History UsefulNotes / Romania

12th Jun '17 5:59:03 PM Shadeblade11
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!!Tropes that apply in RealLife to Romania

* AnachronismStew: Depending on what city you live in and where you're driving, it can be quite common to see horse-drawn carriages on the same roads and highways as cars.
** DiscoDan: As the Communist industry had its glory [[TheSeventies in the 1970s]], nearly all furniture and interior decoration producers that succeeded it cling to home interior styles which [[http://pzrservices.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451ccbc69e201156e9167e6970c-400wi were fashionable in the West 40 years ago]].
* BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill: from (roughly) [[TheEighties the early 1980s]] almost to 2000, dentists practically always prescribed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retainer_%28orthodontic_device%29 Hawley]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d1/ClockFace_Retainers.jpg Retainer type]] braces to kids under 15, with thorough indications to be worn all the time, when eating, sleeping, at school, not despite, but ''specifically because'' [[DepravedDentist they deformed speech, mannerisms and eating habits]]. They had no medical or technological reason to not use modern, fixed and smaller retainers. There was even a medical paper [[SarcasmMode proudly]] displayed at dental clinics in 1993-1995 which claimed that [[EpilepticTrees braces which deform speech call for attention and careful pronunciation of words and therefore even kids who had straight teeth should wear them to improve their speech]].
* BrieferThanTheyThink: the Communist regime lasted only 41 years, 45 if Soviet military occupation is added. The murderous repression of TheFifties took less than 10 years and the crisis of TheEighties another 10 or 12. Due to massive population movement and upheaval, the memory of anything else had been practically erased, one might have thought the regime they lived in had existed forever.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: average Romanians ''absolutely hate'' to see one of them raising himself or herself to fame, wealth and power. Among two artists (or scientists, or politicians) with equal credentials, one native and one foreigner, they will always praise the foreigner and search for the slightest faults in the native's performance to diminish him or her.
* CommonKnowledge: The history curriculum in Romania conflates the Dacians and the Getae, something modern historians aren't very eager to champion (some go so far as to suggest they were two separate tribes of Thracians, the Getae living in southern Romania and the Dacians beyond the Carpathians). This is mostly a legacy of the long Romanian-Hungarian dispute over who "rightfully" owns Transylvania, wherein both sides gleefully bent history to try and fit their own narratives - the Geto-Dacian classification is meant to emphasise the fact that Romanians were there first.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: In practice, less accent on the ''crazy'' part and more on the ''crazily fast''. While may be many crackpot theories to explain the disregard of rules[[note]] Don't try. FlameWar ensues.[[/note]], in reality the disregard is first and foremost for the police, who are regarded as the most disgusting species of [[CorruptHick Corrupt Hicks]] on Earth.[[note]] Their efforts to prove they are just that are admirable.[[/note]]
* DonutMessWithACop: Subversion - the cheap coffee in plastic cup is real, but they usually drink it with pastries instead of donuts.
* GeekPhysiques: Maybe the funniest aversion on the planet - people [[HeroicBuild whose appearances are too chiseled]] [[TheSpartanWay indicating long and tortuous months or years of exercise]] are the nerds, geeks, bully magnets and {{Butt Monkey}}s.
* UsefulNotes/{{Greece}}: Romania has a connection with the start of Greece's war of independence, as Filiki Eteria's initial plan was to both start an insurrection and get all the Christians in the Balkans on their side (and hopefully Russia too). Unfortunately, this simple plan got [[SpannerInTheWorks bungled big time]] when Alexander Ypsilantis clashed with the Romanian rebels led by Tudor Vladimirescu, was upbraided by Tsar Alexander for misusing the military force he'd received, [[WhatAnIdiot decisively lost all Romanian support by executing Vladimirescu]], and was left to lead Eteria to get annihalated at Drăgășani.
* InVinoVeritas: Romania has had a long winemaking tradition. Currently, it is the world's 11th exporter. Its most well known vineyards are Jidvei, Murfatlar and Cotnari.
* LandPoor: A curious example mid-way between European and Russian style. Due to the [[TheEighties Communist era]] countryside to city migration and property bubble [[TurnOfTheMillennium of the 2000s]] (which made the prices of city real estate skyrocket and farmland drop), a flat in a major city is usually cramped and very expensive, while a large plot of land in the countryside is nearly worthless [[note]]it can be bought (quite literally) with 1-2 months' wages for well-paid professions, assuming that someone who has the money would ''want'' it in the first place[[/note]]. This brings up sad cases of farmers who own many acres of land but don't have the cash to buy each other a beer.
