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2014-03-27 12:04:10 PM  
How many of those areas have huge natural gas reserves and a great deep-water shipping port?
 
2014-03-27 01:18:58 PM  
Anyone going to miss any of those on your atlas/globe at home, speak now or forever hold your peace.

My globe still shows the USSR on it, which may be true again soon, that's frugality right there
 
2014-03-27 01:21:08 PM  
Sarah Palin's house?
 
2014-03-27 01:22:07 PM  
Buzzfeed?
 
2014-03-27 01:26:31 PM  
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-03-27 01:26:54 PM  
It would be hilarious if China takes over Vladivostok and the Maritime Province and holds a referendum there, you know, just for shiats and giggles.  Supposedly Chinese migrant workers have been pouring into Siberia over the last few decades.
 
2014-03-27 01:33:44 PM  

roddack: [25.media.tumblr.com image 500x382]


I remember the tales of the Soviets holding Lenin look-alike contests every year and whoever won got to play Lenin for a year.
 
2014-03-27 01:34:07 PM  
Well, to be honest, the Soviet Union did murder everyone fair and square and populate the areas with Russians. Go ahead... have a referendum... they'll tell you.
 
2014-03-27 01:34:53 PM  
If they hit all at once they might just pull it off.
 
2014-03-27 01:36:00 PM  

Arkanaut: It would be hilarious if China takes over Vladivostok and the Maritime Province and holds a referendum there, you know, just for shiats and giggles.  Supposedly Chinese migrant workers have been pouring into Siberia over the last few decades.


I don't know about Chinese, but I know Vladivostok has a large Korean population.  Hilariously, their largest ethnic minority is Ukrainian.  Maybe we should take steps to protect the Ukrainian people in Vladivostok.
 
2014-03-27 01:37:25 PM  
We can get someone to Mars.

Doesn't mean it's a good idea.
 
2014-03-27 01:37:27 PM  
Аляска, formerly Alaska.
 
2014-03-27 01:41:33 PM  
Hope the Cherokee nation is not paying attention
 
2014-03-27 01:44:07 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: Anyone going to miss any of those on your atlas/globe at home, speak now or forever hold your peace.

My globe still shows the USSR on it, which may be true again soon, that's frugality right there


My globe still has the Austro-Hungarian Empire on it. Maybe that will be back someday too?
(but I wouldn't hold my breath for either one)
 
2014-03-27 01:45:26 PM  
What if Russia suddenly takes back Alaska, sans the oil?.
 
2014-03-27 01:45:49 PM  
Interesting read. Thanks
 
2014-03-27 01:48:04 PM  
Israel could annex the Jewish Autonomous Oblast.
 
2014-03-27 01:51:49 PM  

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Аляска, formerly Alaska.


Yeah, I wonder what the world would be like if Russia never sold that to the U.S. What would a Russian Sarah Palin be like?
 
2014-03-27 01:56:45 PM  
What, and risk sanctions? No thank you!
 
2014-03-27 02:00:20 PM  

HairyNevus: Yeah, I wonder what the world would be like if Russia never sold that to the U.S. What would a Russian Sarah Palin be like?


I'm glad we bought Alaska from Russia.

Russia can have Sarah Palin though, at no cost.

/Let us start a petition or hold a referendum on deporting Sarah, shall we?
 
2014-03-27 02:06:57 PM  
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Boarders have been fluid for some time.  They change.  There are long standing claims to most currently occupied territory by some other group.
 
2014-03-27 02:09:17 PM  
i had no idea that kaliningrad existed. fascinating.
 
2014-03-27 02:11:46 PM  
This can go back to the very beginning of civilization. So many peoples have either been conquered or have conquered others therebye always changing the boarders of nations. Almost every time was for some resource. As long as there are resources to be "captured" people will always want them and civilizations will fight over them. Putin is just another leader in a long line of leaders who sees a weakened opponent and then gambles on taking advantage of the situation.
 
2014-03-27 02:13:06 PM  

HairyNevus: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Аляска, formerly Alaska.

Yeah, I wonder what the world would be like if Russia never sold that to the U.S. What would a Russian Sarah Palin be like?


1. We'd have taken it by force, probably around 1905.
2. Failing that, we'd have conquered Mexico in 1918, using the Zimmerman Telegram as a pretext.
 
2014-03-27 02:14:21 PM  

FlashHarry: i had no idea that kaliningrad existed. fascinating.



