Monday, July 27, 2009

RPG Angola


There really is no such thing as sub-saharan African nations before 1950 or so. Until the French and British draw imaginary lines in the ground. All of Africa is disparate tribes of varying size... with the Ashanti and Zulu best known among Westerners.

So.

I'm going to make a deal with everyone right now. When I'm done with all of the nations, I will come back and write up what little I know about Africa (and try to do some research before then).

Until then, I will just post each nation, with some disclaimer text, like...

The Angolan Civil War was fought from 1975 to 1991 (although formally 2002) after the Angolans won their freedom from Portugal. I wonder if this is the last hold out of the Imperialist age? Does this beat out the Falkland Islands? 500,000 people died.

Khoisa and Bantu are the primary languages.

The Angolan Navy has only 3,000 men and women.

The country actually has a rabies epidemic.

According to Wikipedia:
Teachers tend to be underpaid, inadequately trained, and overworked (sometimes teaching two or three shifts a day). Teachers also reportedly demand payment or bribes directly from their students.
From the US State Department Website
ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS: A passport and visa are required and must be obtained in advance. An International Certificate of Vaccination is required. Visitors should allow several weeks for the processing of their visa application. Angola does not issue airport visas. Persons arriving without visas are subject to arrest or exclusion. Travelers may also encounter delays if they do not have at least one completely blank visa page in their passports for entry stamps. As of November 1, 2007, Angola no longer requires travelers to have an exit visa. Travelers whose international immunization cards do not show inoculations against yellow fever within the past ten years may be subject to exclusion, on-the-spot vaccination, and/or heavy fines. Visitors remaining in Angola beyond their authorized visa duration are subject to fines and arrest. It is illegal to attempt to carry local currency out of Angola and persons found attempting to carry local currency out of Angola are subject to having this currency confiscated by customs officers. Current information on entry requirements may be obtained from the Embassy of Angola at 2100-2108 16th Street NW, Washington, DC, tel. (202) 785-1156, fax (202) 785-1258.
That's a friendly country.

Also:

CRIME: Crime is a serious problem throughout Angola. While most violent crime occurs between Angolans, foreigners have occasionally been attacked as well. Street crime is a regular occurrence in Luanda. The most common crimes are pick-pocketing, purse-snatching, vehicle theft, and vehicle break-ins. Armed muggings, robberies, and carjacking involving foreigners are not frequent but do occur. Americans are advised to avoid Roque Santeiro and Rocha Pinto, and to only travel the “Serpentine Road” in front of the U.S. Embassy by car. In general, movement around Luanda is safer by day than by night. Touring after dark should be avoided. Police and military officials are sometimes undisciplined, but their authority should not be challenged. Air travelers arriving in Luanda are strongly advised to arrange reliable and secure ground transportation in advance; there is no regular taxi service. American citizens are advised to avoid the use of the public transportation known as “candongueiros” or “taxistas”; these multi-passenger vans are largely unregulated and often dangerous.

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2 comments:

Robo said...

I used to read Soldier of Fortune regularly back in the late seventies, and never once did they show any pics of anyone who looked like that young lady in Angola. I think the passage of time has definitely been good for Angola!

I forget where I saw it, but I once ran across someone playing a Cold City campaign set in Angola during their Civil War.

jim pinto said...

That's kind of depressing. Angola is one of those nations that doesn't get a lot of press — maybe because their civil war lasted for more than two decades and it got old.

But yeah, they have one of the fastest growing economies in Africa... probably because places like Namibia hate whitey. Maybe because they speak English and French (in addition to their own native tongue).