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12th May '16 8:23:01 AM Jhonny
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The Holy See (''not'' the Vatican as a state) is not a member of the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations, but has Permanent Observer status. Remarkably, this situation is the result of the Church's sense of honor: since the UN holds freedom and democracy as one of its highest values, and the Vatican is neither free nor democratic (as it is technically an absolute monarchy and all its inhabitants are either clergy or Swiss Guards oath-bound to obey the Pope), it declines full membership out of honesty. This isn't to say that the Church is opposed to freedom or democracy -- quite the opposite -- but that the Vatican works best as it is, and nobody complains (it is the only state in the world where everyone who lives there has made an active and completely voluntary choice to do so). Vatican City also does not participate in UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion, its income primarily consisting of contributions from believers around the world, as well as its tourist sector, although it uses the Euro as currency and has a deal with the EU to mint - highly sought after - "Vatican Euros".[[note]] The same goes for Monaco and San Marino but not for Kosovo and Montenegro, which use the Euro unilaterally. Andorra until 2014 used the Euro without minting its own coins but has since signed a treaty with the EU to that effect[[/note]]

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The Holy See (''not'' the Vatican as a state) state which is member of jack squat) is not a member of the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations, but has Permanent Observer status. Remarkably, this situation is the result of the Church's sense of honor: since the UN holds freedom and democracy as one of its highest values, and the Vatican is neither free nor democratic (as it is technically an absolute monarchy and all its inhabitants are either clergy or Swiss Guards oath-bound to obey the Pope), it declines full membership out of honesty. This isn't to say that the Church is opposed to freedom or democracy -- quite the opposite -- but that the Vatican works best as it is, and nobody complains (it is the only state in the world where everyone who lives there has made an active and completely voluntary choice to do so). Vatican City also does not participate in UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion, its income primarily consisting of contributions from believers around the world, as well as its tourist sector, although it uses the Euro as currency and has a deal with the EU to mint - highly sought after - "Vatican Euros".[[note]] The same goes for Monaco and San Marino but not for Kosovo and Montenegro, which use the Euro unilaterally. Andorra until 2014 used the Euro without minting its own coins but has since signed a treaty with the EU to that effect[[/note]]
12th May '16 8:11:20 AM Jhonny
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The Holy See (''not'' the Vatican as a state) is not a member of the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations, but has Permanent Observer status. Remarkably, this situation is the result of the Church's sense of honor: since the UN holds freedom and democracy as one of its highest values, and the Vatican is neither free nor democratic (as it is technically an absolute monarchy and all its inhabitants are either clergy or Swiss Guards oath-bound to obey the Pope), it declines full membership out of honesty. This isn't to say that the Church is opposed to freedom or democracy -- quite the opposite -- but that the Vatican works best as it is, and nobody complains (it is the only state in the world where everyone who lives there has made an active and completely voluntary choice to do so). Vatican City also does not participate in UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion, its income primarily consisting of contributions from believers around the world, as well as its tourist sector, although it uses the Euro as currency and has a deal with the EU to mint - highly sought after - "Vatican Euros".[[note]] The same goes for Monaco and San Marino but not for Kosovo, which uses the Euro unilaterally. Andorra until 2014 used the Euro without minting its own coins but has since signed a treaty with the EU to that effect[[/note]]

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The Holy See (''not'' the Vatican as a state) is not a member of the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations, but has Permanent Observer status. Remarkably, this situation is the result of the Church's sense of honor: since the UN holds freedom and democracy as one of its highest values, and the Vatican is neither free nor democratic (as it is technically an absolute monarchy and all its inhabitants are either clergy or Swiss Guards oath-bound to obey the Pope), it declines full membership out of honesty. This isn't to say that the Church is opposed to freedom or democracy -- quite the opposite -- but that the Vatican works best as it is, and nobody complains (it is the only state in the world where everyone who lives there has made an active and completely voluntary choice to do so). Vatican City also does not participate in UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion, its income primarily consisting of contributions from believers around the world, as well as its tourist sector, although it uses the Euro as currency and has a deal with the EU to mint - highly sought after - "Vatican Euros".[[note]] The same goes for Monaco and San Marino but not for Kosovo, Kosovo and Montenegro, which uses use the Euro unilaterally. Andorra until 2014 used the Euro without minting its own coins but has since signed a treaty with the EU to that effect[[/note]]
12th May '16 8:10:46 AM Jhonny
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The Holy See (''not'' the Vatican as a state) is not a member of the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations, but has Permanent Observer status. Remarkably, this situation is the result of the Church's sense of honor: since the UN holds freedom and democracy as one of its highest values, and the Vatican is neither free nor democratic (as it is technically an absolute monarchy and all its inhabitants are either clergy or Swiss Guards oath-bound to obey the Pope), it declines full membership out of honesty. This isn't to say that the Church is opposed to freedom or democracy -- quite the opposite -- but that the Vatican works best as it is, and nobody complains (it is the only state in the world where everyone who lives there has made an active and completely voluntary choice to do so). Vatican City also does not participate in UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion, its income primarily consisting of contributions from believers around the world, as well as its tourist sector, although it uses the Euro as currency.

