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San Serriffe

On April Fools’ Day 1977, Britain’s The Guardiannewspaper reported on the curious—but fictional—island nation of San Serriffe. The article described two islands—Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse—inhabited by colonists known as “colons” and “semi-colons,” who celebrate events such as the Festival of the Well-Made Play. Since the article predated personal computers, typography was not widely known, and plays on words like “sans serif” eluded many readers. What is San Serriffe’s national bird?More… Discuss


Climate Change Could Displace Entire Island Nation

For the residents of Kiribaticlimate change is a very real threat. Many of the island nation’s coral atolls rise just a few feet above sea level, and some villages have already had to move due to rising waters and altered storm patterns. A number of strategies have been proposed to protect the nation and its inhabitants from the effects of climate change, including a dramatic plan to move Kiribati’s entire population of 103,000 to a 6,000-acre tract of land on the Fijian island of Viti Levu. Though the proposal is gaining traction, even proponents see it as a last resort that they hope never needs to be put into action. More… Discuss