Flags of Convenience

Have you ever looked closely at an advertisement for a cruise ship line and noticed that the ports of registry are always the same handful of countries no matter where the cruise is located?  How, for example, can the entire fleet of Carnival Cruise lines be registered in Panama if most of the ships are…

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Capitals of Their Country, Not of Their Region

Ottawa. Pretoria. Ngerulmud. That’s right, Ngerulmud.  What do these three cities share in common?  Well, for one, they’re all national capitals (Ngerulmud, if you’re wondering, has been the capital of the west Pacific island nation of Palau since 2006).  Even more uniquely, they’re cities which are capitals of their entire country but not of the…

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