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Flags of Countries of the World in 1910

Try to name the countries of the world in 1910 based on their flags.
Answer must correspond to the yellow box
Quiz by Dekkie
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Last updated: September 5, 2023
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First submittedJune 16, 2019
Times taken56,986
Average score65.7%
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+34
Level 61
Jul 23, 2019
Love China's dragon and Siam(Thailand)'s elephant... they go together so well!
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Level 55
Jul 23, 2019
The Asian flags are definitely a couple of my favourites. The pre-1885 dragon star flag of Vietnam is another pretty nice one.
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Level 56
Mar 7, 2022
I like the old Nepalese flag.
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Level 82
Jul 23, 2019
Is the Dervish State flag supposed to make you feel as if you've been whirling when you look at it?
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Level 79
Dec 10, 2022
No, it's supposed to remind you of Terezi from Homestuck /j
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Level 82
Jul 23, 2019
Also, with the way it's common convention to just accept modern day nation-state names for all previous countries in the same area that people conceptualize as being the same thing whether they are or not (like calling the Tang or Song dynasties "China", or the Old Kingdom of the Nile civilization "Egypt," and using the same placeholder names to refer to the modern states)... maybe you could accept Saudi Arabia or Arabia or just Saudi for Nejd and Hassa? It is also called the Third Saudi State, and was an Arabian monarchy ruled over by the House of Saud centered around Riyadh.
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Level 70
Jul 23, 2019
I agree as I was very confused when Saudi Arabia wasn’t accepted
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Level 55
Jul 23, 2019
Saudi should now be an acceptable type-in.
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Level 70
Jul 23, 2019
So what on earth is ha’il?
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Level 55
Jul 23, 2019
Also known as Jabal Shammar, it was an emirate ruled by the House of Rashid that existed between 1836 and 1921.

It controlled quite a bit of Saudi territory at one point, however I believe around this year it was just controlling a bit in the north of what is now Saudi Arabia.

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Level 82
Sep 4, 2019
They have a McDonald's where you can play PS2 games for free.
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Level 76
Mar 1, 2020
Leave it to Kal to know this
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Level 58
Jul 23, 2019
Isn't Afghanistan missing?
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Level 55
Jul 23, 2019
Afghanistan was a British protectorate at the time, gaining independence in 1919.
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Level 50
Apr 19, 2020
but then why is canada and australia and south africa in there??
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Level 53
Jun 5, 2021
They had a much greater level of autonomy within the British Empire as dominions, rather than colonies or protectorates.
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Level 55
Sep 2, 2021
Afghanistan has now been included due to its nominal "protected state" status.
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Level 77
Jul 23, 2019
I would like it added to the caveat that we are talking independent countries here. These days Scotland is still a country, Wales is a country, they are just not independent. Likewise in 1910 there were many more areas that considered themselves a country, they just didn't have independence. (Ideally add it to the quiz name too, but I concede that makes it just too long, so caveat at least, please?)
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Level 82
Jul 28, 2019
No, they're just regions that are called countries. There's little doubt what a country usually means on such quizzes, apart from the level of recognition. Similarly in other languages, "pays" in French can mean many things, but "pays du monde" is clear.
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Level 88
Jul 30, 2019
You can also say you live in the country, meaning a rural area, but doesn't mean East Bumf County is a sovereign nation.
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Level 58
Dec 28, 2019
Scotland is a country, and Wales is a principality.
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Level 75
Jul 23, 2019
Shouldn't the Vatican also be included?
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Level 55
Jul 23, 2019
The Vatican City didn't gain its independence until 1929.
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Level 82
Jul 28, 2019
And Papal State was fully occupied and annexed to Italy by 1870.
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Level 72
Jul 23, 2019
Really interesting quiz. Needs more time for those of us who have to scroll up and down every single time on Ipads.
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Level 76
Jul 23, 2019
I wonder where El Salvador got it's flag from...
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Level 77
Jul 24, 2019
Probably from the Native American tradition hmmm...
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Level 77
Jul 24, 2019
Beautiful old flag of Montenegro :)
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Level 54
Aug 20, 2019
The most beautiful flag in the world!
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Level 90
Jul 25, 2019
Maybe you should edit out the legend on Paraguay's flag.
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Level 60
Dec 2, 2023
I didn't get it, so now I feel like an idiot.
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Level 75
Jul 27, 2019
Wasn't Ethiopia called Abyssinia in 1910?
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Level 47
Sep 3, 2019
I gave up at the Dervish State and got everything beyond it wrong because of the yellow box
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Level 47
Sep 3, 2019
I just realized I forgot I could've just clicked on the next flag and keep going -_-
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Level 49
Sep 4, 2019
Weren't Hawaii an independent state?
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Level 67
Sep 4, 2019
They were annexed around the turn of the 1900's if I am correct.
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Level 55
Sep 8, 2019
Correct. The kingdom was overthrown by pro-US annexation coup in 1893 and then finally annexed in 1898.
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Level 59
Sep 4, 2019
why isn't “German empire” accepted?
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Level 47
Sep 4, 2019
I think "Shammar" or "Jabal Shammar" should be accepted for Ha'il as that is another name for the emirate.
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Level 55
Sep 8, 2019
Jabal Shammar was already accepted.
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Level 56
Sep 4, 2019
Where is Bhutan in this list - was certainly independent in 1910.
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Level 55
Sep 8, 2019
Well, it was until January 8th. However, Bhutan didn't have a flag until 1949.
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Level 64
Nov 20, 2019
I was going to put the same...

