Monday, November 5, 2012

I got all the Moldova you can handle.

A few weeks back, I did a traffic post regarding my first visitor from the People's Republic of China called China, suckaz. I got a comment to that post that, read it for yourself at the link, is either very snarky or from someone who speaks English as a second language and meant it sincerely. Can't really tell, which sort of undermines the value if it's snark. But hey, a comment is a comment.

So, today I got Moldova, and in the interests of broadening your personal store of knowledge regarding this obscure country (not to Moldovans, I suppose, and my web searches did reveal a number of web sites for hot Moldovan women, so maybe not as obscure as I assume. But I digress.), here you go from the CIA's World Factbook:

Part of Romania during the interwar period, Moldova was incorporated into the Soviet Union at the close of World War II. Although the country has been independent from the USSR since 1991, Russian forces have remained on Moldovan territory east of the Dniester River supporting a Transnistrian separatist region with a Slavic majority population of mostly Ukrainians and Russians. One of the poorest nations in Europe, Moldova became the first former Soviet state to elect a Communist, Vladimir VORONIN, as its president in 2001. VORONIN served as Moldova's president until he resigned in September 2009, following the opposition's gain of a narrow majority in July parliamentary elections and the Communist Party's (PCRM) subsequent inability to attract the three-fifths of parliamentary votes required to elect a president. Moldova's four opposition parties formed a new coalition, the Alliance for European Integration (AEI), which has acted as Moldova's governing coalition since. Moldova experienced significant political uncertainty between 2009 and early 2012, holding three general elections and numerous presidential ballots in parliament, all of which failed to secure a president. Following November 2010 parliamentary elections, a reconstituted AEI-coalition consisting of the Liberal Democratic Party, the Liberal Party, and the Democratic Party formed a government, and in March 2012 were finally able to elect an independent as president.

Moldova is wedged between Romania and Ukraine, in case you were wondering.

In any event, welcome to the blog, Moldova.

1 comment:

TMLutas said...

Fun Moldova fact. The old kingdom of Moldova includes the Romanian province of Moldova and the territory of the country of Moldova. In 1877, Russia got itself in a war with the Ottoman empire (russo-turkish war of 1877-1878) and got its nose bloodied doing it. Russia raised the christian banner and Moldova and Wallachia (both under the thumb of the sultan at the time) answered the call. After providing troops and support, the Russians won their war and, as part of their war spoils, took half of the kingdom of Moldova (yes, their wartime ally who bled for them). In 1918 they bolted back to Romania in the distraction of Russia's civil war and were taken over again as Hitler sold the area to Stalin as part of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact that started WW II.

Wonderful place, the Balkans, such history!