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On Mon, 5 Nov 2001, Andreas Johansson wrote:

> Herman Miller wrote:
> >One time I tried to come up with names for countries based on their local
> >wildlife, or animals that were in some way associated with the country, so
> >for instance the former Za´re (the country with the awkward current name
> >"Democratic Republic of the Congo") was "Bonobo-land", and the US was
> >"Eagle-land". But it wasn't easy to find appropriate names for many
> >countries that way, and I eventually gave up the attempt.
>
> People unfortunate enough to have to think about the Democratic Republic of
> the Congo on a regular basis tend to refer to it as "DRC". "Congo-Kinshasa"
> is also common (as opposed to "Congo-Brazzaville", aka "The Republic of
> Congo").
>
> Countries with awkward official names is a fertile field. A personal
> favourite is The Republic of China (better known as Taiwan). The United
> Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland isn't bad either.
>
>                                                   Andreas

Communist states are great for names too. Sure you have simple ones like
German Democratic Republic or People's Republic of Hungary, but then you
get some like the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic, the
People's Democratic Republic of Korea, the Socialist Federative Republic
of Yugoslavia and the Socialist People's Republic of Vietnam.

---frank