* MisplacedNationalism and PatrioticFervor: Bring up the Hungarian minority's rights, or just Hungary in general, in the right crowd. Make sure you have popcorn.
* NosyNeighbor: Description is futile, one has to experience life among them to believe.
* TerrifiedOfGerms: ever since before Communists came, authorities had been concerned with contagion and disease, for good reasons. Families, Communist schools and state-owned health system had pounded the people to always be careful what they eat, what they drink, whom do they sleep with and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking always to wash their hands]]. While nowadays an Anglophone makes a big fuss of even a very simple CBC test, the ordinary employment medical test for a Romanian (supported by health insurance) includes physical examination, eyesight, blood pressure, lungs' auscultation and others, according to his or her profession, and [[CrazyPrepared no less than]] ''[[CrazyPrepared forty]]'' [[CrazyPrepared blood tests of which CBC is just one]], including VDRL, VSH, AST, ALT, TSH, ASLO, hepatitis A, B and C, cholesterol...
** Also expect complex examinations (which include, beyond the usual eyesight and psychological test, 2 blood tests and a lung X-ray) from at least 7 doctors for something as simple as getting a driver's license. (Expect similar examinations from ''10'' [[UpToEleven doctors]] to get a firearm license.) Clinics use economies of scale to perform all of them for as little as $50 per patient.
* TheMafiya: most business and politics enterprises are almost entirely dependent of personal or family relationships, even more visible outside large cities. Stepping on the wrong people's toes in business or inter-gender relationships may have unfortunate results. Having the right friends always helps.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: From the way Julia Gelardi describes it, Romania was severely losing at the first few weeks of the Paris Peace Conference[[note]]backing the theory that the Allies only promised the country territory to get it into UsefulNotes/WorldWarI in the first place[[/note]], so in a fit of desperation PM Ionel Brătianu asked Queen Marie to travel to France to represent the country. Marie proceeded to use her charisma and reminders about Romania's considerable losses to charm-bully the Allies onto her side. It also helped a bit that her native language was English (she was born in Kent to the second-oldest son of UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria) and her French was excellent, since the people who most needed to be convinced were UsefulNotes/WoodrowWilson, UsefulNotes/DavidLloydGeorge, and Georges Clemenceau, and Clemenceau was more or less convinced already. The conference ended with Romania receiving all it set out to gain (and then [[WhatTheHellHero starting a curbstomp war with Hungary and pillaging it in retaliation]]). [[BrokenAesop Clearly, if you want to expand a country's territory, you should join the war, get beaten, re-join at the last minute and then send your monarch to annoy everybody else into giving you what you want.]]
** Another example is Prince Constantin Cantacuzino, steaming from a family which gave several rulers of Wallachia and Moldavia during the 17-18th Centuries, which can trace it's roots to Byzantine Royalty and has branches among Russian and Swedish nobility, who was Romanians leading fighter ace in World War II with 69 victories.
* SlaveToPR: Romanians [[TurnOfTheMillennium of the 2000s]] are masters of online campaigns (in the English language nevertheless). In the recent past, they have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_bomb bombed Google]] only because [[DisproportionateRetribution they did not like the unflattering auto-completion phrases]] when someone searched "Romanians". After withstanding much slander combined with some truth over the years, [[HADToBeSharp they had to do something to change the situation]]. Which is proved by [[SelfDemonstratingArticle this very page being longer and more complex]] than all neighboring countries' pages put together.
* VodkaDrunkenski: Romania is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_alcohol_consumption 4th country in the world by alcohol consumption]]. When you're 16 places [[{{Oireland}} above Ireland]] in the top, this should tell something. Russia is the 3rd. Sister country Moldova, which has ''even more'' problems, is the second.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: for some twisted reasons, Vlad III aka "Țepeș" ("The Impaler") or "{{Dracula}}" has earned praise and been chosen as a role model [[SarcasmMode by such lovely figures]] as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stormfront_%28website%29 Stormfront]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anders_Behring_Breivik Anders Behring Breivik]] and dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu himself. [[RunningGag Praising him it's a bit like writing on your T-shirt: "I'm a murderous maniac claiming to be a patriot and man of justice".]]

