Sunday, April 16, 2017

Potemkin Village

In politics and economics, a Potemkin village (is any construction (literal or figurative) built solely to deceive others into thinking that a situation is better than it really is. The term comes from stories of a fake portable village built only to impress Empress Catherine II during her journey to Crimea in 1787.

The original story is that Grigory Potemkin, her adviser and love, erected phony portable settlements along the banks of the Dnieper River in order to fool the Russian Empress; the structures would be disassembled after she passed, and re-assembled farther along her route to be viewed again as if new.

(via Wikipedia)