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Gay contains 236 nations, the 46th most in the world.

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31.The Homotopian Republic of Saint-SebastianWA MemberLeft-Leaning College State“sanguinem foederis grossior aquam de vulva”
32.The Free Land of MashedpotatoiaWA MemberScandinavian Liberal Paradise“Gimme 'em potaters”
33.The Egalitarian Democracy of XandaniaLeft-wing Utopia“Oppress the oppressive!”
34.The Utopian Commonwealth of DiscoveriaWA MemberLiberal Democratic Socialists“In Science We Trust”
35.The Paralytic States of Fabulous RainicornsLeft-wing Utopia“I'm tired of being what you want me to be”
36.The Commonwealth of PasQNew York Times Democracy“First Us”
37.The Imperial Principality of EerlijkNew York Times Democracy“Eerlijkheid Is De Sleutel Tot Succes”
38.The Republic of Queert0piaWA MemberLiberal Democratic Socialists“We Came. We Saw. We Came Again.”
39.The Kingdom of VingradDemocratic Socialists“Sanctuary will nourish you through life ”
40.The Republic of KessellandCorrupt Dictatorship“Für Vaterland und leben ”
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The Emphatic Dreams of Justin Fashanu wrote:Where I live is culturally Spanish but geographically Africa.

The Canary Islands belong to Spain, so that's Western Europe

Sushami

The Issue

With the same old dilemmas confronting LGBT Equality time and time again, people are demanding to know why there aren't more genuinely new issues.

The Debate

"Well, that's because they're all twaddle," says [violet] matter-of-factly while twirling a lighter in her hands. "I'm sick and tired of reading that garbage. I've decided to scrap the player-submitted system -- but don't tell anyone that. The endless waves of hate mail would overwhelm the server."

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"The aim of this site is to promote my novel, not the writing talents of literary wannabes," scoffs Max Barry while sipping an iced-Margarita on a yacht in the South Pacific. "I've ordered the mods to only approve mediocre issues to ensure that no one discovers there are better writers out there than me."

This is the position your government is preparing to adopt.

"I've been combing through the queue, carefully examining each draft and determining its potential," sighs Sedgistan who is sitting next to an orderly stack of drafts stamped 'no way in hell'. "I'm confronted with thousands upon thousands of issues. I have to manage multiple editors and somehow still place in the Mod Olympics. Do you have any idea how much stress that puts on me? That's why it takes so long. Stop breathing down my neck. If you want to be useful, go help out the newbies in Got Issues."

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"Huh? What's that?" says Sanctaria absentmindedly, looking up from an intimidating series of flow charts. "More issues? Well, it's your lucky day! I'm working on my next great chain. It will dwarf my last one in size and complexity. Forget everything you know about issues, every rule you think we can't break, because this chain is going to break them all."

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"I couldn't agree with this more!" yelps Comrade Lenyo, his arms full of drafts. "We've received over 6,000 submissions! If we just got rid of the delete button, that'd be over 6,000 more issues. Who doesn't want that? Why are we still wasting time talking about this? Why are you reading this instead of submitting more drafts for us to add? EVERY. SECOND. COUNTS!"

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The deafening Voice of Mod booms down from the heavens, "You will receive new issues when you receive new issues. Your questioning is undermining the authority of the mods. I've deleted enough nations to know flaming when I read it. You have been warned."

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OK, I need someone to answer this with CHOICE #1 to have a complete understanding of this Easter Egg!

Sushami

The Ever-equal Free Republic of Roulantina wrote:The Canary Islands belong to Spain, so that's Western Europe


So the Falkland Islands, which geographically sit just off of the coast of Argentina, are GEOGRAPHICALLY a part of Europe because Britain happens to own these islands? That is, assuming one considers the UK to be a part of Europe, which some Britons think is not the case.

What about places that are geographically ambiguous, say, Iceland and Greenland? Is Iceland the western tip of Europe or the eastern tip of North America? Since Greenland belongs to Denmark, does that make it a part of Europe even though it's parked right next to Canada? What about islands that aren't really close to anywhere else, say Hawai'i and New Zealand? Is Hawai'i a part of North America because it belongs to the USA? We have a made-up psuedo-continent called Oceania to cover the vast number of Pacific islands, except that NZ and HI aren't all that close to any of them, either. And the grand whopper of them all, Guiana is located on the continent of South America, yet officially is a department of France. Does that make it European instead of South American?

