It's interesting how those lands were conquered and reconquered so many times and odds are they will be occupied again, at some point in time. History just keeps repeating itself.
My country has been occupied by the Romans, half by Ottomans and half by Austro Hungarians, Germans, and Russians. And actually a part of it (Moldavia) is still occupied by a Russian communist government.
It sounds like someone spread a false rumor about there being precious gems or metals in your country or something.
-Barbed Wire was first invented in the late 19th Century by an Ohioan patent in his farmhouse for the management of cattle from scattering. The amount initially produced could circle the Earth almost twice. Barbed Wire is commonly known for it's defensive use in Trench Warfare during WW1.
-The Ebola Virus is widely regarded as the most lethal germ, followed by HIV.
Originally Posted by FDG
Contrary to popular opinion, the Earth was known as being spherical since ancient times (at the very least since the acient Greeks, which left a written report).
-Mount Olympus (Olympus Mons) is the tallest known Volcano in the Solar System - standing 14 miles above the surface on planet Mars. [*That's ridiculous!]
-The Mariana Trench, south of Japan in the Pacific Ocean, is the deepest level on the Earth - going as far down as 7 miles.
-Over 90% of mushroom are poisonous. It's generally advisable to eat the edible ones from having bought them from the supermarket.
-The Rocky Mountain Locust collected as a swarm of over 12.5 trillion in number - the greatest collection of animal ever recorded.
-Ants can lift 20 times their weight. Some species are known to lift up to 50 times.
-HIV doesn't cause disease - it gives way to other pathogens leading the infected person to diseases. It does this by destroying the immune system, and rendering it incapable of defense.