The strangest and most unusual state borders

The strangest and most unusual state borders

Where there are boundaries, there are always those who are unhappy. Often they are established very painfully, through military actions, frauds, difficult negotiations, political conspiracies and intrigues. Therefore, it is not surprising that the most incredible stories are connected with borders.

5. Americans who find themselves on the other side of the border with Mexico

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In 2008, a fence was built between Texas and Mexico under the presidency of George Bush. The goal was quite clear: to reduce the number of illegal migrants, as well as to free the country from drug trafficking. For the American farmers living in this area, the innovation, it would seem, should have been a real relief, because hundreds of drug dealers regularly passed through them, who, plus everything, occasionally arranged firefights.

But the "little" circumstance darkened their joy. Farmers remained on the other side of the border, that is, in Mexico.

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It is not known how this could happen,but the fence was erected almost two kilometers from the real border, so in some places the border passed over private property of ordinary people. Now, these people, whenever they need to get to work or simply meet with friends, are forced to go through the border.

One of the landowners complains that he has to regularly take control when it is necessary to get from his own field to his own barn.

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The territory of a major University of Texas was also divided into parts. Here, students are also forced to cross the border whenever they need to get from lecture to lecture.

4. A city in India in Bangladesh, located in India in Bangladesh

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Everyone knows that an enclave is a part of one state that is located inside another country, like an island. Rarely, but it also happens that another enclave is formed on the territory of the enclave, which is called the second order enclave.

To put it in a more understandable language: an enclave is a bagel, and an enclave inside an enclave is a donut hole. Thus, if you want to get into the second order enclave, then you will need to cross two borders.Now try to imagine that you live in an Indian district called Dahala Khagrabari. The county is surrounded by the "donut" of Bangladesh, whose territory is located in India. And all this amusing construction geographically belongs to Bangladesh.

If you are still unable to understand, this is how it looks graphically:

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Now imagine that you need to cross through the whole territory. As a result, you will take the following route: India, Bangladesh, again India, Bangladesh, again India, Bangladesh, and again India, and then Bangladesh.

It is worth noting that the territory of these two states is the home of 160 enclaves, but so multi-component is presented in a single copy. And it was formed on the basis of the signing of a peace treaty as a result of a long history of wars.

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In order to avoid painful negotiations and misunderstandings, the countries simply froze the borders that existed at the time of signing. At the same time, even tiny pieces of land were taken into account, which they managed to grab from each other.

In fact, it all looks somewhat funny, but the locals are not at all happy.It is extremely difficult for people to get out of their donut, they are stuck in it like guilty. For example, residents of India in order to visit their relatives from the “big” India, need a passport, without which they will not be able to cross the border with Bangladesh.

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In this case, the documents themselves are issued in the "big" India. Thus, in order to obtain a passport, in any case, it is necessary to cross the border with Bangladesh twice. Vicious circle. The same problems arise in India, which needs to provide its citizens with at least the most necessary. However, the problem remains unresolved, so there is still no electricity in the district. Well guarded Stone Age.

3. Korean border and table

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Many oddities occur in North Korea, the border in this case is no exception. The fence between North and South Korea is known as the "demilitarized zone". However, there are always about two million soldiers along the border.

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And since formally the war between the two states is not over, no one has the right to ever cross the border. Even the presidents. Therefore, it is extremely difficult to negotiate when you do not have the opportunity to see your opponent alive. But the exit has been thought up. Normal for Koreans, strange for the rest of the world.

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The meeting room was built right on the border. Moreover, one half of the table is in South Korea, and the second part of the table is in North Korea. Thus, negotiations are held, and the parties do not leave the territories of their states. The conference room is always crowded with the military, who follow each other’s movements, even when no negotiations are held.

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Curiously, can presidents shake hands?

2. Filing absolutely useless glacier

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Throughout history, India and Pakistan can not share something, and often the object of altercations is not so important as the fact of the struggle. One of the hottest debates broke out around the Siachen Glacier glacier. The parties cannot figure out who owns it. This piece of ice is absolutely useless, and hardly any state would have thought of buying it.

The essence of the problem lies in the fact that when a border was established between countries, no one could document the fact that the “fence” should pass through the glacier. Siachen is a deadly trap that is located at an altitude of almost 4,800 meters above sea level. Who needs to get involved with it?

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Therefore, it was decided that Pakistan starts from an uncertain point of this accumulation of ice. For some time nobody was interested in this question.

But in 1984, Pakistani scientists were sent to the site to study it. The reaction of India followed immediately. They immediately announced that Siachen was their territory. Thus the war began. A huge number of Indian soldiers in an instant appeared on the glacier, where they were taken by helicopters. As a result, most of the ice fell under the control of India. Pakistan repeatedly tried to recapture the territory, but all attempts were in vain.

Therefore, Siachen today is literally the highest battlefield, it is also the most deadly place, because fewer people die because of the bullets than the glacier itself.

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The Indian authorities even built a special helicopter that supplies the troops stationed on the glacier with everything they need, because the air in Siachen is incredibly discharged.

But what is so valuable in this glacier? Is there any difference on which line of the ice will pass the border? The answer to this question is known only to the belligerents, who do not want to yield to each other, because a retreat is equivalent to a symbolic defeat.

1. Striped city

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This story is similar to the enclave of India in Bangladesh. It will be about the Belgian city of Barle-Hertog (Baarle-Hertog).

At first glance, this is an ordinary small town. There would be nothing unusual in him, if being Belgian, he would not be Dutch at the same time. The settlement is divided into 24 different in shape and size of the site. This is how it looks, and the yellow color is the territory of Belgium, the white color is the possession of Holland:

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This madness began several hundred years ago, when local feudal lords who loved gambling began to pay for the losses with their land holdings.

As a result, the resulting borders are not only along and across the streets of the small town; different states even own different premises in the same building.

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There are some cafes in which several tables are Belgium’s, while the rest is the property of Holland. But according to the laws of Holland, such places should close relatively early, so if guests want to continue, then they just need to change seats at the Belgian table. The owner of every home or business is obliged to pay taxes to the state in whose territory the front door is located.Thus, many citizens have adapted to transfer the entrance to their possessions to where it is more profitable to pay duties.

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Moreover, in these two states there are different speed limits, but when you cross the border every few minutes, it turns into real torture.

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One clever, corrupt bank went to the trick, settling into a building right on the border. Employees of the tax service could not get into the bank, because the entrance to it was in the territory of Holland, and the Dutch representatives of the law did not have access to the vaults, because it was in Belgian territory.

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    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders

    The strangest and most unusual state borders