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16th Jun '13 1:42:44 PM MarkLungo
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-->''The Catholic King does hereby, for himself, his heirs and successors, yield to the Crown of Great Britain the full and entire propriety of the town and castle of Gibraltar, together with the port, fortifications, and forts thereunto belonging; and he gives up the said propriety to be held and enjoyed absolutely with all manner of right for ever, without any exception or impediment whatsoever.''
-->-'''Treaty of Utrecht''', Article X

Gibraltar is a British overseas territory, located on the southern tip of Spain, and was where the Moors first landed (its name may be derived from the Arabic phrase Jabal Tariq, literally Tariq's mount, after an early leader of the Muslim conquest of Iberia), dominated by the famed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_of_Gibraltar Rock of Gibraltar]].

It probably had lions at some point.

It's famous for the Barbary Macaque or "Barbary Ape" (actually monkeys), which are the only European monkeys. Legend has it that during Spain's Great Siege during the American Revolution, a rather trope-heavy defence of the fortress and Britain's only major success of the war, Moroccan blockade runners opposed to Spanish power brought limes in their dhows... and monkeys. In this way the monkeys became symbols of British rule, and when during the SecondWorldWar the monkey population was in decline, it is said the WinstonChurchill authorised Emergency Monkey Relief. Perhaps this is not true. But it should be. These days, the monkeys primarily steal food from tourists.

The British conquered the place in 1704 from Spain. The Spanish want it back, or at least dual sovereignty. The locals are highly against ''that'' (rejecting the proposal received just under ''99%'' of the vote, and Britain has stated they will not enter into any agreement not backed by the locals), and they back up their argument rather convincingly with a piece of paper signed in 1713 by Spain at Utrecht giving up possession of Gibraltar "for ever." Spain has periodically attempted to retake the Rock by force, such as during the Great Siege of Gibraltar during the AmericanRevolution. The Great Siege remains the longest siege endured by the British Armed Forces, lasting 4 years, during which multiple [[AwesomeMoments crowning moments of awesome]] were recorded on both sides. During WorldWarTwo, AdolfHitler offered it to the Spanish dictator, Franco, in exchange for his support of the Axis war effort. Franco, however, demanded the entire French colonial Empire, ''and'' Gibraltar, which Hitler wasn't prepared to promise. Franco's intransigence was helped by the British paying him and his top generals a vast amount of money to go away.

AKA The Rock, it remains an important military location for TheUKArmedForces. As one of the Pillars of Hercules, it as a vital access point from the Med into the North Atlantic. (Rather ironically, one of the proposed African Pillars of Hercules is...Monte Hacho, in Ceuta, which is a Spanish territory that would but for the vagaries of history be in UsefulNotes/{{Morocco}}. Naturally, the Moroccans are about as pleased with this arrangement as the Spaniards are about Gibraltar.)

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* Gibraltar's sole airfield gained notoriety on the History Channel documentary "Most Extreme Airports" for having the area's primary motor-traffic thoroughfare actually '''bisect''' the airfield's one and only runway. Photos of the airport have made their round in e-mails, saying "Look at this!" For the record, snopes does confirm the images are completely real.
* In ''Film/DasBoot'', when the German U-Boot is ordered to enter the Mediterranean from the Atlantic, the sailors are sure they are going to die, as the British used Gibraltar to close off access.
* In ''Film/SkyBlue'', the characters spend most of the movie talking about the wonderful lives they'll have when they go to Gibraltar after the fall of Ecoban.
* In the ''{{Emberverse}}'', Gibraltar survived, and became the launching pad for British recolonisation of western Europe. [[TheWhiteCompany Sir]] Nigel Loring, wait, no, just [[PublicDomainCharacter Nigel Loring]], was offered Governorship of Gibraltar.
* The first scenes of ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'' show a military exercise on Gibraltar, in which the 00s participate.
* ''TheSandbaggers'' had an early episode set on Gib.
* In advertising, an image of the Rock of Gibraltar has been used by Prudential Insurance ( now Prudential Financial Services) since the 1890's, along with the slogans "The Strength of The Rock" and "Get a Piece of The Rock".
* Mentioned as a refueling stop in ''LordOfTheFlies'', the aeroplane doesn't end up in the sea at Gibraltar, but rather [[ItWasHisSled somewhere over the Pacific]].

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-->''The Catholic King does hereby, for himself, his heirs and successors, yield to the Crown of Great Britain the full and entire propriety of the town and castle of Gibraltar, together with the port, fortifications, and forts thereunto belonging; and he gives up the said propriety to be held and enjoyed absolutely with all manner of right for ever, without any exception or impediment whatsoever.''
-->-'''Treaty of Utrecht''', Article X

Gibraltar is a British overseas territory, located on the southern tip of Spain, and was where the Moors first landed (its name may be derived from the Arabic phrase Jabal Tariq, literally Tariq's mount, after an early leader of the Muslim conquest of Iberia), dominated by the famed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_of_Gibraltar Rock of Gibraltar]].