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\n!!Tropes that apply in RealLife to Romania\n\n* AnachronismStew: Depending on what city you live in and where you're driving, it can be quite common to see horse-drawn carriages on the same roads and highways as cars.\n** DiscoDan: As the Communist industry had its glory [[TheSeventies in the 1970s]], nearly all furniture and interior decoration producers that succeeded it cling to home interior styles which [[http://pzrservices.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451ccbc69e201156e9167e6970c-400wi were fashionable in the West 40 years ago]].\n* BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill: from (roughly) [[TheEighties the early 1980s]] almost to 2000, dentists practically always prescribed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retainer_%28orthodontic_device%29 Hawley]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d1/ClockFace_Retainers.jpg Retainer type]] braces to kids under 15, with thorough indications to be worn all the time, when eating, sleeping, at school, not despite, but ''specifically because'' [[DepravedDentist they deformed speech, mannerisms and eating habits]]. They had no medical or technological reason to not use modern, fixed and smaller retainers. There was even a medical paper [[SarcasmMode proudly]] displayed at dental clinics in 1993-1995 which claimed that [[EpilepticTrees braces which deform speech call for attention and careful pronunciation of words and therefore even kids who had straight teeth should wear them to improve their speech]].\n* BrieferThanTheyThink: the Communist regime lasted only 41 years, 45 if Soviet military occupation is added. The murderous repression of TheFifties took less than 10 years and the crisis of TheEighties another 10 or 12. Due to massive population movement and upheaval, the memory of anything else had been practically erased, one might have thought the regime they lived in had existed forever.\n* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: average Romanians ''absolutely hate'' to see one of them raising himself or herself to fame, wealth and power. Among two artists (or scientists, or politicians) with equal credentials, one native and one foreigner, they will always praise the foreigner and search for the slightest faults in the native's performance to diminish him or her.\n* CommonKnowledge: The history curriculum in Romania conflates the Dacians and the Getae, something modern historians aren't very eager to champion (some go so far as to suggest they were two separate tribes of Thracians, the Getae living in southern Romania and the Dacians beyond the Carpathians). This is mostly a legacy of the long Romanian-Hungarian dispute over who "rightfully" owns Transylvania, wherein both sides gleefully bent history to try and fit their own narratives - the Geto-Dacian classification is meant to emphasise the fact that Romanians were there first.\n* DrivesLikeCrazy: In practice, less accent on the ''crazy'' part and more on the ''crazily fast''. While may be many crackpot theories to explain the disregard of rules[[note]] Don't try. FlameWar ensues.[[/note]], in reality the disregard is first and foremost for the police, who are regarded as the most disgusting species of [[CorruptHick Corrupt Hicks]] on Earth.[[note]] Their efforts to prove they are just that are admirable.[[/note]]\n* DonutMessWithACop: Subversion - the cheap coffee in plastic cup is real, but they usually drink it with pastries instead of donuts.\n* GeekPhysiques: Maybe the funniest aversion on the planet - people [[HeroicBuild whose appearances are too chiseled]] [[TheSpartanWay indicating long and tortuous months or years of exercise]] are the nerds, geeks, bully magnets and {{Butt Monkey}}s.\n* UsefulNotes/{{Greece}}: Romania has a connection with the start of Greece's war of independence, as Filiki Eteria's initial plan was to both start an insurrection and get all the Christians in the Balkans on their side (and hopefully Russia too). Unfortunately, this simple plan got [[SpannerInTheWorks bungled big time]] when Alexander Ypsilantis clashed with the Romanian rebels led by Tudor Vladimirescu, was upbraided by Tsar Alexander for misusing the military force he'd received, [[WhatAnIdiot decisively lost all Romanian support by executing Vladimirescu]], and was left to lead Eteria to get annihalated at Drăgășani.\n* InVinoVeritas: Romania has had a long winemaking tradition. Currently, it is the world's 11th exporter. Its most well known vineyards are Jidvei, Murfatlar and Cotnari.\n* LandPoor: A curious example mid-way between European and Russian style. Due to the [[TheEighties Communist era]] countryside to city migration and property bubble [[TurnOfTheMillennium of the 2000s]] (which made the prices of city real estate skyrocket and farmland drop), a flat in a major city is usually cramped and very expensive, while a large plot of land in the countryside is nearly worthless [[note]]it can be bought (quite literally) with 1-2 months' wages for well-paid professions, assuming that someone who has the money would ''want'' it in the first place[[/note]]. This brings up sad cases of farmers who own many acres of land but don't have the cash to buy each other a beer.