9. The Singapore connection
«Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore is an island country consisting of 63 islands. It is located on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula in South East Asia. It lies 137 kilometers north of the Equator.
 
Singapore was a Malay fishing village when it was colonized by the United Kingdom in the 19th century. It was further occupied by the Japanese Empire in World War II, and was later part of the merger, which established Malaysia.
Singapore gained official sovereignty in 1965.
 
Singapore is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country, due mainly to its location on one of the world's major transportation routes.
 
The government of Singapore has been careful to maintain ethnic harmony after racial riots erupted in the 1960s. Racial harmony has been emphasized in all aspects of society. So far the policy has been largely successful, and there have been few signs of ethnic tension since the early 1970s.»
(source: Wikipedia)
«US of B, officially the United States of Barents is a costal federation consisting of thirteen (13) states. It is located on the northern tip of the European mainland, consisting of the northern parts of Scandinavia and Russia. It lies 3444 kilometers south of the North Pole.
 
The USB was mainly rural areas when the last national borders were drawn in the beginning of the 19th century. Parts of the territories were occupied in World War II, but the national states regained power after the war.
The United States of Barents gained official sovereignty in 2010.
 
The USB is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country, due mainly to its location on both sides of the historical border between west and east.
 
The government of the USB has been careful to maintain ethnic harmony. Racial harmony has been emphasized in all aspects of society. So far the policy has been largely successful, and there have been few signs of ethnic tension.»
 
(source: Wikipedia)
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In the public debate around the establishment of the new state, the possible problems around ethnic and cultural conflicts, were of course raised. This brought the case of Singapore to the public attention. The following is taken from the Wikipedia encyclopedia: