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Spot the Differences: 1970 World Map

Can you name every change that happened on the world map since 1970?
Minor border changes are excluded
Both 1970 and current country are accepted
To help identify colonies, capitals have been provided
Quiz by Simon1006
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Last updated: December 19, 2022
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First submittedOctober 3, 2022
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Average score81.8%
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Current Country
1970 Country
Angola
Portugal
Antigua and Barbuda
United Kingdom
Armenia
Soviet Union
Azerbaijan
Soviet Union
Bahamas
United Kingdom
Bangladesh
Pakistan
Belize
United Kingdom
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Yugoslavia
Cape Verde
Portugal
Comoros
France
Croatia
Yugoslavia
Czech Republic
Czechoslovakia
Djibouti
France
Dominica
United Kingdom
East Timor
Portugal
Egypt
Israel
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Estonia
Soviet Union
Federated States of Micronesia
United States
Georgia
Soviet Union
Germany
East Germany
Germany
West Germany
Grenada
United Kingdom
Guinea-Bissau
Portugal
India
Sikkim
Kazakhstan
Soviet Union
Kiribati
United Kingdom
Kosovo
Yugoslavia
Kyrgyzstan
Soviet Union
Latvia
Soviet Union
Lithuania
Soviet Union
Current Country
1970 Country
Marshall Islands
United States
Moldova
Soviet Union
Montenegro
Yugoslavia
Morocco (Western Sahara)
Spain
Mozambique
Portugal
Namibia
South Africa
Palau
United States
Papua New Guinea
Australia
Russia
Soviet Union
Saint Kitts and Nevis
United Kingdom
Saint Lucia
United Kingdom
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
United Kingdom
Sao Tomé and Principe
Portugal
Serbia
Yugoslavia
Seychelles
United Kingdom
Slovakia
Czechoslovakia
Slovenia
Yugoslavia
Solomon Islands
United Kingdom
South Sudan
Sudan
Suriname
Netherlands
Tajikistan
Soviet Union
Turkmenistan
Soviet Union
Tuvalu
United Kingdom
Ukraine
Soviet Union
Uzbekistan
Soviet Union
Vanuatu
United Kingdom
Vietnam
North Vietnam
Vietnam
South Vietnam
Yemen
North Yemen
Yemen
South Yemen
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Level 57
Oct 3, 2022
Good idea, just a small mistake : the U and the V countries are swapped out (they are in the wrong alphabetical order) :)
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Level 65
Oct 3, 2022
Thanks, the alphabet is hard apparently :)
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Level 62
Oct 3, 2022
Love it
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Level 89
Oct 4, 2022
Tricky little Sikkim.
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Level 77
Oct 5, 2022
how about Timor-Leste? other than that sick quiz
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Level 65
Oct 6, 2022
Its already there as East Timor
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Level 59
Dec 18, 2022
Why were the Seychelles part of Yugoslavia?
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Level 67
Dec 18, 2022
haha hadn't spotted that one
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Level 65
Dec 19, 2022
A little known fact about Yugoslavia ;)
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Level 78
May 19, 2023
Best quiz I have played in a long time! Nominated!
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Level 65
May 19, 2023
Nice idea, but a bit easy, e.g. when I typed "East Timor" I got all hits connected with Portugal. Even when typing "Portugal" that would be weird.

Maybe a harder Version could be made where both answers are needed - country before and country after. In that version, you would need to type Soviet Union once, but all nowadays countries, too.

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Level 65
May 19, 2023
The reason I went with 'Spot one colony = get all of that country' is that we are spotting the countries that are different on the 1970 map. For your example, Portugal was the one that was different back then, since e.g. East Timor did not exist.

So spotting Portugal being different in Angola or East Timor should not matter: you spotted that Portugal is different

That being said, the harder version does sound interesting, I might look into that at some point

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Level 56
May 19, 2023
I really enjoyed it but it is a bit confusing - I didn't think of putting West Germany after I'd put the DDR, for example, and still don't totally understand why it didn't populate on its own, not that I'm that bothered. Perhaps it's just not possible to make it perfectly logical (or at least not the version of logic which obtains inside my tiny brane)
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Level 65
May 19, 2023
Typing Germany gets both ;)

I do understand the confusion though. I tried to get a consistent set of answers by going by the countries visible on the 1970 map, which means that the entire Portuguese empire is one answer while there are 2 Germanys. By going by what's visible on the map I do think it's the most objective way though

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Level 65
May 19, 2023
Great quiz, would love to see more like this for other years
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Level 57
May 19, 2023
What's with the like 700 dots? very confusing
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Level 65
May 19, 2023
Those are the capitals the caveat is talking about
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Level 34
Oct 24, 2023
you should probably include Hong Kong (UK, now China) and Macau (Portugal, now China)?