5 strange state borders
Where there is a border, there will always be disgruntled. And they are set is always painful - by wars, painful negotiations, political machinations and intrigues. Not surprisingly, with the boundaries associated with the most insane stories.
1. The Americans, who were on the other side of the Mexican border
The fence between Texas and Mexico built under President Bush Jr., in 2008. The goal is clear: to reduce the number of illegal migrants and drug trafficking to pull the plug. For those living near the border of American farmers this innovation was to be a big relief (they really were not too keen on constantly shuttling back and forth traffickers and periodic skirmishes between drug cartels), if not for one small fact: the Americans were a result of other side of the fence. That is, in Mexico.
How did it happen - is unknown, but the fence was built a mile away from this border, so that in some places it was on private land or in innocent landowners. You can imagine the horror of a man who suddenly sees his native land, he inherited from his ancestors, suddenly grows very tall fence with a "Do not go near!" Formidable inscription. Now the Americans are forced to cross the border every time they need to get to work or sit at the bar with friends.
A farmer complains that now he has to pass the border control whenever comes with its own field in their own barn.
Cut into two parts and the area was one of the University of Texas. So, too, the students have to run with a lecture to lecture across the border.
2. Indian town in Bangladesh, India, Bangladesh
The Enclave, as you probably already know, this is one piece of the country, which is located inside the other - a kind of island. In rare cases, the enclave formed inside another island that is called second order enclave. That is the first enclave will resemble a donut, and an enclave of the second order - donut hole. And if you need to get into that part of the country, which is in the middle of the "donut" you have to cross two borders. Now imagine that you live in the Indian district of Dachau Kagrabari. It is surrounded by a bagel in Bangladesh, which, in turn, is surrounded by a donut of India, and the whole structure is located on the territory of Bangladesh.
Graphically would be clearer:
If you need to cross the entire configuration through this, you will go first in India, then in Bangladesh, then again to India, Bangladesh, India, Bangladesh, India and Bangladesh.
Generally, in the territory of these two countries, there are 160 enclaves, but a multi-piece, fortunately, only one. It turned out as a result of the signing of the peace treaty after a long history of wars. Not to conduct lengthy negotiations and wrangling, the parties simply froze the boundaries that have been established at the time of signing - given the smallest plots of land, which they succeeded each other to grab.
From the outside it's pretty funny, but there the residents are not amused. Each of them is very difficult to get out of her tiny donut in which they are stuck, how to punish. Citizens of India, for example, to visit relatives in the "big" India need a passport, without which it will not be allowed in Bangladesh. A passport is issued only to the "big" in India. That is, in order to obtain a passport for departure they again must somehow cross the territory of Bangladesh. Twice. That's a vicious circle.
The exact same meal experiences India to ensure that those of its citizens most necessary. However, all the anguish and limited. Therefore, the District Dahan Kagrabari still live without electricity, and, in fact, stuck in the Stone Age. Only in well-guarded.
3. The table at the Korean border
North Korea - a country with a weirdo. This is manifested in everything. And the border is no exception.
The border between North and South Korea called "demilitarized zone." Along it on both sides focused almost two million soldiers. Since the Korean War as a formal and not finished, nobody is allowed to cross the border. Never. Under any pretext. Even presidents. It is not difficult to guess that in a situation where no one can be invited for a cup of tea and biscuits, which is extremely difficult to conduct whatever negotiations. And the Koreans have come up with a rather strange output. For the rest of the world, at least.
They took and built a meeting room at the border. And so that one half of the table of negotiations was in North Korea, and the other - on the southern half. That is, the parties can negotiate without having to leave their territory. This conference room is always full of soldiers who do not despise each other's eyes, day or night. Even when no negotiation is conducted.
I wonder if the presidents can reach each other and shake hands? And what if one of them asks the other to convey the sugar bowl? Or one has to come with her?
4. India and Pakistan can not divide completely useless Glacier
India and Pakistan - how quarrelsome brothers who are so used to bicker on every occasion that the subject of the importance for bickering is not makes no difference. If only out of spite.
One of the most heated debate broke out over the question of the Siachen glacier accessories. This is a completely useless piece of ice, which no country in their right mind would not buy.
The problem is that when the border between India and Pakistan was established, no one had not occurred to document how this boundary passes through the Siachen. Just because the glacier - it is a death trap, located at an altitude of 4800 meters above sea level, who wants to communicate with her?
Therefore, and we decided that India ends and Pakistan begins at some indeterminate point of useless wasteland. And while anyone this question is not worried. And Pakistan has decided to send his men to explore a glacier in the 1984th year. India responded just like a child who ignored the toy until she did not need another. They immediately announced their glacier area.
So began one of the most absurd wars in human history.
The regiment of Indian soldiers was airlifted to Siachen, and most of it was under the control of India. Pakistan has repeatedly tried to regain the position, but to no avail.
So Siachen glacier and still remains the highest battlefield in the world, and one of the most godforsaken - from bullets killed there less than from the glacier. Indians even built a special helicopter to supply the troops on the glacier are all necessary, so there rarefied air.
What is so important to establish boundaries on the Siachen glacier? Never mind. In addition, if one of the parties to step back, it would mean its symbolic defeat, and defeat the enemy.
And each of the warring parties is ready to freeze as many of its citizens, just to avoid the shame.
5. lined city of
Remember the story with bagels enclaves? The town of Baarle-Hertog is even more abruptly.
At first glance, this small and quiet Belgian village. And there would be nothing unusual, if at the same time, it was not and the Dutch small and quiet settlement.
Campus is divided into portion 24 of various shapes and sizes. Like this:
Yellow designated Belgian territory, white - Dutch
This is madness began in the Middle Ages, when the local feudal lords have brought the fashion to pay for losing in gambling pieces of their own land instead of money. As a result, the border is now not only cuts on the part of the streets and quarters - even different premises may belong to different countries in the same building.
In the cafe, for example, some tables may be in Belgium, and others - in the Netherlands. And because of the Dutch laws restaurants should be closed relatively early, at a certain time users who want to continue the feast, just transplanted to Belgian territory. Every home or business must pay taxes to the country in whose territory it is the front door. Therefore, many citizens have adapted to endure the door from place to place, depending on how much more profitable to pay the tax.
In addition, there are, for example, different speed limits in these countries - and it is not very convenient when you cross the border several times per minute.
A corrupt bank settled in a building on the border. Tax Service of Belgium could not cross the threshold, because the entrance was on the territory of the Netherlands, and the Netherlands authorities could not go down to the store, because it was located on the territory of Belgium. So they toiled until he figured out that you can combine efforts. So as a string does not curl ...