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All Modern-Day Countries Ever Controlled by Turkic People

Below is a map of modern-day countries that were fully or partially under Turkic control, can you name them all?
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Quiz by Iluvbread123
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Last updated: May 18, 2021
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Country
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Armenia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bangladesh
Belarus
Bhutan
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Central African Republic
Chad
China
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Djibouti
Egypt
Country
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Finland
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Lebanon
Country
Libya
Malaysia
Mali
Mauritania
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Myanmar
Nepal
North Macedonia
Oman
Pakistan
Palestine
Poland
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Country
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Somalia
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Syria
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Uzbekistan
Yemen
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Level 75
May 17, 2021

For this quiz, the definition of Turkic people will be ethnic Turks and Turkic-speaking minorities. Former countries that did not assimilate during their occupation of Turkic lands (e.g. Tang dynasty) are not considered. Turks that occupied other regions and lost their identities as time went on are also excluded. Hunnic controlled regions are highlighted but not included in this quiz as they are believed to be Turkic but not enough backing information exists

Tributaries and regions under heavy influence are included.

While this probably is not perfect, this map should be a rough representation of how far Turkic powers have reached.

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Level 55
Feb 1, 2021
This turned out really well. Great quiz and map!
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Level 75
Feb 1, 2021
Thanks Dekkie! Also thanks for your maps of Khedivate of Egypt and Hunnic Empire I used as reference :D
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Level 55
Feb 1, 2021
No problem at all. Glad it helped.
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Level 75
May 28, 2021
Nope, Chagatai is in Central Asia

Those lands were under the Mughal empire and the Qutb Shahi dynasty

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Level 75
May 28, 2021
Ottoman Empire
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Level 57
Feb 2, 2021
It would be very cool to learn the history around this, like Indonesia, Somalia, that super long strip into Africa, and why they never controlled that one tiny piece of Russia. Great quiz, nominated
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Level 75
Feb 2, 2021
I'm not sure of Indonesia but the strips of Africa were its vassal states and that chunk in Russia wasn't caused by just 1 empire. It was several countries that took over both sides of the land there but somehow none of them invaded that region. I will assume it's due to the mountainous biome.
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Level 71
Mar 18, 2021
Really nice quiz! I can tell this involved a lot of research. I know you said that you don't know what the Turks controlled in Malaysia/Indonesia, but do you have a source? I'm somewhat curious about that.

I'm also curious about that piece of land in what appears to be Gujarat. Was that just something that the Mughals never conquered?

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Level 75
Mar 18, 2021
I've done researched afterwards and discovered that it was the Sultanate of Aceh. I did that part with a video I found off YouTube.

As for that chunk in India, yeah it seems like the Mughals somehow missed it, it was not highlighted as part of any Turkic powers

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Level 55
Feb 8, 2021
Very nice! These SVGs must take forever to make!
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Level 75
Feb 8, 2021
Thanks! Those SVGs actually don't take far too long. This map took me about 2 days, and just about 3-4 hours total. It's much easier to make compared to some other maps such as Dekkie's Europe in 1360.
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Level 75
Mar 18, 2021
I don't have to edit too many properties apart from just adding a few classes and changing up the ids sometimes. It's easier for me and also on my computer
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Level 65
Mar 18, 2021
SPOTLIGHT!!!
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Level 46
Mar 18, 2021
Finland, Indonesia, Burkina Faso??? Bruh, them Turks be wildin'.
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Level 75
Mar 18, 2021
They were all tributaries. Burkina Faso is a part for that Moroccan kingdom (Saadi iirc?) Indonesia is Aceh, an Ottoman vassal. Finland is part of the Duchies that are vassals of the Golden Horde
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Level 53
Jul 9, 2021
thanks; i was thinking what country has ruled over finland that was turkic
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Level 75
Aug 2, 2021
The Golden Horde was initially a part of the Mongol Empire and was Mongolic. It later got Turkified and that's why I put it in.

Also, thanks!

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Level 39
Jul 10, 2021
If Turks were wild, then think the British LMAO
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Level 39
Aug 5, 2021
I am Turkish. I know my country better than you.

1) Armenian Genocide is a controversial thing. There are some researches made by American scientists (not Turkish) and they say Armenian Genocide wasn’t real. I don’t say Armenian Genocide is real or not. But it is controversial topic. There are many things about Armenian Genocide. NONE of them are proved.

2) We don’t hate Kurds. We don’t kill Kurds. Kurds are ethnically Kurd, but they still have Turkish citizenship. They are Turkish. We love Kurds.

3) Who said every country should be multicultural? South Korea is the second least diverse country in the world. And it is one of the most developed countries in the world.

4) Alevis are muslims. Everyone consider Alevis as muslims in Turkey. Only difference is the sects (Sunni-Shia)

5) I have Armenian, Kurd and Alevi friends. I love all of them. We don’t hate them. We don’t kill them.

