Unrecognized Countries

These states are all vying for recognition, but at the moment their sovereignty is not accepted by the UN. This also includes states who are sovereign nations, but whose sovereignty is not totally accepted.
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This state declared independence from Mali in April 2012.
Independent State of Azawad
This state declared independence from Somalia in 1991.
Republic of Somaliland
This state declared independence from Azerbaijan in 1992.
Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
This state declared independence from Moldova in 1990.
Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic/Transnistria
This state declared independence from Georgia in 1999.
Republic of Abkhazia
This island nation claims to be the legitimate government of China.
Republic of China/Taiwan
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This state declared independence in 2008 and is recognized by 90 UN members.
Republic of Kosovo
This island state declared independence in 1983 after Turkish forces invaded the island.
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
This state declared independence in 1988 and currently has recognition from 130 UN members.
State of Palestine
Morocco claims this desert state as a part of its sovereign territory, but another group claims it an independent state.
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic/Western Sahara
This state declared independence in 1991
Republic of South Ossetia
19 Comments
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Level 82
Feb 23, 2013
What about Puntland... Taiwan... Chechnya... there are some others, too. Is Taiwan recognized by the UN? maybe. I'm pretty sure the other two aren't in any capacity.
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Level 31
Jul 25, 2018
Taiwan is in the quiz
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Level 61
May 18, 2021
Taiwan used to even have a Security Council seat at the UN. They lost it when the US under Nixon recognized the PRC as the legitimate government of China. Talking about a demotion...
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Level 37
Apr 21, 2014
Good quiz, but Azawad has renounced all claims to independence since February 2013.
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Level 33
May 9, 2014
Great quiz... I had the idea to make one like this and then saw it had already been done.
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Level 52
May 30, 2015
Azawad's independent claims ended.
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Level 40
Aug 28, 2015
How can the UN not recognize Taiwan when Taiwan was on the UN Security council for decades??
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Level 79
Nov 1, 2015
Taiwan is recognized, but only as the island nation of Taiwan. Not as the legitimate government of mainland China.
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Level 49
Aug 26, 2020
not really. they agreed upon the onne china policy, meaning you can only recognize one as the owner of whole china
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Level 54
May 6, 2017
It was either PRC or Taiwan
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Level 54
May 6, 2017
Add Sealand?
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Level 41
May 15, 2017
glory to sealand
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Level 82
Nov 6, 2017
home of the Sea People?
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Level 19
Nov 1, 2017
You should accept Sahrawi, since it's the official name of Western Sahara.

Azawad needs to be removed.

Nagorno-Karabakh is now known as Republic of Artsakh.

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Level 31
Apr 11, 2018
Yes Artsakh should definitely be accepted. That is what it is generally called in the media etc nowdays.
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Level 60
Apr 14, 2021
Wish this would accept Artsakh; otherwise, good quiz.
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Level 50
Apr 27, 2022
accept ROC for taiwan
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Level 39
Mar 26, 2023
But where's sealand?
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Level 76
Oct 1, 2023
Artsakh and SADR should be accepted HOWEVER the former has just been invaded and declared it will cease to exist from Jan 1, 2024. Azawad withdrew its declaration of independence in 2013 and accepted Mali's territorial integrity