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The Holy See (''not'' the Vatican as a state) is not a member of the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations, but has Permanent Observer status. Remarkably, this situation is the result of the Church's sense of honor: since the UN holds freedom and democracy as one of its highest values, and the Vatican is neither free nor democratic (as it is technically an absolute monarchy and all its inhabitants are either clergy or Swiss Guards oath-bound to obey the Pope), it declines full membership out of honesty. This isn't to say that the Church is opposed to freedom or democracy -- quite the opposite -- but that the Vatican works best as it is, and nobody complains (it is the only state in the world where everyone who lives there has made an active and completely voluntary choice to do so). Vatican City also does not participate in UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion, its income primarily consisting of contributions from believers around the world, as well as its tourist sector, although it uses the Euro as currency.
currency and has a deal with the EU to mint - highly sought after - "Vatican Euros".[[note]] The same goes for Monaco and San Marino but not for Kosovo, which uses the Euro unilaterally. Andorra until 2014 used the Euro without minting its own coins but has since signed a treaty with the EU to that effect[[/note]]
12th May '16 8:07:59 AM Jhonny
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The Holy See is not a member of the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations, but has Permanent Observer status. Remarkably, this situation is the result of the Church's sense of honor: since the UN holds freedom and democracy as one of its highest values, and the Vatican is neither free nor democratic (as it is technically an absolute monarchy and all its inhabitants are either clergy or Swiss Guards oath-bound to obey the Pope), it declines full membership out of honesty. This isn't to say that the Church is opposed to freedom or democracy -- quite the opposite -- but that the Vatican works best as it is, and nobody complains (it is the only state in the world where everyone who lives there has made an active and completely voluntary choice to do so). Vatican City also does not participate in UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion, its income primarily consisting of contributions from believers around the world, as well as its tourist sector, although it uses the Euro as currency.

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The Holy See (''not'' the Vatican as a state) is not a member of the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations, but has Permanent Observer status. Remarkably, this situation is the result of the Church's sense of honor: since the UN holds freedom and democracy as one of its highest values, and the Vatican is neither free nor democratic (as it is technically an absolute monarchy and all its inhabitants are either clergy or Swiss Guards oath-bound to obey the Pope), it declines full membership out of honesty. This isn't to say that the Church is opposed to freedom or democracy -- quite the opposite -- but that the Vatican works best as it is, and nobody complains (it is the only state in the world where everyone who lives there has made an active and completely voluntary choice to do so). Vatican City also does not participate in UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion, its income primarily consisting of contributions from believers around the world, as well as its tourist sector, although it uses the Euro as currency.
12th May '16 8:07:18 AM Jhonny
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UsefulNotes/ThePope, of which the Vatican is his primary residence, is the head of state, as well as the ruler of the Holy See, that is, the government of the Church whose influence extends far outside the city's walls. The state itself has a number of exclaves outside the city's walls, including Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's summer residence 25 kilometers to the southeast of Rome.

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UsefulNotes/ThePope, of which the Vatican is his primary residence, is the head of state, as well as the ruler of the Holy See, that is, the government of the Church whose influence extends far outside the city's walls. The state itself has a number of exclaves outside the city's walls, including While Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's Gandolfo (the summer residence 25 kilometers of the pope and current home to "pope emeritus" Joseph Ratzinger) and other places belong to the southeast church, they are ''not'' as is often assumed exclaves of Rome.
the Vatican in any diplomatic sense. However, Italy does not usually press the matter, so the point is moot for all but geography nerds.
12th May '16 8:04:44 AM Jhonny
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Vatican City, officially known as Vatican City State ('''Italian:''' ''Stato della Città del Vaticano''), is is the world's smallest country, a sovereign city-state located almost entirely within UsefulNotes/{{Rome}}. Created by the Lateran Treaties of 1929, it had a previous, and far more powerful incarnation - the PapalStates. It is perhaps the only currently existing RealLife example of TheTheocracy as well as one of the most famous examples of a HolyCity. It is also unique in the modern world in having Latin as its official language, though its newspaper, ''L'Osservatore Romano'', is published primarily in Italian.

