A Potemkin Village is a term used to describe situations where a thinly veiled facade is created with no underlying substance. Legend has it that Grigory Potemkin became Governor of Southern Ukraine and Crimea after the Russian takeover in 1774. Potemkin was assigned to rebuild the areas after a series of wars between the Ottoman Empire and Russia. In 1787, the Russian Empress Catherine II and her entourage embarked on a six-month trip through the Ukraine and Crimea. To assure his continued favor with Catherine II, Potemkin is reported to have built a fake portable settlement along the banks of the Dnieper River. Each night after Catherine II and her entourage passed the village, Potemkin would have the village disassembled and reassembled further down river to give the impression of a thriving, prosperous economy however, reality was quite different. Many people question the authenticity of the legend but, true or not, the fact still remains that organizations do construct facades with very little substance behind them.