\n* MisplacedNationalism and PatrioticFervor: Bring up the Hungarian minority's rights, or just Hungary in general, in the right crowd. Make sure you have popcorn.\n* NosyNeighbor: Description is futile, one has to experience life among them to believe.\n* TerrifiedOfGerms: ever since before Communists came, authorities had been concerned with contagion and disease, for good reasons. Families, Communist schools and state-owned health system had pounded the people to always be careful what they eat, what they drink, whom do they sleep with and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking always to wash their hands]]. While nowadays an Anglophone makes a big fuss of even a very simple CBC test, the ordinary employment medical test for a Romanian (supported by health insurance) includes physical examination, eyesight, blood pressure, lungs' auscultation and others, according to his or her profession, and [[CrazyPrepared no less than]] ''[[CrazyPrepared forty]]'' [[CrazyPrepared blood tests of which CBC is just one]], including VDRL, VSH, AST, ALT, TSH, ASLO, hepatitis A, B and C, cholesterol...\n** Also expect complex examinations (which include, beyond the usual eyesight and psychological test, 2 blood tests and a lung X-ray) from at least 7 doctors for something as simple as getting a driver's license. (Expect similar examinations from ''10'' [[UpToEleven doctors]] to get a firearm license.) Clinics use economies of scale to perform all of them for as little as $50 per patient.\n* TheMafiya: most business and politics enterprises are almost entirely dependent of personal or family relationships, even more visible outside large cities. Stepping on the wrong people's toes in business or inter-gender relationships may have unfortunate results. Having the right friends always helps.\n* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: From the way Julia Gelardi describes it, Romania was severely losing at the first few weeks of the Paris Peace Conference[[note]]backing the theory that the Allies only promised the country territory to get it into UsefulNotes/WorldWarI in the first place[[/note]], so in a fit of desperation PM Ionel Brătianu asked Queen Marie to travel to France to represent the country. Marie proceeded to use her charisma and reminders about Romania's considerable losses to charm-bully the Allies onto her side. It also helped a bit that her native language was English (she was born in Kent to the second-oldest son of UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria) and her French was excellent, since the people who most needed to be convinced were UsefulNotes/WoodrowWilson, UsefulNotes/DavidLloydGeorge, and Georges Clemenceau, and Clemenceau was more or less convinced already. The conference ended with Romania receiving all it set out to gain (and then [[WhatTheHellHero starting a curbstomp war with Hungary and pillaging it in retaliation]]). [[BrokenAesop Clearly, if you want to expand a country's territory, you should join the war, get beaten, re-join at the last minute and then send your monarch to annoy everybody else into giving you what you want.]]\n** Another example is Prince Constantin Cantacuzino, steaming from a family which gave several rulers of Wallachia and Moldavia during the 17-18th Centuries, which can trace it's roots to Byzantine Royalty and has branches among Russian and Swedish nobility, who was Romanians leading fighter ace in World War II with 69 victories.\n* SlaveToPR: Romanians [[TurnOfTheMillennium of the 2000s]] are masters of online campaigns (in the English language nevertheless). In the recent past, they have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_bomb bombed Google]] only because [[DisproportionateRetribution they did not like the unflattering auto-completion phrases]] when someone searched "Romanians". After withstanding much slander combined with some truth over the years, [[HADToBeSharp they had to do something to change the situation]]. Which is proved by [[SelfDemonstratingArticle this very page being longer and more complex]] than all neighboring countries' pages put together.\n* VodkaDrunkenski: Romania is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_alcohol_consumption 4th country in the world by alcohol consumption]]. When you're 16 places [[{{Oireland}} above Ireland]] in the top, this should tell something. Russia is the 3rd. Sister country Moldova, which has ''even more'' problems, is the second.\n* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: for some twisted reasons, Vlad III aka "Țepeș" ("The Impaler") or "{{Dracula}}" has earned praise and been chosen as a role model [[SarcasmMode by such lovely figures]] as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stormfront_%28website%29 Stormfront]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anders_Behring_Breivik Anders Behring Breivik]] and dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu himself. [[RunningGag Praising him it's a bit like writing on your T-shirt: "I'm a murderous maniac claiming to be a patriot and man of justice".]]\n----
11th Jun '17 1:23:54 PM nombretomado
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* Gheorghe Hagi - footballer, best player in recent history, known to have led the national team to the [[TheWorldCup World Cup]] quarter-finals in 1994.

