[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - (consulate)

Allan Mustard allan at mustard.net
Tue Oct 23 13:57:22 UTC 2018

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Regarding Warin's comment,

> They did conform to the 'rule' of embassy/high commission only in the

There is a small number of highly visible exceptions to the rule of
embassies and of missions equivalent to embassies being located in the
capital.  The various missions of member states to the United Nations in
New York and Geneva as well as the missions to the WTO in Geneva come to
mind (these are all missions to a multilateral organization).
Fortunately most other such international organizations are located in
national capitals (OECD in Paris, NATO and the European Union in
Brussels, OSCE and some UN agencies in Vienna, other UN agencies in
Rome).  The easy way to determine if a mission is equivalent to an
embassy is to find out who is in charge of it, which can be learned by
Googling the mission's website.  Generally speaking, if the head of the
mission is an ambassador or charge d'affaires, the mission should be
tagged amenity=embassy.  If the "principal officer" bears a title with
the word "consul" in it, the amenity in question is a consulate.  The
obsolete head of mission titles "minister plenipotentiary" and "envoy
extraordinary" have fallen into disuse and I don't think it likely we
will encounter them.

I am tempted to add some text to the Key:amenity=embassy article
outlining exactly what an embassy is and how to recognize one, since an
embassy can be called different things (embassy, nunciature, mission,
legation, high commission, etc.) depending on who is sending it and to
whom it is accredited.

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