Useful Notes / Marshall Islands

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Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

Marshall Islands is another bunch of atolls and islands in Oceania. Their languages are English and Marshallese.

The islands were once a Spanish colony, until they sold it to Germany. In the World War I, they lost it, like their other colonies, to the Japanese. After World War II, their administration passed to United States, where they decided to make a few nuclear tests (actually, they even destroyed some atolls with the explosions nukes are dangerous). The country declared independence in 1979.

Probably the most famous landmark of Marshall Islands is the Bikini Atoll (the type of swimwear was named after it, not the other way around) and its bottom, where SpongeBob SquarePants and company reside. Actually, considering the nuclear tests in the area, the sheer weirdness of Bikini Bottom should be a surprise to nobody.

Also culturally notable is the Castle Bravo nuclear test conducted in 1954. Aside from being the first Hydrogen Bomb detonated, the test plays heavily into the Godzilla mythos, in the Big Guy's Origin Story.


The Marshallese flag http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/marshall_islands_flag_7055.png
The blue field represents the ocean. The white and orange lines running across the field symbolize the Equator, as well as, taken individually, the Ratak ("sunrise") and Ralik ("sunset") Chains, respectively. At the canton is a white star, symbolizing its position slightly north of the Equator, and whose 24 points represent the islands' electoral districts — Ailinglaplap, Ailuk, Arno, Aur, Ebon, Enewetak/Ujelang, Jabat, Jaluit, Kili/Bikini/Ejit, Kwajalein, Lae, Lib, Likiep, Majuro, Maloelap, Mejit, Mili, Namorik, Namu, Rongelap, Ujae, Utirik, Wotho and Wotje. Four of the rays are longer than the rest, representing Majuro, Jaluit, Wotje and Ebeye, the four major municipalities, as well as Christianity.

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