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Started by <k>, January 04, 2013, 09:21:08 PM
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Quote from: FosseWay on February 12, 2013, 08:23:31 AMSomething I've also wondered is why Moldova didn't reunite with Romania after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Quote from: <k> on February 12, 2013, 12:07:24 PMOver on the other side of Europe, you will find a surprising number of people in the Republic of Ireland who would not want Northern Ireland to merge with them in any circumstances. That's what long-term separation does.
Quote from: FosseWay on February 12, 2013, 08:23:31 AMI was going to post my example of the Moldavia & Wallachia 2 para/3 kopek but yours is much better! On the subject of that coin, why does it read "3 копеекe" rather than "3 копейки"? The latter is correct according to (modern) Russian. (Sorry, I can't figure out how to display a yat sign). Something I've also wondered is why Moldova didn't reunite with Romania after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Quote from: <k> on February 12, 2013, 01:05:42 PMHave a look at Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moldova#Cultural_and_ethnic_compositionAt least 75% of the population of the Moldovan-controlled territories (excluding Transnistria) are Moldovan. Around 484,000 are Slav (Russian and Ukrainian) out of a population of 3,383,000 (excluding Transnistria).As for East/West Germany, a significant number of the younger generation in West Germany (as was) were not interested in reunification. I well remember their complaints about "the Ossis". A friend in the Rhineland complained to me that he found it hard to get his favourite products in the shops after reunification, because there was such an unsatisfied demand for everything from the Ossis. Note that our forum member, chrisild, a great EU-fan, has no great affection for Berliners, etc. As for Northern Ireland, the Protestants largely do think of themselves as Irish, even if Northern Irish, and proudly so. Most are also proud to be British, though if the British didn't want them, they would be happy to have their own state. They are suspicious and distrustful of the cultural Catholicism of the Republic, but the scandals of the Catholic Church have apparently boosted secularism to an amazing extent in the republic, so that this cultural fear is left with less and less foundation - in fact, it is now hugely outdated. But, yes, there are complexities in the case of the island of Ireland.
Quote from: <k> on February 12, 2013, 01:05:42 PMNote that our forum member, chrisild, a great EU-fan, has no great affection for Berliners, etc.
Quote from: Zantetsuken on February 12, 2013, 02:35:46 PMI think the spelling you are referring to might be because the some of the Cyrillic characters that were used here are now obsolete. I had a Russian friend who told me that a few of the characters stopped being used around World War I.
Quote from: <k> on January 05, 2013, 01:29:10 AMTransnistria introduced its own coinage in 2000. One Transnistrian ruble equals 100 kopecks. The obverse of its coins carries a rather Sovietesque coat of arms, consisting of a hammer and sickle. The reverse designs of the coins are rather simplistic, with a feather on the lower denominations and a wreath on the higher ones.I do not know whether the ruble is at par with the Russian version, but I suspect it has a lower value.