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Transnistria: An Unrecognized State, A Frozen Conflict

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  1. Introduction
  2. Moldova's ancient history
  3. Ethnically and linguistically
  4. The US and EU
  5. The topic of underground crime
  6. Moldova: Function as a viable state
  7. Conclusion
  8. Appendix

Transnistria, also known as the Pridnestrovskaya Moldavskaya Respublika (PMR), is a republic unrecognized by any government in the world. Lying on a narrow swath of land along the left bank of the Dniester River, the territory's leaders call it a republic. Transnistria has been declaring itself independent since 1990, and is an example of a post-Soviet breakaway republic much like Georgia's Abkhazia and South Ossetia. To begin to examine why Transnistria wants to break away from Moldova, one must thoroughly examine its history alongside Moldova's, its cultural and ethnic differences, and its current political and economic situation. Only after the facts have been given and both sides opinions heard can a solution be found.

[...] From a purely physical perspective, there is no reason why Transnistria could not be an independent state. Its area of 4,163 square kilometers puts it between Trinidad and Tobago (5,130 sq km) and Cape Verde (4,033 sq or 172nd out of 232 on the 2007 list of countries and outlying territories by area from the United Nations. Population-wise, the 2005 estimate of 555,000 inhabitants puts Transnistria between Montenegro (620,145) and Cape Verde (507,000) once again according to the UN. Geographically, Transnistria is a narrow valley interrupting Moldova's hills. [...]


[...] Additionally, the BHHRG says that the next largest nationality involved with the human sex trade is Ukrainian. Transnistrian news broadcasting aimed at the West must be eyed cautiously, for while it is freeing for an independent state to have a voice to the world, it isn't very believable that the narrow swath of land stands clear of the human rights abuses surrounding it on either side. In fact, Transnistria seems to be aiming for an appeal to young Western hipsters through stylized English-language blogs and travel websites with unknown origins. [...]

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