Hot dry deserts, the name of which may be invoked as an exclamation against the general heat of the nation, whilst mopping the brow. Also known for the nation’s popular political news satire, My Sultan Ate Half a Man!, which airs weekly on the national network on Friday nights at 7pm (local time).
Exceptions: None noted.
Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal
These P nations tend to be sidelined or ignored by other nations. Despite relatively significant populations, there is just something about P nations that allows them to be marginalised geopolitically – it is postulated that this is because please, peace, perhaps, placate and other such nice words begin with P. If they were U-nations; now, that would be a different story, but they are not. They are only P-nations, and no one really pays them any heed. See also A-nations.
Q-nations typically have a land area of approximately 11, 571 km², a capital called Doha, and have gained their wealth and influence from a geographical blessing – oil. This resource has been leveraged to wield disproportionate football and media influence, as well as to (semi-)enslave an imported workforce.
Exceptions to the rule: None invented as yet.
Romania, Russia, Rwanda
See Tier I S-Countries.
Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria
There are more S-Nations than there are nations in the world; therefore, the PADA Macken-Tiscoate system subdivides them into two groups, called, respectively, Tier I S-Nations and Tier 1 S-Nations.
Tier I S-Nations have an inbuilt historical tendency towards being large, with autocratic, brutally-repressive forms of governance, preferring an extremist with-us-or-against-us approach where inhabitants can be sub-divided into classes.
Tier 1 S-Nations are peaceable tiny island or island-like nations, often named for obscure holy men.
Interesting aside: Slovenia and Slovakia were once the same nation. The different names were devised by the Slov Tourism Board’s marketing department, who developed different branding to appeal to different demographics. Over time, tiny squabbles and differences of opinions emerged, culminating in a formal split in the nation and the subsequent lodging of official letters of complaint with the UN regarding the behaviour of the other’s Tourism Board marketing department.
Next time out, we conclude our look at the nations of the world. Stay tuned, or check out Part I all over again in anticipation.