Mini Countries Abroad: How Embassies Work

15. mai. 2019
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  • Superior: shoot that man as he's exiting the embassy Man: With all the respect sir, i watched Sam from Wendover when i was little and its against the law to do that and technically the building is called a chancery

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  • Brother, you've got Pakistans map wrong. You are showing some territory which does not belong to them. Please get your fact corrected.

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  • Then there's the embassies in London which are almost all exactly the same.

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  • 1:38 That’s not where Palau is...

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  • The pin on Palau is wrong. :)

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  • My aunt and uncle work at us embassies

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  • Great to see a few embassies here in The Hague! HMU if you ever need more The Hague footage, monsieur Wendover.

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  • I have a friend that works at the Ft. Benjamin Harris payroll building. They handle payroll for the Air Force, government employees and contractors. He told me that the money some of these contractors overseas make is just insane. Like $280k per year, and it's all tax free because they're out of the country over half the year or whatever the threshold is. Even a G14 or G15 government employee has a base of approx $100k and with overtime and expenses and bonuses can easily reach $200k. Big money.

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  • Couldn’t Assange have been protected if he was given a ride on a Diplomatic vehicle.

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  • Well documented video but you forgot one point most of the spies of other countries are also hosted in embassies

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  • If you don't want a coup d'etat, you better don't have an USA embassy in your country.

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    • Then the same counts for China, Russia, France, Britain, Germany, and much more.

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  • Hearing this man mispronounce Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, etc.. hurt me.

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  • if they go rogue just stop giving them food

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  • correct the map of pakistan, you have included Indian territory as theirs of J&K

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  • Embassies will be important untill earth is destroyed

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  • Palau or palawan (philippines)1:40

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  • Whenever you go on holiday you represent your own country.

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  • Why other countries allow North Korea to have an Embassy in their country is beyond me >:(

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  • 5:50 ambassadors drive politics and run government in Nepal like indian embassy

  • One quick note: the majority of people that work within an embassy are not diplomats from a foreign country. Rather, most employees are citizens from the host country.

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  • the european union and belgium 😂

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  • There is DPK embassy in Nigeria also .

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  • I love how some US embassies are literal military bases.

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    • @Roses & Prog you're dodging the part where libya was not invaded. Gaddafi was horrible, but Libya was honestly better before the revolution. The oversight of yours shows you are very poorly informed. And what you said earlier about Tianamen makes no sense. "Internal affairs" are when a country falls into an economic crisis, not when the government orders thousands of protesters who wanted freedom to be shot dead. Some countries need others to stand up for them. If you're gonna keep ranting about the "atrocities" America committed, (there have been some, but you overestimated the number) please give me citations. Please don't interpret this as me trying to be hostile. I would rather have a civil conversation.

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    • @Roses & Prog these are baseless conspiracy theories. Take in mind most of these deaths were accidental or done by the terrorists

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    • @Roses & Prog there was no Libyan invasion i don't know where you got that from. Afghanistan was provoked due to a crime against the American people, and the perpetrators were hidden away in Afghanistan. With Iraq, Bush was under the false assumption iraq had taken part in 9/11 and that they had weapons of mass destruction

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    • @Virginia Lover Productions Iraq, Lybia, Afghanistan were not wars, they were invasions, a crime against humanity.

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  • Small correction on ~2:40. It was not the equadorians that decided to throw Julian Assange. The president took a massive loan from IMF, then some time later let british to take him off embassy. There were protests in Equador, calling the president a traitor. With millions of dollars invested in spying him inside the embassy and outside, massive psychological pressure, etc. Asylum is also not something you should revoke willy-nilly... But the president that okayed the asylum was not reelected, the other president liked money too much.

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  • Since Assange was mentioned Don’t extradite him and send him home to his family.

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  • I realize this is a very intricate and delicate system for democracy but I can't think of an instance where diplomatic immunity should be observed when it comes to murder, or any other violent crime. I'd like to see embassy rights and privileges be amended with agreement from all participating countries.

