Tuesday enclave

An enclave is a territory, or a part of a territory, that is entirely surrounded by the territory of another state. Territorial waters have the same sovereign attributes as land, and enclaves may therefore exist within territorial waters…

Enclaves exist for a variety of historical, political and geographical reasons. For example, in the feudal system in Europe, the ownership of feudal domains was often transferred or partitioned, either through purchase and sale or through inheritance, and often such domains were or came to be surrounded by other domains. In particular, this state of affairs persisted into the 19th century in the Holy Roman Empire, and these domains (principalities, etc.) exhibited many of the characteristics of sovereign states. Prior to 1866 Prussia alone consisted of more than 270 discontiguous pieces of territory.

Residing in an enclave within another country has often involved difficulties in such areas as passage rights, importing goods, currency, provision of utilities and health services, and host nation cooperation. Thus, over time enclaves have tended to be eliminated. For example, two-thirds of the then-existing national-level enclaves were extinguished on August 1, 2015, when the governments of India and Bangladesh implemented a Land Boundary Agreement that exchanged 162 first-order enclaves (111 Indian and 51 Bangladeshi). This exchange thus effectively de-enclaved another two dozen second-order enclaves and one third-order enclave, eliminating 197 of the Indo-Bangladesh enclaves in all. The residents in these enclaves had complained of being effectively stateless. Only Bangladesh’s Dahagram–Angarpota enclave remained. –Wikipedia


Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set in an enclave where the setting drives the plot.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you felt surrounded on all sides by something (by love, by fear, by obstacles, etc)

Art Prompt: Enclave

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience an historical story involving an enclave.

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