I became a little suspicious when, after having lived in the Czech Republic for over 8 years, today was the first time I've heard of this Kingdom of Wallachia. When I saw that the Wikipedia article on it comprised of a single sentence, I did a bit of research on this Kingdom, which I thought I'd share here.
Firstly, the NY Times gets a few things plain wrong. They claim that the Kingdom of Wallachia is in the north-east of the Czech republic, when it is in fact in the south-east (see official map
). Furthermore, they claim that "[Wallachia] became one of the country's biggest tourist attractions", which they've seemed to have pulled right out of their asses, since it is not mentioned in any major Czech tourist sites at all. CzechTourism.com (the "official travel site of the Czech Republic") mentions Wallachia in only one article
, without a word about it being a "kingdom" of any kind. It's also suspiciously absent from a list of the most visited tourist destinations
on the same site, the list of Czech tourist attractions
on IgoUgo, and has a general lack of web presence.
I eventually found the official website
for the Kingdom, after searching for its Czech name "Valasské království", and found it to be very lacking in information in English. An interesting reversal of this can be found on the official website of the town Roznov pod Radhostem, where the official Wallachian Kingdom information centre (that also issues passports) is located. While the site has a page on the information centre in English
, Polish, German, and French, there is no mention of it on the Czech version of the site.
At about this point, I realised that the Kingdom of Wallachia is even less newsworthy than even Molossia
or the Conch Republic
, so I stopped wasting my time on it. I suggest Slashdot editors and readers do the same.