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New York Times Wins Correction Of The Year With Kyrzbekistan Gaffe

09/01/2015 12:12 GMT | Updated 09/01/2015 12:59 GMT

A mistake by New York Times writer John Branch has caused the internet to fall in love with a fictional country.

In an article about kidnapped climber Tommy Caldwell, Branch referred to actual nation Kyrgyzstan as non-existent Kyrzbekistan, which prompted this rather funny correction:

This only fueled a social media explosion, with people across the web showing support for the supposedly made-up state.

Someone has already started a subreddit for people wishing to visit the country, travel guides are emerging, and "official" webpages are flooding the internet.

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Oh, and someone started a Twitter account for the glorious nation.

People leapt to the defence of the republic after seeing the New York Times' spurious claims that it doesn't exist.

The Republic of Kyrzbekistan is a fledgling, safe nation, notable for its compulsory military service. The compassionate population of 6 million Kyrzbekistanians are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

Private enterprise is illegal, but for those in the know there is a slick and highly efficient black market in Pizza Delivery.

They're already getting involved in international conflicts.

And flaunting their superior falcons.

They're even looking at joining our competitions.

A lot of people are planning holidays.

Although some people are already over it.

It didn't take long for political movements to spring up.

Some suspected Tony Blair might soon get involved.

And Vladimir Putin.

The politics of the country has swiftly made it a fairly favourable place to live.

But the great government of Kyrzbekistan isn't without its critics.

And they're very generous with their horses.

At least public morale is at an all-time high.