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Level 44
Aug 13, 2021
Ahhhh, no. The only controversy is how many hundreds of thousands of Armenians were murdered. Turkey says it was 300k and the Armenians say it was 1.5 million. Turkey does not think that counts as "genocide". So if you want to say the "controversy" is about the semantics of genocide vs systematic murder OK I agree with you but there is absolutely no doubt that there was an attempt to exterminate an entire population of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire.
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Level 95
Mar 19, 2021
Really fun, thank you. Nominated
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Level 75
Mar 19, 2021
Thanks :D
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Level 84
Apr 14, 2021
Got to 78 and couldn't find the last country. Had to do some zoom searching to see that little piece of Chad.
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Level 57
Oct 27, 2021
Yeah damn it was hard to find
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Level 62
Apr 26, 2021
I’ve noticed the UK is pre-filled in the answers, but I can’t find any land on the map that’s British. What am I missing?
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Level 75
Apr 29, 2021
Akrotiri and Dhekelia
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Level 62
May 5, 2021
OIC. The Cyprus bases. I see why they were pre-filled now; that would’ve been too sneaky making us remember those! 🤣
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Level 62
May 5, 2021
Any chance of doing our empire at some point, or would it basically be every single country? 🤣
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Level 75
May 6, 2021
From your profile I see that you're from the UK

I've made a quiz on Germanic people (which I'm yet to update :P) already, which includes the UK

If you want just the British Empire, I'm sure Dekkie has made a such quiz

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Level 48
May 17, 2021
Adritina and Dekkieliam
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Level 56
Apr 27, 2021
Good quiz! And very timely considering the whole *cough* genocide *achoo*
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Level 75
Apr 29, 2021
What
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Level 39
Jul 10, 2021
*TRIGGERED*
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Level 56
Apr 29, 2021
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/04/24/joe-biden-recognizes-armenian-genocide-ottomans-turkey-starting-1915/7357499002/
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Level 75
Apr 30, 2021
Oh, didn't see that coming
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Level 55
Jul 10, 2021
Millenia of history. A century of history. Take it all in stride and avoid reductionism, it'll get you further... ;)
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Level 65
May 13, 2021
Nominated! :)
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Level 75
May 13, 2021
Thanks :D
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Level 77
May 14, 2021
Here just before the 2nd English feature. Good luck Bread!
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Level 75
May 15, 2021
Thanks! I'm excited :D
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Level 77
May 17, 2021
Glad you got the feature! Well done Bread!!
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Level 75
May 18, 2021
Thanks! This is wonderful :D

Time to farm by translating this to French

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Level 38
May 15, 2021
Finland? How?
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Level 75
May 15, 2021
Vassals of the Golden Horde
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Level 71
May 17, 2021
Congrats on getting this featured! It's very well deserved.
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Level 75
May 18, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 70
May 18, 2021
What's the reason for that large Russian/Mongolian/Chinese territory? You're not implying the Mongol Empire was Turkic, are you?
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Level 75
May 18, 2021
If it was, it would reached Vietnam. Out of the 4 Mongol Khanates, the Golden Horde was later Turkified and that explains the Russian lands. As for China and Mongolia, that's the Turkic Khaganates, Uyghur Khanate, Great Jin, as well as (later sinicized) Turkic Empires in Northern China
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Level 70
May 20, 2021
Interesting, thanks for the answer and great quiz!
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Level 65
Jan 23, 2022
By great Jin do you mean the Jurchen Jin dynasty? The Jurchens are actually the same as the Manchus, and are Tungusic instead of Turkic, and they were also deeply Sinicized after they conquered northern China. I don't think northern China has ever been under Turkic control, probably except for the An-Shi rebellion, whose leader is of dubious Turkic origin, which have briefly occupied northern China for some time.
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Level 71
May 18, 2021
Great quiz! Did you forget the Spanish enclaves on the Moroccan coast, or have they somehow avoided Turkic conquest all this time?
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Level 75
May 19, 2021
Thanks!

According to wiki articles, Ceuta and Melilla were already Spanish territories when the Saadi Sultanate became an Ottoman vassal and weren't taken over by Ottoman Turks

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Level 63
May 18, 2021
Third feature!
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Level 72
May 19, 2021
This finally explains the great doner kebab I had in Burkina Faso.
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Level 82
May 23, 2021
This was a fantastic quiz. The map means it's not too tricky, even if you don't know much of the history of the Turkic peoples - as long as you know modern geography - but it does raise many interesting questions about the history of certain places, which has lead me down a but of a Wikipedia rabbit hole. I am wondering though - I didn't think Tamil Nadu and Kerala ever came under Mughal rule, so I'm wondering on what basis they are included on the map. Was it a tributary situation? Anyway, not a big deal as it doesn't impact the actual answers, but I'm just curious.
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Level 75
May 25, 2021
Thanks!

