Mini Countries Abroad: How Embassies Work

  • Published: 15 May 2019
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Comments • 2 029

  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions   5 months back

    Hey all, I hope you enjoy this video. As a little shout-out, I'm filming behind the scenes at Heathrow today. If you want to see a little of that, make sure to check out my Instagram here: (warning: that'll be a face reveal)

    • Cactus 'N Gaming
      Cactus 'N Gaming  3 weeks back

      Never knew Palau existed in Brunei

    • Penny The Pineapple
      Penny The Pineapple  2 months back

      Found you guys through something on my recommended, can’t stop binging now! Thanks for the awesome videos!

    • Lucrecia Mantilla
      Lucrecia Mantilla  3 months back

      Why is palau in the south china sea

    • Michael Mantion
      Michael Mantion  3 months back

      music ruined the the video can you uplaod a version with out music?

    • Chris Green
      Chris Green  3 months back

      Suggest you don’t waste your time doing a behind the scenes at Heathrow

      We’ve had so many of them and they’re getting boring

  • Roos
    Roos  3 hours back

    6:29 Go Dawgs!

    • JamesTavRule
      JamesTavRule  15 hours back

      1:39 Yeah that's not where fucking Palau is located. That circle is just empty sea north of Brunei.
      Palau is in the Pacific Ocean. It's a Micronesian country.

      • Amerco
        Amerco  3 days back

        Diplomat applies no rules. He can do whatever he wants. Perfect Job

        • Randomly Entertaining
          Randomly Entertaining  3 days back

          Ecuador didn't think he overstayed his welcome, the British twisted their arm and forced them to let them inside. Julian's arrest was illegal and shouldn't have happened. I don't know if it was possible to get a car into their embassy but they should've done it and had it labelled a diplomatic bag so the British couldn't search it and used it to get him out of there. Yes, diplomatic bags work like that.

          • Dee Mood
            Dee Mood  4 days back

            Palau ain't there

            • Sheriff 001
              Sheriff 001  4 days back

              Incidentally, the Italian Embassy to the Holy See (the Vatican) isn't in the Vatican. Like all embassies to the Holy See, it is in Italy.

              • Julius Kolb
                Julius Kolb  5 days back

                The American consulate in my city is the ugliest thing I've seen in my life. What did they think when they built it? "That's not our city, so we can place a cement cube here"

                • ForOne814
                  ForOne814  2 days back

                  American embassies are often designed as fortresses, just in case they'll have to protect them with force.

                • Julius Kolb
                  Julius Kolb  4 days back

                  @SonicSP yeah I know. I suppose the consulate was built in the cold war when the US occupied Bavaria

                • SonicSP
                  SonicSP  4 days back

                  Its their sovereign land so they can.

              • frep you
                frep you  5 days back

                how many of these embassy's have nukes under them ^_-

                • Jay Rex Solis
                  Jay Rex Solis  6 days back

                  1:38 Palau is not next to Malaysia. It is situated in the Pacific Ocean.

                  • sneakyfox
                    sneakyfox  6 days back

                    1:21 that nigga thick

                    • Sunny Boy Smiles
                      Sunny Boy Smiles  7 days back

                      Qadafi was an idiot

                      • TJ Knight Researcher
                        TJ Knight Researcher  7 days back

                        @ 1:42 sorry you miss the map of palau its located in the eastern part of Philippines not in west philippine sea

                        • Evil GOD Joe
                          Evil GOD Joe  1 weeks back

                          I have heard about a story in Pakistan, a US diplomat shot and killed normal people in Pakistan, even car crash upon 2 people....

                          Yet the police didn't even do anything. They just ignored the crime.

                          I was shocked to hear that. It would be great to become diplomat.... Sadly Noone of my family is in politics.. So I could never be so.... Even if I was expert in that.

                          • Haweater
                            Haweater  1 weeks back

                            USA has a very friendly relationship with my country; Canada. Yet the American Embassy building in Ottawa was designed with a massive 'gun turret' - like structure at the top.

                            • ChoppersBBQ
                              ChoppersBBQ  1 weeks back

                              When i hear "embassy" i really hear "clandestine spy operator stuff". If they are not at a posh do they are explaining why a "person of interest" in the host country was last seen wiping their arse in your embassy.

                              • DJ
                                DJ  1 weeks back

                                Ngl I would live in the Iraq embassy.

                                • DJ
                                  DJ  1 weeks back

                                  Let’s say the British entered that embassy with armed soldiers. Would that be considered the UK invading Liberia?

                                  • SonicSP
                                    SonicSP  4 days back

                                    Actually yeah.

                                • CHEN CHEN
                                  CHEN CHEN  2 weeks back

                                  1:42 Palau is marked on the wrong place.

                                  • Tushar Ankit
                                    Tushar Ankit  3 weeks back

                                    Pakistan is a terrorist nation

                                    • Thắng Quách Đồng
                                      Thắng Quách Đồng  3 weeks back

                                      I wonder which software does the Wendover Productions Team use to make this amazing video (with animated map). Thanks

                                      • Kona DragoNOS
                                        Kona DragoNOS  3 weeks back

                                        There were a lot of mistakes in this video. The one that really annoyed me though was using **Google Maps** to show off other country's buildings in Washington DC. You were literally talking about how these buildings were supposed to be full of amazing design to show off their mother country, but then couldn't spend enough time to get even a minimal amount of quality in the portrayal of said buildings. When the topic is of "Countries building beautiful buildings to show themselves off to others", it's a bit disrespectful to then use the lowest quality images of those buildings.

