Mini Countries Abroad: How Embassies Work

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    [2] travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/countries-limited-visa-services.html
    [3] www.un.int/tuvalu/tuvalu/embassies
    [4] usunrome.usmission.gov/mission/mission-usun/ambassador/
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    [8] www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/15/julian-assange-ecuador-london-embassy-how-he-became-unwelcome-guest
    [9] integrity-legal.com/legal-blog/miscellaneous/laws-and-rules-regarding-extraterritoriality/
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  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions  4 months ago +711

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    • Penny The Pineapple
      Penny The Pineapple Month ago

      Found you guys through something on my recommended, can’t stop binging now! Thanks for the awesome videos!

    • Lucrecia Mantilla
      Lucrecia Mantilla Month ago

      Why is palau in the south china sea

    • Michael Mantion
      Michael Mantion 2 months ago

      music ruined the the video can you uplaod a version with out music?

    • Chris Green
      Chris Green 2 months ago

      Suggest you don’t waste your time doing a behind the scenes at Heathrow
      We’ve had so many of them and they’re getting boring

    • Jolan Joseph
      Jolan Joseph 2 months ago

      So we are clear Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and OECS States have diplomatic links through an Embassy located in Barbados. I am unsure if to believe anything else you have said.

  • TofuBearEatTofu
    TofuBearEatTofu 3 days ago

    I hope Gaddafi and his family rot in hell

  • KingOfShadows1500
    KingOfShadows1500 6 days ago +1

    Can't the police besiege an embassy, though? Eventually, the diplomats will run out of food and will be forced to leave the building.

  • Howardwayne Roberts
    Howardwayne Roberts 7 days ago

    the american embassy in philippines,if,ever they actually answer their phone,i called several times daily for three months before i finally got an answer,and then when i spoke to someone,they could not speak a bit of english,nor understand english language,then they hung up the phone on me...in 9 months,they only answered their phone two times and can not speak or understand english,both times,they disconnected my call...it is a joke at american embassy philippines,manilla.

  • Jenn D
    Jenn D 8 days ago

    I can't find the British or Australian embassies in Ottawa.

  • Ruski
    Ruski 10 days ago

    Lets see if we can count how many times he says diplomat or diplomatic or diplomacy.

  • Damai Setiawan
    Damai Setiawan 12 days ago

    Wrong map for palau

  • LemmeLix
    LemmeLix 12 days ago +1

    1:39 Palau isnt there. its north of New guinea

  • Sadedin Osmani
    Sadedin Osmani 13 days ago

    04:03 The Albanian flag

  • A O
    A O 15 days ago

    you see

  • James Peck
    James Peck 17 days ago

    Bonus for working in Costa Rica...oh the hardship 🙄

  • Baha' uddin
    Baha' uddin 18 days ago

    I had just decided to publicly comment on a video for the first time in years when I found that you even have references. This is my first viewing of one of your videos. This is easily in the very highest tier of short videos in the pop-continuing-education space.
    Also, when are we going to see some prestigious Emmy- or Oscar-level TheXvid video awards?
    I nominate this video!

  • Conscious Crypto
    Conscious Crypto 19 days ago

    Very interesting video. When I was in college I considered going into the foreign service with an intention of being stationed overseas for most of my career. Little did I know then how totally wrong I was for that job. So glad I wound up taking a different direction. I would never have done well working for the government. Too independent. Also wouldn't have been good at all the pomp and circumstance of diplomacy. Too blunt and annoyed by artifice.

  • Philip Balfour
    Philip Balfour 19 days ago

    That's not Palau, that's the northern area of Borneo.

  • Ad H
    Ad H 20 days ago

    The US does not use its embassies for the purpose they are there for. Look at Iraq, now about 12000 employees...But how many US citizens are there? Embassies are for representation of the nation and for the host country to lodge compaints or to lets say pass message son to the official government of that embassy. Yes for the citizens of the country in that foreign land also. But for example, the case of Iraq, it is clear thet the US embassy is being used for spying and for tactical and warfare purposes. You would have to be an idiot to not see this. With the tensions created by the US against Iran and North Korea it makes sense. And they have CIA operattives housed there to conduct their missions and surveliamnce. The US is not an honest borker and has never been. The sooner people realise this in those weak countries and form other alliances the better. But as long as the money the US provides corrpupt officials and government is enough for them, then things wont change...But we need change...

  • alexodexo
    alexodexo 20 days ago

    Just thought who tf wants to live next to North Korea in Germany. Then I realized that the embassie is two streets next to my home

  • Laurent Levasseur
    Laurent Levasseur 21 day ago

    1:41 Palau Island wrong location. should be in The Pacific

  • asdf
    asdf 21 day ago

    You really need to do proper research before you create these videos.

  • Brittany Garrison
    Brittany Garrison 22 days ago

    Never forget Benghazi. RIP brothers.

  • JDB 1113
    JDB 1113 23 days ago

    *Wendover:* "The embassy also represents its homeland through its actual building"
    *Me:* Looks at the USA embassy which is actually a fortified base with 5m walls
    Yep, pretty accurate.

  • Aimo2121
    Aimo2121 23 days ago

    It feels weird realising I’ve passed the North Korean embassy without even realising it...

  • Emonkey Inc
    Emonkey Inc 23 days ago +1

    At 1:41 you showed palau west of the Philippines but its actually east of the Philippines.

  • joshua Santos
    joshua Santos 24 days ago

    Can you tell me why there isn't an embassy in antartica yet?

  • joshua Santos
    joshua Santos 24 days ago +2

    Thanks for clarifying that the embassy is not the building.

  • --
    -- 25 days ago

    9:24 i really like your videos but i have to strongly disagree. war is NOT "big business". at least not for a country. the only people who make big money off of war are companies like Heckler & Koch. Countries ALWAYS lose money on war which is why no counrty (as far as i know) is engaged in an active war.

