|Sudan, from CIA World Factbook|
This July, 2011, the continent of Africa, and the world, will gain a new state.
Barring any further controversy, conflict, civil war, the country of Sudan will divide into two separate countries.
I have no idea what these countries will be named. Perhaps, “Sudan” will refer to the northern portion, with a capital at Khartoum. The southern portion of Sudan will tentatively be name “South(ern) Sudan.” The capital of Southern Sudan will reside at Juba.
It is not particularly rare that new countries enter onto the global arena. Recently, we saw the independence of Kosovo (2008), and Montenegro (2006). Both of these countries arose from the fracture of the former state of Yugoslavia.
In the future, we could see Scotland become an independent state, in the British Isles. On the European Mainland, Belgium is very close to splitting into a French-speaking state, and a Dutch-speaking state.