Could it be that my map of Montenegro is a bit outdated?
Thats obviously a map with a certain historical value. But you should also check that there are still a couple of yet indissolved issues about the current border line at the boarder trijunction between Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia. I’ve been recently to Kotor and Budvar, and my OpenStreetMap navigational system intermittantly showed me various interpretations of the precise boarder line. I think it was because OSM uses community based map information (unlike Google uses gouvernmentally authorized maps) and it seems that people in the area have a constant fight about any centimeter of boarder. Might be that they manipulate the topographic data for the boarder on a day by day basis in order to provoke the other side.
I have to pay attention to that!
The electronic map I sue (maps.me) is also community based, I believe, so it may have the same issue.
I have actually heard some people still refer to Podgorica as Titograd here, and the code for the airport is still TGD.
Greetings from Kotor!
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On the subject of places that actually aren’t, have you ever visited Transdniestria on your trips through Eastern Europe?
Oh yes: https://andreasmoser.blog/category/transnistria/
Now I feel like an idiot. I remember reading the comment about the two guys singing a song for you in the park in Tiraspol!
To be fair, one can easily get confused with all my travels, and even more so because I often post about my trips three years later. It would all be easier if I wrote books instead of this modern blog stuff.
And in my defence, having multiple names for a country who’s existence is questionable, also makes for a confusing situation!
Well, I can say that Transnistria certainly does exist. It’s not a fake country like Uzupis.
I guess I worded that the wrong way. “…a country who’s existence is, for the most part, not internationally recognized…” may be a slightly better way of wording that.
Then again, the world is full of weird descriptions / wording nowadays. Like ‘Former Yugoslav Republic of’, ‘So-called Isis’ and of course, my personal favourite, the title that Idi Amin bestowed upon himself, ‘His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular’
That’s a mouthful of a title!
And insisting on “FYROM” is really a silly thing by Greece. (Let’s wait for more comments like on this article: https://andreasmoser.blog/2017/10/07/katalonia/ , as always when I write something about Macedonia.)
Generally, I think that most countries are too slow to recognize new countries, as if changing borders were a bad thing per se. More on this: https://andreasmoser.blog/2014/03/25/territorial-integrity/ – In Transnistria and even more so in Kosovo or Abkhazia, it’s obvious that there is a state in place, with all institutions and with effective control over the territory. Not recognizing this doesn’t help anyone, not even the countries who claim that the territory is still theirs (Moldova, Serbia and Georgia, respectively).
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