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Countries by Wikipedia Descriptions #2

Can you name these countries by excerpts from their Wikipedia descriptions?
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Quiz by WolfCam
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Last updated: February 4, 2019
First submittedJanuary 18, 2019
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Emerged as one of the world's earliest civilizations, in the fertile basin of the Yellow River
China
It is the largest wholly European country
Ukraine
A long and narrow coastal Southern Cone country on the west side of the Andes Mountains
Chile
The island was the only known home of the dodo
Mauritius
An island country in the Indian Ocean, approximately 400 kilometres
off the coast of East Africa
Madagascar
A group of rebel military officers led by Muammar Gaddafi launched a
coup d'état against King Idris
Libya
lies on the equator and overlies the East African Rift
Kenya
They built churches in every city and replaced some of the Inca temples with churches,
such as the Coricancha in the city of Cusco
Peru
In 2014, it was noted about 30% of the population was made up of millionaires
Monaco
Bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and Macedonia to the west,
Greece and Turkey to the south
Bulgaria
More than six million citizens, including 90% of the country's Jews, perished in the war
Poland
Before Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution, it was one of the most advanced and
successful countries in Latin America
Cuba
Has witnessed numerous military campaigns, including those by Alexander the Great, Mauryas,
Muslim Arabs, Mongols, British, Soviets, and since 2001 by the United States
Afghanistan
The most populous Spanish-speaking state in the world
Mexico
Its population is 9.2 million, of which 1.4 million are citizens and 7.8 million are expatriates
United Arab
Emirates
Founded in 1819 as a trading post of the British East India Company
Singapore
The renaming remains a contested issue. Many political and ethnic opposition groups
and countries continue to use "Burma"
Myanmar
Claims that the Western Sahara is part of its territory
Morocco
The country now depends on expensive food imports, mainly from South Africa and Portugal
Angola
The empire's centre of power was Angkor
Cambodia
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Level 81
Feb 4, 2019
The Myanmar question is a bit broken as long as one can just type "Burma" from the question
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Level ∞
Feb 4, 2019
Fixed
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Level 63
Feb 4, 2019
Don't all the requirements of the "A member state of the United Nations, OPEC, African Union, the Community of

Portuguese Language Countries" also fit Equatorial Guinea?

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Level ∞
Feb 4, 2019
Yes. Changed the clue.
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Level 74
Feb 10, 2019
Ugh. Dodo.
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Level 71
Mar 12, 2019
"Before Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution, it was one of the most advanced and successful countries in Latin America" - I guess Cuba's wikipage is in dire need of revision. Someone's been trying to rewrite History based on wishful thinking (to say the least)...
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Level 52
Apr 2, 2019
Absolutely, sounds like a correction is needed right away
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Level 84
Apr 2, 2019
I tried to look up some figures. According to one thing I read, in 1950 Cuba ranked 7th of 47 Latin American countries in terms of GDP per capita. (interesting aside: in the same year Venezuela was ranked 4th in the entire world) Today they're ranked 8th. What issue are you taking with this statement? You don't think they were doing well in the 50s compared to the rest of Latin America, or is it the implication that somehow they've fallen further behind than they were?
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Level 62
Apr 2, 2019
I guess it's more about the joys of being a Mafia run Banana Republic in the 1950s?
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Level 84
Apr 2, 2019
What is?
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Level 59
Oct 19, 2021
I think the issue is how slanted the statement is, implying that everything pre-Communism was amazing, and post has been a hellish nightmare. While, as you suggested, the bottom line numbers have moved very little.
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Level 84
Oct 21, 2021
But the implication people are reading into it is in their own heads as it doesn't actually say that. They're just being defensive and reactionary to pre-supposed criticism, and, quite ironically, an assumed level of bias that only they themselves are displaying.
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Level 73
Apr 4, 2022
Or maybe, in your pro-US bias (since pre-Revolution Cuba was a puppet of the US), you're purposefully ignoring what is a clear implication (not to mention the "one of the most advanced and successful" bit being questionable to say the least), and are ignoring the existence of nuance in favor of only the most surface literal meaning of a text.

