How embassies work

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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/05/15/how-embassies-work.html

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#2

Yes, but only if they have a flag. No flag, no mini country.

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#3

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#4

Also, most US Embassies have a store stocked with common US dry goods including name brand pharmaceuticals sometimes hard to find in host countries. And they take US dollars.

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#5

Wait what really? Does that include American tampons? Because if so, that is a game changer.

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Probably. Because as of today US embassies still hire females. /s

eta: Probably not possible to just walk up to the Marine at the gate and ask for tampons but, if there for say a lost passport or some other business it would be an opportunity to drop by and shop.

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#7

Diplomatic immunity from what?

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#8

usually murdering somebody

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#9

Traffic tickets, I’m guessing, judging from their behavior in NYC.

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#10

Diplomats: Christ, what assholes.

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Also swag and tax-free booze.

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#13

Came for this. Now satisfied.

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#14

There is an ongoing argument between the US Embassy in London and the Mayor’s office over the congestion charge. The Embassy say it’s a tax and they should be exempt, the city say it’s a road toll which embassies have to pay.

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Embassies are basically “mini countries abroad,” according to this explainer video from Wendover Productions

The video says something a little bit different than that, though.

The embassies are actually the people who make up the staff, and there’s no extraterritoriality involved.

Not a “mini-country”, but lots of protection against searches and entry, and the laws of the host country still apply to the space generally.

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Militarists agree…

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The concept of “bag” is pretty flexible, and can extend to crates or even shipping containers. People have been smuggled in and out of countries in diplomatic “bags”.

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#18

It’s probably for the best that we don’t have to maintain diplomatic relations with the Time Lords; or that situation would really get out of hand.

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Apparently they don’t serve hamburgers though. You have to go to McDonalds for that.

Do embassies have a reciprocal arrangement to direct US citizens hungry for the cuisine of the land of Apple pie and motherhood to the nearest McDonalds?

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#20

Perhaps they server hamberders. Maybe that’s where you get them from…

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