This time out, see the world from the J-Crew to Timbuktu and beyond.
Jamaica, Japan, Jordan
Island nation exporting a beer for which it is well-known. Also, a religion that has not been so successful abroad.
Exceptions proving the rule: Jordan
Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, South Korea, North Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan
Hot coffee-producing nations with a predeliction for fantastically leggy athletes and mountains.
Exceptions proving the rule: All except Kenya
Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg
Countries so small and humble, one even lives inside a bigger country (an S nation, as if that needed saying). It is no accident that the word ‘little’ is also an L-word. It is said that the cumulative land area of all the L-nations would be smaller than the distance from the Moon to the Sun. It is also said that comparing a distance to an area makes no sense.
Exception: Libya, so big (and embarrassed by its size) that it is presently trying to tear itself apart into smaller L-countries.
Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar
The comment most often levelled at M countries is that very letter.
Mmmm, yes, but what do they do? people say.
No one really knows anything about them, save that they exist, and that some (more than others) appear as backdrops for popular movies. It is safe to say that more is known about cities beginning with M – Miami and Milan, for instance – than about its nation states. Definitively, one can say that the M states are warm or hot, though whether that implies desert or lush tropics is open to debate. More loosely, there is a tendency towards clustering and isolationism (that is, forming island chains, being an island, or not wanting much to do with other non-M nations).
Exception proving the rule: Mongolia
Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway
N nations are famously diverse, occupying the furthest regions of the globe, hurdling lines of latitude like champion racehorses in Aintree. From the highest and most mountainous to lowest and flattest; from the most desert-like and deserted, to most densely-populated and afforested, N nations define diversity. They don’t like to be labelled, in a sense, which makes them easy to label, in a sense. Geopolitically, they are broadly considered unimportant players, by particular contrast with the ‘U’ nations. See also ‘P’ nations.
Exceptions: There are none. No normal N-nations. Never.
That wraps up Part III. Next week, we will be traversing the globe once more, beginning with the lonely Only O nation.