Earlier today we saw a map that showed just how divided Germany remains, decades after the reunification at the end of the Cold War.
This is the per cent of the vote pulled by the Democratic Socialists in Germany’s recent election, via the DataIsBeautiful subreddit. You can see that this socialist party remains MASSIVELY more popular in the area that was the former East German.
What’s remarkable is that not only can you clearly delineate the former boundaries of East and West Germany, but you can also even see East and West Berlin! The former Cold War divide strongly influences German politics to this day.
Still, it’s not like Germany is the only nation to have history inform modern politics.
Here’s a map of Poland’s 2007 parliamentary election.
The orange regions are the Powiats (counties) won by the socialist Civic Platform, while the blue are the Powiats won by the conservative Law and Justice platform:
That’s all quite interesting and what not, but given that I know next to nothing about Poland doesn’t covey much meaning.
That is, until you overlay this map of the old border of Imperial Germany and Imperial Russia over the map, as David G.D. Hecht did for the Big Think strange maps blog:
Then there’s the Ukraine. In the 2004 election, the pro-Western Orange Revolution candidate Viktor Yushchenko lost to the pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovich, according to the Strange Maps blog.
As one commenter noted, this divide essentially rides the boundary line of the ancient extent of the Kievan Rus.
And of course, the Scots are still voting differently than the English, hundreds of years after the Acts of Union 1707. You’ll see a strong Lib Dem presence in Scotland not totally visible in the rest of the U.K.
It’s insane how these European countries are so petty that they can’t drop the baggage of centuries-old civil wars and regional conflicts.
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