History UsefulNotes / Somalia

2nd Dec '17 2:32:03 AM Wariolander
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Somalia ('''Somali:''' ''Soomaaliya'', '''Arabic:''' ''الصومال‎ aṣ-Ṣūmāl''), officially known as the Federal Republic of Somalia ('''Somali:''' ''Jamhuuriyadda Federaalka Soomaaliya'', '''Arabic:''' ''جمهورية الصومال الفدرالية‎ Jumhūriyyat aṣ-Ṣūmāl al-Fiderāliyya''), is a desert country at the horn of Africa with a long, rich history. All you need to know about said history is that the country has been in a civil war since 1991, and it has all but destroyed the state's infrastructure. Fighting continues between various factions, and in January 2009 the Transitional Federal Government was sent into exile following the end of a war against Ethiopia, giving ''de facto'' control to the Islamist factions. Currently, the UN-backed government does not itself govern beyond the capital, Mogadishu. In other words, there are no traffic lights, no road maintenance, no postal service, and no police, unless you count the various local and foreign military groups assigned there to keep the peace. On the bright side, this means no taxes, so international businesses can import and export more cheaply. Not usually by boat, though, since there are [[RuthlessModernPirates pirates]] all around the busier ports. It's the textbook example of a "failed state".

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Somalia ('''Somali:''' ''Soomaaliya'', '''Arabic:''' ''الصومال‎ aṣ-Ṣūmāl''), officially known as the Federal Republic of Somalia ('''Somali:''' ''Jamhuuriyadda Federaalka Soomaaliya'', '''Arabic:''' ''جمهورية الصومال الفدرالية‎ Jumhūriyyat aṣ-Ṣūmāl al-Fiderāliyya''), is a East African desert country at the horn of Africa with a long, rich history. All you need to know about said history is that the country has been in a civil war since 1991, and it has all but destroyed the state's infrastructure. Fighting continues between various factions, and in January 2009 the Transitional Federal Government was sent into exile following the end of a war against Ethiopia, giving ''de facto'' control to the Islamist factions. Currently, the UN-backed government does not itself govern beyond the capital, Mogadishu. In other words, there are no traffic lights, no road maintenance, no postal service, and no police, unless you count the various local and foreign military groups assigned there to keep the peace. On the bright side, this means no taxes, so international businesses can import and export more cheaply. Not usually by boat, though, since there are [[RuthlessModernPirates pirates]] all around the busier ports. It's the textbook example of a "failed state".
1st Nov '17 4:02:50 PM JackTheHammer
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* The 2nd American mission in the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'' expansion pack ''Zero Hour'' is about safeguarding a UN convoy at a Somalian port. It's also the one mission in the series where you get to control both a battleship and an aircraft carrier with a whole wing of F-22 Raptors.



* The 2017 CW military drama ''Valor'' focuses on a special forces mission to Somalia that went horribly wrong and the political and personal repercussions of said mission on the team that carried it out, and the United States as a whole.

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* The 2017 CW military drama ''Valor'' ''Series/{{Valor}}'' focuses on a special forces mission to Somalia that went horribly wrong and the political and personal repercussions of said mission on the team that carried it out, and the United States as a whole.
1st Nov '17 3:54:14 PM JackTheHammer
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* The 2013 film ''Film/CaptainPhillips'', based on the real life hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates.