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  • Okay so you can kill people with a machine gun fom within the embasy and then people need permission to enter and arrest them? Lmao

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  • I’m from Bangladesh and we have a US diplomat in the capital of my country, where I’m from

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    • That’s quite logical, Bangladesh has the same in Washington.

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  • The indicator showing where is Palau is wrong. Palau is located East of the Philippine archipelago

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  • Why Blink tho

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  • so I'm assuming most foreign countries' embassy personnel in the US got huge bonuses in 2020, when Trump turned the US into a third-world country in many ways

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    • No, most countries don't like seeing another go down.

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    • Lmao

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  • One obvious mistake, Taiwan has never been committed to be a “country”!!!

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  • They should just have some women with large breasts handing out soft pretzels with fresh mustard to visitors and streetwalkers. Let's see how long their problems last in the midst of that sort of hospitality!

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  • Role of American embassies is the world is to spread anarchy in that country. So off course they want to fortify themselves with big walls.

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    • This is because of the cold war, but you’re clearly ignorant and stupid

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  • 1:41 I don't think Palau is there. It's more like east of Mindanao and north of Timor.

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  • Bro ,, you said north korea DPRK reflects how much you are scared of them..

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  • Bitcoin trading is the best business in the world right now. You don't need to go to any embassy because its not in the government system.

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  • Hey, thank you for this informative video, I really appreciate your efforts. would you please make a video explaining how does an Ambassy take a descision on wether to give someone a travel visa or not. I am from Algeria, I have demanded a study visa to the United Kingdom, my demand was refused ! not once but three times! I provided the Ambassy with all the papers required: financial, insurance, college confirmation etc.."

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  • 11:23 I am reporting your vid for providing wrong geographical information of India - Pakistan Border

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  • Me being from Costa Rica seeing how we qualify as a "hardship" country: Do we really look THAT bad?

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    • No, it's because of all the US interventions in your area, it made Central America look like it's serving the US, it's not your fault. I hope they will stop this one day, they did so much damage.

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  • curious of the UK embassy in NK... they don't seem the embassy type for western nations... there was a story a while back of Canada opting to play mediator between NK and the US; why not just have the UK be the mediator, as they actually have an embassy there...

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  • sometimes confused at whether ambassadors are politicians or not...

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  • 2:52 That is just impossible, you can aloways search a bag, there are no unpickable locks

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    • Did you miss a word before that. The bags cannot be siezed in the first place let alone be searched the host country do not have authority

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  • It's "Ponta Delgada" and not "Ponte Delgada", source: I'm Portuguese

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  • So Yvonne Fletchers murder is a ‘misbehaving diplomat’ so disrespectful to her life!!!

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  • Why is Palau in the Spratly Islands?

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  • britains north korea embaysees is hilarous its just a normal house lol

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  • From a career US Embassy employee, "US citizens are the last people we want to see at the Embassy..." They feel their work is in furthering the US government's agenda abroad, not in assisting their own citizens. All you have to do is visit one during their very limited "US citizen hours" on top of being treated like a third class citizen by the local security staff that "greet" you at the entrance, to understand this to be true.

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  • Diplomatic bags that can not be searched. Seems kind of sus.

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  • The night view of first-tier cities is so beautiful!

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  • You showed a bunch of American embassies but didn’t show the coolest looking one in Ottawa.

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  • if a police officer enters an embassy, who will the embassy call? the police?

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  • what is a burn and why is there an embassy

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  • Embassies also help their citizens if a crime is committed again them abroad. If you ever read the small text in your (at least American) passport, they're pretty clear that if you're a victim of a crime, you're supposed to go to them. That'll help with dealing with the language barrier with the police, and also increase the effort put into your case, more than if you were the victim of a similar crime in your home country. Because getting mugged by someone who didn't realize you were a visiting foreigner is still a diplomatic incident. Embassies also manage the visa requests of the country they're in for people who want to get into their home country.

