Mini Countries Abroad: How Embassies Work

  • Published: 15 May 2019
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    Animation by Josh Sherrington
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  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions   7 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)

    • srijan sahni
      srijan sahni  2 months back

      Actually, Tuvalu does have a mission in India.

    • Cactus 'N Gaming
      Cactus 'N Gaming  3 months back

      Never knew Palau existed in Brunei

    • Penny The Pineapple
      Penny The Pineapple  4 months back

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

    • Lucrecia Mantilla
      Lucrecia Mantilla  5 months back

      Why is palau in the south china sea

    • Michael Mantion
      Michael Mantion  5 months back

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

  • Phil Moore
    Phil Moore  13 hours back

    i am amazed by the depth of your research - tks

    • mayowa sunmonu
      mayowa sunmonu  5 days back

      Hey Wendover!
      You guys are doing great work. I had to subscribe..your videos are a freaking goldmine.
      Would be willing to support the best way I can.

      • J T
        J T  1 weeks back

        Embassies do have a greater purpose. They can help citizens of their countries. I lost my passport in Barcelona when I was 16... How was I supposed to leave the country? I went to Madrid to the U.S. embassy and got a new one. What an experience that was by the way. It wasn't unpleasant at all.

        • Wilson Sousa
          Wilson Sousa  1 weeks back

          It's called Ponta Delgada, not Ponte.

          • TubeDisabuser
            TubeDisabuser  1 weeks back

            Too bad U.S. policies virtually invite responses that prompt security concerns.

            • TubeDisabuser
              TubeDisabuser  1 weeks back

              Assange was sold out after the U.S. got a boot-licker into Ecuador's government by deception.

              • rutger5000
                rutger5000  2 weeks back

                For better or for worse, embassies facilitate the use ofunder-the-table international diplomacy.
                One of the best shots at preventing WWI were the relations shared among the ambassardors of the major powers. Yes, they indeed failed. But they had some amazingly bad luck. If I recall correctly a German ambassador was on the verge of singing an de-escalation treaty with a Russian one, while the Russian ambassador died from a stroke.

                • vishwas ghaghada
                  vishwas ghaghada  2 weeks back

                  So Embassy is like Asguard 🤣

                  • Jungkookiesdad
                    Jungkookiesdad  2 weeks back

                    The us has an embassy to every country except for small islands, countries we are practically at war with, and very closed off nations.

                    • Juan Matias Fernández
                      Juan Matias Fernández  2 weeks back

                      You say the embassy is not the building but at 2:03 you treat it as it is the building by using the epxression " enter the embassy".

                      • Aksel Jakobsen
                        Aksel Jakobsen  2 weeks back

                        Palau is defo not north of Borneo... 1:40

                        • Truckin Convoy
                          Truckin Convoy  2 weeks back

                          DIP-LOMATIC IIMMUUNNIITTYY!

                          • EK X
                            EK X  2 weeks back

                            One of the planet's most powerful country's hush money is pandas.

                            • legoboyjonathan123
                              legoboyjonathan123  3 weeks back

                              I love the clip of UGA when you were discussing soft diplomacy

                              • blurb06
                                blurb06  3 weeks back

                                North Korea only has and Embassy in Germany (and vice versa) because it is in East Berlin

                                • Away in my Mind
                                  Away in my Mind  3 weeks back

                                  Forgot about the part where countries try and force journalism heroes out ot the embassies

                                  • Seth
                                    Seth  3 weeks back

                                    35% bonuses for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle shit.

                                    • Alex Finnigan
                                      Alex Finnigan  4 weeks back

                                      Yvonne Fletcher went to my school, and we have a memorial of her there.

                                      • Nodnarb
                                        Nodnarb  4 weeks back

                                        WP: Audible
                                        My brain: Inaudible

                                        • Nodnarb
                                          Nodnarb  4 weeks back

                                          An r/sbubby joke.

                                      • Satadal Ghosh
                                        Satadal Ghosh  1 months back

                                        Not only this, Embassies are base of Intelligence agency of that country + they have many sophisticated devices, antennas and basically everything you need to spy on the country the embassy in

                                        • Lord Morris
                                          Lord Morris  3 weeks back

                                          @Satadal Ghosh What else are you gonna tell us? That water is wet? Lmao, only children aren't aware of this.

                                        • Fernando Dember Laguna
                                          Fernando Dember Laguna  4 weeks back

                                          Could be an intelligence agency** not all countries even assign resources to spy.

