Saturday, August 26, 2006

What's the Texas of Nepal?

A few friends and I concocted an amusing game over drinks the other night. Pick a country or region, and try to identify the subregion that most resembles the lone star state. Risk factors include libertarian conservatism, nationalism, oil wealth, and an entrenched culture of jovial bullheadedness. Bonus points for getting the geography right, by nominating a place in the central south of the region our country in question.

It’s trickier than it sounds. Austria, for example, is partially qualified to be the Texas of the EU, but it misses out on the geography and the oil. Scotland could be the Texas of the UK, having oil and nationalism, but it misses out on the geography, and perhaps fails the test on conservatism. Alberta is the Texas of Canada through and through, excepting geography, and gets extra credit for its volume of ranchland.

Anyone care to nominate the Texas of West Africa? Of the South Pacific? Of Peru?

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