My first thought when Final came up was "Good question!" *That*, ladies and gentlemen, was a very good example of what a true FJ question should be. Glad it was used in a relatively close game, too.
TryphonTournesol wrote:I wrote down Belize; Costa Rica was my other thought, so good to see I would have been right either way, though Belize seemed like the safer bet considering it's only been independent of Britain for about 30 of those 50 years.
TryphonTournesol wrote:I rationalized it figuring that since they were a British colony until 1981 and still a member of the Commonwealth, the likelihood of military rule was pretty low. In hindsight, Costa Rica is pretty famous for not having an army since the late 40s, so that was probably the more obvious answer, as reflected by the fact that no one on the show actually put down Belize.
These were my rationales as well. Came up with Belize first, partly because of the above, partly because Belize is the "forgotten" Central American country, the one no one remembers, so I figured it was a safe bet. (We have a friend who is originally from Belize, as well, but that wasn't a factor.)
When Alex gave his "one Spanish-speaking one English speaking" speech, I knew I had it right, and started to record my Coryat in my spreadsheet, even though my answer wasn't revealed yet and wouldn't be for a while.
If I'm not mistaken, Costa Rica doesn't have an army.
(10 correct finals in a row!)
<EdMcMahon>You are correct, sir.</EdMcMahon>
Oh, and to those (I remember bpmod was one) who doesn't believe that Cuba is Central American,in most contexts, "Central America" refers to the mainland countries (those situated between Colombia and Mexico), "the Caribbean" is where Cuba and the rest fall in (as other Caribbean countries, like the Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago, and St. Kitts and Nevis I also don't think have ever been run by the military either and woiuld be correct if they were considered "Central American". But, with that being said, I'm willing to make it a True Daily Double that people on the Sony board will think that Caribbean = Central America and complain "IN PROTEST!!1!!1!!")