Saturday, July 02, 2016


Transmission

Kyrzbekistan: Far Away, But Oh-So Close

To deny Kyrzbekistan's existence would be a mistake. One need only look at its Twitter page and rapidly growing following to realize that Kyrzbekistan is definitely on the map.
To deny Kyrzbekistan's existence would be a mistake. One need only look at its Twitter page and rapidly growing following to realize that Kyrzbekistan is definitely on the map.

Steeped in made-up history and culture, the newly minted country of Kyrzbekistan has fast become one of the most sought-after destinations in the world (wide web).

The mock Central Asian country was born of a New York Times spelling error, followed by what some are calling the greatest correction in the venerable newspaper's history. 

But to deny Kyrzbekistan's existence would be a mistake. One need only look at its Twitter page and rapidly growing following to realize that Kyrzbekistan is definitely on the map. 

Whether singing the country's praises by way of national anthem... 

...or traditional nursery rhyme... 

...it is clear that Kyrzbekistan is "Far Away, But Oh-So Close" (the national motto) to the hearts of its hundreds of Twitter followers.

After Kyrzbekistan was mistakenly brought into existence by The New York Times, it was officially established on Twitter, purportedly by founder and honorary president. John Branch... 

For the many who have added Kyrzbekistan to their bucket lists, Conde Nast Traveler has set up a handy First-Timer's Guide To Kyrzbekistan that provides a basic rundown of the place "where all your dreams come true."

But before packing your bags and heading out you should be aware of its geographical limitations...

...brush up on your history, particularly regarding its long-standing rivalry with Austrania...

...and have at least some idea of the local culture and history.

Once there, head to the city...

...or take in the vast steppe.

Whatever your preference, you should have more than enough time to ponder life's great questions...

...and return home with some traditional gifts.

-- Michael Scollon

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Mamuka
January 09, 2015 18:15
Hey, let's not flame the fires of Kyrzbeki irredentism.

by: Sey from: World
January 11, 2015 02:49
Wow odd nations seem always to pop up in Central Asia, like Popupistan.

Look for "Spam Crackdown" on The Onion.

by: Bishkekistan from: Bishkek
January 11, 2015 17:49
Of course every 'official' country must have its own 'official' website: http://Kyrzbekistan.net offers all the latest buzz =)

by: Boris from: Kryzbekistan
February 06, 2015 03:06
Come to Kryzbekistan, explore the nature, enjoy the culture
https://selfish.me/story/07b0f7e12e415000

About This Blog

Written by RFE/RL editors and correspondents, Transmission serves up news, comment, and the odd silly dictator story. While our primary concern is with foreign policy, Transmission is also a place for the ideas -- some serious, some irreverent -- that bubble up from our bureaus. The name recognizes RFE/RL's role as a surrogate broadcaster to places without free media. You can write us at transmission+rferl.org

Most Popular

Editor's Picks