Formerly Konigsberg, however the Russians are never giving that back to Prussia/Germany.
 
2014-03-27 02:15:20 PM  
In Federation Russian, flag hide behind jingoist.
 
2014-03-27 02:16:27 PM  
The Soviets were much better at emptying lands they took of troublesome populations. Or, the case of Kaliningrad, raping any German genetic material out of the local population. But who wants Russian territory now? Chock full of pensioners, alcoholics, and unproductive factories and farm land.
 
2014-03-27 02:17:31 PM  
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2014-03-27 02:19:09 PM  
i237.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-27 02:20:57 PM  

zerkalo: The Soviets were much better at emptying lands they took of troublesome populations. Or, the case of Kaliningrad, raping any German genetic material out of the local population. But who wants Russian territory now? Chock full of pensioners, alcoholics, and unproductive factories and farm land.


Russia, you're drunk - go home.
 
2014-03-27 02:32:21 PM  

HairyNevus: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Аляска, formerly Alaska.

Yeah, I wonder what the world would be like if Russia never sold that to the U.S. What would a Russian Sarah Palin be like?


Tina Fey with a Russian accent.

/nice try, Escapo
 
2014-03-27 02:57:21 PM  
Alaska?

s24.postimg.org
 
2014-03-27 03:10:25 PM  
i512.photobucket.com

i512.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-27 03:15:54 PM  

shtychkn: Boarders Bordershave been fluid for some time.  They change.  There are long standing claims to most currently occupied territory by some other group.


Not only this, but note that each of those is taken from a nation that generally has been unable to match Russian military power. Borders do change, things do shift... especially where natural resources or other factors of geography come into play. The one thing that remains constant is that if you don't want somebody else taking something that belongs to you then you need to retain the ability to defend it.

Just because borders were relatively static from WWII through today (with some minor restructuring following the fall of the USSR) doesn't mean that's the natural state of being. Much the opposite.
 
2014-03-27 03:24:22 PM  

This text is now purple: HairyNevus: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Аляска, formerly Alaska.

Yeah, I wonder what the world would be like if Russia never sold that to the U.S. What would a Russian Sarah Palin be like?

1. We'd have taken it by force, probably around 1905.
2. Failing that, we'd have conquered Mexico in 1918, using the Zimmerman Telegram as a pretext.


We were going to attack Mexico for wearing a hoodie and carrying Skittles and iced tea?
 
2014-03-27 03:29:06 PM  
Could put up maps of Europe that seem to have changed every year since the middle ages
 
2014-03-27 03:35:41 PM  

FlashHarry: i had no idea that kaliningrad existed. fascinating.


Kalingrad (Königsberg) is the home of Russia's Baltic (Atlantic) naval/airforce fleet. They are not soon going to give that back soon.

Just like Crimea is home of Russia's Black Sea (Mediterranean) naval/airforce fleet, and much of the Crimea problems have to do with Russia losing control of Crimea and wanting to get it back.

see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sea_Fleet#Incidents_with_Ukraine
 
2014-03-27 03:44:34 PM  

GuyFawkes: FlashHarry: i had no idea that kaliningrad existed. fascinating.


Formerly Konigsberg, however the Russians are never giving that back to Prussia/Germany.


That's what the Germans said about Danzig.
 
2014-03-27 03:51:14 PM  

tinyarena: InterruptingQuirk: Anyone going to miss any of those on your atlas/globe at home, speak now or forever hold your peace.

My globe still shows the USSR on it, which may be true again soon, that's frugality right there

My globe still has the Austro-Hungarian Empire on it. Maybe that will be back someday too?
(but I wouldn't hold my breath for either one)


Oh yeah?  My globe is flat!
 
2014-03-27 03:57:47 PM  

macadamnut: [i512.photobucket.com image 815x615]

[i512.photobucket.com image 520x708]


1.A military base lease, no matter how disputed, is not the same as claiming it's part of your country

2. Panama has controlled that zone the entire 21st Century
 
2014-03-27 04:07:57 PM  
Last globe we bought (which is really a piece of art) shows Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia but is post breakup of the USSR.  The kids don't touch it, these just use wikipedia
 
2014-03-27 04:10:45 PM  

This text is now purple: GuyFawkes: FlashHarry: i had no idea that kaliningrad existed. fascinating.


Formerly Konigsberg, however the Russians are never giving that back to Prussia/Germany.

That's what the Germans said about Danzig.