  • Xaverderschnitzelfan
    Xaverderschnitzelfan 27 days ago

    In austria the biggest embassy is the one of the smallest country vatican....

  • mob180 Gaming
    mob180 Gaming 29 days ago

    i am sorry i had to dislike, as you had 666 dislikes so now it is 667

  • AdrianAtGaming
    AdrianAtGaming Month ago

    1:42 palau wrong spot

  • Blakee
    Blakee Month ago

    its the continental from john wick

  • Uzair Ismail
    Uzair Ismail Month ago

    That was the reason Ramond DAvies a U.S embassy worker crushed 3 pakistanis back there in Lahore and was released shortly after paying few buggs just diplomatic perks nothing to do with ordinary citizens

  • lonelyPorterCH
    lonelyPorterCH Month ago

    We should just fuse all countrys on earth in one big country called "earth", so we wouldn't need all this borders and ambassies ;P

  • Vince g
    Vince g Month ago

    I applied to be an FSO. Once a year you can take a test. If you pass you move on to the next stage in the process. I missed moving on by just a few points.

  • Vampyfawn
    Vampyfawn Month ago +2

    Should mention how the American ambassador to Denmark became a reality tv star there to promote the US.

  • Cosmo Coralles
    Cosmo Coralles Month ago

    Palau is so insignificant that nobody noticed that the marker on Palau is wrong.

  • Cheng Yang Zhao
    Cheng Yang Zhao Month ago

    And North Korea 0:48

  • toothless
    toothless Month ago

    I’m watching this in a singapore ambassi

  • GandWizard
    GandWizard Month ago

    8:25 For those who wonder where it is: it is in The Hague, the Netherlands, and was the embassy for the USA there until 2018.

  • Timmity3
    Timmity3 Month ago +2

    The US Embassy in Ireland looks much like the one in Australia.

  • WuzNab
    WuzNab Month ago +11

    No bonus for Australia?
    What about the spiders

  • tyler89557
    tyler89557 Month ago

    Embassies: Meant to facilitate diplomacy
    Libya: More like meant to fire upon civilians with.

  • Michael Gray
    Michael Gray Month ago

    Just took Iraq

  • Mayank Bansal
    Mayank Bansal Month ago

    Hey!! It's great to see your video is working well.
    Get it better by adding closed captions in English.
    Contact me for the service via email on themayankbansal@gmail.com.
    Thanks. ALL THE BEST. Keep Growing.

  • Memes areforkids
    Memes areforkids Month ago

    1:43 Palau is east of the Phillies

  • Hasnain
    Hasnain Month ago

    unfortunately for the rest of the world, american embassies are more concerned w/ spying, interfering & regime change than travel & trade

  • Krisna Sri
    Krisna Sri Month ago

    you got the location of palau when you mentioned the countries that hadn't signed the Vienna Convention

  • TheJustina102085
    TheJustina102085 Month ago

    Green Julian Assange

  • Tarantulum
    Tarantulum Month ago

    1:39
    *says Palau*
    *highlights some random island north of Malaysia*

  • Breno Bacci
    Breno Bacci Month ago

    Nice complete lack of human feelings when you said "war is money" there, dude. No wonder the whole world is in this deep shit. People think they're smarter for not getting "emotional" about "stuff that happens", even when the "stuff" that happens is genocide so a few rich people can get richer. If you're not one of those rich people, and I bet you're not, you ain't that smart, buddy. Nice video about embassies, but would it kill you to show some criticism of the fact that soul-sucking companies are all cowering up together in the Green Zone in Baghdad, bathing in heated swimming pools, while the local population is living in a war-torn hell-hole? No? I didn't think you would.

  • Jurgen Kopliku
    Jurgen Kopliku Month ago

    4:00 Albanian Flag!!

  • james sicard
    james sicard Month ago

    Dude, Iraq is not pronounced "EYE-rack," it's "Eh-ROCK."

  • The Park
    The Park Month ago

    You got Palau on the map wrong

  • Christina Penner
    Christina Penner Month ago

    I used to live in DC (home in L. A. now) it was totally normal to hear stories or diplomats kids getting out of trouble, even a famous case of a drunk driving incident an American was killed in. That was in the late 90’s but the embassies were super bitchen.

  • SorryBones
    SorryBones Month ago

    6:27
    UGA!!!!!! I walked right next to the arch just today! I was sitting on that table, eating Brusters. Go dawgs

  • nishant singhal
    nishant singhal Month ago

    Tuvalu has an embassy/consulate in India do your research I live next to it in delhi

  • Aryan Saini
    Aryan Saini Month ago +113

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

    • Elias Bastos
      Elias Bastos 10 days ago +4

      They're gonna call the ghostbusters.

    • Stomi Ball
      Stomi Ball 18 days ago

      😂😂😂 we need answers

    • JoelJames2
      JoelJames2 Month ago +36

      Their home country, which will cause an international political shitstorm.

    • Erik Vitek
      Erik Vitek Month ago +48

      Nope they have their own law enforcement, a US embassy will normally always have a contingent of US marines.

  • Patrick Wells
    Patrick Wells Month ago

    Hanged*

  • Vlado Atanasow
    Vlado Atanasow Month ago

    Bulgaria high crime?? Абе ей педераст ще ти еба майката

  • A Bomb
    A Bomb Month ago

    Athens, GA 6:28

  • Ddog Darby
    Ddog Darby Month ago

    So that's why when I went to renew my passport at the Polish embassy in NYC they had TSA and people checking passports.

  • Limi V
    Limi V Month ago

    This video showed the US embassy in Israel twice, but didn't say anything about it