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* The 2013 film ''Film/CaptainPhillips'', based on the real life hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates.pirates.
* Part of ''Film/TheExpendables3'' takes place in Somalia.
* The 2017 CW military drama ''Valor'' focuses on a special forces mission to Somalia that went horribly wrong and the political and personal repercussions of said mission on the team that carried it out, and the United States as a whole.
6th Aug '17 1:08:41 PM DukeofFinland
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!! '''Somalia in RealLife provides examples of:'''
* AnarchyIsChaos: ''And how!''
* ArchEnemy: Somalia's had some pretty nasty spats with Ethiopia over the centuries.
* CosmicPlaything: The citizens.
* DirtyCommies: In power during c. 1969-1991, until a failed coup started the civil war with groups aided by Ethiopia, who would later invade to get rid of them in 2006, drawing the civil war out longer.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou
* FightingForAHomeland: About the one thing the Somalis seem to agree on is that they ''don't'' want to be ruled by foreigners.
* ForeverWar: Has been ongoing since the early 1990s with no hint of a conclusion.
* HobbesWasRight: Life without government really is [[ShoutOut nasty, brutish and short]].
* [[ChurchMilitant Mosque Militant]]: The ICU, and now al-Shabaab.
* OrderVersusChaos: The strong but brutal Islamists or the weak, ineffectual democrats? [[SadisticChoice Take your pick!]]
* PrivatelyOwnedSociety: Well, since there is no functioning government, this is ''de facto'' how things are run.
* RuthlessModernPirates: The TropeCodifier.
** Somali pirates are a nice example of how decades of anarchy can have unintended consequences. Without a functioning government, locals and foreigners were free to dump industrial waste in Somalia's coastal waters. Ten years later, all the fish are dead and Somali fishermen are left with nothing but easy access to weapons and a fine view of some of the world's busiest shipping lanes ...
* SchmuckBait: Go ahead. Send troops into Somalia. It worked so well for the United States, Ethiopia and the African Union.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: After the fiasco that was The First Battle of Mogadishu, in which a botched raid resulted in significant casualties, the UN (particularly the U.S., which lead the effort) swiftly washed their hands of the affair and left the country. [[ShaggyDogStory (General Aidid, the man the task force was attempting to capture, was killed in clan fighting not long after)]] This contributed strongly to later reluctance on the part of the U.S. government and the international community at large to get involved in [[UsefulNotes/{{Rwanda}} another bloodbath occurring in an African nation...]]
* WarOnStraw: Any libertarian in an online discussion with non-libertarians will sooner or later be accused of regarding Somalia as a "libertarian paradise".
* WretchedHive[=/=]ViceCity: Mogadishu is everywhere you don't want to be.

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!! '''Somalia Tropes as portrayed in RealLife provides examples of:'''
fiction:

* AnarchyIsChaos: ''And how!''
* ArchEnemy: Somalia's had some pretty nasty spats
ButtMonkey: Just like UsefulNotes/{{Zimbabwe}} with Ethiopia over its RidiculousExchangeRates, Somalia is a prime target of jokes in fiction thanks to its reputation as the centuries.
* CosmicPlaything: The citizens.
* DirtyCommies: In power during c. 1969-1991, until a
poster boy of failed coup started the civil war with groups aided by Ethiopia, who would later invade to get rid of them in 2006, drawing the civil war out longer.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou
* FightingForAHomeland: About the one thing the Somalis seem to agree on is that they ''don't'' want to be ruled by foreigners.
* ForeverWar: Has been
states and its ongoing since the early 1990s problem with no hint of a conclusion.
* HobbesWasRight: Life without government really is [[ShoutOut nasty, brutish and short]].
* [[ChurchMilitant Mosque Militant]]: The ICU, and now al-Shabaab.
* OrderVersusChaos: The strong but brutal Islamists or the weak, ineffectual democrats? [[SadisticChoice Take your pick!]]
* PrivatelyOwnedSociety: Well, since there is no functioning government, this is ''de facto'' how things are run.
piracy.
* RuthlessModernPirates: The TropeCodifier.
**
Somali pirates are a nice example of how decades of anarchy can have unintended consequences. Without a functioning government, locals and foreigners were free to dump industrial waste in Somalia's coastal waters. Ten years later, all the fish are dead and Somali fishermen are left with nothing but easy access to weapons current TropeCodifier and a fine view of some of the world's busiest shipping lanes ...
* SchmuckBait: Go ahead. Send troops
popular pick for authors when they need to throw pirates into Somalia. It worked so well a modern day setting for the United States, Ethiopia and the African Union.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: After the fiasco that was The First Battle of Mogadishu, in which a botched raid resulted in significant casualties, the UN (particularly the U.S., which lead the effort) swiftly washed their hands of the affair and left the country. [[ShaggyDogStory (General Aidid, the man the task force was attempting to capture, was killed in clan fighting not long after)]] This contributed strongly to later reluctance on the part of the U.S. government and the international community at large to get involved in [[UsefulNotes/{{Rwanda}} another bloodbath occurring in an African nation...]]
* WarOnStraw: Any libertarian in an online discussion with non-libertarians will sooner
one reason or later be accused of regarding Somalia as a "libertarian paradise".
* WretchedHive[=/=]ViceCity: Mogadishu is everywhere you don't want to be.
another.
16th Nov '16 12:09:52 PM Boggs
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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: After the fiasco that was The First Battle of Mogadishu, in which a botched raid resulted in significant casualties, the UN (particularly the U.S., which lead the effort) swiftly washed their hands of the affair and left the country. [[ShaggyDogStory (General Aidad, the man the task force was attempting to capture, was killed in clan fighting not long after)]] This contributed strongly to later reluctance on the part of the U.S. government and the international community at large to get involved in [[UsefulNotes/{{Rwanda}} another bloodbath occurring in an African nation...]]