                                        • Lukeland
                                          Lukeland  3 weeks back

                                          1:39 Wait Palau Is Palawan Now?

                                          • Lukeland
                                            Lukeland  3 weeks back

                                            That Was a Good Joke, Have To Admit XD

                                        • TofuBearEatTofu
                                          TofuBearEatTofu  4 weeks back

                                          I hope Gaddafi and his family rot in hell

                                          • KingOfShadows1500
                                            KingOfShadows1500  4 weeks back

                                            Can't the police besiege an embassy, though? Eventually, the diplomats will run out of food and will be forced to leave the building.

                                          • Howardwayne Roberts
                                            Howardwayne Roberts  4 weeks back

                                            the american embassy in philippines,if,ever they actually answer their phone,i called several times daily for three months before i finally got an answer,and then when i spoke to someone,they could not speak a bit of english,nor understand english language,then they hung up the phone on 9 months,they only answered their phone two times and can not speak or understand english,both times,they disconnected my is a joke at american embassy philippines,manilla.

                                            • Jenn D
                                              Jenn D  1 months back

                                              I can't find the British or Australian embassies in Ottawa.

                                              • Ruski
                                                Ruski  1 months back

                                                Lets see if we can count how many times he says diplomat or diplomatic or diplomacy.

                                                • Damai Setiawan
                                                  Damai Setiawan  1 months back

                                                  Wrong map for palau

                                                  • LemmeLix
                                                    LemmeLix  1 months back

                                                    1:39 Palau isnt there. its north of New guinea

                                                    • Sadedin Osmani
                                                      Sadedin Osmani  1 months back

                                                      04:03 The Albanian flag <3

                                                      • A O
                                                        A O  1 months back

                                                        you see

                                                        • James Peck
                                                          James Peck  1 months back

                                                          Bonus for working in Costa Rica...oh the hardship 🙄

                                                          • Baha' uddin
                                                            Baha' uddin  1 months back

                                                            I had just decided to publicly comment on a video for the first time in years when I found that you even have references. This is my first viewing of one of your videos. This is easily in the very highest tier of short videos in the pop-continuing-education space.

                                                            Also, when are we going to see some prestigious Emmy- or Oscar-level YouTube video awards?

                                                            I nominate this video!

                                                            • Conscious Crypto
                                                              Conscious Crypto  1 months back

                                                              Very interesting video. When I was in college I considered going into the foreign service with an intention of being stationed overseas for most of my career. Little did I know then how totally wrong I was for that job. So glad I wound up taking a different direction. I would never have done well working for the government. Too independent. Also wouldn't have been good at all the pomp and circumstance of diplomacy. Too blunt and annoyed by artifice.

                                                              • Philip Balfour
                                                                Philip Balfour  1 months back

                                                                That's not Palau, that's the northern area of Borneo.

                                                                • Ad H
                                                                  Ad H  1 months back

                                                                  The US does not use its embassies for the purpose they are there for. Look at Iraq, now about 12000 employees...But how many US citizens are there? Embassies are for representation of the nation and for the host country to lodge compaints or to lets say pass message son to the official government of that embassy. Yes for the citizens of the country in that foreign land also. But for example, the case of Iraq, it is clear thet the US embassy is being used for spying and for tactical and warfare purposes. You would have to be an idiot to not see this. With the tensions created by the US against Iran and North Korea it makes sense. And they have CIA operattives housed there to conduct their missions and surveliamnce. The US is not an honest borker and has never been. The sooner people realise this in those weak countries and form other alliances the better. But as long as the money the US provides corrpupt officials and government is enough for them, then things wont change...But we need change...

                                                                  • alexodexo
                                                                    alexodexo  1 months back

                                                                    Just thought who tf wants to live next to North Korea in Germany. Then I realized that the embassie is two streets next to my home

                                                                    • Laurent Levasseur
                                                                      Laurent Levasseur  1 months back

                                                                      1:41 Palau Island wrong location. should be in The Pacific

                                                                      • asdf
                                                                        asdf  1 months back

                                                                        You really need to do proper research before you create these videos.

                                                                      • Brittany Garrison
                                                                        Brittany Garrison  1 months back

                                                                        Never forget Benghazi. RIP brothers.

                                                                        • JDB 1113
                                                                          JDB 1113  2 months back

                                                                          *Wendover:* "The embassy also represents its homeland through its actual building"
                                                                          *Me:* Looks at the USA embassy which is actually a fortified base with 5m walls
                                                                          Yep, pretty accurate.

                                                                        • Aimo2121
                                                                          Aimo2121  2 months back

                                                                          It feels weird realising I’ve passed the North Korean embassy without even realising it...

                                                                          • Emonkey Inc
                                                                            Emonkey Inc  2 months back

                                                                            At 1:41 you showed palau west of the Philippines but its actually east of the Philippines.

                                                                            • joshua Santos
                                                                              joshua Santos  2 months back

                                                                              Can you tell me why there isn't an embassy in antartica yet?

                                                                              • joshua Santos
                                                                                joshua Santos  2 months back

                                                                                Thanks for clarifying that the embassy is not the building.

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                                                                                  --  2 months back

                                                                                  9:24 i really like your videos but i have to strongly disagree. war is NOT "big business". at least not for a country. the only people who make big money off of war are companies like Heckler & Koch. Countries ALWAYS lose money on war which is why no counrty (as far as i know) is engaged in an active war.

                                                                                  • Xaverderschnitzelfan
                                                                                    Xaverderschnitzelfan  2 months back

                                                                                    In austria the biggest embassy is the one of the smallest country vatican....