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All Possessions of the British Empire in 1921 with a Map

With the help of a map, can you guess all polities that made up the British Empire at its peak in 1921?
Click on the map to zoom in.
For the sake of this quiz, modern-day country names are not accepted (unless applicable).
Not including the occupation zone in the Ottoman Empire, international zones or any Antarctic possessions.
Includes separate dependencies of dominions.
Quiz by Dekkie
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Last updated: July 25, 2022
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First submittedAugust 16, 2021
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Sovereign State
United Kingdom
Dominions
Australia
Canada
New Zealand
Newfoundland
South Africa
Protectorates / Protected States
 
Aden
Bahrain
Bechuanaland
 
Bhutan
Brunei
Egypt
Federated Malay States
Johor
Kedah
Kelantan
Kuwait
Maldives
Muscat and Oman
Nepal
North Borneo
Nyasaland
Perlis
Qatar
Sarawak
Sikkim
Solomon Islands
Somaliland
Swaziland
Terengganu
Tonga
Trucial States
Uganda
Zanzibar
Crown Dependencies
Guernsey
Isle of Man
Jersey
Crown Colonies and Protectorates
Gambia
Kenya
Nigeria
Sierra Leone
Company Rule
Northern Rhodesia
Southern Rhodesia
Crown Colonies
Bahamas
Barbados
Basutoland
Bermuda
British Guiana
British Honduras
Ceylon
Falkland Islands
Fiji
Gibraltar
Gilbert and Ellice Islands
Gold Coast
India
Jamaica
Leeward Islands
Malta
Mauritius
Pitcairn Islands
Saint Helena
Seychelles
Straits Settlements
Trinidad and Tobago
Windward Islands
League of Nations Mandates
Iraq
Nauru
(Australia, NZ and UK)
New Guinea
(Australia)
Palestine
South West Africa
(South Africa)
Transjordan
Western Samoa
(New Zealand)
Chinese Concessions / Leases
Guangzhou
Hankou
Hong Kong
Jiujiang
Tianjin
Weihaiwei
Xiamen
Zhenjiang
Australian External Territories
Norfolk Island
Papua
Condominiums
Anglo-Egyptian Sudan
New Hebrides
Under Military Administration
Cameroon
Cyprus
Tanganyika
Togoland
Other Possessions
Ascension Island
Ashmore Reef
Baker Island
Cartier Island
Line Islands
Phoenix Islands
Tristan da Cunha
50 Comments
+17
Level 39
Aug 16, 2021
yemen tirangle oman snek
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Level 31
Aug 16, 2021
Congrats Dekkie your gonna be in my first User Spotlight alongside MG17 tomorrow!
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Level 55
Aug 17, 2021
Not sure how to respond to that, but thanks!
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Level 90
Aug 16, 2021
Fantastic quiz.
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Level 55
Aug 17, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 67
Aug 17, 2021
Great quiz (as always)
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Level 55
Aug 17, 2021
Thank you!
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Level 45
Aug 18, 2021
Great quiz!
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Level 55
Aug 18, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 70
Aug 23, 2021
This quiz rocks!!
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Level 55
Aug 23, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 83
Aug 23, 2021
Awesome quiz, nominated! Btw why is Cyprus so blurry?
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Level 55
Aug 23, 2021
Thanks! That was a minor mistake in the map which has now been fixed.
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Level 66
Aug 23, 2021
Love the quiz, just with there was a "show missing" button
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Level 57
Aug 23, 2021
Wonderful quiz! But Aden looks a little too triangular to me...
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Level 55
Aug 23, 2021
Aden changed borders quite a lot over the years. This is just how it looked in 1921.
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Level 57
Aug 23, 2021
Really? I didn't know that. Thanks for letting me know!

Also, I just realized that Goa and other European Possessions in India are missing on the map

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Level 55
Aug 23, 2021
This has been fixed. I actually forgot to add the gray areas to India during the finalisation of the map.
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Level 74
Nov 27, 2021
Great quiz! Curious if there's a reason why those bits of modern Turkey are darker though?
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Level 55
Nov 27, 2021
Allied occupation at the time.
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Level 60
Apr 19, 2022
Great job! Hope this gets featured, we need more territories / possession quizzes and more quizzes about the past!
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Level 64
Jun 13, 2022
Oman: Let's not get to excited about our colonies. Let's just have the coast and land near Muscat.