The most insidious propaganda is not overt, it's subtle, and banks on people like you defending it cause "it doesn't *literally* say that".

Reminds me of people defending Trump saying he never *literally* said anything racist nor *literally* defended white supremacists.

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Level 84
Nov 19, 2022
Ferbin: the rules of the site make it impossible for me to respond to you appropriately.
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Level 59
Sep 4, 2021
You're right, it's absolutely bullshit. Cuba has survived USA's trade embargo, 1961 crisis, USSR dissolution and many more. And people in this country are much more happy than in rest of Americas(maybe except Canada and USA). It's all power of socialism.
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Level 84
Sep 4, 2021
which is why hundreds if not thousands of Floridians risk death on the open sea trying to flee to Cuba every year.
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Level 67
Oct 19, 2021
Absolutely.

Claiming that the brutal conditions of pre-1959 Cuba were "advanced" is either deeply ignorant or intentionally deceptive.

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Level 84
Oct 19, 2021
Deeply ignorant or intentionally deceptive... coming from a guy who called the Khmer Rouge's Cambodia, the Derg's Ethiopia, Stalin's Soviet Union, Mao's China, and the Kim dynasty's Korea the "coolest countries ever"... this attack probably doesn't carry as much sting as you would hope.
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Level 66
Oct 19, 2021
Honestly I think you're both right. It does seem ignorant and/or deceptive to portray communism in Cuba as a massive regression (as you said above it hasn't really changed much) and to pretend that the feudal Cuba from before the revolution was "advanced" because sugar barons were rich.

At the same time, it's hilarious to see a supporter of Pol Pot talk about "brutal conditions".

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Level 67
Oct 20, 2021
I love how literally that guy takes everything. :D
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Level 84
Oct 21, 2021
When you say things earnestly and repeatedly don't be surprised when people assume that you mean what you say. If you then, after the fact, try to assert that you were only kidding... don't be surprised if people correctly interpret this as deception meant to obfuscate embarrassment. It's okay to admit that you're wrong, or to recognize your own bias, or accept that statements you've made in the past, heavily informed by the 2nd thing, might have been going absurdly too far (though it's not clear that you've moved past these beliefs yet and everything you comment seems to indicate you haven't). In fact it's mandatory if you want to be taken seriously.

Senpai: I think you may be reading some implications in my comments that aren't there. Batista's Cuba was more prosperous; but also less egalitarian than Castro's. Batista's was less belligerent in foreign policy. His was more corrupt in some ways; but far less oppressive. His was not great for the poor, but at the same time...

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Level 84
Oct 21, 2021
...never inspired the poor to risk their lives trying to flee en masse. Both Batista and Castro were undemocratic dictators. Both could be brutal toward dissidents and opponents. The level of "advancement" measured in terms of things like HDI has stayed roughly the same before and since, even though compared to the rest of Latin America Cuba isn't as far ahead as it once was (though neither has it fallen as far behind as some would have you think). The economy is worse (which, obviously, has a lot to do with US embargos, but, also, obviously, that's not the whole story). Civil rights: in some ways worse, in some ways better. Both those arguing that Cuba was a paradise under Batista (for anyone other than foreigners and the wealthy), or that it became one under Castro (for anyone), are deluded or dishonest. Capitalism isn't the great evil some make it out to be. Neither is Communism. Proponents of both often make silly arguments.
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Level 67
Oct 21, 2021
Quod erat demonstrandum. :)
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Level 84
Mar 3, 2022
Abi, futuis te ad mortem, te stupri ineptum.
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Level 68
Apr 2, 2019
Cuba is relatively poor measured by gdp but in terms of health, education, technical innovation and life expectancy it's very advanced.

I've noticed these quizes and this comment section are often very used for expressing reactionary and neo-liberal views.

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Level 84
Apr 2, 2019
1. where is a neo-liberal view on this quiz?

2. neo-liberal is not a pejorative.