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* Gheorghe Hagi - footballer, best player in recent history, known to have led the national team to the [[TheWorldCup World Cup]] UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup quarter-finals in 1994.
29th May '17 9:36:31 PM nombretomado
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* A ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' episode revolves around Romania, due to the fact that Alex wants to travel there for entertainment, and she doesn't know exactly where it is located (or what ''[[BookDumb it actually is]]''). Her father explains to her that Romania is a country in Europe, filled with gymnasts and vampires.

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* A ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' episode revolves around Romania, due to the fact that Alex wants to travel there for entertainment, and she doesn't know exactly where it is located (or what ''[[BookDumb it actually is]]''). Her father explains to her that Romania is a country in Europe, filled with gymnasts and vampires.
24th Nov '16 10:01:48 PM Bat178
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It's had quite a troubled past, with large chunks of its history being about [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption resisting encroaching foreign powers for as long as possible before the inevitable failure]], even larger chunks about the struggle to carve a place for itself while surrounded by larger countries like Austria-Hungary, Russia and the Ottoman Empire, all slathered in heavy doses of being the ButtMonkey of Central Europe and occasional moments of YankTheDogsChain. The modern country formed through the union of its two constitutent states, Moldova (Moldavia) and Wallachia, in 1859.

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It's had quite a troubled past, with large chunks of its history being about [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption resisting encroaching foreign powers for as long as possible before the inevitable failure]], even larger chunks about the struggle to carve a place for itself while surrounded by larger countries like Austria-Hungary, Russia and the Ottoman Empire, all slathered in heavy doses of being the ButtMonkey of Central Eastern Europe and occasional moments of YankTheDogsChain. The modern country formed through the union of its two constitutent states, Moldova (Moldavia) and Wallachia, in 1859.
17th Nov '16 12:29:45 AM PaulA
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* Eugène Ionesco (Eugen Ionescu) - playwright, TropeMaker of the [[{{Absurdism}} Theatre of the Absurd]] alongside Creator/SamuelBeckett back in TheFifties.

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* Eugène Ionesco Creator/EugeneIonesco (Eugen Ionescu) - playwright, TropeMaker of the [[{{Absurdism}} Theatre of the Absurd]] alongside Creator/SamuelBeckett back in TheFifties.
11th Nov '16 5:54:57 PM OnoderaTearer
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Romania ('''Romanian:''' ''România''), a member of UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion, is a country of 20 million people and one of the only two Latin countries that are Orthodox Christian, the other one being its close relative Moldova.

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Romania ('''Romanian:''' ''România''), a member of UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion, is a country of 20 million people and one of the only two Latin countries that are Orthodox Christian, the other one being its close relative Moldova.
UsefulNotes/{{Moldova}}.



* Eugène Ionesco (Eugen Ionescu) - playwright, TropeMaker of the [[{{Absurdism}} Theatre of the Absurd]] alongside Samuel Beckett back in TheFifties.

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* Eugène Ionesco (Eugen Ionescu) - playwright, TropeMaker of the [[{{Absurdism}} Theatre of the Absurd]] alongside Samuel Beckett Creator/SamuelBeckett back in TheFifties.



