April 11th, 2011
03:56 PM ET

What in the World? Checklist for a new nation

So what exactly would happen if the secessionist movement in Belgium succeeds? Or if southern Yemen separates from the northern part of the nation? We've put together a small checklist of some of the less glamourous, but still necessary things that will go into the foundation of the new South Sudanese state.

Some of the tasks that the new nation will need to tackle, among other things of course:

– A new anthem
– A new monetary system
– A new country code
– New embassies across the world

Now the video we put together maybe a light hearted look at the birth of a new nation but it's important to remember what Fareed says about South Sudan:

Now, it's fun to take a tongue in cheek look at the plans of a nation that's long coveted independence. But let's not forget, this is a serious story. Please keep an eye on Sudan and on the new Republic of South Sudan. Their people have been neglected by the world before and with dire consequences. That shouldn't happen again.

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  1. Onesmallvoice

    What really needs to happen is to have Kurdistan secede from Turkey,Chechnya from Russia and Vascagondas from Spain. That way we'll have a far more peaceful world but then again,the right-wing thugs in Washington just don't get it,as usual.

    April 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Sean

      But we laugh at Texas when they want to secede..... double standard?

      April 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
      • no double standard

        go Texas, don't let the door hit you where the constituition split you

        April 13, 2011 at 10:15 am |
      • RHN

        @no double standard I guarantee it wouldn't just be Texas.

        April 13, 2011 at 10:23 am |
      • do you really want a free Texas?

        take California too, I want to be freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

        April 13, 2011 at 10:27 am |
      • RHN

        Just saying, be careful what you wish for. Especially with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War just yesterday.

        April 13, 2011 at 10:40 am |
      • Delmar H. Knudson

        I don't think we should let Texas secede without a deal wherein New York City secedes along with them.

        April 13, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
    • TimB

      "...right-wing thugs"??? Like the ones who hold the White House or the majority in the U.S. Senate?

      Umm, maybe you missed it, but the dominant party in the U.S. Govt. is a Center-Left party, or at least a centrist one in global terms.

      April 12, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
      • to be clear

        regardless of who is in power

        it is Cheny's fault ('W' is too stupid to have anything be his fault)

        April 13, 2011 at 10:14 am |
      • RHN

        @ to be clear So what you're saying is, Obama is Cheney's biotch?

        April 13, 2011 at 10:27 am |
      • hadn't thought of it that way

        but every one is Bernake's biotch... did you read the Rolling Stone article?

        April 13, 2011 at 10:32 am |
      • RHN

        Which article? The one a while back by Matt Tiabe (SP)?

        April 13, 2011 at 10:37 am |
      • by Matt: The real housewives of Wall Street: 1st Paragraph

        America has two national budgets, one official, one unofficial. The official budget is public record and hotly debated: Money comes in as taxes and goes out as jet fighters, DEA agents, wheat subsidies and Medicare, plus pensions and bennies for that great untamed socialist menace called a unionized public-sector workforce that Republicans are always complaining about. According to popular legend, we're broke and in so much debt that 40 years from now our granddaughters will still be hooking on weekends to pay the medical bills of this year's retirees from the IRS, the SEC and the Department of Energy.

        April 13, 2011 at 10:42 am |
      • RHN

        I haven't read that one. I'll do so. Thanks.

        April 13, 2011 at 10:46 am |
    • Dano

      Last time I checked, it was RUSSIA slaughtering the Chechens for trying to secede, not the "right wing thugs" in Washington, D.C.

      April 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
      • no but

        you gotta know Palin had a hand in it

        April 13, 2011 at 10:12 am |
    • Audrey Meridienne

      Kurdistan already exists in northern Iraq, Kurds that live in other nations are free to move there as they wish as there is more than enough space in that territory for the the entire Kurdish population of the world. If they want more soil, they would have to declare war against Turkey and suffer the consequences.

      Do not try to divide other countries, it is none of your business. If you do, you pave the path for people of other nations to divide your country too. Give the Mexican populated states to Mexico, then talk. You cannot even tolerate their presence on your soil, as an American, yet act like you are an openminded person like a European. No, you aren't, you are as shallowminded as it gets, you are an American.

      April 13, 2011 at 1:29 am |
      • listen Audrey

        enough with the Mexicans are so poorly treated comment

        I have plenty of friends from around the globe as do the U.S. as a whole

        this thing of crying 'poor me' is as bad as the soccer flop for a player trying to get a yellow card on his opponent

        it is annoying; if the mexicans feel poorly treated then start a business in mexico; this country accepts lots of people from around the globe who want to be here and don't cry about having to work their way up

        all the minorities: blacks, whites, indians, asians, mexicans SHUT UP and quit crying

        April 13, 2011 at 9:26 am |
      • RHN

        Audrey, from the sound of her name, is either French or Belgian. Both of which were colonial powers. Hardly the people that should be lecturing about interferring with other countries.