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  • You get hardship pay for Malta? WTF?

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  • If Wendover Productions designed an embassy it would be a plane flying in circles constantly being refuelled in the air from time to time.

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  • Living in dc, I should know this

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  • When I was on a school camp to Canberra in Aus they drove us past all the embassies in a bus and talked about them. I distinctly remember the guards at the american embassy waving to us. I was in year 6, so 11. Nice memory

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  • Dude someone is pretending to be you TBH he is Half as interesting

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  • I am the ambassador. I'll kick your assador.

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  • 1:39 since when is Palau by Brunei?

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  • wouldn’t america be one of those hardship pay places because of the shitty healthcare

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  • As a diplomat I laughed at some of the facts 😆

  • Wrong map of Kashmir showing in Pakistan. Instant dislike.

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  • Go dawgs!

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  • Worth noting the US diplomats in London owe pounds in parking or driving fines amounting to more than £116M which they refuse to pay, claiming they aren't obliged to follow UK law! Which is bullshit, but it's difficult to prosecute them. Yet another case of the USA not respecting the law!

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  • I used to live just down the street from the North Korean embassy and walked past it every morning to get to school xD

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  • In other words the more of the brown people the less embassies are needed

  • England should have responded to an act of war by entering the embassy and killing everyone in there and bombing parts of Libya,

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    • Didn't the UK do the "bombing parts of Libya" thing when Gadiffi was overthrown?

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  • If that shooting happened in MERICA you would have heard the BRRRRRRRT of an AT- warthog before the sirens of police. Brits are to nice

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    • A seal team would have exterminated the residents of the embassy and Tripoli would have been on fire that night.

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  • 1:40 that's not palau...

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  • When you said "Palau", you highlighted some random spot off the coast of Brunei and Malaysia. Palau is in the Pacific, on the other side of the Philippines.

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  • @wendover productions you misplaced palau at around !:35-1:40 the one you placed a pin on is Palawan, Philippines. an island in the Republic of the Philippines. Palau is in somewhere around the middle of the pacific

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  • As a kid, I had a neighbor 2 doors down that I was best friends with, but our parents refused to interact with each other much beyond waving and saying hello. It wasn't until like 5 years ago that I realized that they didn't have a problem with each other, it was because my dad worked *a specific government job* and my friend's dad worked in the Nigerian embassy in DC and they were afraid of getting in trouble if it was found that they were hanging out

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    • What was that *specific* government job?

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  • I was a Marine Security Guard in Dakar, São Paulo, and Bangkok 03-07. It was such a great experience! Great video!! You really did a great job with the research.

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  • 8.33 i feel like i have seen that house before.

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  • 9:11 damn, soldiers over 9 feet tall

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  • So you could technically be murdered in the embassy and you would have to call the police, of the foreign country. (Moral here if your at risk never go to embassies)

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  • Let's not forget that citizens traveling abroad might need to visit their embassy for any number of reasons like needing help getting home during an emergency.

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  • So let's suppose this happens: For some reason, be it espionage or pure madness, a country's embassy decides to set fire to their chancery (probably to burn incriminating evidence/documents). We've already established that firefighters cannot enter the building, but of course, they can't just let the building continue to burn, and spread to neighboring buildings. So, as an alternative, the firefighters use the water cannons on their trucks to help put the fire out. Does that still count as entry?

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  • I've been to the DPRK embassy in Berlin that is shown in the beginning. It's an unbelievably creepy building that gives off eerie vibes. There used to be a hostel on embassy grounds (really) which was shut down by the city and now it's just sitting there empty, some windows still open, which makes the whole complex even creepier.

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  • Is it just me or is someone else watching this because they live in an embassy

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  • 6:28 go dawgs

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  • What I don't understand is why Assange wasn't taken in a diplomatic bag or box or something.

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