Maybe add a box with no flag?

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Level 38
Sep 4, 2019
This chinese flag looks way better than the communist flag they have today.
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Level 84
Sep 3, 2021
Commies gotta commie.
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Level 46
Sep 5, 2019
should except Rhodesia for South Africa
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Level 55
Sep 8, 2019
That would be wrong. Rhodesia was modern day Zambia and Zimbabwe under the British South Africa Company while the Union of South Africa was a dominion of the British Empire.
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Level 65
Sep 8, 2019
Sorry, but Bodhitrad is correct. Rhodesia (actually 2 countries, Northern and Southern) were both north of the Limpopo river. This flag was never used by either, but it was used by the Union of South Africa, replacing it with the Orange, White and Blue at a later stage (I think when the Nationalist Party came to power and made the country a republic). Southern Rhodesia did have a plebiscite about joining the Union of South Africa, but it was thoroughly defeated, as they wanted to go it alone.
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Level 65
Sep 8, 2019
First off, I want to congradulate you on your first featured quiz, I hope that more of your quizes will be featured. About this one, there were several that I know, several that I guessed and several that I knew the country existed (Persia) and just kept on putting it in until it came up. Thanks for a great quiz, and I hope that we get to see more of your quizes featured.
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Level 55
Sep 9, 2019
Thanks!
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Level 89
Oct 28, 2019
Agree with this. Absolutely love these flag quizzes and have learnt an awful lot from them. Definitely deserve a wider audience.
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Level 72
Sep 10, 2019
Thank you Paraguay, Nicaragua and Newfoundland (Terra Nova) for putting your name on your flag! Helps a lot on these quizzes.
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Level 63
Nov 22, 2019
That's what I thought.
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Level 46
Sep 16, 2019
I love this quiz! Historically and vexilologically. Thanks!
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Level 64
Nov 20, 2019
What about Crete, Korean Empire or Wadai?

Also, I'm not sure about the status of New Foundland or South Africa...

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Level 55
Nov 20, 2019
The Cretan State was just autonomous within the Ottoman Empire and had been de facto annexed by Greece in 1908. The Korean Empire was a Japanese protectorate in its last five years from 1905 to 1910. The Wadai Sultanate didn't seem to have a flag.

As for Newfoundland and South Africa, they are included due to their dominion status.

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Level 63
Nov 22, 2019
What does one have to type to get Austria-Hungary? Because that doesn't work.
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Level 55
Nov 22, 2019
Nothing seems wrong with the type-in. Just typing 'Austria' should work.
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Level 60
Dec 2, 2023
You probably hadn't moved the yellow box properly.
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Level 20
Apr 21, 2020
Ottaman
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Level 87
May 21, 2020
This is QAJAR not persia
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Level 53
Sep 5, 2023
The state in this area at the time was known by many names, including Qajar, Persia, and Iran, and its official name was the Sublime State of Iran.
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Level 64
Jan 21, 2021
Pretty sure you got Russia's flag wrong. Maybe not, i dunno.
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Level 33
Jan 27, 2021
You should accept German Empire for Germany because that is what the flag actually is
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Level 40
Mar 30, 2021
only typing ''Saudi'' will work for Saudi Arabia. fix pls
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Level 55
Mar 30, 2021
No. It's a predecessor state of Saudi Arabia often referred to as the "Third Saudi State", which is why it works.
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Level 28
Apr 23, 2021
Why am I surprised 3x more people got Siam than Persia
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Level 82
Sep 3, 2021
well it was kinda easy to guess. "What country is associated with elephants?" looking in SE Asia, it doesn't take long to figure it out XD
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Level 64
May 28, 2021
Where is Russian Empire's flag?
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Level 55
May 28, 2021
Literally the third one in the first row. Unless you mean the black-yellow-white tricolour, which was no longer the official flag by 1910.
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Level 83
Sep 3, 2021
If both Johor and Afghanistan were included even though they were protected states, shouldn’t Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah, Perlis, Sarawak, Brunei and North Borneo be there too? All of them were British protected states, a status shared by nearby Johor. Whether they were protected states in 1910 or not I am not that sure.
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Level 85
Sep 3, 2021
I wonder what the Najran and Morocco flag designers did with the rest of their time.
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Level 47
Nov 12, 2021
I would love to read more about Najran as a country. Could anyone point me in the direction of reading material about it?
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Level 55
Nov 12, 2021
Not much is known about Najran as an (de facto) independent state. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principality_of_Najran.