Then there are places like Israel, which I think at one time or other through early antiquity has belonged to 20+ different empires, some in Africa, some in Asia, and some in Europe; you could make an excellent case that it has been a dependency of the USA since 1946. It is geographically located on the western edge of the Arabian peninsula and nominally one of the farthest western countries of Asia. It is independent but is a crazy-quilt of heritages, ethnicities, races, and languages. To what continent does it belong? One could make a similar argument about Egypt, located in extreme NE Africa with a small slice of Asia (the Sinai desert), but has at one time or another belonged to other African, Asian, and European powers. How about Siberia, stretching across many time zones in northern Asia; it is technically an integral part of Russia (which is primarily a European state), which has been the object of colonization by Russia for centuries, by the Czarist Russian Empire, to the Soviet Union, continuing through today's Russian Federation?

It seems there are as many or more exceptions to the geography = ownership as there are countries which neatly obey the rules.

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The Fabulous Bliss of LGBT Equality wrote:So the Falkland Islands, which geographically sit just off of the coast of Argentina, are GEOGRAPHICALLY a part of Europe because Britain happens to own these islands? That is, assuming one considers the UK to be a part of Europe, which some Britons think is not the case.

What about places that are geographically ambiguous, say, Iceland and Greenland? Is Iceland the western tip of Europe or the eastern tip of North America? Since Greenland belongs to Denmark, does that make it a part of Europe even though it's parked right next to Canada? What about islands that aren't really close to anywhere else, say Hawai'i and New Zealand? Is Hawai'i a part of North America because it belongs to the USA? We have a made-up psuedo-continent called Oceania to cover the vast number of Pacific islands, except that NZ and HI aren't all that close to any of them, either. And the grand whopper of them all, Guiana is located on the continent of South America, yet officially is a department of France. Does that make it European instead of South American?

Then there are places like Israel, which I think at one time or other through early antiquity has belonged to 20+ different empires, some in Africa, some in Asia, and some in Europe; you could make an excellent case that it has been a dependency of the USA since 1946. It is geographically located on the western edge of the Arabian peninsula and nominally one of the farthest western countries of Asia. It is independent but is a crazy-quilt of heritages, ethnicities, races, and languages. To what continent does it belong? One could make a similar argument about Egypt, located in extreme NE Africa with a small slice of Asia (the Sinai desert), but has at one time or another belonged to other African, Asian, and European powers. How about Siberia, stretching across many time zones in northern Asia; it is technically an integral part of Russia (which is primarily a European state), which has been the object of colonization by Russia for centuries, by the Czarist Russian Empire, to the Soviet Union, continuing through today's Russian Federation?

It seems there are as many or more exceptions to the geography = ownership as there are countries which neatly obey the rules.

No, the Falkland Islands are a way different story, because they technically belong to the United Kingdom, but aren't part of the country itself - they are a crown dependency of the United Kingdom. The Canary Islands, however, are one of Spain's communidades, just like Madrid and Asturias (damn, it was hard to stay politically neutral while looking for examples there :P). This makes them just as much a part of Spain as the city of Almería, the Picos de Europa mountains and the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuan. So are you still denying the Canary Islands are Western Europe?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYoapICIfeE

my fiance is a refugee from Jamaica, so this song really hits close to home for me, really inspiring to do something about homophobia in more underdeveloped countries (in terms of human rights)

Roulantina and Sushami

The Cranky Old Polar Tzu of BearNation wrote:A Pentecostal is a Christian who places great emphasis on gifts of the Holy Spirit, particularly speaking in tongues (technically called glossolalia); some claim that you are not an authentic Christian unless you have spoken in tongues. In glossolalia, people feel so overshadowed with joy that they burst into speech-like babbling. This phenomenon has its roots in Greek ecstatic religion and was known among very early Christians. From about the end of the first century until around the beginning of the twentieth century, glossolalia was unknown. Thus, some Christians claim not only is this speech in modern times not inspired by God, but it is inspired by the Devil or a demon/devil/evil spirit. In biblical times, it was thought to be divinely-inspired speech, for instance, everyone in a large, mixed crowd supposedly heard what the speaker was saying in their own native tongue. Modern Pentecostals also claim they are speaking in divine tongues, but usually there is no one present with the gift of "interpreting tongues," so it is apparently just random consonants, vowels, and diphthongs strung together to all of us ungifted folks. If you can control it at all, whether it be starting time, ending time, volume, whatever, you are definitely not demonstrating glossolalia; if such happens in the real world, it is completely beyond the control of the speaker. And if a Pentecostal pastor invites his congregation to do so, "Let us all now speak in tongues," you know it's fake.

