History UsefulNotes / ThatSouthEastAsianCountry

19th Aug '16 4:45:16 AM Morgenthaler
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9th Aug '16 10:27:36 PM Uyyy
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The country is ''[[BiggerIsBetter big]]''; at 676,578 km2 (261,227 sq mi), it's the second-largest nation in Southeast Asia (after UsefulNotes/{{Indonesia}}, which is just plain gigantic, even if most of it are water). While the southern half consists of fertile plains and lowlands as in typical of other parts of Southeast Asia, the northern half is littered with hills and mountains, one of which is a part of the Himalayan Range, which means that it has an alpine climate in contrast to the tropics of the lowlands. The highest mountain of Southeast Asia, Hkakabo Razi, is located in the far north, in the border with UsefulNotes/{{China}}.

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The country is ''[[BiggerIsBetter big]]''; at 676,578 km2 (261,227 sq mi), mi)[[note]]just a tad smaller than [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texas]][[/note]], it's the second-largest nation in Southeast Asia (after UsefulNotes/{{Indonesia}}, which is just plain gigantic, even if most of it are water). While the southern half consists of fertile plains and lowlands as in typical of other parts of Southeast Asia, the northern half is littered with hills and mountains, one of which is a part of the Himalayan Range, which means that it has an alpine climate in contrast to the tropics of the lowlands. The highest mountain of Southeast Asia, Hkakabo Razi, is located in the far north, in the border with UsefulNotes/{{China}}.
1st Aug '16 9:07:45 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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This country is known in English by two names. Firstly, its colonial name, Burma. Secondly, the name the ruling military government has given it in 1989, Myanmar. The renaming is understandable, because "Burma" led to confusion as the country is made up of one large ethnic group called the ''Burmans'' (or Bamar) and a huge number of smaller ones, who are collectively called ''Burmese''; Myanmar is a more neutral term. However sensible the renaming, a ''lot'' of media outlets and governments continue to use "Burma" as a symbolic protest against the military dictatorship that ruled it from 1962 to 2010. Creator/TheBBC now calls it [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12990563 "Myanmar"]], but note that the very first paragraph also refers to it as Burma. Basically, it's Asia's version of UsefulNotes/BritainVersusTheUK.

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This country is known in English by two names. Firstly, its colonial name, Burma. Secondly, the name the ruling military government has given it in 1989, Myanmar. The renaming is understandable, because "Burma" led to confusion as the country is made up of one large ethnic group called the ''Burmans'' (or Bamar) and a huge number of smaller ones, who are collectively called ''Burmese''; Myanmar is a more neutral term. However sensible the renaming, a ''lot'' of media outlets and governments continue to use "Burma" as a symbolic protest against the military dictatorship that ruled it from 1962 to 2010. Creator/TheBBC now calls it [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12990563 "Myanmar"]], but note that the very first paragraph also refers to it as Burma. Basically, it's Asia's version of UsefulNotes/BritainVersusTheUK.
UsefulNotes/BritainVersusTheUK, or the Derry/Londonderry name debate in UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland.
25th Mar '16 8:04:09 AM mirisu92
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* Radical author Creator/GeorgeOrwell was sent out here as a policeman responsible to the British colonial administration. While here, he became a friend of the family of Creator/SpikeMilligan (then aged around ten), whose father had been posted here. The experience of Burma shaped his dislike of British imperialism and his later opposition to it. He refers to it in two books, ''Burmese Days'' and ''Shooting An Elephant''.

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* Radical author Creator/GeorgeOrwell was sent out here as a policeman responsible to the British colonial administration. While here, he became a friend of the family of Creator/SpikeMilligan (then aged around ten), whose father had been posted here. The experience of Burma shaped his dislike of British imperialism and his later opposition to it. He refers to it in two books, ''Burmese Days'' ''Literature/BurmeseDays'' and ''Shooting An Elephant''.
20th Mar '16 5:29:46 AM Dimas28
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The country is ''[[BiggerIsBetter big]]''; at 676,578 km2 (261,227 sq mi), it's the second-largest nation in Southeast Asia (after UsefulNotes/{{Indonesia}}, which is just plain gigantic, even if most of it are water). While the southern half consists of fertile plains and lowlands as in typical of other parts of Southeast Asia, the northern half is littered with hills and mountains, one of which is a part of the Himalayan Range, which means that it has an alpine climate in contrast to the tropics of the lowlands. The highest mountain of Southeast Asia, Hkakabo Razi, is located in the far north, in the border with UsefulNotes/{{China}}.

As an Indochinese country, Myanmar exemplifies influences from both countries: it is predominantly Theravada Buddhist and writes with the Indic Burmese script, but the national language of the country is Burmese, a Sino-Tibetan language (though the language is far removed from either that the similarities are hard to spot). Burmese is the indigenous language of the Bamars, who make up 70% of the population. The remaining 30% is made up of a hodgepodge of other minority ethnic groups including Tai, Mon, Shan, Karen, Kachin, Indian, Kayan, Chinese, etc...that are severely discriminated by the government, which is disproportionately made of Bamars.

In fact, the country has recently came under fire for indulging in what can be best described as ''genocide'' on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rohingya_people Rohingya]], an Indo-Aryan ethnic group who are closely related to the Bengalis and actually live near the border with UsefulNotes/{{Bangladesh}}, which makes it seem as if they are Bangladeshis who crossed the border. This last fact is greatly used by the Bamars to make people think that they are illegal immigrants and thus non-entities. In truth, the Rohingyas ''are'' recent settlers...[[MetaphoricallyTrue that arrived in the 18th century as part of the demand for work when the British conquered the country]]. Stating that they're non-entities is akin to saying that the [[UsefulNotes/{{Israel}} Israelis]] are non-entities because most of them only arrived in the late 1940s. Nevertheless, they are harshly persecuted in everything from politics, economy, and even religion (the fact that they're Muslims are an oft-stated easy target) that analysts have described them as "the most unwanted people in the whole world".
8th Jan '16 7:24:42 PM nombretomado
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* Mentioned in SpittingImage's "I've Never Met a Nice South African", as featuring unicorns. Creator/TheBBC noted it as rather ironic, as a song that was ridiculing the evils of TheApartheidEra referred to a country that would later do even worse things.

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* Mentioned in SpittingImage's ''Series/SpittingImage'''s "I've Never Met a Nice South African", as featuring unicorns. Creator/TheBBC noted it as rather ironic, as a song that was ridiculing the evils of TheApartheidEra referred to a country that would later do even worse things.
23rd Nov '15 10:08:33 AM StevieC
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* In Stuart Slade's ''Literature/SalvationWar'' Naypyidaw has to be taken out during one of the battles against the forces of either Heaven or Hell.

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* In Stuart Slade's ''Literature/SalvationWar'' ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'' Naypyidaw has to be taken out during one of the battles against the forces of either Heaven or Hell.
23rd Nov '15 10:08:13 AM StevieC
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* In Stuart Slade's ''Literature/SalvationWar'' Naypyidaw has to be taken out during one of the battles against the forces of either Heaven or Hell.
24th Aug '15 8:59:15 AM Quag15
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24th Aug '15 8:59:01 AM Quag15
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