It probably had lions at some point.

It's famous for the Barbary Macaque or "Barbary Ape" (actually monkeys), which are the only European monkeys. Legend has it that during Spain's Great Siege during the American Revolution, a rather trope-heavy defence of the fortress and Britain's only major success of the war, Moroccan blockade runners opposed to Spanish power brought limes in their dhows... and monkeys. In this way the monkeys became symbols of British rule, and when during the SecondWorldWar the monkey population was in decline, it is said the WinstonChurchill authorised Emergency Monkey Relief. Perhaps this is not true. But it should be. These days, the monkeys primarily steal food from tourists.

The British conquered the place in 1704 from Spain. The Spanish want it back, or at least dual sovereignty. The locals are highly against ''that'' (rejecting the proposal received just under ''99%'' of the vote, and Britain has stated they will not enter into any agreement not backed by the locals), and they back up their argument rather convincingly with a piece of paper signed in 1713 by Spain at Utrecht giving up possession of Gibraltar "for ever." Spain has periodically attempted to retake the Rock by force, such as during the Great Siege of Gibraltar during the AmericanRevolution. The Great Siege remains the longest siege endured by the British Armed Forces, lasting 4 years, during which multiple [[AwesomeMoments crowning moments of awesome]] were recorded on both sides. During WorldWarTwo, AdolfHitler offered it to the Spanish dictator, Franco, in exchange for his support of the Axis war effort. Franco, however, demanded the entire French colonial Empire, ''and'' Gibraltar, which Hitler wasn't prepared to promise. Franco's intransigence was helped by the British paying him and his top generals a vast amount of money to go away.

AKA The Rock, it remains an important military location for TheUKArmedForces. As one of the Pillars of Hercules, it as a vital access point from the Med into the North Atlantic. (Rather ironically, one of the proposed African Pillars of Hercules is...Monte Hacho, in Ceuta, which is a Spanish territory that would but for the vagaries of history be in UsefulNotes/{{Morocco}}. Naturally, the Moroccans are about as pleased with this arrangement as the Spaniards are about Gibraltar.)

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!!Examples:

* Gibraltar's sole airfield gained notoriety on the History Channel documentary "Most Extreme Airports" for having the area's primary motor-traffic thoroughfare actually '''bisect''' the airfield's one and only runway. Photos of the airport have made their round in e-mails, saying "Look at this!" For the record, snopes does confirm the images are completely real.
* In ''Film/DasBoot'', when the German U-Boot is ordered to enter the Mediterranean from the Atlantic, the sailors are sure they are going to die, as the British used Gibraltar to close off access.
* In ''Film/SkyBlue'', the characters spend most of the movie talking about the wonderful lives they'll have when they go to Gibraltar after the fall of Ecoban.
* In the ''{{Emberverse}}'', Gibraltar survived, and became the launching pad for British recolonisation of western Europe. [[TheWhiteCompany Sir]] Nigel Loring, wait, no, just [[PublicDomainCharacter Nigel Loring]], was offered Governorship of Gibraltar.
* The first scenes of ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'' show a military exercise on Gibraltar, in which the 00s participate.
* ''TheSandbaggers'' had an early episode set on Gib.
* In advertising, an image of the Rock of Gibraltar has been used by Prudential Insurance ( now Prudential Financial Services) since the 1890's, along with the slogans "The Strength of The Rock" and "Get a Piece of The Rock".
* Mentioned as a refueling stop in ''LordOfTheFlies'', the aeroplane doesn't end up in the sea at Gibraltar, but rather [[ItWasHisSled somewhere over the Pacific]].

[[AC:The Gibraltarian flag]]
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/125px-Flag_of_Gibraltar_svg_1958.png
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8th Mar '13 3:29:02 AM lakingsif
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* Mentioned as a refueling stop in ''TheLordOfTheFlies'', the aeroplane doesn't end up in the sea at Gibraltar, but rather [[ItWasHisSled somewhere over the Pacific]].

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* Mentioned as a refueling stop in ''TheLordOfTheFlies'', ''LordOfTheFlies'', the aeroplane doesn't end up in the sea at Gibraltar, but rather [[ItWasHisSled somewhere over the Pacific]].
8th Mar '13 3:27:57 AM lakingsif
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* Mentioned as a refueling stop in ''TheLordOfTheFlies'', the aeroplane doesn't end up in the sea at Gibraltar, but rather [[ItWasHisSled somewhere over the Pacific]].
24th Jan '13 3:24:43 AM Jallen
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During WorldWarII, [[AdolfHitler Hitler]] tried to convince [[TheFrancoRegime Franco]] to join the Axis forces, promising him Gibraltar as part of the deal. Franco however was so demanding (among other things he claimed ''all of French North Africa'' for Spain, as well as demands for material and military resources that Germany could never provide) that Hitler and all of the ambassadors sent to negotiate with Franco absolutely hated him, and soon refused to negotiate. Historical opinion remains divided as to whether Franco simply overplayed his hand by bargaining for too much, or [[FridgeBrilliance deliberately inflated his demands to avoid having to join the Axis]], which ultimately ended up preserving his regime.
23rd Dec '12 3:49:34 AM Achaemenid
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The British conquered the place in 1704 from Spain. The Spanish want it back, or at least dual sovereignty. The locals are highly against ''that'' (rejecting the proposal received just under ''99%'' of the vote, and Britain has stated they will not enter into any agreement not backed by the locals), and they back up their argument rather convincingly with a piece of paper signed in 1713 by Spain at Utrecht giving up possession of Gibraltar "for ever."