I once had a BF who was a former Pentecostal. One time during sex, he suddenly burst into glossolalia. It was weird. I've heard glossolalia several times, but never anything that I would claim was inspired by God, if there even is a God. I certainly don't think my penis is divine! XD


Doggone! I learn so much here! I thought being a Pentecostal meant you had long hair, wore skirts, and had really nice shoes. Also, I thought they jumped over the pews during services.

The Liquor of Blood Wine wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYoapICIfeE

my fiance is a refugee from Jamaica, so this song really hits close to home for me, really inspiring to do something about homophobia in more underdeveloped countries (in terms of human rights)

That song really touched me. Reminded me of my ex-boyfriend, an emo boy who absolutely loves this kind of music. At school, many peers still use to throw their keys in his face because of his bisexuality. I feel very privileged sometimes for being accepted, and this is such a moment.

The Nordic Wonder of VampKyrie wrote:Doggone! I learn so much here! I thought being a Pentecostal meant you had long hair, wore skirts, and had really nice shoes. Also, I thought they jumped over the pews during services.


Some Pentecostals and Charismatics have been known to jump over pews, faint "be slain in the Spirit," howl like dogs, convulse (as if they were epileptic), dance up and down the aisles of the church, and other unconventional behaviours. They sometimes believe in miraculous, spontaneous healings, especially at special church meetings or in the presence of an especially "gifted" pastor or traveling evangelist, and believe/practice much differently from your garden-variety Christian. At least in the USA, these movements are vastly more popular among ethnic minorities, the very poor, and the very ignorant. They tend to be ultra-conservative in their belief of the literal, unalterable truth of the Bible. Their is some fairly utter disdain between them and non-charismatic/pentecostal Christians. As I said before, especially fundamentalist/conservative Christians will characterize them as demon-possessed, while more mainstream Christians just think they're really weird. I had an older black Methodist minister tell me once that the realization had taken him years to understand, but that non-Pentecostal people COULD really be Christians, even though they were missing out on the best part of being Christian, fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Others are considerably less charitable, saying that without the evidence of spiritual gifts, most Catholics and Protestants are not "true" Christians and practice a religiousity that is dead at its core. To my knowledge, EVERY family of denominations has at least some Pentecostal/Charismatic individuals and likely churches in the USA. I would be fascinated to hear from other countries to see if this is a global phenomenon. I'm pretty sure that it's practiced at least some in Latin America, the Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa and likely throughout the world. For at least a while, mainstream Christian denominations were shrinking at 1% or so per year, while Pentecostal/Charismatic churches were steadily growing, leading to charges that the mainstream churches were "too liberal" and had "lost touch with the gospel." To my knowledge, they have since reversed that trend and are shrinking also as America secularizes. There are also charismatic-flavoured churches that share some features with all-the-way Charismatics, like having a synthesizer instead of an organ and/or piano, having a drum set and electric or acoustical guitars, holding their pastors (usually men) in great esteem, almost a veneration, and leaving behind traditional expressions of most Christian worship services (like repeating the Lord's Prayer or the Apostles' Creed) as well as abandoning hundreds of years' worth of Christian hymnody in favor of ultracontemporary songs.

A pretty standard practice at their revivals is to notice someone (usually an elderly person), walking with difficulty into the setting, having the ushers offer them a wheelchair and a place at the front, which most accept. Then, during the service, the pastor will bring some or all of them up onto the stage and ask them if they want to walk, to which, of course, they reply, "yes." Then the pastor lays hands on them and commands the evil spirits afflicting them to begone and then commands the person to stand, drawing thunderous applause. The problem, of course, is that that person walked into the service to begin with, but most of the people in the audience do not realize that.

I would think most Pentecostals and Charismatics would think we were all spiritually diseased, that if we would only REALLY believe in God, we would be cured of our same-sex desires or or other forms of "different" sexuality. A few Charismatics in particular are LGBTQ-affirming and believe that God can speak to and through gays and the rest, even as God might have given them a new take on interpreting scriptures, "New wine in new wineskins." I think those are a distinct minority in their movements. Are Otis-T and I the only ones who have ever been to such a service?

To see a humorous take on these Christians, watch the Original Blues Brothers movie.

I don't often say this... but the apocalypse has begun! THIS is what I woke up to and what the sky looks like.

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