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The Hungarian flag over river Danube and facades of historic buildings in Buda.
Hungary, the world's armpit according to the locals.
America's national anthem pays homage to the resilience of our nation under fire ("And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there)". Canadians vow to defend their proud nation's liberty ("O Canada, we stand on guard for thee"). Mexico's warns potential enemies of the fierceness of its warriors ("Mexicans, at the cry of war, make ready the steel and the bridle, and may the Earth tremble at its centers at the resounding roar of the cannon."). Britain's "God Save the Queen" clings to its outdated monarchy ("Happy and glorious, Long to reign over us, God save the Queen"). While Russia's is all about national pride ("Be glorious, our country! We are proud of you!").

I won't pretend to have looked up all 196 national anthems, but one would be hard pressed to come up with something more depressing and ... what's the opposite of "proud"? ... than Hungary's contribution:

O Lord, bless the nation of Hungary
With your grace and bounty
Extend over it your guarding arm
During strife with its enemies
Long torn by ill fate
Bring upon it a time of relief
This nation has suffered for all sins
Of the past and of the future! [...]

Ah, but for our sins
Anger gathered in Your bosom
And You struck with Your lightning
From Your thundering clouds
Now the plundering Mongols' arrows
You swarmed over us
Then the Turks' slave yoke
We took upon our shoulders.

How often came from the mouths
Of Osman's barbarian nation
Over the corpses of our defeated army
A victory song!
How often did your own son agress
My homeland, upon your breast,
And you became because of your own sons
Your own sons' funeral urn! [...]

Castle stood, now a heap of stones
Happiness and joy fluttered,
Groans of death, weeping
Now sound in their place.
And Ah! Freedom does not bloom
From the blood of the dead,
Torturous slavery's tears fall
From the burning eyes of the orphans!

Pity, O Lord, the Hungarians
Who are tossed by waves of danger
Extend over it your guarding arm
On the sea of its misery
Long torn by ill fate
Bring upon it a time of relief
They who have suffered for all sins
Of the past and of the future!

We suck, and we lost every war, and ORPHANS CRIED, and this place is a hell-pit of MISERY, but maybe god, just maybe, you could make things a little less hellish for us?

Okay then ...

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