An online joke about the annexation of the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad to the Czech Republic has gone viral, and even the US Embassy is involved.
Originating from a Polish Twitter account called ‘papież internetu’ in response to Russia’s fake referendum and illegal annexation of occupied Ukrainian territories, a joke map shows the Russian city (called Královec in Czech) divided between Poland and the Republic Czech.
The account owner, @mihaszek, wrote: “It’s time to divide Kaliningrad so that our Czech brothers finally have access to the sea.”
The tweet sent on September 28 provoked a flood of memes and jokes in both the Czech Republic and Poland.
In one, a photograph of an aircraft carrier named after the famous Czech singer Karel Gott is shown leaving the Baltic port city.
Twitter user Joanna Bizon retweeted the meme saying: Czech aircraft carrier “Karel Gott” leaving #Kralovec. It is truly amazing how quickly the Czechs were able to build up such significant forces in the Baltic Sea, after retaking the area. Awesome.”
In response to the Czech Ministry of Defense posting that it had “sent a non-binding request for the acquisition of 24 F-35 Lightning II aircraft”, the US Embassy in Prague responded: “Wouldn’t you also need an aircraft carrier? ?”
Added a winking emoji.
Meanwhile, McDonalds tweeted: “Tomorrow we can finally reopen our branches in Kaliningrad… I mean in Královec.
“You can look forward to the regular menu complemented by the Czech classic McSmažák (fried cheese).”
Another meme shows a weather map of the Czech Republic that includes Královec, while others talk about “Beer Stream II” connecting Prague and Kaliningrad, referring to the Nord Stream gas pipeline.
Now a joke website has been created inviting people to visit the seaside town.
Showing a file photo of Kaliningrad’s Königsberg Cathedral and the Pregel River, the website says: “After the successful referendum, 97.9 percent of Kaliningrad residents decided to join the Czech Republic and change the name of Kaliningrad. to Kralovec”.
Kaliningrad, called Königsberg before the end of World War II, was founded in honor of the 13th-century Czech king Přemysl Otakar II, after he paid for a fortress to be built during the Crusades.
It later became part of Poland before being taken over as a central part of Prussia.
The city was heavily damaged during World War II and was eventually annexed by the Soviet Union at the Potsdam Conference in 1945.