* Elie Wiesel (part Hungarian) - famous Holocaust survivor.
* Creator/SebastianStan: Actor, famous for roles in ''Series/GossipGirl'' and ''{{Series/Kings}}''. Born in Constanța, moved to Vienna after the Romanian Revolution, and then to the United States. One of his most famous roles is playing [[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes Bucky/The Winter Soldier]] in the [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Captain America movie trilogy]].
* Stefan Odobleja - Romanian scientist, and the father of Cybernetics. Invented the concept of Cybernatics applied even in the present;

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* Elie Wiesel (part Hungarian) - famous Holocaust [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust Holocaust]] survivor.
* Creator/SebastianStan: Creator/SebastianStan - Actor, famous for roles his role as [[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes Bucky/The Winter Soldier]] in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, as well as ''Series/GossipGirl'' and ''{{Series/Kings}}''. Born in Constanța, moved to Vienna after the Romanian Revolution, and then to the United States. One of his most famous roles is playing [[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes Bucky/The Winter Soldier]] in the [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Captain America movie trilogy]].
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* Stefan Odobleja - Romanian scientist, and the father of Cybernetics. Invented the concept of Cybernatics applied even in the present;present.



* Ion Mihai Pacepa; the highest-ranking [[DefectorFromCommieLand Eastern Bloc defector]] . Once a Lieutenant-General in the [[SecretPolice Securitate]] , the Romanian secret police , he defected by walking in the American Embassy in Bonn, West Germany, where he was on a mission. He has since wrote several books about the inner workings of [[CommieLand Eastern Bloc]] secret polices.

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* Ion Mihai Pacepa; Pacepa - the highest-ranking [[DefectorFromCommieLand Eastern Bloc defector]] .defector]]. Once a Lieutenant-General in the [[SecretPolice Securitate]] , the Romanian secret police , he defected by walking in the American Embassy in Bonn, West Germany, where he was on a mission. He has since wrote several books about the inner workings of [[CommieLand Eastern Bloc]] secret polices.



* Alexandru Duru - A young inventor immigrant in Canada created a man-made hoverboard for one user. One person can fly on the invention at the time and the technology seems to be based on drone technology. Although it's in prototype stage it has already won the Guinness World Record in 2015 for the farthest distance achieved on a hoverboard. Fans of the Back to The Future will have to wait a while longer until all the kinks are fixed.
* The Cheeky Girls -- we're sorry.

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* Alexandru Duru - A young inventor immigrant in Canada created a man-made hoverboard for one user. One person can fly on the invention at the time and the technology seems to be based on drone technology. Although it's in prototype stage it has already won the Guinness World Record in 2015 for the farthest distance achieved on a hoverboard. Fans of the Back to The Future ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' will have to wait a while longer until all the kinks are fixed.
* The Cheeky Girls -- - we're sorry.



* The band O-Zone, famous for "Dragostea din Tei" - better known as the "Numa Numa song" are commonly thought to be Romanian. They're actually Moldovan. But then again, plenty of Moldovans would call themselves Romanians. [[PleaseSelectNewCityName It's complicated]].

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* The band O-Zone, famous for "Dragostea din Tei" - better known as the "Numa Numa song" - are commonly thought to be Romanian. They're actually Moldovan. But then again, plenty of Moldovans would call themselves Romanians. [[PleaseSelectNewCityName It's complicated]].
21st Oct '16 3:53:43 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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Romania has many long-standing problems, one of them being [[OrphanageOfFear nasty orphanages]]. This had to do with Ceaușescu wanting to boost the Romanian population by all means, even if this involved many mothers not being able to care for so many unwanted kids, abandoning them instead, so they ended up in... right. And we haven't even gone into the chaotic post-dictatorship situation, the Mineriad, the inefficient education system, the painful transition to capitalism, the income inequality and poverty problems, the severe corruption and plain [[TheyJustDidntCare incompetent governments]]...

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Romania has many long-standing problems, one of them being [[OrphanageOfFear nasty orphanages]]. This had to do with Ceaușescu wanting to boost the Romanian population by all means, even if this involved many mothers not being able to care for so many unwanted kids, abandoning them instead, so they ended up in... right. And we haven't even gone into the chaotic post-dictatorship situation, the Mineriad, the inefficient education system, the painful transition to capitalism, the income inequality and poverty problems, the severe corruption and plain [[TheyJustDidntCare incompetent governments]]...
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** Well, there is a Catholic Church down here, but they barely add up to 4.7% of the population. They probably [[TheyJustDidntCare didn't care]] enough to do the research and are just lucky that by coincidence, there's a Catholic minority in Romania.

