Welcome to Statehood South Sudan.
South Sudan, officially the Republic of South Sudan, is a country in East Africa. That's how the South Sudan wikipedia page now begins (so you KNOW it's legit). Over the last week I've been making the occasional comment about the new country and surprisingly, most people are at least somewhat familiar with the situation. The most common response being along the lines of "Oh yea, I think I heard something about that" which, for a geography question is about as good as you can hope for from a...commoner ;)
South Sudan independence has the web buzzing too. My blog and my flickr page both saw huge spikes with pages and pictures relating to South Sudan. Of course huge spike is a relative term and of course, my blog and flickr pages are clearly indicative of the entire web.
However, unlike my blog, National Geographic is proving itself old and slow, not updating their maps, online or print. Perhaps I'm jumping the gun with my criticism but its not like they didn't see it coming. When their Map Policy Committee declared South Sudan an area of special status they knew when things would become official but apparently didn't have a plan to update their maps with the biggest change since the breakup of the Soviet Union. For now I guess I'll have to rely on my fake map of South Sudan. The question remains...what color will the new nation be on the National Geographic Maps and which other countries will change color?
An exciting time for map nerds everywhere.
Here are a few great pages about South Sudan and its independence I think you should out.
http://www.goss.org/- Government of Southern Sudan
http://www.gossmission.org/goss/ - The US Government of South Sudan Mission
http://www.southsudannation.com/ - Don't forget the Press
http://www.deepsouthsudan.com/ - A REAl SS blog