Aden: A L L O F T H E S A N D

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Level 83
May 22, 2023
Well, Oman used to have quite a few possessions in Africa :)
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Level 50
Oct 26, 2022
What is the reason for the light gray spot in Turkey?
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Level 55
Oct 27, 2022
Zone of the Straits, a joint allied occupation zone that existed in the final years of the Ottoman Empire in and around Constantinople.
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Level 79
May 24, 2023
makes sense but shouldn't that also apply to the Rhineland?
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Level 59
May 22, 2023
Nice feature!
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Level 55
May 22, 2023
Thanks!
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Level 65
May 22, 2023
When you zoom in on some of the flags it displays the name if you would like I would gladly remove the text that gives away the answer but it's up to you. The one I spotted was 'Barbados' but I'm quite sure there are more

since the british are so bad at making flags

since some countries are not very original when it comes to making flags.

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Level 55
May 22, 2023
Barbados, Bahamas and Solomon Islands. Well, I personally wouldn't worry too much about it, considering there's quite a few harder answers here, lol.
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Level 65
May 22, 2023
Ok, by the way brilliant quiz
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Level 81
May 22, 2023
Does anybody know why Malaysia was split into so many parts? I know I could Google it but I want a good JetPunk answer.
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Level 83
May 22, 2023
Probably separate sultanates that still exist and later joined to form Malaysia.
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Level 55
May 22, 2023
Malaysia was a bit more complicated back then. By 1921, most of Malaysia wasn't federated yet and a lot of the sultanates that today make up the country were administratively separate protectorates. While western modern-day Malaysia was unified by the end of World War II and gained independence in 1957 as Malaya, the eastern British holdings (British North Borneo and Sarawak) and Singapore (later expelled in 1965) would join Malaya in 1963 to form Malaysia. Brunei would remain British until 1984.
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Level 81
May 22, 2023
Ah… interesting. Thank you!
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Level 73
May 23, 2023
"This is a list of all the featured quizzes that have been added or reset in the last 14 days."

So why is this one here....

"Last updated: July 25, 2022"

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Level 55
May 23, 2023
This was featured yesterday.
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Level 42
May 30, 2023
If I’m not mistaken, the Gold Coast was actually 3 separate colonies being “Gold Coast”, “Ashanti” and “Northern Territories”
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Level 42
Jun 2, 2023
Also the Crown Colony of Labuan was a small island possession just off of Borneo.
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Level 55
Jun 10, 2023
I will be sure to take a look into this when I find the time for it.
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Level 69
Jun 8, 2023
I've seen a variation of this quiz on Sporcle. I'm glad it's on Jetpunk as well now :)
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Level 74
Jun 8, 2023
I only got New Hebrides from looking at the flag. 90% of quiz takers missed that!
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Level 40
Jun 9, 2023
I'm sorry fellow Malaysians,I've got every part of modern day Malaysia,Singapore and Brunei except tiny Perlis! 😭🥲
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Level 40
Dec 10, 2023
I still forgot it the second try lmao
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Level 76
Jun 9, 2023
Great quiz, would love to see a French or other similiar versions.

Should Norfolk Island be included as a separate entity? I'm aware it was assigned to Australia in 1913.

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Level 55
Jun 10, 2023
Their status as external territory, like with Papua, does put both possessions in a strange position within the British Empire. I chose to include external territories for the sole fact so that it adds a bit more clarity.
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Level 58
Jun 9, 2023
*Laughs in British*
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Level 68
Jun 10, 2023
What about Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau? If Australian possessions are on the list, why not NZ possessions?
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Level 55
Jun 10, 2023
It should be noted that these areas were administrated differently back in 1921.Tokelau was part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony. Niue and Cook Islands were under more less tighter control of New Zealand and not yet separate entities. Either way, West Samoa, which was a mandate subject to NZ-authority is included.

Norfolk and Papua were placed under Australian control as external territories pretty early on in contrast to that.

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Level 58
Jun 10, 2023
I enjoyed this quiz a lot. In my 50s, I am old enough that the maps and atlases of my childhood showed the "old" names of a lot of these possessions, and the old names were still in common use as people got used to the new names. So it was fun for me to remember the former names of Lesotho, Malawi, Vanuatu, and so on.