History UsefulNotes / Romania

6th Jan '18 12:15:41 PM angie710
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* O-zone, a pop-band best known for their song, "Dragostea Din Tei," after an American vlogger named Gary Brolsma recorded a video of himself dancing and singing/lip-syncing along to the song in 2004.
26th Nov '17 2:39:51 PM nombretomado
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The Romanian version of the HoleInFlag revolutions was the only one that got seriously violent. Then again, the Ceaușescu regime was one of the most unpleasant in the WarsawPact -- a place where the locking of dissidents in [[BedlamHouse insane asylums]] was standard practice. While this makes Romania probably the worst of the post-Stalin Soviet Bloc countries, ironically Ceaușescu at first had gained some popularity in the West, on both the left and the right, for his independent foreign policy and challenging the authority of the Soviet Union. This, however, had more to do with him admiring himself more than the respective Soviet leaders than with being a good human.

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The Romanian version of the HoleInFlag UsefulNotes/HoleInFlag revolutions was the only one that got seriously violent. Then again, the Ceaușescu regime was one of the most unpleasant in the WarsawPact -- a place where the locking of dissidents in [[BedlamHouse insane asylums]] was standard practice. While this makes Romania probably the worst of the post-Stalin Soviet Bloc countries, ironically Ceaușescu at first had gained some popularity in the West, on both the left and the right, for his independent foreign policy and challenging the authority of the Soviet Union. This, however, had more to do with him admiring himself more than the respective Soviet leaders than with being a good human.
13th Oct '17 2:10:48 AM KYCubbie
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* Béla and Márta Károlyi – Husband-and-wife gymnastics coaches, also ethnic Hungarians born in Transylvania. Béla first achieved fame as Comăneci's coach; due to clashes with government officials, they fled to the US in 1981, later becoming American citizens. From then until Márta retired after the 2016 Olympics (Béla had retired 20 years earlier), just about every top female American gymnast had trained directly under them, or trained under one of their former proteges.

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* Béla and Márta Károlyi – Husband-and-wife gymnastics coaches, also ethnic Hungarians born in Transylvania. Béla first achieved fame as Comăneci's coach; due to clashes with government officials, they he and Márta fled to the US in 1981, later becoming American citizens. From then until Márta retired after the 2016 Olympics (Béla had retired 20 years earlier), just about every top female American gymnast had trained directly under them, or trained under one of their former proteges.
11th Oct '17 12:14:08 AM FireCrawler2002
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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 UsefulNotes/{{Moldova}}.

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Romania ('''Romanian:''' ''România''), a member of UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion, is a Eastern European country of 20 million people and one of the only two Latin countries that are Orthodox Christian, the other one being its close relative UsefulNotes/{{Moldova}}.
5th Oct '17 11:54:16 PM KYCubbie
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* László Tőkés – Ethnically Hungarian Protestant pastor who helped to trigger the 1989 Revolution. Later went on to become a member of the European Parliament, though he represents Hungary instead of Romania (despite being a lifelong resident of Romania).
* Béla and Márta Károlyi – Husband-and-wife gymnastics coaches, also ethnic Hungarians born in Transylvania. Béla first achieved fame as Comăneci's coach; due to clashes with government officials, they fled to the US in 1981, later becoming American citizens. From then until Márta retired after the 2016 Olympics (Béla had retired 20 years earlier), just about every top female American gymnast had trained directly under them, or trained under one of their former proteges.
28th Aug '17 6:34:20 PM Imperator42
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* In the ''Webcomics/[[Girl Genius]]'' webcomic, the first chapters take place at Transylvanian Polygnostic University. In the novelizations, it is implied that main heroine Agatha Heterodyne speaks Romanian as her native tongue, along with about eight other languages.
28th Aug '17 6:33:47 PM Imperator42
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* In the ''Webcomics/[[Girl Genius]]'' webcomic, the first chapters take place at Transylvanian Polygnostic University. In the novelizations, it is implied that main heroine Agatha Heterodyne speaks Romanian as her native tongue, along with about eight other languages.
16th Aug '17 11:37:10 PM metaceejay97
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Romania has now mostly nationalistic archives from before WWII, and after the commies took over the television and there was only one station - [=TVR1=]. It served as a propaganda tool, as well as [[BreadAndCircuses a form of keeping the masses in line]]. Being closed off from all western television ''and'' radio stations (and "pirate" radio stations would give their own western propaganda, rather than talk about trends, stars, etc of the western side), otherwise respected Romanian actors and singers would "[[FollowTheLeader inspire]] [[LostInImitation greatly]]" from western movies and music (as to where, if someone without a NostalgiaFilter and who knows now western and Romanian "oldies" songs alike, would notice between 50% and 90% have ''the same tune''. Seriously). Original creations include SergiuNicolaescu's historical movies about Romania in just about every stage of its history (it'd fit with the commie nationalistic propaganda), a comedy series called BD ("The Diverse Brigate"), and others.

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Romania has now mostly nationalistic archives from before WWII, and after the commies took over the television and there was only one station - [=TVR1=]. It served as a propaganda tool, as well as [[BreadAndCircuses a form of keeping the masses in line]]. Being closed off from all western television ''and'' radio stations (and "pirate" radio stations would give their own western propaganda, rather than talk about trends, stars, etc of the western side), otherwise respected Romanian actors and singers would "[[FollowTheLeader inspire]] [[LostInImitation greatly]]" from western movies and music (as to where, if someone without a NostalgiaFilter and who knows now western and Romanian "oldies" songs alike, would notice between 50% and 90% have ''the same tune''. Seriously). Original creations include SergiuNicolaescu's Creator/SergiuNicolaescu's historical movies about Romania in just about every stage of its history (it'd fit with the commie nationalistic propaganda), a comedy series called BD ("The Diverse Brigate"), and others.




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* Creator/AnaUlaru: Actress and model who played [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz The Wicked Witch of the West]] in Series/EmeraldCity, although that version had her be [[TheWoobie a more sympathetic character.]]



** It's a bit more complicated. Alucard ''is'' Vlad III, but at the same time he was explicitly said to be the Creator/BramStoker's vampire — who realistically should've been, and actually was described as Hungarian. Given that KoutaHirano never misses a detail due to sloppy research, it was most probably due to RuleOfCool.

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** It's a bit more complicated. Alucard ''is'' Vlad III, but at the same time he was explicitly said to be the Creator/BramStoker's vampire — who realistically should've been, and actually was described as Hungarian. Given that KoutaHirano Creator/KoutaHirano never misses a detail due to sloppy research, it was most probably due to RuleOfCool.



* An ''unintentional'' depiction occurred in an episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', where an old woman "gypsy", instead of speaking ''Romany'' (which she was allegedly speaking), was actually speaking, yes... Romanian, which is a ''completely different language''.

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* An ''unintentional'' depiction occurred in an episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', where an old woman "gypsy", instead of speaking ''Romany'' ''Romani'' (which she was allegedly speaking), was actually speaking, yes... Romanian, which is a ''completely different language''.



* Nicolae Carpathia, the [[spoiler:Antichrist]] in the ''LeftBehind'' series, is the former president of Romania. He probably doesn't have the same first name as Ceaușescu for nothing, and that's probably the best thing of the series.

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* Nicolae Carpathia, the [[spoiler:Antichrist]] in the ''LeftBehind'' ''Series/LeftBehind'' series, is the former president of Romania. He probably doesn't have the same first name as Ceaușescu for nothing, and that's probably the best thing of the series.
16th Aug '17 11:26:31 PM metaceejay97
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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----
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