Gdansk?  Exactly.  Just finishing up a really interesting book about the immediate aftermath of WWII and its impact on the German people - just a sad story all around but fascinating stuff.

/WWII and general history buff
//good for subway reading too
 
2014-03-27 04:11:03 PM  

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: This text is now purple: HairyNevus: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Аляска, formerly Alaska.

Yeah, I wonder what the world would be like if Russia never sold that to the U.S. What would a Russian Sarah Palin be like?

1. We'd have taken it by force, probably around 1905.
2. Failing that, we'd have conquered Mexico in 1918, using the Zimmerman Telegram as a pretext.

We were going to attack Mexico for wearing a hoodie and carrying Skittles and iced tea?


No, but maybe for a nice batch of Purple Drank.

That's some FIRE A$$ LEAN
 
2014-03-27 04:13:36 PM  

SundaesChild: Sarah Palin's house?


Can we get a refund on Seward's Folly?
 
2014-03-27 04:14:36 PM  
What about Tunna Tuva?  Balkhar?  The Soviets did genocide like nobody's business.  Imagine our Trail of Tears with modern technology (i.e. 60 people per boxcar on a multiday trip across Siberia) and the gulag instead of Oklahoma at the other end.


macadamnut: [i512.photobucket.com image 815x615]

[i512.photobucket.com image 520x708]


Oh god, I hope you're not serious.  If you are, you're incredibly farking ignorant.
 
2014-03-27 04:16:52 PM  

JohnCarter: Hope the Cherokee nation is not paying attention


How would Fark survive without Florida?
 
2014-03-27 04:20:33 PM  

GuyFawkes: This text is now purple: GuyFawkes: FlashHarry: i had no idea that kaliningrad existed. fascinating.


Formerly Konigsberg, however the Russians are never giving that back to Prussia/Germany.

That's what the Germans said about Danzig.


Gdansk?  Exactly.  Just finishing up a really interesting book about the immediate aftermath of WWII and its impact on the German people - just a sad story all around but fascinating stuff.

/WWII and general history buff
//good for subway reading too


What's really crazy is all the German villages in places like northern Khazakstan - descendants of POWs who were shipped out to labor camps instead of being released.  And Greeks in Tajikstan.
 
2014-03-27 04:35:22 PM  
I like how the headline talks about regions that can be annexed from Russia, and more than half of them had treaties stating that they were Russian, or are only disputed by a few random people, like in Karelia's case. (Although, for the record, "The Karelian Isthmus" by Amorphis is one rad early 90s death metal album).
 
2014-03-27 04:37:47 PM  

FLMountainMan: GuyFawkes: This text is now purple: GuyFawkes: FlashHarry: i had no idea that kaliningrad existed. fascinating.


Formerly Konigsberg, however the Russians are never giving that back to Prussia/Germany.

That's what the Germans said about Danzig.


Gdansk?  Exactly.  Just finishing up a really interesting book about the immediate aftermath of WWII and its impact on the German people - just a sad story all around but fascinating stuff.

/WWII and general history buff
//good for subway reading too

What's really crazy is all the German villages in places like northern Khazakstan - descendants of POWs who were shipped out to labor camps instead of being released.  And Greeks in Tajikstan.


That's for sure.  Or Estonian/Latvian/Lithuanian, etc. enclaves in Siberia who were "resettled" in the years immediately before (during) and after WWII.  In case anyone wanted to know, I checked my kindle and the book I referenced earlier is "After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation" by Giles MacDonogh.
 
2014-03-27 04:47:25 PM  

Resident Muslim: We can get someone to Mars.

Doesn't mean it's a good idea.


Is this a post in the wrong thread, or your version of "I like Turtles"? Because in this thread it just looks like you derped so hard you herped.
 
2014-03-27 04:51:36 PM  

FLMountainMan: GuyFawkes: This text is now purple: GuyFawkes: FlashHarry: i had no idea that kaliningrad existed. fascinating.


Formerly Konigsberg, however the Russians are never giving that back to Prussia/Germany.

That's what the Germans said about Danzig.


Gdansk?  Exactly.  Just finishing up a really interesting book about the immediate aftermath of WWII and its impact on the German people - just a sad story all around but fascinating stuff.

/WWII and general history buff
//good for subway reading too

What's really crazy is all the German villages in places like northern Khazakstan - descendants of POWs who were shipped out to labor camps instead of being released.  And Greeks in Tajikstan.


