Weird Borders: Middle East

Weird Borders: Middle East

The Middle East is a place where the borders are as messy as the politics. One interesting case is the border between Oman and the United Arab Emirates, where there is a piece of the UAE inside a piece of Oman that is itself inside the UAE. Prior to World War one much of the Middle East was controlled by

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Weird Borders: Why Countries Have Pieces Detached

Weird Borders: Why Countries Have Pieces Detached

Having access to the sea in type of thing countries will start world wars over, and causes strange border situations like these exclaves, which are parts of countries only accessible by land through other countries. Like this piece of Russia detached from the rest. To understand why, we need to go back to World War one. Before the war, East

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India/Bangladesh – The world’s worst border

India/Bangladesh – The world’s worst border

JAY: Welcome to Map Men. MARK: We’re the men, JAY: And here’s the map. ♫ ♫ Map Men, Map Men ♫ ♫ Map Map Map, Men Men MARK: Today’s map is a 2015 map of the border between India and Bangladesh. An area riddled with ‘enclaves’. JAY: An enclave is a piece of country, wholly surrounded by another country. Like

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The World’s Strangest Borders Part 3: Enclaves and Exclaves

The World’s Strangest Borders Part 3: Enclaves and Exclaves

We’ve already looked at some pretty weird borders in previous episodes in this series. Like panhandles that stretch out for hundreds of kilometers away from their parent country. Or islands that change what country they belong to every 6 months. But there are still countless other strange borders that exist in the world. And in this episode, we’re going to

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