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European Secessionist Movements on a Map

Europe has a lot of regions with an active movement seeking greater autonomy or even independence. Can you name these regions on the map below?
This map does not claim to be complete!
In most of these regions, the majority of the population does not support independence
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Currently part of
Secessionist movement
Finland
Åland Islands
France, Spain
Basque Country
Germany
Bavaria
France
Brittany
Spain
Catalonia
United Kingdom
Cornwall
France
Corsica
Belgium
Flanders
Spain
Galicia
Currently part of
Secessionist movement
Finland, Russia
Karelia
Denmark
Faroe Islands
Czech Republic
Moravia
Italy
Padania
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Republika Srpska
United Kingdom
Scotland
Italy
Sicily
Moldova
Transnistria
Serbia
Vojvodina
82 Comments
+27
Level 59
Nov 17, 2018
Could you accept "Ahvenanmaa" for Åland? It's their Finnish name.
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Level 89
Mar 5, 2020
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Level 76
Nov 17, 2018
Great quiz! I nominate this for a star (despite my already having awarded Faroe Islands their independence!)
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Level 67
Nov 17, 2018
Nice quiz, could you accept Euskadi for the Basque Country?
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Level 77
Nov 18, 2018
RS for Republika Srpska?
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Level 83
Nov 19, 2018
No, RS is primarily Serbia.
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Level 67
Jan 14, 2019
no, it's not
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Level 77
Sep 16, 2019
Yes, it is. Republic of Serbia.
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Level 57
Feb 8, 2019
I tried various English translations of the name, but never thought to write the original one, although I do know it...
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Level 63
Aug 12, 2020
At least an english translation. I knew it but couldn't spell Republika Srpska. where does the 'p' come from?
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Level 58
May 17, 2022
The 'p' comes from the alphabet
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Level 72
Nov 18, 2018
Great quiz. I would never have got the two in Finland but I'm kickin myself about the Serbian one, I thought it was in southern Serbia for some reason.

A little more flexibility on some of the spellings would be nice, those aren't all well known or easy to spell answers.

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Level 69
Nov 18, 2018
Nice quiz, obviously not all these movements are equally serious. But good quiz, nonetheless.

Maybe add Northern Ireland, Sardinia, Eastern Ukraine, Gotland.

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Level 78
Dec 12, 2023
Northern Ireland? Where are you getting that from?
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Level 69
Feb 19, 2024
Probably the couple Catholics in Belfast and other cities that would like to see Ireland united
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Level 63
Nov 19, 2018
It's good that there are regions from all of Europe, apart from scale of the separatist activity.
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Level 74
Nov 19, 2018
Cool idea for a quiz! Would like to see one for all the continents...
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Level 85
Nov 20, 2018
No Chechnya?
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Level 44
Nov 10, 2022
used to exist
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Level 94
Nov 21, 2018
actually, Padania could be sub-divided in Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto and so on. And i don't think Lombardy should be accepted as a solution for the entire region.

Moreover, whilst Padania is seen as an unique entity by its supporters, who think it should be a state on its own, there is an historic independent movement in Alto Adige / Sudtirol which seeks independence from Italy (and i think would equally seek independence from Padania) with the ultimate aim of being united to Austria.

That's why i would add this other secessionist movement to the quiz

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Level 78
Dec 12, 2023
'Reunited'!
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Level 86
Jan 13, 2019
Wow, Padania is like half of Italy.
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Level 44
Jan 13, 2019
Great quiz! It was an extremely unique geography quiz, which I certainly appreciate. I've made a few of my own, but hardly had the same level of creativity :)
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Level 66
Jan 13, 2019
Sandzak (Serbia and Montenegro), Istria (Croatia), Novorossiya (Ukraine), Liberland (Serbia)
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Level 50
Jan 14, 2019
Liberland isn't about secession, as its attempting to claim land that is yet to be claimed by anyone.
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Level 71
Sep 16, 2021
Liberland is a dumb vanity project
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Level 26
Jan 13, 2019
What about Wales? YesCymru is gaining momentum
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Level 59
Jan 13, 2019
Wales has never been close to wanting to leave the UK, even considering Brexit. A BBC poll from 2018 had those wanting independence at only 7%
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Level 57
Jan 13, 2019
In which case, how come Plaid Cymru got 21% of the vote at 2016 Welsh Assembly elections, giving them 20% of the seats?
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Level 56
Jun 29, 2020
Well nor has Cornwall, but so what?

Plaid Cymru campaign on all sorts of issues. Just as it's been shown that not everyone who votes for the SNP wants Scottish independence.

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Level 82
Jan 13, 2019
Ridiculous. Can't we all just get along?
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Level 78
Jan 15, 2019
It's not a matter of getting along or not. It's a matter not feeling adequately represented by the state you are living in (because the interests and preferences of the majority of the rest of the country are different from yours).

What's wrong of wishing for a different state? It's not as if the current borders had been drawn after negotiated consensus and democratic elections...

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Level 78
Jan 17, 2019
Why should an individual give a heck to which country s/he is "represented by" or how it should be called? Countries are just an artificial structure, not a really important thing.

I understand even independence movements in those situations when individuals do not have equal rights and that is somehow based on their culture, ethnicity or language, but not when they have equal citizen rights. But is is actually impossible to define any group that would have right to an independent country when another group has not.

