Identify The Country

Here’s the Canadian Dept. of Foreign Affairs description of the safety and security of a country. Can you identify which country it is (without using Google)?

Crime occurrences are high in many… cities, but are generally concentrated in areas that travellers are unlikely to visit. Travellers, however, should remain vigilant and alert to their surroundings. Full cooperation is recommended when stopped by police. Street crime can spill over into commercial, hotel, and entertainment areas. Racial tensions and poverty occasionally prompt riots; these are usually confined to the poorer districts of major cities, but the violence can spread to central commercial and hotel districts.


Marko Peric's picture
Marko Peric on August 22, 2004 - 22:48 Permalink

It’s the United States, isn’t it? I’m tempted to do a little research and confirm this, and I probably will after posting, but it all fits for the USA.

Matt McQuaid's picture
Matt McQuaid on August 23, 2004 - 01:30 Permalink

I’m with Marco—I think it’s the U.S. as well.

Lisa Howard's picture
Lisa Howard on August 23, 2004 - 12:13 Permalink

It sounds like the US to me too. Of course, it also sounds like a lot of other places. But I’d guess the US partly because the question is being asked as though it would be hard to guess the answer.

Rob Paterson's picture
Rob Paterson on August 23, 2004 - 12:32 Permalink

The US is a strong candidate but regretfully the UK now fits this profile as well with maybe less of a Police emphasis

Dico's picture
Dico on August 23, 2004 - 13:00 Permalink


oliver's picture
oliver on August 23, 2004 - 14:05 Permalink


John Boylan's picture
John Boylan on August 23, 2004 - 14:48 Permalink


Mandy's picture
Mandy on August 23, 2004 - 14:54 Permalink

Sounds like the US, or a Vacation spot like Dominican or some place everyone wants to go to….

Mambambo's picture
Mambambo on August 23, 2004 - 17:37 Permalink

I suspect it is the United States. And I suspect this was posted for its *irony*

Every country has its troubles. Here is an excerpt from another Canadian travel advisory (guess the country and don’t google):

Although the main paramilitary groups are observing a cease-fire, some small renegade groups have not accepted the agreement and continue to be responsible for acts of violence. Authorities may occasionally impose localized measures such as traffic or parcel/luggage checks in the interest of public safety.”

Jacob's picture
Jacob on August 23, 2004 - 17:47 Permalink

The country described in the original post seems to me to be the United States of America. The country Mambambo (in the above comment) sounds to me as if it could also be the USA. I’m sure there are a lot of countries that could fit both descriptions though, possibly including Canada.

Chris Corrigan's picture
Chris Corrigan on August 23, 2004 - 18:08 Permalink


Chris Corrigan's picture
Chris Corrigan on August 23, 2004 - 18:09 Permalink

Maybe not.

Mambambo's picture
Mambambo on August 23, 2004 - 19:48 Permalink

Incidents should be reported to local police, even though they will often just provide a slip of paper indicating that they took a statement on a certain date. In cases where a Canadian has been robbed of all identification and money, it is advisable to contact the Canadian Embassy before contacting the police in order to avoid being held in jail until your identity is confirmed and your solvency restored.

Driving in ____ is dangerous. Traffic accidents are the most frequent cause of the detention and trial of Canadians in ____, whether you are responsible for the accident or not. Accidents that result in death or injury are treated like crimes, and the onus is on the driver to prove innocence. Prison sentences can range from one to 10 years. Regardless of the nature of the crime or accident, it can take five months to a year for the case to go to trial. In most cases, you will not be allowed to leave ____ until the trial has taken place.”

Gee whiz, sounds like a rotten Police State. Must be New Jersey or Vermont or something.

Gravy's picture
Gravy on August 23, 2004 - 19:54 Permalink

South Africa.

Ken's picture
Ken on August 23, 2004 - 22:46 Permalink

Is it Quebec?

Nils Ling's picture
Nils Ling on August 24, 2004 - 01:23 Permalink

Guessing the US for Peter’s … and Ireland for Mambambos.

Ian Williams's picture
Ian Williams on August 24, 2004 - 06:25 Permalink

Having travelled around the world, I instantly recognized it as my country, the United States. I’ve actually seen this link before, Peter!…

Marcus's picture
Marcus on August 26, 2004 - 23:17 Permalink

Ontario… the root of all evil in Canada.

Mambambo John's picture
Mambambo John on July 7, 2006 - 11:48 Permalink

It sounds like it is the united State Of America. This can probably be true because having read wide and deep about the situation in the country, one might not be wrong to say “It is the United state Of America” where the poor are marginalised, the meak relegated and those of some “insignificant races” are seriously discriminated. It sounds so precise that one needs not to visit google to find out. Where else in the whole World can one feel so insecure and probably the poor and other races seriously marginalised? Yes….Yes….No doubt….It is the United states Of America! I LOVE IT FOR WHAT IT IS>Rich in wealth but poor in handling HUMANITARIAN issues.

Mambambo John's picture
Mambambo John on August 9, 2006 - 11:15 Permalink