ALL THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD
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And now...more than you ever wanted to know about Yakko's World, brought to you by Plato Warner:
If Keeper's copy of the original lyrics
(at the Animaniacs Mega-Lyrics File <www2.cruzio.com/~keeper/AMLF.html>)
isn't enough for you, we also have:
- a politically correct analysis of the nations (and non-nations) present (and non-present) in the song
- the ever-popular (when you see it, you'll ask, "Was this ever popular?!?")
Yakko's New World
From: email@example.com (Ucalegon)
Subject: Re: missing countries in yakko's world
Date: 24 Sep 1994 19:02:02 -0400
In article ,
firstname.lastname@example.org.Virginia.EDU (Robert Livingston Eichberger) writes:
> there are a few countries that are left out
The CRG says of non-countries and omitted countries in 'Yakko's World',
'If you want to know which ones, consult an almanac.' I dunno, Brain,
that seems to be just the sort of thing the CRG was for. Besides, this
is what purportedly makes A! ejicational, so we should help people get
ejicated with the right information. So here's a complete critique of
the geography. In what follows, I assume a political unit is a country
if it's one of the 184 things in the UN as of mid-1993. There are a
few true countries that aren't in the UN (Kiribati, Nauru, Switzerland,
Taiwan, Tonga, Tuvalu, maybe Vatican City, kicked-out Yugoslavia, at
least), of which three are in the song.
First, non-countries (well, they don't actually *say* that everything
in the song is a country, do they?):
CITIES: Algiers, San Juan.
COLONIES AND SUCH: Bermuda, Cayman (correctly: Cayman Islands),
French Guiana, Greenland (sort of part of Denmark), Guam (US
territory), Hong Kong, Mayotte, Palestine (but stay tuned), Puerto
GEOGRAPHICAL UNITS: Asia, Borneo (shared by Brunei, Indonesia, and
Malaysia), Caribbean (see below), Sumatra (part of Indonesia).
PARTS OF COUNTRIES: Abu Dhabi (one of the United Arab Emirates; the
other six aren't mentioned), Crete (Greece), England (part of the UK
along with Scotland, Wales, and (at the moment) Northern Island),
Scotland, Spanish Sahara (if it's gone, why sing it?; now Western
Sahara, part of Morocco and trying to break loose), Tibet (et by China
in 1950), Transylvania (Romania).
Misnamed and renamed countries:
Burma (now Myanmar), Dahomey (now Benin, which is also in the song),
Korea (not now in one piece), New Guinea (*Papua* New Guinea),
Philippine Islands (just Philippines; 'P.I.' is a geographical term),
Republic Dominican (English names, Spanish word order), Tobago (Trinidad
and Tobago), both Yemens (merged in 1990, didn't get along, and are
currently shooting each other to pieces).
I might add that there are four misspellings in the NARF!
transcriptions, besides 'Maybe' for 'Mayotte': Columbia for Colombia,
French Guyana for French Guiana (only British Guiana developed a Y),
Surinam for Suriname (formerly Dutch Guiana; those Guianas are
trouble), and Transylviania for Anvil--er, Transylvania.
In the missing countries, we can first list ones that are somehow
subsumed in things that are in the song:
CARIBBEAN: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Christopher and
Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (I think we saw them
in 'Woodstock Slappy').
CZECHOSLOVAKIA: Czech Republic, Slovak Republic.
RUSSIA (EX-USSR): Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russian Federation,
Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
YUGOSLAVIA: Bosnia-Hercegovina (this would sing well), Croatia, the
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (don't ask) (this *wouldn't* sing
The rest: Andorra, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Central African
Republic, Comoros, Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Federated
States of Micronesia, the Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Sao
Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South
Africa, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, Western Samoa.
Of the totally ignored countries, the biggest, by any measure, is South
Africa; the smallest is Tuvalu (9 square miles, 7300 people).
Tannu Tuva -- Richard Feynman
Always carry a grapefruit, Treesong
Not content with plaguing a.t.a
with All the Nations of the World,
I have egotistically decided to inflict it on innocent by-browsers.
For the uninitiated, this song really does list all the countries, and none of the un-countries
(well, almost -- see the notes at the end
of this article),
at least as far as I am aware at this point. It hasn't been updated since mid-1998, but, um, well,
the world hasn't really changed that much. Quite.
