Welcome to Koskovia! Metaphorically speaking, of course. I invented the nation of Koskovia for a short story I wrote a few years ago. Sometime last year, I came across the North Korean Central News Agency website, and I found myself literally laughing outloud at some of the so-called “news items,” all blatant frauds of course. That gave me the idea to set up this satirical blog to mock the “news media outlets” of dictatorial states.
These states include (but are not limited to):
• North Korea
• The Russian Federation (and various former Soviet republics)
Some of the posts have been — and will be — copied (almost) verbatim from the online news sites of these dictatorships (principally North Korea).
“Koskovia” is a communist state in Eastern Europe. It is governed by the Communist Party of Koskovia (CPK). Mladick Vladik serves as both the Chairman of the Executive Council of the Central Committee of the Congress of Peoples’ Deputies (the legislative branch) and as President of the Republic (the executive branch). Dictators seem to have a fondness for long and extensive titles for themselves, so I came up with the longest title I could.
The same can be said for the official names of dictatorial nations. These states very often have “democratic” sounding titles in their official names, although they are in fact dictatorships. For example: “Democratic Republic of Vietnam”; “Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea”; and the “Peoples’ Republic of China”. So I created the “Peoples’ Free Democratic Republic of Koskovia.”
The photograph of “President Vladik” is really that of Nicolae Ceauşescu, the Communist dictator of Romania who was overthrown in December, 1989. The photo of “Vice-Chairman Kulik” is actually that of Slobodan Milosevic, the Communist/Nationalist dictator of Yugoslavia and later Serbia-Montenegro. The “President of Dictarabistan” is, of course, the late Saddam Hussein.
I have also begun to use this blog to comment on the state of the United States these days.
I hope you find some laughs!
Copyright © Shawn M. Lynch, 2007
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