Although information on the principality is hard to find, it's known that conflicts were fought for the territory between the Yemenis and the Saudis in 1931-1932 and 1933-1934, when the principality's independence finally ended and its territory was officially ceded to Saudi Arabia.

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Level 55
Feb 5, 2022
I typed "Ottomon" but not "Empire". I thought that it would automatically fill in the word "Empire" if it was correct.
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Level 55
Feb 5, 2022
Because it's "Ottoman" and not "Ottomon".
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Level 56
Mar 7, 2022
They obviously put a lot of effort into the Moroccan flag
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Level 50
Mar 25, 2022
the dervish state flag hurt my eyeballs :(
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Level 88
Jun 29, 2023
I think it looks cool!
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Level 51
Apr 29, 2022
This starts off super easy and then gets harder and harder
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Level 64
Jun 16, 2022
Didn't South Africa also have the Orange Free State and that other thing I forgot?
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Level 55
Oct 11, 2022
Whoever created Najran and Morocco's flags sure thought long and hard about it.
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Level 51
Apr 21, 2023
On mobile, the Bulgarian flag doesn’t display. The only way of knowing it is the Bulgarian flag is by clicking on the unloaded image, or by guessing. Maybe you should fix this, since it would be easier to see the flag immediately rather than click. Since this is a minor error, it doesn’t need to be fixed.
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Level 55
Apr 21, 2023
This is not something that's under my control, unfortunately.
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Level 41
Apr 26, 2023
The more things change…

The more they stay the same.

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Level 45
Aug 26, 2023
Wow, a 3:1 flag. Now I've seen it all.
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Level 87
Sep 5, 2023
Did someone retroactively change their flag 100+ years later?
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Level ∞
Sep 5, 2023
Either there was an error on the quiz that the quizmaker fixed or the Wikipedia source changed.
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Level 66
Sep 5, 2023
Mbunda was added, I believe.
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Level 55
Sep 5, 2023
If you want a transparent list of things that were changed:

- The flag of Honduras before the update was actually erroneous and originally used a variant flag (yellow stars instead of blue) instead of the proper one.

- Chile's flag before the update used an older version of the current flag that had long become obsolete by 1910.

- Addition of Mbunda.

- Added clarity to the Austro-Hungarian flag that said flag is a civil ensign.

- Replaced Portugal's flag with a new updated version.

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Level 72
Sep 5, 2023
Was Mbunda internationally recognized?
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Level 55
Sep 5, 2023
Uncertain, but my guess would be probably not (despite it having existed since the early 16th century). This was near the very end of the Scramble for Africa, when most of Africa was already colonized by the European powers. Only a handful of smaller uncolonized polities still existed by 1910.
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Level 62
Sep 5, 2023
I can't believe I missed Mbunda.
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Level 60
Sep 5, 2023
you gotta make more of these
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Level 70
Sep 5, 2023
Ah yes, the Dervish state. Great flag design based on replicability but MAN does it mess with you visually on screen. That thing gave me vertigo.
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Level 82
Sep 6, 2023
I just want to say kudos to Dekkie and Quizmaster for the UI feature here that on the mobile version (on iOS, at least) autoscrolls to the next flag and centers it on the screen after typing in the previous answer. Minor detail but a useful one.
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Level 47
Dec 2, 2023
This quiz started as easy, easy, not so easy, easy, not so easy, no easy, hard, ummm...., wtf!?

Well done!

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Level 56
Dec 2, 2023
Luxembourg should be a type-in for the fourth flag - the lighter blue stripe wasn't required till 1993. Hence the rather confusing-looking scoreboard at the 1990 Eurovision
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Level 55
Dec 2, 2023
The modern Dutch flag's colours were adopted around 1806 also weren't fully standardized until 1958 and even then different shade variations of the flag are still common today. The Luxembourgish flag was de facto adopted in circa 1845.

As for the Eurovision scoreboard argument, I looked up the 1990 performances for both the Netherlands and Luxembourg to see if the flag would be shown on screen. Seems like that Luxembourgish flag is indeed still shown in a lighter shade than the Dutch one there.

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Level 56
Dec 2, 2023
So they are! The Eurovision scoreboard is totally not meant to be an argument - I don't think the choices of Yugoslav visual effects technicians really prove anything. Maybe evidence of a sort is on the Lëtzebuergesch Wikipedia page, where Grand-Duke Henri's monogrammed flag has what looks to me more like the Dutch shade of blue than the sky-blue we're used to. (According to the description this does just seem to be a monogrammed national flag rather than a royal standard as such.)

My point isn't that in 1900 the sky-blue stripe wasn't the conventional choice - just that the dark blue was another possible correct choice.

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Level 55
Dec 3, 2023
Yeah, I get the point you're trying to make here, but I think it's best to just avoid any possible confusion here and maintain things as they are.
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Level 60
Dec 2, 2023
This quiz is outdated. Update please. ;)