        April 13, 2011 at 10:35 am |
      • Kraznodar

        Audrey – Doesn't Merde mean poop in French? Does that mean your last name translates to English as poopy?

        April 13, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
      • uhuhreally

        @Audrey Meridienne: Yes, let's not forget about how well all the countries did that were created out of WWI. Let's see: Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and Iraq. All failures... And the Kurds as a "Nation" (who are not autonomous) share real estate in four countries: Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria. They are a Nation of people without a country. As for the Mexican issue, tell me your country of residence and we can dig into your country's past and present pertaining to prejudice. Try educating yourself before opening your ignorant European elitist mouth.

        April 13, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
      • Delmar H. Knudson

        The illegal immigrants from Guatemala should no longer be met with Mexican Government guns as they cross into Mexico; nor should the immigrant women coming into Mexico across their southern border be repeatedly raped and robbed before they reach the U.S. border.

        April 13, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  2. Angie

    Fareed, I am a fan of GPS. but this week I got very disappointed when I heard that James Baker mistakenly called the PERSIAN gulf 'Arabian' Gulf! and he was not corrected.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
    • j. von hettlingen

      In German speaking geographical books the disputed "Arabian Gulf" is known as "Arabischer-Persischer Golf". If you google under the term "Persian Gulf", you also see "Arabian Gulf" as its parallel term. At the beginning I thought James Baker got caught between the two terms "Arabian Sea" and "Persian Gulf", hence "Arabian Gulf" slipped out of his slips. Then I checked and found out that he wasn't wrong. His mental strenght is remarkable for his age, who turns 81 in 2 weeks.

      April 12, 2011 at 3:40 am |
    • TimB

      Names have power Angie, and both terms are correct in English. We're more just used to hearing "Persian Gulf".

      Depending on which side of that body of water one is from, you prefer the name that identifies with your people or land. To Iranians it is the Persian Gulf, to Arabs it is the Arabian Gulf, or the equivalent in their languages. So for a person like Secretary Baker, using the Arabian oriented term is a political tool.

      April 12, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
      • Angie

        historically, it's always been the Persian Gulf. Arabian Gulf is a contemporary term! I am insisting that it would be wiser for a former secretary of state to use the right term.

        April 13, 2011 at 5:24 am |
      • interesting Tim and Angie

        I had always heard Persian

        naming is very important, and it follows then: correct term for whom? someone almost always is a winner and someone a loser in changes

        April 13, 2011 at 10:21 am |
      • Raphael Sebastian

        There is truly only ONE ocean. But human nature being what it is, we all want to "own" our parts of it. So there is the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Gulf, or the Japan Sea and the China Sea (depending on whose side you are on). But to the Ocean itself, all of this vanity is unimportant. We split hairs over nothing. There is only the Sea.

        April 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
      • Kraznodar

        You are correct – Secretary baker is indeed a political tool.

        April 13, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  3. TX

    What needs to happen is a free Texas seceeding from the Usrael!

    April 11, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
    • Onesmallvoice

      Not a bad idea,TX. Maybe it should be tried.

      April 12, 2011 at 9:44 am |
      • do you really want a free Texas?

        I cannot see much good coming from that, some serious butt kicking from unrestrained Texans

        really: better to keep the reigns pulled tight
        however the American football superbowl would then be a global sport

        April 13, 2011 at 10:25 am |
    • Kraznodar

      Gotta love the massive Tariffs the USA could then impose since Texas receives more federal money than they pay in.

      April 13, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  4. Steve Paterno

    I could not believe this wrong characteristic of South Sudan by Fareed Zakaria. He was talking about a new emerging nation, coming up in shapes of animals. I thought people in CNN know better. As a major news outlet, the CNN reporting must be current with a bit of context and analysis to explain what is that they are talking about. For example, the reference to the proposed cities in shapes of animals is an old news. The current issue now is a search for new Capital City. Not only that, there might have been corrupt deals behind the proposed designed cities, which by the way are so many nowadays, in deferent shapes and style so much to the point that many people actually refer to “Designed Toy Cities,” because many of them don't correspond to real cities, designed on actual topography. How can that skip the attention of CNN???

    Steve Paterno

    April 12, 2011 at 5:02 am |
  5. Raphael Sebastian

    Refreshing if there were NO new anthem and NO new flag, and so no premise whatever for rival conflict. A nation with nothing to prove to its neighbors. Only a healthy new Constitution and a people willing to share a place among all the others in the world. The concept is matriarchal, and for this reason of course will never be tolerated in our patriarchal world. Too bad. ~

    April 12, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  6. Matt

    Greenland, West Bank & Gaza (Palestine) should be own nation!!