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Level 69
Apr 2, 2019
Very advanced. That's why the more enlightened citizens of the imperialist west flock there in droves. Their universities (name two?) are world-renowned. Their technical innovation (name three globally-significant companies?) rivals silicon valley. Their health and life expectancy must be why Cubans keep trying to escape to America, despite their dictatorship's attempts (admittedly paused in recent years) to keep them imprisoned there.
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Level 84
Apr 2, 2019
true (assuming sarcasm), but they are actually not that bad compared to much of Latin America, same or slightly worse than they were under Batista, and I'm genuinely curious what teke meant. But I guess he was just reading an implication that Cuba is an impoverished country, an implication that is both true and not present on this quiz, and then overreacted to his reading of this implication. I'm assuming also that he thinks neo-liberalism means capitalism and that both are bad words.
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Level 62
Apr 2, 2019
Well, they do have basically free heath care and medicine, so that is quite advanced. Compared to some other countries that is.
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Level 84
Apr 2, 2019
Yeah I guess but I heard you have to bring your own lightbulbs and bedsheets to the hospitals. And of course the Communist overlords, and rich visiting tourists, get a much higher quality of care than the average Cuban. Their ability to make do with less is notable. Their life expectancy is just behind that of the United States' (assuming this isn't just part of the propaganda), so that's good. Still doesn't answer any of the above questions.
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Level 67
Oct 19, 2021
It's reassuring to see that others notice this tendency to read from the State Department's script. :)
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Level 84
Oct 19, 2021
I'm still curious where you get your scripts from because I've seen you say things more one-sided and obviously agenda-driven than anything ever put out by Russia Today or even Pravda.
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Level 67
Oct 20, 2021
Well wonder no more, friend: Putin himself personally delivers the briefings along with a suitcase full of cash.

Pretty sweet deal, eh? :D

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Level 84
Oct 21, 2021
Sounds like it. If you were getting paid I would have expected you to be better at this. Like the people on Russia Today on shows like "Watching the Hawks." The propaganda they put out is very slick and I could see it actually influencing a lot of people not already sympathetic toward Russia or its aims, or who just didn't realize what they were watching. Same goes for a lot of the fake news and other subtle PsyOp stuff the FSB and GRU have helped propagate on Facebook and elsewhere. Fox News would do well to take notes.

The stuff you comment, on the other hand, is ridiculous and completely obvious, and not going to convince anyone. Might even have an opposite effect. I'd say that Putin ought to get his money back, but, he's got plenty... quite possibly the richest most corrupt oligarch in the entire world. So go on and keep it.

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Level 88
Apr 2, 2019
It took me way too long to figure out the answer to "An island country in the Indian Ocean..." I think that's a sign of way too much Jetpunk.
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Level 65
Jul 11, 2019
I like these Wiki description quizzes, not just because they are the easiest set I've come across
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Level 63
Aug 31, 2019
Mexico is a state?
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Level 43
Nov 21, 2019
All countries are technically state's it how you view the term state. It can be a condition, the states of The USA or State as in a Nation-State :P
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Level 63
Sep 7, 2019
Yet never been colonised. Thug level- Afghanistan
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Level 39
Oct 20, 2021
I think you mean "run by Thugs" Afghanistan.
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Level 76
Jul 27, 2020
Please capitalise the 'L' in 'Lies' in the 7th hint.
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Level 75
Aug 25, 2020
Is it too difficult for you to understand?
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Level 72
Mar 7, 2021
Came down here to make sure this had been flagged up!
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Level 66
Sep 7, 2021
If I was QM, it would now read "lies on the equator and overLies the East African Rift"

It's probably a good thing that I'm not.

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Level 54
May 2, 2021
Can you plz accept Burma for Myanmar
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Level 58
Oct 19, 2021
But it's literally in the hint. It used to be accepted but it was fixed as stated in the top comment.
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Level 39
Oct 20, 2021
"This country used to be called Burma, many people still do."

"Can you accept Burma as an answer?"

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Level 74
Oct 19, 2021
You may need to check the Wiki page for it, but now that the US has officially pulled out of Afghanistan, that clue may need to have it's wording changed
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Level 75
Oct 20, 2021
It's when I answer 100% on my first try on a quiz like this that I realize I'm pretty good at this.