Those parts were once controlled by the Qutb Shahi dynasty, which was under Turkoman rule

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Level 62
Jul 9, 2021
With the map there, you don't have to know ANYTHING about history, just list the countries shown on the map. Easy points.
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Level 88
Jul 9, 2021
Yeah, I think these types of quizzes would be more interesting/challenging if the modern national borders were not shown.
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Level 68
May 31, 2021
nice quiz love that 85% of people have scored 100% as of now
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Level 67
May 31, 2021
2:05 remaining, took me a while to get Burkina Faso and Central African Republic
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Level 69
Jul 9, 2021
Curious - why is UK provided as an answer, but no shading on GB? Is this an overseas territory thing?
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Level 75
Jul 9, 2021
Akrotiri and Dhekelia, on Cyprus
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Level 65
Jul 9, 2021
Good quiz. But just curious why you included the map? Obviously its your quz and so your choice. But the map turns it less into a test of knowledge of Turkic history and just one of knowing geography/countries of the world. Either way, thanks for the quiz.
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Level 75
Jul 9, 2021
Thanks. I included the map as I thought it would probably be a good visualization of the extent of Turkic powers and would simply look better than a blank text quiz.
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Level 65
Jul 9, 2021
Yeah, can see that. Good quiz, either way. Thanks.
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Level 58
Jul 9, 2021
The Novgorod republic was never subordinate to the Golden Horde.
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Level 55
Jul 9, 2021
It was never invaded because it surrendered preemptively before the Mongols could invade, but they did agree to willingly become a vassal and began paying tribute to the khans of the Golden Horde. So yes, it was in fact subordinate to the Mongols/Golden Horde.
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Level 65
Jul 9, 2021
What about the modern-day Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla? If so, shouldn't Spain also be added to the list? The same applies to the modern-day British territories (sovereign bases) in Cyprus.
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Level 55
Jul 9, 2021
Those enclaves were already under European control by the time Morocco became a (short-lived) vassal to the Ottoman Empire.
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Level 75
Jul 9, 2021
Yeah, both Ceuta and Mellila were under Iberian powers since the 15th century
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Level 50
Jul 9, 2021
nice simple quiz
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Level 75
Jul 12, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 56
Jul 10, 2021
When did Turks control South India? Neither the Delhi Sultanate nor the Mughal Empire extended that far South.
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Level 44
Jul 10, 2021
See the comment series for May 23, 2021.
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Level 75
Jul 12, 2021
Yep, Qutb Shahi
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Level 20
Aug 5, 2021
Great Quiz!
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Level 58
Sep 9, 2021
Nice quiz!
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Level 56
Sep 24, 2021
Why do they wear big onion hats?
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Level 75
Sep 30, 2021
Because they are environmentalists and using renewable and farmable items as garments is better for planet Earth

Oh and they worshipped onions religiously /j

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Level 56
Apr 4, 2022
lol
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Level 75
Sep 30, 2021
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Level 48
Sep 30, 2021
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Level 37
Sep 8, 2022
Only Ottomans use them

Turkic history is not only Ottomans bro

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Level 56
May 11, 2023
No way, really?
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Level 47
Jan 16, 2022
Why is half of Gujarat uncontrolled while the surrounding territory is. Was it a resilient Indian kingdom during the reign of the Mughals?
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Level 68
Jan 23, 2022
Love this quiz!
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Level 70
Mar 5, 2022
Was surprised to see parts of Finland/Karelia here. There are actually theories that Uralic and Turkic languages came from the same place thousands of years ago but it's very hard to trace Uralic languages back that far.
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Level 37
Apr 10, 2022
Where is Yakutia ?!?

It is autonomous republic in russia it is Turkic but not in the map ?!?

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Level 28
May 18, 2022
Its so weird that Estonia was controlled by them
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Level 39
Jul 2, 2022
The area of India which is not on the map was controlled by Turkic people at one point
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Level 56
Oct 17, 2022
Great quiz! I think you should add Italy: Ottoman Empire controlled Otranto in Apulia between 1479 and 1480 :D
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Level 68
Nov 6, 2022
Nice quiz. There should be Italy because of Otranto (1480).
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Level 68
Jan 16, 2024
Any correction?
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Level 46
Jan 12, 2023
i kept trying niger and nigeria for burkina faso until i got it
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Level 51
Jan 15, 2023
You should add italy and iceland cause of otranto and Raif of iceland(tyrkjaranid)
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Level 51
Jan 15, 2023
Wrong map it should be better
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Level 64
Apr 14, 2023
what are the dark areas?
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Level 72
Jan 31, 2024
It's a bit late, but I'll comment for everyone else. The dark areas are areas that the Huns controlled. We believe they were Turkic, but we don't have enough data to confirm.
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Level 44
Nov 9, 2023
Nice quiz! I got 78 and then spent a long time trying to find the last one before realising that it was that tiny part of Chad.