Greater Expectations

What are the proper borders for a country? The Germans thought Germany should contain all German-speaking people; Poland and Czechoslovakia disagreed, and World War II was the result. Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the new political star in Moscow, believes Russia should include the striped sections of the top map below (note the desired piece of land in the northeast corner). Radical Palestinians envision a Palestinian state with the pre-1947 British Mandate borders as reflected in the map below and to the left. And Serbs hope to create a Greater Serbia that would encompass the striped portions of the map below on the right.

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