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Level 59
Nov 20, 2023
insanely close-minded viewpoint
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Level 82
Feb 29, 2020
Well Scotland just got yanked out of the EU against the will of its people - a situation independence would have fixed. One doesn't need to be some archaic nationalist to be concerned with these issues.
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Level 56
Jun 29, 2020
Especially in western Europe, countries are not an artificial construct. They are groupings of people sharing a common language, history, culture etc. They are somewhat more artificial than a family is, but much less artificial than you say.
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Level 78
Jun 14, 2023
Please have a closer look. Practically every current country in the Western Europe is and has always been a mixture of people of different languages, cultures, religions.
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Level 83
Dec 20, 2022
About half the population of England also got yanked out of the EU against their will, but that's nothing independence wouldn't fix. And a surprising number of Scots voted for Brexit.
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Level 83
Dec 7, 2023
would* fix
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Level 53
Jan 13, 2019
What about Székelyföld? It's a region in Tranyslvania mostly populated by hungarians that wants autonomy.
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Level 67
Jan 13, 2019
Probably can include Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics
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Level 57
Jan 13, 2019
And Crimea - there must be some Ukrainians left there.
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Level 44
Jan 14, 2019
Russian-induced secession isn't real secession...Transnistria should be removed from this. Crimea was illegally annexed.
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Level 57
Jan 13, 2019
Karelia? Really?
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Level 32
Jan 13, 2019
having grown up in Bavaria, I've never met anyone in favor of independence either. Of splitting up the state and making it two maybe, but not of somehow not being part of Germany anymore.
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Level 52
Jan 13, 2019
Never heard about a secessionist movement in Moravia, interesting.
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Level 68
Jan 13, 2019
Padania's area is grossly exhaggerated. Tuscany, Umbria, Marche and most of Emilia Romagna would NEVER split from Italy to join an entity called "Padania".
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Level ∞
Jan 13, 2019
Secessionists are living in fantasy land anyway.
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Level 78
Jan 15, 2019
In 1775 someone made that same comment.
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Level 22
Jan 13, 2019
Transnistria is already independent, so it doesn't really fit with separatist movements.
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Level 54
Jan 13, 2019
Didin't see that Cornwall was yellow and was trying Gibraltar, Guernsey and Jersey. Should've seen it
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Level 86
Jan 13, 2019
Bavaria? but not the actual area of Ukraine trying to secede?
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Level 49
Jan 13, 2019
Informative.
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Level 50
Jan 14, 2019
One solution - workers of the world, unite!

You have nothing to lose but your chains.

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Level 66
Jan 14, 2019
It's worked out so well for them every time they have. Just look at the workers' paradise in the USSR, PRC, DPRK, Venezuela, etc.
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Level 65
Jul 10, 2020
commies are so dumb...
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Level 71
Sep 16, 2021
Or the USA for that matter
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Level 55
Jan 14, 2019
1.Padania is much smaller than that

2.But there aren't many people for Vojvodina and Moravias independence, instead of them you should have included for example Wales, Sicily or Wallonia

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Level 58
Jan 16, 2019
Novorussia should be in there.
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Level 70
Jan 16, 2019
This map does not claim to be complete!
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Level 78
Jan 17, 2019
Karelia is wrong in several ways. First, the area you show in the map does not belong to Finland and most part of it has never done so. Secondly, being a native Finnish from a Karelian family, I have never even heard of the Finnish parts of Karelia wanting any kind of independence. Thirdly, although there apparently is some kind of independence movement in the Russian Karelia, my understanding is that it is not really active and does not have large support.

Anyway, remove at least Finland from the hint for Karelia.

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Level 78
Jun 14, 2023
Renewing my earlier comment: Concerning the "Karelia" question, please replace "Finland" in the hint by "Russia". (Although I'm not sure that any serious independence movement exist even that kind of the border, I can tell with 100% certainty that nothing like that exists in Finland.)
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Level 89
Mar 8, 2019
No Sea Land?
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Level 58
May 17, 2022
Based Sealand
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Level 54
Apr 18, 2019
Padania is too wide and should be separated from Veneto, also Sardinia is missing
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Level 67
Dec 8, 2019
Could you be a little more lenient on the spelling of Brittany?
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Level 21
Feb 26, 2020
Would be nice to accept Carelia for Karelia
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Level 69
Apr 29, 2020
I tried "Voivodine" and "Serb(ian) republic", and was quite confused. Maybe you could accept more English-friendly translations and transliterations?
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Level 76
Jun 6, 2020
There is no seccessionist movement in Moravia.
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Level 56
Jun 29, 2020
May we have "Faeroe islands" and "Aaland islands"?
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Level 64
Feb 19, 2021
Please accept "Serbian Republic" and "Aaland."
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Level 70
Dec 23, 2021
What is "Aaland"?
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Level 39
May 21, 2021
Say srpska five times fast
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Level 85
Jul 30, 2021
The Faroe Islands are out of order, alphabetically.
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Level 71
Sep 16, 2021
Vojvodina is not a secessionist movement - merely a culturally mixed area in which some citizens would like a little more autonomy (just 5% want full independence)
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Level 56
Feb 14, 2022
I wonder what those islands would do it they actually did gain independence, lol
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Level 55
Feb 25, 2022
bruh lombardy does not want independence, and the border on the map is northern italy, not only lombardy
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Level 67
May 9, 2022
I remember when I left Bosnia to Croatia, there was a sign saying "Welcome to Republika Srpska" and I thought it means Serbia and I was wondering why the hell it said Welcome to Serbia in Bosnia
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Level 44
Nov 10, 2022
what about donetsk and luhansk? they existed since 2014
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Level 24
May 18, 2023
Nice quiz. Btw, could you accept Galiza as an answer for Galicia?
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Level 68
Feb 12, 2024
In this map the Shetlands and the Faroe islands are exactly the same shape.
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Level 46
May 16, 2024
Padania is not a real thing, but Veneto, Friuli, South Tyrol and much more are independentist nations. Also Occitania, Sardinia and South Italy