I'm not sure that is so crazy.  The largest community of Sri Lanka Tamils is in Toronto, Canada.  An Arabian sultanate was once in the Philipines and they are a minority on that country, called Moros.  And don't forget about the quarter million Chinese in Sao Paulo.  Should any of those countries claim their citizens or the land their citizens are on?  Not so sure.
 
2014-03-27 05:01:59 PM  

elgrancerdo: I'm not sure that is so crazy.  The largest community of Sri Lanka Tamils is in Toronto, Canada.  An Arabian sultanate was once in the Philipines and they are a minority on that country, called Moros.  And don't forget about the quarter million Chinese in Sao Paulo.  Should any of those countries claim their citizens or the land their citizens are on?  Not so sure.


LOL.  Do you actually think that's a relevant analogy to any post in this thread, let alone mine?
 
2014-03-27 05:04:13 PM  
And really, the Moros are not, in any way, shape or form, Arabian.  Never were.  Muslim missionaries spread Islam there.  There were, at one time, sultanate all over Eurasia.  Sultanate =/ Arab.
 
rpl
2014-03-27 05:15:18 PM  
my two cents:

1. The Kuril Islands: Claimed by Japan

Assuming that the last legitimate government in Russia was terminated in 1917 (which I personally do); Yes, definitely. They were ceded to Japan, at no point did Japan accept their loss, I'd say done deal.

2. Bolshoi Ussuriysky Island: Formerly China

Yeah, probably.

3. Sixty-Four Villages East of the River: Formerly China

Formally ceded by the legitimate ruler of the Chinese empire. Objectively speaking, the Chinese claim's strength here about equals to that of Turkey's to Crimea (ceded to the Russians in late 18th cent). Of course, modern day China and modern day Turkey are in slightly different weight categories so I think I actually like this one as the next hotspot; it has lots of potential.

Although I do find it odd that the article specifically mentions Taiwan not regonizing the territories as Russian. If anything, the PRC shouldn't be recognizing it. Oh well.

4. Latvia, 5. Estonia, 6. Finland

Former territories of the Russian Empire, two have recent agreements signed and the other was pretty much given up on by the other side. It's pretty much the same situation as with Ukraine/Crimea, so meh. "Should %5 appear too small, be thankful I don't take it all".

7. Kaliningrad: Formerly East Prussia (Germany)

Absolutely.


FLMountainMan: What's really crazy is all the German villages in places like northern Khazakstan - descendants of POWs who were shipped out to labor camps instead of being released.  And Greeks in Tajikstan.


Actually, those are probably descendants of the Russian Germans (long story) who were moved there along with other ethnic groups during Stalin's post-war playtime period. POWs left behind post war were (quite intentionally I believe) spread all across the GULAG network and therefore released in different places as well.
 
2014-03-27 05:22:23 PM  

GuyFawkes: FLMountainMan: GuyFawkes: This text is now purple: GuyFawkes: FlashHarry: i had no idea that kaliningrad existed. fascinating.


Formerly Konigsberg, however the Russians are never giving that back to Prussia/Germany.

That's what the Germans said about Danzig.


Gdansk?  Exactly.  Just finishing up a really interesting book about the immediate aftermath of WWII and its impact on the German people - just a sad story all around but fascinating stuff.

/WWII and general history buff
//good for subway reading too

What's really crazy is all the German villages in places like northern Khazakstan - descendants of POWs who were shipped out to labor camps instead of being released.  And Greeks in Tajikstan.

That's for sure.  Or Estonian/Latvian/Lithuanian, etc. enclaves in Siberia who were "resettled" in the years immediately before (during) and after WWII.  In case anyone wanted to know, I checked my kindle and the book I referenced earlier is "After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation" by Giles MacDonogh.


Mazower talks about that in his book on the history of the 3rd Reich (http://www.amazon.com/Hitlers-Empire-Nazis-Ruled-Europe/dp/014311610 X/ ref=pd_sim_b_10?ie=UTF8&refRID=14S78DE8SSGGVCBAM7Q3). He ultimately makes the argument Europe's primary objective to what the Nazis were up to was that it was being done by Germans instead of by them.
 
2014-03-27 05:33:50 PM  

rpl: Assuming that the last legitimate government in Russia was terminated in 1917 (which I personally do); Yes, definitely. They were ceded to Japan, at no point did Japan accept their loss, I'd say done deal.


What makes tsarist government more legitimate than Soviet government?
 