So, with the usual blame, er, thanks to Randy Rogel and Treesong:
YAKKO'S NEW WORLD
United States, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Haiti, Jamaica, Peru;
Grenada, Dominica, then Argentina, St. Vincent, the Grenadines too;
Nicaragua, El Salvador, Venezuela, Honduras, Guyana, and still,
Guatemala, Bolivia, Cuba, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Brazil;
Costa Rica, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda
Paraguay, Uruguay, Suriname, and French Guiana
, Antigua, Barbuda.
Norway and Sweden and Iceland and Finland and Germany (now one piece);
Switzerland, Austria, and Yugoslavia, Italy, Turkey, and Greece;
Poland, Romania, Scotland
, Albania, Ireland, Azerbaijan.
Russia, Slovenia, Georgia, Armenia, Latvia, Turkmenistan;
Then Qatar, Estonia, plus Macedonia, Liechtenstein, Wales
, the Ukraine;
The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium & Portugal, France, England
, Denmark, & Spain.
Croatia and Bosnia-Hercegovina (the fighting there's not very pretty);
Andorra, Kazakhstan, and Belarus, then San Marino and Vatican City;
Czech Republic, Gibraltar
, Slovakia, Malta, Moldova, then Uzbekistan;
Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia, Hungary, Cyprus, Iraq, and Iran;
There's Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, and Yemen, Bahrain, and Kuwait
Monaco, Kyrgyzstan, and there's Tajikistan, United Ar'b Emirates.
India, Pakistan, Myanmar
, Afghanistan, Thailand, Nepal, and Bhutan;
Mongolia, Singapore, Bangladesh, Brunei, or Nauru, the Maldives, Japan;
Laos, Micronesia, Tibet
, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Tuvalu;
Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Vietnam and Greenland
, and China, then Vanuatu;
There's Palau, Malaysia, the Marshalls, Australia, plus Kiribati
, Tonga, then on
to Western Samoa, then Fiji, Cambodia, the Solomon Islands, Taiwan.
Burundi, Lesotho, and Malawi, Togo, (the homelands like Venda are gone)
Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Liberia, Egypt, Benin, and Gabon;
Mauritius, Somalia, Kenya, and Mali, South Africa, and the Seychelles;
The Congo, Namibia, Senegal, Libya, Burkina Faso as well;
Tunisia, Morocco, Uganda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Djibouti, Botswana;
The Central Republic of Africa, and Equatorial Guinea, and Ghana.
Swaziland, Guinea, the fate of the Western Sahara
we're waiting to hear;
The Ivory Coast, the Isles Comoros, Sierra Leone, Zaire
Mozambique, Zambia, also the Gambia, Cameroon, and Eritrea;
Sao Tome & Principe Islands, Cape Verde, Algeria, and Tazania;
Ethiopia, Guinea-Bisseau, Madagascar, Rwanda, and then the Sudan;
, Mauritania, plus Lithuania,
then St. Lucia, North and South Korea,
Republic Dominican, Papua New Guinea 'n'
Saint Kitts and Nevis, Oman !
The song follows the original in grouping countries (more or less) by
continent. No country appears on its own before its proper continent
is reached. In order these are, of course: North and South America in
the first verse; Europe in the second and third; Asia (starting with
the Middle East) half-way through third and into the fourth; Oceania
is also in the fourth verse; and Africa in the fifth and sixth.
I believe that now the only countries to appear out of place are
those in the final stanza.
- The United Kingdom is one nation comprising England, Wales, Scotland,
and Northern Ireland.
Gibraltar and Bermuda are British territories.
- Hong Kong was a British territory until their lease ran out in 1997,
and everything had to go!!!!!!! Uh -- I mean, it reverted back to China.
- French Guiana is a department of France.
- Greenland, or Kalaallit Nunaat, is a Danish colony with home rule.
It's listed in the middle of Asia because I couldn't bear to
lose the rhyme.
- Tibet is currently occupied by China.
- The Western Sahara is occupied by Morocco. The U.N. plans to hold a
referendum sometime on whether the area should remain part of
Morocco or become independent.
- Myanmar -- the country formerly known as "Burma", in the same place in
the same verse as "Burma" was originally.
- Kiribati -- the "ti" is pronounced "ss" (like in "Kritimati Island").
- Zaire is now Congo. I would've changed it,
but I already have a Congo in the song. (What were they thinking?!?!?)
Besides, where else am I gonna get a rhyme for 'hear'?
- Kuwait -- needs salt.
- Also note that the following pairs each make up one nation:
Antigua & Barbuda, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Vincent & the Grenadines,
St. Kitts & Nevis, Sao Tome & Principe.