In a surprising turn of events, the United Nations has accepted Gondor as a member of the UN. Although the news was met with applause, some questioned the decision:
“Some member states objected to the admission of Gondor on the grounds that it is not a real country. Annan brushed aside these concerns.
“Come on now,” he replied. “Neither is Luxembourg, but we let them in. Besides, after seeing the magnificent infrastructure in the capital, Minas Tirith, I have no doubt that Gondor’s dues, which will be based on its total GNP, will comprise a welcome addition to the U.N. budget.”