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The British conquered the place in 1704 from Spain. The Spanish want it back, or at least dual sovereignty. The locals are highly against ''that'' (rejecting the proposal received just under ''99%'' of the vote, and Britain has stated they will not enter into any agreement not backed by the locals), and they back up their argument rather convincingly with a piece of paper signed in 1713 by Spain at Utrecht giving up possession of Gibraltar "for ever."
" Spain has periodically attempted to retake the Rock by force, such as during the Great Siege of Gibraltar during the AmericanRevolution. The Great Siege remains the longest siege endured by the British Armed Forces, lasting 4 years, during which multiple [[AwesomeMoments crowning moments of awesome]] were recorded on both sides. During WorldWarTwo, AdolfHitler offered it to the Spanish dictator, Franco, in exchange for his support of the Axis war effort. Franco, however, demanded the entire French colonial Empire, ''and'' Gibraltar, which Hitler wasn't prepared to promise. Franco's intransigence was helped by the British paying him and his top generals a vast amount of money to go away.
23rd Dec '12 3:43:16 AM Achaemenid
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-->''The Catholic King does hereby, for himself, his heirs and successors, yield to the Crown of Great Britain the full and entire propriety of the town and castle of Gibraltar, together with the port, fortifications, and forts thereunto belonging; and he gives up the said propriety to be held and enjoyed absolutely with all manner of right for ever, without any exception or impediment whatsoever.''
-->-'''Treaty of Utrecht''', Article X



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21st Nov '12 3:45:40 PM StevieC
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* Gibraltar's sole airfield gained notoriety on the History Channel documentary "Most Extreme Airports" for having the area's primary motor-traffic thoroughfare actually '''bisect''' the airfield's one and only runway. Photos of the airport have made their round in e-mails, saying "Look at this!" For the record, snopes does confirm the images are completely real.
11th Nov '12 8:30:18 AM proudeagle
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Gibraltar is a British overseas territory, located on the southern tip of Spain, and was where the Moors first landed (its name may be derived from the Arabic phrase Gebal al-Tariq, Tariq's rock, after an early leader of the Muslim conquest of Iberia), dominated by the famed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_of_Gibraltar Rock of Gibraltar]].

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Gibraltar is a British overseas territory, located on the southern tip of Spain, and was where the Moors first landed (its name may be derived from the Arabic phrase Gebal al-Tariq, Jabal Tariq, literally Tariq's rock, mount, after an early leader of the Muslim conquest of Iberia), dominated by the famed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_of_Gibraltar Rock of Gibraltar]].
28th Jun '12 3:07:14 AM FELH2
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* In ''DasBoot'', when the German U-Boot is ordered to enter the Mediterranean from the Atlantic, the sailors are sure they are going to die, as the British used Gibraltar to close off access.

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* In ''DasBoot'', ''Film/DasBoot'', when the German U-Boot is ordered to enter the Mediterranean from the Atlantic, the sailors are sure they are going to die, as the British used Gibraltar to close off access.



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11th Jun '12 4:07:44 AM SeptimusHeap
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During WorldWarII, [[AdolfHitler Hitler]] tried to convince [[TheFrancoRegime Franco]] to join the Axis forces, promising him Gibraltar as part of the deal. Franco however was so demanding (among other things he claimed ''all of French North Africa'' for Spain, as well as demands for material and military resources that Germany could never provide) that Hitler and all of the ambassadors sent to negotiate with Franco absolutely hated him, and soon refused to negotiate. Historical opinion [[YourMileageMayVary remains divided]] as to whether Franco simply overplayed his hand by bargaining for too much, or [[FridgeBrilliance deliberately inflated his demands to avoid having to join the Axis]], which ultimately ended up preserving his regime.

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During WorldWarII, [[AdolfHitler Hitler]] tried to convince [[TheFrancoRegime Franco]] to join the Axis forces, promising him Gibraltar as part of the deal. Franco however was so demanding (among other things he claimed ''all of French North Africa'' for Spain, as well as demands for material and military resources that Germany could never provide) that Hitler and all of the ambassadors sent to negotiate with Franco absolutely hated him, and soon refused to negotiate. Historical opinion [[YourMileageMayVary remains divided]] divided as to whether Franco simply overplayed his hand by bargaining for too much, or [[FridgeBrilliance deliberately inflated his demands to avoid having to join the Axis]], which ultimately ended up preserving his regime.
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