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** Well, there is a Catholic Church down here, but they barely add up to 4.7% of the population. They probably [[TheyJustDidntCare didn't care]] care enough to do the research and are just lucky that by coincidence, there's a Catholic minority in Romania.
3rd Oct '16 2:42:12 PM dArhengel
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**Another example is Prince Constantin Cantacuzino, steaming from a family which gave several rulers of Wallachia and Moldavia during the 17-18th Centuries, which can trace it's roots to Byzantine Royalty and has branches among Russian and Swedish nobility, who was Romanians leading fighter ace in World War II with 69 victories.
9th Aug '16 1:47:07 PM Morgenthaler
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All this ended after he came back from a tour of NorthKorea and {{China}} in 1971 and published the "July theses". From then on, he managed to be ''[[UpToEleven even worse]]'' than Dej, and is routinely credited for destroying the country thanks to his subsequent policies. In detail: He started a personality cult that was {{egregious}} even by Warsaw Pact standards. He presided over a policy of enforcing population growth (as in, five children per mother, abortion and contraception completely banned) that produced many unwanted children, who ended up in {{orphanage|OfFear}}s often described as "gulags for children". He destroyed a whole lot of old buildings in Bucharest (already battered by the 1977 earthquake) and other cities as part of a "systematization" policy which saw them replaced with depressing, Stalinist eyesore apartment blocks. And having already showed his complete incompetence at economic matters, ''then'' he decided to export ''everything'' to pay off Romania's foreign debts, leading to rationing, shortages, and starvation for the rest of the population. Unsurprisingly, even with the heavy-handed dictatorship and secret police, the terrible conditions caused revolts, in 1977 in the Jiu Valley and 1987 in Brașov.

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All this ended after he came back from a tour of NorthKorea UsefulNotes/NorthKorea and {{China}} UsefulNotes/{{China}} in 1971 and published the "July theses". From then on, he managed to be ''[[UpToEleven even worse]]'' than Dej, and is routinely credited for destroying the country thanks to his subsequent policies. In detail: He started a personality cult that was {{egregious}} even by Warsaw Pact standards. He presided over a policy of enforcing population growth (as in, five children per mother, abortion and contraception completely banned) that produced many unwanted children, who ended up in {{orphanage|OfFear}}s often described as "gulags for children". He destroyed a whole lot of old buildings in Bucharest (already battered by the 1977 earthquake) and other cities as part of a "systematization" policy which saw them replaced with depressing, Stalinist eyesore apartment blocks. And having already showed his complete incompetence at economic matters, ''then'' he decided to export ''everything'' to pay off Romania's foreign debts, leading to rationing, shortages, and starvation for the rest of the population. Unsurprisingly, even with the heavy-handed dictatorship and secret police, the terrible conditions caused revolts, in 1977 in the Jiu Valley and 1987 in Brașov.
28th Feb '16 1:08:57 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''[[Manga/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia]]''. Another MoeAnthropomorphism of [[http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/28100000/Romania-official-character-hetalia-28116403-1197-1217.jpg Romania]] is mentioned in Hungary's bio and relationship chart, and apparently doesn't get along with her. By now, he had appeared in Volume 4 and wears a NiceHat. He may be a homage or reference to Dracula because of his [[{{RedEyesTakeWarning}} red eyes]] and [[{{CuteLittleFangs}} cute little fang]].

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* ''[[Manga/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia]]''. Another MoeAnthropomorphism of [[http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/28100000/Romania-official-character-hetalia-28116403-1197-1217.jpg Romania]] is mentioned in Hungary's bio and relationship chart, and apparently doesn't get along with her. By now, he had appeared in Volume 4 and wears a NiceHat. He may be a homage or reference to Dracula because of his [[{{RedEyesTakeWarning}} red eyes]] and [[{{CuteLittleFangs}} cute little fang]]. Personality-wise he's a cheerful NightmareFetishist, a good friend of Bulgaria, Moldova's big brother, and the SitcomArchnemesis of Hungary.
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