Welcome to San Escobar, a dreamy nation accidentally founded by Poland

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A tweet from the recently created San Escobar account advertises vacation getaways to the fictional nation.

There is no country in the world called San Escobar.

But in the age of "fake news" let's just imagine for a moment a "fake country" called San Escobar.

Think of it as "a small country located between Mexico and Guatemala with 200,000 citizens, with several main cities, including Esperal Bay, Santo Subito, and with several major exports including tomatoes and wine," says Ewa Lalik, a technology blogger in Warsaw, Poland.

On Thursday, the place even got some quality promotion on C-SPAN, when the regular broadcast was suddenly interrupted by Russian television's RT, airing a segment about San Escobar.

Turns out, San Escobar is a nonexistent place that was inadvertently invented by Poland's top diplomat.

Here’s what happened: Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski was in New York this week to lobby for a temporary Polish seat on the United Nations Security Council. After some meetings, he told reporters that he'd discussed the proposal with officials from nearly 20 countries — including, as he put it, "with countries such as Belize or San Escobar.''

Oops. It was a diplomatic slip that the foreign minister later blamed on jet lag. "Unfortunately after 22 hours in planes and several connecting flights you can make a slip of the tongue,'' Waszczykowski said. He added that he was thinking of St. Kitts and Nevis, a Caribbean country whose Spanish name, San Cristóbal y Nieves, may have popped into his head.

The Twitterati quickly jumped on the gaffe with all sorts of jokes under the hashtag #SanEscobar. The result is that, on the internet at least, San Escobar's nationhood is shaping up very nicely.

It now has an invented flag:

The flag of the imaginary republic of San Escobar.
The flag of the imaginary republic of San Escobar. Wikimedia Commons

A national currency:


A map of San Escobar.
A map of San Escobar.Wikimedia Commons

And of course a Wikipedia entry:

User-created online encyclopedia entries at Wikipedia now include the story of San Escobar.
User-created online encyclopedia entries at Wikipedia now include the story of San Escobar.Wikipedia screenshot

The new republic is also already taking stances on important diplomatic issues:

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