Listenbourg, this fictional country that caused a sensation on the web
The Listenbourg, a fake country that would share borders with Portugal and Spain, seduced Twitter this week.
Do you know the Listenbourg? The country, which shares a land border with Spain and Portugal, has hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitter. Only problem: it does not exist.
The French Internet user Gaspardooo, self-proclaimed president of this fake North Atlantic territory, created the country from scratch to mock Americans and their knowledge of geography.
I am sure Americans don't even know the name of this country, he tweeted this week in a post accompanied by a doctored map of the European Union.
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The joke quickly went viral. As of Friday, Gaspardoo's Tweet had been shared more than 11,000 times on the platform, and garnered over 100,000 likes.
Within days, fans du Listenbourg have imagined a veritable folklore for their favorite fake country.
According to information circulating on the web, the invented territory has some 59 million people, and its motto is Liberty, honor, glow. It has its own flag, as well as an official national anthem.
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Several organizations and companies have contributed to the Internet phenomenon.
The number of Olympic delegations for #Paris2024 increases from 206 to 207 with the arrival of Listenbourg, joked the official account of the Paris Olympics.
The airline Ryanair, for its part, announced a brand new connection with the fake European country, while Prime Vidéo France promises a documentary entitled Listenbourg, land of history, scheduled for February.
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The birth of a first political formation – the Socialist Party of Listenbourg – was also greeted with humor by Olivier Faure, First Secretary of the French Socialist Party. What a joy to see the socialist family grow every day, he wrote on Twitter.