Sunday, January 25, 2009

This stuff fascinates me. Or: the brain in exile...

This stuff does fascinate me. Which is why I put it in my blog where it may or may not fascinate you.

OK. Bear with me.

The Belarusian People's Republic, also called the Belarussian National Republic (BNR) to disinguish it from later Communist states, was declared on March 25, 1918 during World War I, when Belarus was occupied by the Germans according to the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk.

The Belarussian People's Republic was absorbed into the USSR in 1920 and recast as the Soviet Socialist Republic of Belarus which later became independent in 1991. In 1920, a BNR Government-in-Exile was created in, er, exile.

It still exists today. Its current president is a woman named Ivonka Survilla.

Two years in existence. Nearly 90 years in exile.

Just like my toothbrush*.

* Long story.

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