Sweden! We Latvians beg to occupy us

#1
http://www.petitiononline.com/lugums18/petition.html

To: Government of Sweden

We, people of Latvia would like to ask Sweden to occupy Latvia. We consider that Latvian state has no reason to exist. We would like to become Swedish citizens and promise that we will comply with Swedish laws; in exchange we would like to get Swedish citizenship and share the same rights that Swedish people have.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned
Now there are 3188 Signatures, sorry 3199... Sorry there 3203. With such speed... There are 3209 now within few seconds.

It is a recent article about difficult economic situation in Latvia

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7760440.stm

Meanwhile there are 3224 signatures.
 
#3
It is quite telling they did not petition to become Belarus or Russia, though... :D
 
#4
-Sardaukar- said:
It is quite telling they did not petition to become Belarus or Russia, though... :D
Centuries ago Latvia was occupied by Sweden. But who now remember it? How soft or hard was the occupation?

So just wait few centuries.

There are about 40% of Russian or Russian speaking people in Latvia. So some could prefer to invite rather Russia as an occupying force, moreover many Russians in Latvia still haven't Latvian citizenship.

Btw, Latvia was a part of Poland. So the Latvians could ask Poland to occupy them as well. But Poland is not super-rich country. So the main reasons are economical. If Russia would be rich prosperous country with high living standards then the Latvians (at leas new-born generation) would change their mind.
 
#5
Well Sergey the Latvian Government evidently has not lost its Soviet influence !

http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=111078.html

Last time I was in Riga its main business seemed to be providing banking services for the sort of Russians who were not allowed to open Swiss bank accounts. I'm sure that that has taken a dive, then apart from the fine women and some agriculture they have a spirit made out of Pine resin, not really enough.
 
#6
KGB_resident said:
-Sardaukar- said:
It is quite telling they did not petition to become Belarus or Russia, though... :D
Centuries ago Latvia was occupied by Sweden. But who now remember it? How soft or hard was the occupation?

So just wait few centuries.

There are about 40% of Russian or Russian speaking people in Latvia. So some could prefer to invite rather Russia as an occupying force, moreover many Russians in Latvia still haven't Latvian citizenship.

Btw, Latvia was a part of Poland. So the Latvians could ask Poland to occupy them as well. But Poland is not super-rich country. So the main reasons are economical. If Russia would be rich prosperous country with high living standards then the Latvians (at leas new-born generation) would change their mind.
Whoever is signing the petition, stupid. Smart choice too, given the other options you name
 
#7
KGB_resident said:
...There are about 40% of Russian or Russian speaking people in Latvia. So some could prefer to invite rather Russia as an occupying force, moreover many Russians in Latvia still haven't Latvian citizenship...
Oh Sergejs!

The residents of Latgale Province DO have Latvian citizenship, if you believe the EU.... Although granted, the Latvian government does take the rather hard line view that Latvian citizens should be able to speak Latvian sufficiently well enough to integrate.

I know a great many citizens of many countries who take the view that if you live there, you should be able to use the language. I mean, look at all those Koreans, Chechens, Azerbaijanis and Americans who are taking the bread out of the mouths of Muscovites and don't even speak proper Russian... ring a bell?

Although, I do agree that having "S"'s added to your name is a little bit bit silly.

Sveiks!

Speedkuffss

P.S. They just have some residual "Okupanty" issues :)
 
#8
Hey Sergey?

It comes to me that Russia was founded by Vikings so why not ask to be integrated into the Greater Scandinavian Federation?

Vodka, Sauna, Smoked Rheindeer meat, it wouldn't be that different would it? AND there's more blondes :p
 
#9
Speedkuff said:
Hey Sergey?

It comes to me that Russia was founded by Vikings so why not ask to be integrated into the Greater Scandinavian Federation?

Vodka, Sauna, Smoked Rheindeer meat, it wouldn't be that different would it? AND there's more blondes :p
Moreover many believe that the very name Russia is of Scandinavian origin. So Sweden is a natural part of greater Russia. Or Russia is a part of greater Sweden.

As for Parex Bank then its ads were frequent on Russian TV. Latvian actor (well known in the Soviet union) plays role of a clerk. A boy enter the office with his modest money

Boy (with Latvian accent): Will not you tell to my mother?
Clerk is turning his head slowly from right to left

Btw, Parex bank is a bankrupt. Likely because Russian clients withdrawn their money.
 