2014-03-27 05:37:46 PM  
/I remember reading Russian history according to some Russian nationalist movement online. It went something like this:

stuff happens
1917: bad guys overthrow legitimate government
stuff happens
1991: bad guys overthrow legitimate government
stuff happens
 
2014-03-27 06:02:38 PM  

HairyNevus: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Аляска, formerly Alaska.

Yeah, I wonder what the world would be like if Russia never sold that to the U.S. What would a Russian Sarah Palin be like?


Sarah ! Put down the binoculars and get back to your nyetting!
 
rpl
2014-03-27 06:52:50 PM  

LewDux: rpl: Assuming that the last legitimate government in Russia was terminated in 1917 (which I personally do); Yes, definitely. They were ceded to Japan, at no point did Japan accept their loss, I'd say done deal.

What makes tsarist government more legitimate than Soviet government?


The Russian Empire was led by aristocrats and followed the same rules and principles as the rest of the world; the USSR was led by (often illiterate) thugs, who to the best of my knowledge followed no rules and held no principles whatsoever.

Otherwise my answer would have been "hahaha not bloody likely" for all territories taken in WWII (and maybe that Chinese island too; I have no clue what the Soviets were up to in China back then)
 
2014-03-27 07:35:29 PM  

rpl: The Russian Empire was led by aristocrats and followed the same rules and principles as the rest of the world;


They sure did
upload.wikimedia.org
 

the USSR was led by (often illiterate) thugs, who to the best of my knowledge followed no rules and held no principles whatsoever.

Same shiat, just in different hand
 
2014-03-27 08:01:52 PM  

jchuffyman: macadamnut: [i512.photobucket.com image 815x615]

[i512.photobucket.com image 520x708]

1.A military base lease, no matter how disputed, is not the same as claiming it's part of your country

2. Panama has controlled that zone the entire 21st Century


and

FLMountainMan: macadamnut: [i512.photobucket.com image 815x615]

[i512.photobucket.com image 520x708]

Oh god, I hope you're not serious. If you are, you're incredibly farking ignorant.



What the fark? Do people really think the US has any right to these places? Or if we ever did, that we haven't forfeited it by turning them into illegal torture factories? Are your lips moving as you read this?
 
rpl
2014-03-27 09:32:49 PM  

LewDux: rpl: The Russian Empire was led by aristocrats and followed the same rules and principles as the rest of the world;

They sure did
[upload.wikimedia.org image 375x262]


I'm not sure what point a propagandic depiction of the British army in India by a Russian painter is supposed to make, could you elaborate?

the USSR was led by (often illiterate) thugs, who to the best of my knowledge followed no rules and held no principles whatsoever.

Same shiat, just in different hand


shiat has lots of factors; amount, freshness, body, note, texture, toxicity...
 
2014-03-27 09:35:55 PM  
 
2014-03-28 06:53:50 AM  

rpl: LewDux: rpl: The Russian Empire was led by aristocrats and followed the same rules and principles as the rest of the world;

They sure did
[upload.wikimedia.org image 375x262]

I'm not sure what point a propagandic depiction of the British army in India by a Russian painter is supposed to make, could you elaborate?


British used this method since 1760. Point is, I don't see how Russian Tsars were substantially better than Soviet commie-tsars
 
rpl
2014-03-28 03:09:08 PM  

LewDux: rpl: LewDux: rpl: The Russian Empire was led by aristocrats and followed the same rules and principles as the rest of the world;

They sure did
[upload.wikimedia.org image 375x262]

I'm not sure what point a propagandic depiction of the British army in India by a Russian painter is supposed to make, could you elaborate?

British used this method since 1760. Point is, I don't see how Russian Tsars were substantially better than Soviet commie-tsars


Thing is, that pic shows the exact opposite of your point; being blown away was a far better (and heck, let's face it, a lot more entertaining) alternative to being flogged to death, not to mention the fun stuff that the Indians were doing to each other before the British came.

Using the same subject as an illustration; the death penalty was barely existent and fading away fast in the RE, just like the rest of the world. Then the RE turned into the USSR and the numbers reached an all-time historic peak. So, yeah, shiat differs.
 
2014-03-28 06:01:01 PM  

rpl: Thing is, that pic shows the exact opposite of your point; being blown away was a far better (and heck, let's face it, a lot more entertaining) alternative to being flogged to death, not to mention the fun stuff that the Indians were doing to each other before the British came.


Result is the same.

rpl: So, yeah, shiat differs.


Maybe for shiater, but not for a shiatee (re-reads slowly) yeah!
 
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