It's been thousands of years since my people tossed away spears and started to hold their heads high. They've used electricity since the second half of the 19th century and the Internet spread around here only a while later than in the rest of the world – I manage to keep up.
I was under the heavy influence of the USSR for 40 years and was a part of the Eastern Bloc. Not because I wanted to but because I had to. I always loved freedom and I proudly profess democracy.
I wasn't always alone in the past. I used to have a brother, Slovakia. We had a common government and also a common name, Czechoslovakia. But that was 20 years ago, my name is Czech Republic now. I still appreciate my brother and we remained close friends after we separated.
It gives me butterflies if people call me the Heart of Europe, along with my beautiful capital city of Prague.
There have been many symbols in the past and the present that are known throughout the world. Václav Havel, the president. Franz Kafka, the novelist. Charles IV, the king and emperor. Tomáš Baťa, the shoemaker. Beer producers Pilsner Urquell or Budweiser, Czech cars Škoda, remarkable football players Jan Koller, Pavel Nedvěd or Petr Čech and hockey players Jaromír Jágr or Dominik Hašek... and last but not the least, I'm famous thanks to gorgeous women, top doctors and brilliant scientists.
I'm the Czech Republic and my people deserve to live in a world which knows the right name of their country.
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It's a joke
After the sad events in Boston, many people showed they cannot distinguish two countries – the Czech Republic and Chechnya.
It must have been that part of the world where people didn't read any newspapers in the 90's nor did they see a single map.
And also because two girls in Spain once told me: "Czech Republic, sure, that's in the US".
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