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: After the fiasco that was The First Battle of Mogadishu, in which a botched raid resulted in significant casualties, the UN (particularly the U.S., which lead the effort) swiftly washed their hands of the affair and left the country. [[ShaggyDogStory (General Aidad, Aidid, the man the task force was attempting to capture, was killed in clan fighting not long after)]] This contributed strongly to later reluctance on the part of the U.S. government and the international community at large to get involved in [[UsefulNotes/{{Rwanda}} another bloodbath occurring in an African nation...]]
16th Nov '16 12:07:44 PM Boggs
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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: After the fiasco that was The First Battle of Mogadishu, in which a botched raid resulted in significant casualties, the UN (particularly the U.S., which lead the effort) swiftly washed their hands of the affair and left the country. [[ShaggyDogStory (General Aidad, the man the task force was attempting to capture, was killed in clan fighting not long after)]] This contributed strongly to later reluctance on the part of the U.S. government and the international community at large to get involved in [[UsefulNotes/Rwanda another bloodbath occurring in an African nation...]]

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: After the fiasco that was The First Battle of Mogadishu, in which a botched raid resulted in significant casualties, the UN (particularly the U.S., which lead the effort) swiftly washed their hands of the affair and left the country. [[ShaggyDogStory (General Aidad, the man the task force was attempting to capture, was killed in clan fighting not long after)]] This contributed strongly to later reluctance on the part of the U.S. government and the international community at large to get involved in [[UsefulNotes/Rwanda [[UsefulNotes/{{Rwanda}} another bloodbath occurring in an African nation...]]
16th Nov '16 12:07:12 PM Boggs
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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: After the fiasco that was The First Battle of Mogadishu, in which a botched raid resulted in significant casualties, the UN (particularly the U.S., which lead the effort) swiftly washed their hands of the affair and left the country. [[ShaggyDogStory (General Aidad, the man the task force was attempted to capture, was killed in clan fighting not long after)]] This contributed strongly to later reluctance on the part of the U.S. government and the international community at large to get involved in [[UsefulNotes/TheRwandanGenocide another bloodbath in Africa...]]

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: After the fiasco that was The First Battle of Mogadishu, in which a botched raid resulted in significant casualties, the UN (particularly the U.S., which lead the effort) swiftly washed their hands of the affair and left the country. [[ShaggyDogStory (General Aidad, the man the task force was attempted attempting to capture, was killed in clan fighting not long after)]] This contributed strongly to later reluctance on the part of the U.S. government and the international community at large to get involved in [[UsefulNotes/TheRwandanGenocide [[UsefulNotes/Rwanda another bloodbath occurring in Africa...an African nation...]]
16th Nov '16 12:05:08 PM Boggs
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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: After the fiasco that was The First Battle of Mogadishu, in which a botched raid resulted in significant casualties, the UN (particularly the U.S., which lead the effort) swiftly washed their hands of the affair and left the country. [[ShaggyDogStory (General Aidad, the man the task force was attempted to capture, was killed in clan fighting not long after)]] This contributed strongly to later reluctance on the part of the U.S. government and the international community at large to get involved in [[UsefulNotes/TheRwandanGenocide another bloodbath in Africa...]]
12th Jun '16 10:12:44 PM 0nyx
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* The MoeAnthropomorphism of Somalia in ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'' is a pirate. In his one-and-only appearance (to date), he is seen fighting Saudi Arabia, whom (thanks to Denmark's misunderstanding) is a ninja. [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Have fun.]]

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* The MoeAnthropomorphism of Somalia in ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'' movie ''Fishing Without Nets'' is a pirate. In his one-and-only appearance (to date), he is seen fighting Saudi Arabia, whom (thanks to Denmark's misunderstanding) is tragedy about a ninja. [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Have fun.]]fisherman dragged into the ruthless world of piracy.
24th Mar '16 6:09:11 AM Benbeasted
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* The 2013 film ''Film/CaptainPhillips'', ([[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory allegedly]]) based on the real life hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates.

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* The 2013 film ''Film/CaptainPhillips'', ([[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory allegedly]]) based on the real life hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates.
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