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Country Pairs That Split a Continental Landmass if Removed | Enclaves

Which pairs of countries would split the Americas or Afro-Eurasia in 2 or more separate parts if removed? Countries that could do it single-handedly are also included.
This quiz includes enclaves/exclaves and overseas territories! Here is a version without them.
Pairs don't include countries that can do it single-handedly.
De-jure borders are used.
Quiz by Dollyfroggy
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Last updated: July 28, 2023
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First submittedNovember 21, 2021
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Country #1
Country #2
Algeria
Libya
Mauritania
Argentina
Brazil
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Montenegro
Brazil
Guyana
Peru
Suriname
Venezuela
Bulgaria
Greece
Cameroon
Gabon
Republic of the Congo
Canada
China
Myanmar
Colombia
Costa Rica
Country #1
Country #2
D. R. Congo
Republic of the Congo
Tanzania
Egypt
Finland
Norway
France
Germany
Guatemala
Guinea
Ivory Coast
Liberia
Honduras
India
Iran
Turkey
Iraq
Jordan
Syria
Turkey
Israel
Italy
Jordan
Syria
Kyrgyzstan
Libya
Sudan
Country #1
Country #2
Lithuania
Poland
Mexico
Morocco
Netherlands
Nicaragua
North Korea
Oman
Panama
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Switzerland
Thailand
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United States
Uzbekistan
13 Comments
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Level 82
Nov 21, 2021
Nice quiz! Shouldn't the Netherlands be here as well, since it contains some Belgian exclaves?
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Level 60
Nov 22, 2021
Oops, I added it. Thanks for the catch!
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Level 76
Nov 22, 2021
nice, thanks for the mention! should Guinea-Liberia be added?
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Level 60
Jul 28, 2023
Good catch. Thanks for taking my variation!
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Level 89
Jan 10, 2023
Great quiz. Really makes you think.

What about Indonesia? (Doing so would split off East Timor and Papua New Guinea -- or is the theory that they're already separate "pieces" of the Asian continent?) Similar question regarding Malaysia (which would isolate Brunei).

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Level 60
Jan 10, 2023
I'm glad you enjoyed this. Keep in mind this is only countries that would split a continental landmass (Afro-Eurasia, Americas, and arguably Australia), not that would split a landmass.
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Level 76
Feb 28, 2023
India should be a stand-alone answer because of Dahagram-Angarpota, a Bangladeshi exclave. Also, should Austria-Switzerland really count since Liechtenstein would end up in the middle of a lake? If you are including things like that, then Oman should also be included as a stand-alone answer because of Nahwa, a counter-enclave of the UAE surrounded by an Omani enclave.
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Level 76
Feb 28, 2023
Actually, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Serbia, and Belarus should be added as single answers for the same reason. I'm also not sure whether you are counting lakes and rivers as "land" area or not, because if so, Mozambique and Uruguay should also be included and Argentina should become a stand-alone answer.
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Level 76
Feb 28, 2023
Also (sorry for all the comments) Iraq-Jordan, Iraq-Syria, Iraq-Turkey, and Jordan-Syria should also work. Switzerland should also be a stand-alone answer for the same reason as all the ones listed in the previous comment and Austria should be removed from the quiz.
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Level 60
Mar 1, 2023
Thank you for all of the good points! I hadn't known of most of these.

This gets quite difficult to draw the line. Dahagram-Angarpota feels like it would be an island, not a separate landmass, but I guess it is fair game.

I still believe Liechtenstein would be a new separate 'part', so I'll keep Austria-Switzerland and add Oman.

I'll add all of the Middle Eastern pairs, thanks.

Can you provide why Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Serbia, Belarus, Uruguay, Mozambique, and Switzerland should be stand-alone answers? I'm not sure I understand your reasoning there. I'll add the others once I figure out what these would be added for.

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Level 60
Jul 28, 2023
Also, islands wouldn't be part of the continental landmass, so no to the lake/river question.

I found the list that I think you used, so I'll update accordingly. Because of the amount of small cases there are, I'm going to split the quiz into with and without enclaves.

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Level 89
Jul 28, 2023
I was thinking that South Africa - Mozambique should be added as a pair, since it would make Eswatini an island. I guess it's excluded because South Africa itself works as a stand alone (because of Lesotho)? Consider whether stand alone countries could also be used in combination if the result of the combination is different than just the stand alone country? Maybe that would be a different quiz because there may be others (for example, France-Spain). Anyway, great quiz.
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Level 60
Jul 28, 2023
Ah, that's a good point. I think that would be too confusing, but it might be a good idea for a different quiz like you said.