                                      • Kayitare Eddy
                                        Kayitare Eddy  1 months back

                                        So You mean inside the embassy is a good place to smoke your blunt peacefully ?

                                        • Riff
                                          Riff  1 months back

                                          13:08  If you want to work in the Foreign Service... put down the book and get yourself a Congressman or a political campaign donor as a relative.

                                          • Crowned Lemur
                                            Crowned Lemur  1 months back

                                            1:39 that’s not Palau 🇵🇼

                                            • Klajdi Priska
                                              Klajdi Priska  1 months back

                                              06:38 Albanian Embassy 🇦🇱

                                              • Real AdolfHitler
                                                Real AdolfHitler  1 months back

                                                Diplomats can run people over without prosecution

                                                • Victory Morningstar
                                                  Victory Morningstar  1 months back

                                                  1:39 That's not Palau on the map at all.

                                                  • Abdul Hadi Malik
                                                    Abdul Hadi Malik  1 months back

                                                    these fukin embassy workers are enjoying more in pakistan than we pakistanis , stop doing propaganda , #lantion

                                                    • Ryan Brunker
                                                      Ryan Brunker  1 months back

                                                      if I was Jillian. I’d taunt the absolute shit of them.

                                                      • NAGIUXS
                                                        NAGIUXS  1 months back

                                                        War is big business

                                                        • Merin Glenn
                                                          Merin Glenn  1 months back

                                                          How do embassies differ from consulates?

                                                          • DashCamEyes
                                                            DashCamEyes  1 months back

                                                            Still can beat the human.

                                                            • itsme olaff
                                                              itsme olaff  1 months back

                                                              Who's here cause of cod mw

                                                              • tazo Kakabadze
                                                                tazo Kakabadze  2 months back

                                                                I started readin Blink about 2 weeks ago,but now I am reading it for the second time,writing down the most important aspects and trying to implement them in my daily life.

                                                                • 28 StAB woUnDS???
                                                                  28 StAB woUnDS???  2 months back

                                                                  3:19 I've heard this bullshit a billion times before just in other words or subjects
                                                                  Ex:A home is not the house it's the people blah blah blah

                                                                  • Decent
                                                                    Decent  2 months back

                                                                    The American embassy in New Delhi is designed like a prison, same as the pakistani embassy. The british embassy nearby is a beautiful site to see. Also the Russian embassy, a little far, is designed in soviet era housing pattern, but this one just extravagant

                                                                    • xd silvernickel
                                                                      xd silvernickel  2 months back

                                                                      4:09 what? stop reading wikipedia and get real evidence for the hanging and the order from gaddafi

                                                                      • Random Person
                                                                        Random Person  2 months back

                                                                        bulgaria really warrants a hardship bonus?

                                                                        • rmbt
                                                                          rmbt  2 months back

                                                                          You forgot spies!

                                                                          • sabiq rusydi
                                                                            sabiq rusydi  2 months back

                                                                            For real tho, why blink is listed...

                                                                            • Matthew MacQuarrie
                                                                              Matthew MacQuarrie  2 months back

                                                                              10:16 Unit dudes just chilling in the back.

                                                                              • EVYCxMD
                                                                                EVYCxMD  2 months back

                                                                                I had to skip back multiple times to grasp certain concepts.... this was an exceptional vid!!! Thank you! One question though what’s the hardship for working in Jamaica🇯🇲🙈?!

                                                                                • Sean Bernard Tan
                                                                                  Sean Bernard Tan  2 months back

                                                                                  You got the location of Palau wrong for this one

                                                                                  • Debanjan Lahiri
                                                                                    Debanjan Lahiri  2 months back

                                                                                    there is North Korean embassy in New Delhi

                                                                                    • Teh Gundulf
                                                                                      Teh Gundulf  3 weeks back

                                                                                      What's the point of that lmao.

                                                                                  • Peter Nwachukwu
                                                                                    Peter Nwachukwu  2 months back

                                                                                    Hi Tex. miss u

                                                                                    • Notes For Space Cadets
                                                                                      Notes For Space Cadets  2 months back

                                                                                      I want to see a "How Wendover Productions Works" video.

                                                                                      • Igor Bednarski
                                                                                        Igor Bednarski  2 months back

                                                                                        You forgot that embassies are also there to help the citizens of a country living abroad - e.g. if you get robbed while on vacation and lose your passport/visa, you would go to the embassy of your country to get help getting back home.

                                                                                        • Schmeat
                                                                                          Schmeat  2 months back

                                                                                          6:29 Go Dawgs!