This is one of those “factual opinion” questions – the sort of thing that asks for generally agreed significance rather than Google-able information. So I think but am not positive it’s proper in GQ.
My distinct impression is that Moldova, the small, poor nation just southwest of Ukraine and bordering Romania, is for all practical purposes Romanian in culture, speaking a Moldavian dialect of Romanian (considered a separate language by the Moldovan government but not by most linguistics scholars, culturally influenced by Russia and Ukraine but predominantly Romanian in culture, effectively a part of Moldavia (the northeast part of Romania, east of the Carpathians) that owes its separate legal existence to 20th century politics – it was part of Russia prior to 1918, then added to Romania, seized by the USSR in 1940 and made a SSR for the next 50 years.
Are there any significant ethnic or cultural differnces between Moldova and Moldavia? Does it have real ‘national’ distinctness as a region?