Same Name, Other Side of the Border (Part VII: East Asia and Southeast Asia/Oceania)

Today, we present the second-to-last portion of our multi-part look at places around the world where a regional name at-large is used on both opposing sides of the border in the official names of administrative divisions.   Korea (North Korea/South Korea) Source: Kokiri, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Korean_dmz_map.png.  Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence. This, of…

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Same Name, Other Side of the Border (Part VI: West Asia)

Azerbaijan (Azerbaijan/Iran) The region of Azerbaijan, divided between the Republic of Azerbaijan in the north and the Iranian provinces of East Azerbaijan, West Azerbaijan, and Ardabil in the south, has been split since 1812-13, when the Russian Empire, steadily extending its reach southward along the Caspian Sea, captured the khanates in the portion of Azerbaijan…

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Same Name, Other Side of the Border (Part V: Africa)

This is part five of our seven-part Same Name, Other Side of the Border series. Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo/Republic of the Congo) The multitude of places named Congo or Kongo take their name from the kingdom of Kongo, an empire in west-central Africa that existed from approximately 1390 in what is now the…

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Same Name, Other Side of the Border (Part IV: Southern and Eastern Europe)

Tyrol (Austria/Italy) How the German-speaking province of South Tyrol (German/Ladin Südtirol; Italian Alto Adige or Sudtirolo) came to be part of Italy rather than part of Austria like the rest of Tyrol is a consequence of the result of World War I.  Between 1140 and 1919, the land that comprises the modern Austrian state of…

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Same Name, Other Side of the Border (Part III: Western and Northern Europe)

We continue with Part III of our multi-part look at places around the world where a regional name at-large is used on both opposing sides of the border in the official names of administrative divisions.   Part I (North America) can be found here and Part II (South America) can be found here. Brabant, Limburg, and…

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Borderlocking in Poland

While researching Pomerania for the most recent instalment of the ‘Same Name, Other Side of the Border’ series, I came across the following map of Poland, showing the 2 479 municipalities/communes (gmina) of the country of 38.5 million people: Source: Aotearoa, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:POLSKA_mapa_gminy.png.  Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Licence.  Immediately, I was brought back to the concept of borderlocking, introduced by Tom Howder…

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The Borders of Liechtenstein

For such a tiny country, Liechtenstein has rather complicated internal borders.  The Alpine principality on the east bank of the Rhine is divided into eleven Gemeinden, or municipalities.  The manner in which these municipalities are divided, however, isn’t exactly conventional: Source: Aotearoa, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Liechtenstein-admin.png.  Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence. The capital of Vaduz,…

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Jervis Bay: Australia’s Oft-Forgotten Territory

Think of a political map of Australia in your head.  Even better, look at a typical map on the screen: There they are; all six states and all three territories. ‘Uh, three?’, you may be asking.  ‘I see the Northern Territory in the north, and I see the much smaller Australian Capital Territory at Canberra…

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Mide (Meath): The Fifth Province of Ireland

The four provinces of Ireland: Ulster (red), Connacht (blue), Leinster (green), and Munster (yellow). The four historic provinces of Ireland are long-established entities dating back to the 1st millennium AD. Modern-day descendants of old Irish kingdoms, Ulster, Leinster, Munster and Connacht may no longer carry any administrative functions, but remain important cultural and geographic entities. As you…

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