Speak not of Y*CB, napkin planner.
Tonga is a country made up of 170 islands, lies in the South Pacific Ocean. However, only 36 of the 170 islands are inhabited. It also has a largely tropical climate, something evidently seen when the locals tend to grow fruits such as bananas, taro, coconut and papayas. Not to mention, the island’s volcanic nature means that the soil is often very fertile too.
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There isn’t much that is notable about this island, however, the nature of this island being operated primarily by military personnel means that it isn’t often visited by tourists or non-military personnel. While the British Indian Ocean Territory is made up of over 1,000 islands, the largest island of Diego Garcia is where everything happens.
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ah yes beer can appreciation day
The 25th of October and the 172nd country I’ve controlled at, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. This island is well known around the world for being a tax haven until fairly recently. Many Caribbean islands are popular as tax havens, offering low tax rates as well as lenient tax laws. However, a change in the last couple years has led to an increase in tax rates for foreign earned income, and since then, quite a number of people have moved away to other islands instead.
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Christmas Island is a relatively small island, just south of Indonesia, which was formed as a result of underwater volcanic discharge. At about 85 square kilometres, the island is inhabited by just under 2,000 people, and is an external territory of Australia. Two-thirds of the island is made up of the Christmas Island National Park, where flora and fauna unique to Christmas Island could be found, however, due to natural causes, there are instances of species native to the island going extinct, with reasons such as the introduction of foreign disease being some of the main reasons.
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You would be forgiven for thinking that this small island between Sumatra and Australia is seen as insignificant. Though in this day and age it serves less function than before, this airport was an airport that planes stopped at when flying between Australia and South Africa. In addition to this, during the second World War, this airport served as a key base from which the Dutch and British Air Force engaged in the re-invasion of Malaya and Singapore…
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To one of two uninhabited islands in the South Indian Ocean. Heard Island and McDonald Islands are under the Australian administration, and while there is no permanent population nor airport, it is a key site at which ecologists study, where it is the only intact sub-antarctic ecosystem where no known species were introduced by humans.
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While the country itself has been well known in recent history as a result of civil unrest domestically, the country is also well known for the rich history that it possesses. Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, was also well known as the Paris of the East, and was a popular destination for holidaymakers sixties. With prominent presence of the Romans, Ottomans and the Crusaders, ancient artefacts, structures and places are still commonly found within the country.
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To the second of two islands in the area with no airports, the French Southern Antarctic Lands, like the Heard Islands and McDonald Islands, are research islands near Antarctica, where there is no permanent population, but instead, are inhabited by military personnel, researchers and their support staff.
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Can you save the 18th of November for Italy, specifically Milan? ;)
Infamous for being so remote, Pitcairn Island has no airport, no regular flight service, and irregular ship service, taking many days to reach this island. Located between French Polynesia and Chile, Pitcairn Island stands with a population under 50, and with the population emigrating from the island, it may soon be possible to see the end of this unique piece of British territorial history.
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You could say that this country is one of the most famous around the world. Known for its pasta, pizza, wine, cars and rich and well-displayed history, Italy stands proud with iconic brands selling its Italian culture around the world with brands such as Ferrari, Versace, Prada, Armani and many others. Not to mention as a motorsports fan like myself, classic tracks such as Mugello, Monza, Imola and Misano are the staple of Italian motorsports heritage.
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Well, at least I controlled in Milan.
I guess. thanks anyway!
Underwater sculptures, chocolate estates, lush waterfalls and a large selection of spices could be all be found in the nation of Grenada. This tropical nation has an average temperature of approximately 31 degrees celsius all year long, and doesn’t vary much whatsoever. Nonetheless,
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Trinidad and Tobago lies about 10 kilometres from the Venezuelan shores, and is well known for its natural beauty. Having the world’s oldest legally protected forest reserve, the world’s largest asphalt reserve as well as the Trinidad Scorpion, some of the hottest chillies in the world being native to Trinidad and Tobago, there is definitely a lot to see and do on this island.
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Home to one of the largest ice sheets in the world, second only to Antarctica, and is a part of Europe, given that it is a part of Denmark, although it has its own domestic government. It is also connected to Canada through a submarine ridge, and its closest European neighbour is Iceland, which is farther away than it is to Canada.
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The Emerald Isle, Ireland is well known for being the country that oversees all traffic in the air in the European half of the transatlantic corridor. Also known for beautiful shores and cliffs despite somewhat miserable weather, Ireland does seem to make up for the horrid weather. And just for good measure, their stout is the best that anyone could find, and I would willingly go to Ireland, just for the stout again.
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The wealthiest country in Central Asia, Kazakhstan is also the ninth largest country by land area, and is also a major oil and gas producing country in the region. It is also well-known amount space enthusiasts for being the country at which the Baikonur Cosmodrome is located, the launch site for the Soyuz, Proton, Zenit, Tsyklon, Buran and Dnepr rockets.
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