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Useful Notes: Namibia

A country in Southern Africa. Known for its desert and the San people who live there. One of the major tribes, the Herero were nearly decimated under German occupation of the country. It's capital city is Windhoek. Is one of the world's youngest nations, having only been independent since 1990, when it fought South Africa to gain its independence.

Not only is one of the least densely populated contries (second only after Mongolia), it also has a huge income inequality (partially because of the Apartheid era). It's also expensive, since a lot of things have to be imported from other countries.

  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: In Windhoek, Goerring Street is not named after Hermann Görring. It is, however, named after his ancestor, Heinrich Görring, who has just as much of a history.
  • The Apartheid Era: One of the things that triggered the war of independence.
  • Crossing the Desert: Namib and Kalahari Desert.

Namibia and Namibians in fiction:

  • The Dogme 95 film The King Is Alive is set in Namibia. It is about a bus of tourists breaking down and the occupants deciding to put on an amateur production of King Lear
  • The Thomas Pynchon novel V. has deals partially with the Herero Wars.
  • The South African movie Lost in the Desert (known in Afrikaans as Dirkie) is a survival story also set in the Namibian deserts.
  • The Burning Shore by Wilber Smith is mostly set on the Skeleton Coast.
  • The South African film Oh shucks! Here comes UNTAG is set in the fictional country of Namabwe, which is obviously based on Namibia.
  • André P Brink set his novel The Other Side of Silence features Namibia and the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop.

The Namibian flag
The blue half symbolizes the sky and the Atlantic Ocean, while the green half to vegetation and natural resources; in between is a diagonal band colored red to signify the Namibians, whose white fimbriations symbolize peace and unity; and the yellow twelve-rayed sun at the canton symbolizes energy. The colors combine the blue/red/green color scheme of the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO), Namibia's dominant party, and the red/white/blue of the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA), the SWAPO's conservative opposition coalition.

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