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Vatican City, officially known as Vatican City State ('''Italian:''' ''Stato della Città del Vaticano''), is is the world's smallest country, a sovereign city-state located almost entirely within UsefulNotes/{{Rome}}. Created by the Lateran Treaties of 1929, it had a previous, and far more powerful incarnation - the PapalStates. It is perhaps the only currently existing RealLife example of TheTheocracy as well as one of the most famous examples of a HolyCity. It is also unique in the modern world in having Latin as its official language, though its newspaper, ''L'Osservatore Romano'', is published primarily in Italian.
19th Apr '16 2:18:09 PM Willbyr
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Vatican City is the only nation in the world that can lock its own gates at night. It has its own phone company, radio, T.V. stations, money, and stamps. It even has its own army, the historic [[PraetorianGuard Swiss Guard.]]

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Vatican City is the only nation in the world that can lock its own gates at night. It has its own phone company, radio, T.V. stations, money, and stamps. It even has its own army, the historic [[PraetorianGuard Swiss Guard.]]Guard]].



!!'''The Vatican In Fiction'''

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* In ''TheLegendOfKoizumi'', Koizumi meets Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican for [[MundaneMadeAwesome a truly epic mahjong match]].

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* In ''TheLegendOfKoizumi'', ''Manga/TheLegendOfKoizumi'', Koizumi meets Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican for [[MundaneMadeAwesome a truly epic mahjong match]].
11th Apr '16 4:35:22 AM MrInitialMan
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Vatican City, officially known as Vatican City State ('''Italian:''' ''Stato della Città del Vaticano''), is is the world's smallest country, a sovereign city-state located almost entirely within UsefulNotes/{{Rome}}. Created by the Lateran Treaties of 1929, it had a previous, and far more powerful incarnation - the PapalStates. It is perhaps the only currently existing RealLife example of TheTheocracy as well as one of the most famous examples of TheHolyCity. It is also unique in the modern world in having Latin as its official language, though its newspaper, ''L'Osservatore Romano'', is published primarily in Italian.

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Vatican City, officially known as Vatican City State ('''Italian:''' ''Stato della Città del Vaticano''), is is the world's smallest country, a sovereign city-state located almost entirely within UsefulNotes/{{Rome}}. Created by the Lateran Treaties of 1929, it had a previous, and far more powerful incarnation - the PapalStates. It is perhaps the only currently existing RealLife example of TheTheocracy as well as one of the most famous examples of TheHolyCity.a HolyCity. It is also unique in the modern world in having Latin as its official language, though its newspaper, ''L'Osservatore Romano'', is published primarily in Italian.
11th Apr '16 4:34:55 AM MrInitialMan
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Vatican City, officially known as Vatican City State ('''Italian:''' ''Stato della Città del Vaticano''), is is the world's smallest country, a sovereign city-state located almost entirely within UsefulNotes/{{Rome}}. Created by the Lateran Treaties of 1929, it had a previous, and far more powerful incarnation - the PapalStates. It is perhaps the only currently existing RealLife example of TheTheocracy. It is also unique in the modern world in having Latin as its official language, though its newspaper, ''L'Osservatore Romano'', is published primarily in Italian.

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Vatican City, officially known as Vatican City State ('''Italian:''' ''Stato della Città del Vaticano''), is is the world's smallest country, a sovereign city-state located almost entirely within UsefulNotes/{{Rome}}. Created by the Lateran Treaties of 1929, it had a previous, and far more powerful incarnation - the PapalStates. It is perhaps the only currently existing RealLife example of TheTheocracy.TheTheocracy as well as one of the most famous examples of TheHolyCity. It is also unique in the modern world in having Latin as its official language, though its newspaper, ''L'Osservatore Romano'', is published primarily in Italian.
17th Oct '15 7:12:11 PM nombretomado
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* The central story ''Film/TheGodfather Part III'' gravitates around a struggle between the TheMafia and the Vatican bankers, with ThePope (a reformist man) caught in the middle. Many scenes take place in the city.

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* The central story ''Film/TheGodfather Part III'' gravitates around a struggle between the TheMafia and the Vatican bankers, with ThePope UsefulNotes/ThePope (a reformist man) caught in the middle. Many scenes take place in the city.
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