#10
KGB_resident said:
http://www.petitiononline.com/lugums18/petition.html

To: Government of Sweden

We, people of Latvia would like to ask Sweden to occupy Latvia. We consider that Latvian state has no reason to exist. We would like to become Swedish citizens and promise that we will comply with Swedish laws; in exchange we would like to get Swedish citizenship and share the same rights that Swedish people have.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned
Now there are 3188 Signatures, sorry 3199... Sorry there 3203. With such speed... There are 3209 now within few seconds.

It is a recent article about difficult economic situation in Latvia

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7760440.stm

Meanwhile there are 3224 signatures.

Interesting stuff. Sounds a lot like the movie "The mouse that roared". So if the whole petition thing falls thru they could always invade New York with crossbows, lose the war, and accept the foreign aid :)
 
#11
We Britons beg...


the Swiss to occupy us!


Just think, the chavs would be chopped up, placed in a neat pile, and burnt efficiently... and just for stepping on the cracks in the pavement.
 
#12
Speedkuff said:
Hey Sergey?

It comes to me that Russia was founded by Vikings so why not ask to be integrated into the Greater Scandinavian Federation?

:p
Correction.

I take it, you refer to Rurik?

1. Rurik was a grandson of Russian Grand Duke of Novgorod Gostomysl;
2. When his father was killed, his mother Umila (the daughter of Gostomysl) sought refuge in the land of Franks, where she remarried and had another son;
3. When Rurik and his half-brother grew up they joined Varyags, not Vikings!, who were basically multi-ethnic mercenaries and more oftern than not joined forces with Vikings. Rurik laid siege to Paris, took London, and acquired a reputation of a decisive, fearsome commander. When Gostomysl realised his eldest grandson Vadim was not a Grand Duke material he invited Rurik to share in power. He came to Novgorod with his varyags. Vadim tried to raise against Rurik, was killed and the dynasty of Ruriks was established in Novgorod.
 
#13
ghost_us said:
So if the whole petition thing falls thru they could always invade New York with crossbows, lose the war, and accept the foreign aid :)
That's exactly what we used to say in the days of the Soviet Union: we should declare war on ..... (country of choice) and let them occupy us.
:)
 
#14
Domovoy said:
...I take it, you refer to Rurik?...
That's the guy, didn't know that about him. So why "Rus" then?

Are you sure it wasn't Kirk Douglas? I've seen the film....
 
#16
Vikings? Gwars?

NEVER!!!

They were hard blonde men with horns on their helmets and deep manly laughs, they were the living embodiment of the Gorean lifestyle!

Many of them invented heavymetal as well! AND the whole foaming flagons/horns of ale thing.

You'll be telling me that they were gay as well and not just truly manly men at home in the company of their fellow warriors!

Sorry matey but no one was a better exemplar of sheer damn manliness than yer Vikings and being a gwar doesn't fit in with that.....

Can't hear you...LAHLAHLAH....
 
#17
Speedkuff said:
Domovoy said:
...I take it, you refer to Rurik?...
That's the guy, didn't know that about him. So why "Rus" then?

....
There are few theories that try to explain etymology of the word "Rus", the most accepted is this one:
In Proto - Slavic language the word "rusa" means "river", "Rus" -- god of the river Dniper (near Kiev), "Russu" -- "river-dwelling" people; (compare with Bedouin -- desert-dwelling, Selkup -- taiga-dwelling, Kalyn -- sea-dwelling etc.). Indian Rigveda and Persian Avesta also mention river Rasa (Raha) "that separates Europe from Asia" -- an ancient name of river Volga.

The theory you probably heard is this one: Finns used to call Varyags "ruotsi" -- "rowing warriors". But this theory doesn't take into consideration that 1. Varyags consisted of many nationalities; 2. Long before Varyags came to Novgorod locals (as well as those who lived around Dniper, Volga, etc.) called themselves Rusichi/Rus.
 
#18
trowel said:
Rus, as in red. Many "Vikings" were Gwarrs.
Vikings and Varyags are not the same.

Vikings is an ethnicity; Varyags -- mercenaries, warriors of any ethnicity. Varyags were the ones whom Rurik brought with him to Novgorod (he was their commander after all!).
 
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#19
Speedkuff. The vikings did not have horns on their helmets. You've been watching to many Hollywood films. As to the "manly laughs", how do you know they didn't giggle like a bunch of Brownies?
 
#20
Domovoy - "Finns used to call Varyags "ruotsi" -- "rowing warriors"

This is exactly the theory that I heard but the Varyag thing had never been explained to me as well as you have done :)

I was led to understand that it had been corrupted in speech to "Rusi" or "Rus" without reference to the "Rus"= red theory
 

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