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Old 05-10-2014, 12:35 AM   #74
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The Baltic Tragedy - Nazi and Soviet occupation in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania ...
Estonia and Latvia, the 2 northernmost Baltic states, share 343 km of common borders. Both states share a long common history, having since the 13th century been ruled by the Livonian Order, Poland-Lithuania, Sweden and finally, until achieving independence in 1918, the Russian Empire.. They were both re-occupied by the USSR between 1945 and 1991. Both countries established diplomatic relations on January 3, 1992.. Estonia has an embassy in Riga. Latvia has an embassy in Tallinn..32.7% of Estonia's total population lives in Tallinn...

The river Daugava has been a trade route since antiquity, part of the Vikings' Dvina-Dnieper navigation route to Byzantium.. A sheltered natural harbour 15 km (9.3 mi) upriver from the mouth of the Daugava—the site of today's Riga—has been recorded, as Duna Urbs, as early as the 2nd century.. It was settled by the Livs, an ancient Finnic tribe..The first traces of human settlement found in Tallinn's city center by archeologists are about 5000 years old...

The Baltic states (also known as the Baltics, Baltic nations or Baltic countries; Estonian: Balti riigid, Baltimaad, Latvian: Baltijas valstis, Lithuanian: Baltijos valstybės) are 3 northern European countries east of the Baltic Sea – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which gained independence from the Russian Empire in the wake of World War I..Both are predominantly Lutheran, while Lithuania is mostly Catholic (with the exception of Eastern Latvia, which is also predominantly Catholic and multi-religious, in general having had a strong presence of the Eastern Orthodox Church throughout history as well as a prominent Jewish community until the outbreak of World War II.)..The term "Baltic" stems from the name of the Baltic Sea – a hydronym dating back to the 11th century (Adam of Bremen mentioned Latin: Mare Balticum) and earlier..Baltic countries are located in Northern Europe and have a seaside; thanks to that they are able to interact with many European countries. All 3 countries are parliamentary democracies, which have unicameral parliaments that are elected by popular vote to serve 4-year terms – Riigikogu of Estonia, Saeima of Latvia and Seimas of Lithuania. In Latvia and Estonia, the president is elected by parliament while Lithuania has a semi-presidential system and the president is elected by popular vote. All are parts of the EU and the NATO... do you hate us so much, Mara?.It isn't a matter of hate.. It is a biological obligation..You are thinking of what happened to the others.Then our actions shouldn't surprise you..We have to survive no matter what the cost; we are the only ones left now..We're your superiors in our capacity to love...

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