(Second Life pic by Laserskater, area: Saunaranta)
First you shake and squeeze but no ketchup comes out - so you shake even harder. In the end, the ketchup comes out in an enormous rush.
Such were with the first steps of Finland's independence, which was declared 12/6 1917 but only Russian's recognition 25 days later and exactly 100 years ago 12/31 1917 encouraged also other countries doing the same soon.
Thank you Uncle Lenin for opening the ketchup jar:
"The Soviet of People's
Dec. 18, 1917. (ie 12/31.1917 in today's calendar)
As the answer to the appeal of the Finnish Government to recognise the independence of the Republic of Finland, the Soviet of People's Commissars, in full accordance with the principle of nations' right to self-determination, HAS DECIDED:
To propose to the Central Executive Committee that:
a) The independence of the Republic of Finland as a country is recognised,
b) A special Commission, in agreement with the Finnish Government, comprising members of both parties, should be instituted to elaborate those practical measures that follow from the partition of Finland from Russia.
Chairman of the Soviet of People's Commissars
V.l. Ulianov (Lenin)
V. Karelin A. Schlichter
The Chief of Bureau Vlad. Bonch-Bruevich
Secretary of the Soviet N. Gorbunov"