomous regions that are officially a part of Georgia. Here's my most treasured breakaway. It calls itself Transnistria. It's a little strip of land in the little land of Moldova. Nobody recognizes its independence, but it functions like a nation-state. It's also thoroughly communist, and so the SovietKitsch factor there is enormous. Just look at its coat of arms:

This is a picture of its parliament.

My second favorite breakaway Republic: