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Old Yesterday, 15:43   #10171
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Is it that bit of Italy that has Trieste in it? - The only access to the sea for the old Aust-Hungarian empire was near there so was strategically very important.

I guess after WW1 the countries involved would be Italy and whatever Slovenia/Yugoslavia was called then.

Oddly enough I was at a wedding the other week with someone from that region and his older relatives speak a dialect closer to Slovenian than Italian.
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Having just been there and reading that it had a complicated history, was it Croatia and specifically the area around Rijeka?
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Is it that bit of Italy that has Trieste in it? - The only access to the sea for the old Aust-Hungarian empire was near there so was strategically very important.

I guess after WW1 the countries involved would be Italy and whatever Slovenia/Yugoslavia was called then.

Oddly enough I was at a wedding the other week with someone from that region and his older relatives speak a dialect closer to Slovenian than Italian.
Not Italy or Yugoslavia
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Having just been there and reading that it had a complicated history, was it Croatia and specifically the area around Rijeka?
Would have been Yugoslavia at that time - see above
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Clue : one of the two countries involved was a participant in WW1, the other wasn't
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Clue : one of the two countries involved was a participant in WW1, the other wasn't
"Drawing a bow at a venture" -- would this concern the Aland Islands: located between Sweden and Finland (which latter counts as involved in WW1, it having been under the rule of Tsarist Russia); always Finnish territory since Finland's becoming independent from Russia after WW1, but nearly all the islands' inhabitants being Swedish-speakers?
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"Drawing a bow at a venture" -- would this concern the Aland Islands: located between Sweden and Finland (which latter counts as involved in WW1, it having been under the rule of Tsarist Russia); always Finnish territory since Finland's becoming independent from Russia after WW1, but nearly all the islands' inhabitants being Swedish-speakers?
This is the most geographically incorrect guess so far !
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I'll have a guess, Switzerland and Germany?
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I'll have a guess, Switzerland and Germany?
But hasn't the setter said that Germany is not involved?

Either my historical knowledge is poor; or the list of eligible countries is getting decidedly short. Somewhat desperate guess: France and Spain??? -- something to do with disaffected Basques / Navarrese / Catalans / whoever?
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Gonna take a small stab. Andorra (used as a smuggling route iirc) or that other small tiny place. Luxembourg.
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I'll have a guess, Switzerland and Germany?
Switzerland is correct, Germany isn't
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Switzerland and France. Geneva?
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But hasn't the setter said that Germany is not involved?

Either my historical knowledge is poor; or the list of eligible countries is getting decidedly short. Somewhat desperate guess: France and Spain??? -- something to do with disaffected Basques / Navarrese / Catalans / whoever?
Silly me.
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Switzerland and France. Geneva?
I'll take a plump for Swizerland and Austria, on the theory that with the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire some people were uncertain of their future direction.
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