    April 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • Matt

      Sorry folks,I forgot to mention Kurdistan,Chechnya and Vascagondas!!! They all deserve their independence and how!

      April 12, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
      • Audrey Meridienne

        Yes, Banana Republic deserves its independence too.. because some American says so. Since when have you proven to make the right decisions? It's quite the opposite, the entire world thinks the opposite of what an American thinks nowadays, because you make the worst decisions. You don't only harm the world, you harm yourselves too.

        April 13, 2011 at 1:33 am |
      • someone pee'd in your cereal

        doesn't matter; if you get out of bed and feel like today is the day to rail on the U.S. this is blog and away you go

        but you are wrong; not a little wrong; all these countries: Mexico, France, China, Japan, Russia, the African countries have at some point in time interferred with other country's business; sometimes selfishly, sometimes with the best of intentions; but the U.S. is not the first to do it, we have not done it the most and we absolutely make mistakes and have successes.

        the U.S. is certain to have at least competitors around the world for dominance very soon; China for example. I hope they try to do the right thing – no doubt there will be loads of arm chair quarterbacks like yourself at t he ready to crucify every decision; the cheap seat comfy?

        April 13, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  7. Jonathan

    Puerto Rico should be free from the U.S.

    April 12, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • Jonathan

      I just wanted to add that Puerto Rico has it`s own anthem, language,flag, country code (.pr) but it doesn't have embassies (only consulates), and the currency is the US dollar.

      April 12, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • Delmar H. Knudson

      As a U.S. citizen, I heartily agree.

      April 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  8. nicholas

    doesnt puerto rico and its people have to option to vote to become a state OR an independent nation at anytime?
    also on the topic of places that should be independent....no one mentioned Tibet...

    April 12, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • Jonathan

      yes, thats true. But the independence subject is kind of taboo. Lots of puertoricans wants independence or some form of sovereignty. The truth is that political repression is very alive in the island by federal and local (pro U.S.) residents. If you want independence for Puerto Rico they spread lies about pro-independence sympathizers being commies, socialist, pro- fidel, pro chavez, anti U.S. or some kind of negative stereotype.

      April 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Joanna

      Tibet is slowly being over run by China as the Chinese govt. expands its influence all over the world, Tibet shall cease to be a separate nation in approximately 40 years based on the level at which it is already happening.

      April 12, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • Sixoh

      This may sound cruel, but I really couldn't care less about Tibet. Or any other place. Well, I take that back, besides my own country, there ARE other places that are important to me.
      But not Tibet.

      April 12, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
      • Tibet

        that is why resources spent are spent on a country's best interest and not only because of a horrific tragedy somewhere in the globe

        as nice and important a job as a world policeman is... who could afford to be the enforcer of right and wrong for the globe... and of course: fair to whom?

        April 13, 2011 at 10:02 am |
  9. Neil

    Secession has always been a controversial topic here in Canada because of Quebec. This speech (transcript linked below) by a former cabinet minister is a good read in describing the difficulties and the seemingly mundane yet vital details in negotiating secession. I'm not sure all of the issues apply in the case of South Sudan apply. None the less an interesting read.


    April 12, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • we've been trying to get rid of Texas for decades

      but Texas just won't leave

      April 13, 2011 at 10:00 am |
  10. Roll One Smoke One Eat One

    P.R. has 3 options.
    Statehood or
    Commonwealth status.

    They keep voting Commonwealth.

    April 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  11. Roll One Smoke One Eat One

    Trade ya Texas for Tibet.

    April 13, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • you've been holding on to it and I sure would like a hit... don't bogart

      do we get his His Eminence the 7th Dzogchen Rinpoche, Jigme Losel Wangpo?

      April 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  12. Unknown

    Directions in those cities shaped like animals will be interesting:

    Person A: "Where is your house?"

    Person B: "Five miles straight to the rhino azz."

    April 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  13. Alex beiber

    So far it looks like S. Sudan shall take at least 100 years of continuous development to reach Kenya's level, yikes!!, who knows may be Kenya can off load a few millions of our population so that we can maintain a population of 38 million 5 years down, I just hope S. Sudan does not over populate and also that they have family planning control by the state put in place ASAP, we cannot truly accommodate more people in this world.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
    • John

      Really! Is that what all of you thinking in Kenya? Shame on Kenyan who think as YOU. You can't resolve your problem by overloading Southern Sudan with Kenyan that you do not want. Resolve your problem, and do not hope that Southern Sudan will ease your problem. In fact things might be rough for Kenyan in the long run. South Sudan will not be Kenya, it will be unique.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
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