Countries of the World in 1914 with a Map

How many countries before World War One can you name?
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Huge thanks to user Dekkie for fact-checking the quiz
Quiz by Vicky
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Last updated: May 29, 2021
First submittedJanuary 15, 2019
Times taken112,239
Average score71.3%
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Europe
Albania
Montenegro
Andorra
Netherlands
Austria-Hungary
Northern Epirus
Belgium
Norway
Bulgaria
Portugal
Denmark
Romania
France
Russia
Germany
San Marino
Greece
Serbia
Italy
Spain
Liechtenstein
Sweden
Luxembourg
Switzerland
Monaco
United Kingdom
Asia
Afghanistan
Mongolia
Anaza
Najran
Asir
Nejd
Beda
Nepal
Bhutan
Oman
China
Ottoman Empire
Hamum
Persia
Jabal
Siam
Japan
Tamim
Kathiri
Tibet
Landak
 
Africa
Al-Hiba
Aussa
Dervish
Ethiopia
Liberia
Mbunda
South Africa
Zaian
North America
Canada
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Mexico
Newfoundland
Nicaragua
Panama
United States
South America
Argentina
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Ecuador
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay
Venezuela
 
Oceania
Australia
New Zealand
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Level 59
Mar 25, 2019
Poor old Bolivia - was much larger then (and Paraguay looks tiny!).
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Level 36
Mar 25, 2019
Almost missed Newfoundland
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Level 67
Jul 1, 2019
You found it?
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Level 45
Mar 25, 2019
Great quiz! I really enjoyed that. Seeing 6 or 7 countries turn half the map green really puts colonialism into perspective...
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Level 35
Mar 25, 2019
Didn't the German Empire own the northern part of New Guinea? If so why is it owned by Portugal on this map? Please change it.
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Level ∞
Mar 25, 2019
This has been fixed. Sorry about that.
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Level 67
Mar 25, 2019
Newfoundland wasn't really independent in 1914.
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Level 61
Jul 7, 2020
Nor were Canada, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.
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Level 48
Feb 9, 2022
Yeah but Newfoundland was like REALLY not independent
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Level 32
Mar 26, 2019
Why is tibet not on here it was a country until 1959
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Level 55
May 6, 2022
no
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Level 55
May 6, 2022
actually ur right and wrong but its on here
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Level 37
Aug 17, 2022
It was independent from around 1915-1920 until the fifties
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Level 37
Mar 26, 2019
New Frickin Foundland.

I did get Andorra though, I knew because they donated a grand total of 0 troops for WWI yet still declared war.

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Level 51
Jun 20, 2020
I can tell you pronounce Newfounland wrong, so just so everybody knows, it's pronounced "NOOfn-land", not "New Foundlind"
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Level 65
Mar 26, 2019
Where is the Vatican?
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Level 73
May 19, 2019
There was no Vatican City until 11 February 1929 when the Lateran Treaty was signed.
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Level 44
Mar 28, 2019
I SWEAR I typed in Germany, oh my I'm not very smart
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Level 45
Mar 28, 2019
I find this map so depressing.
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Level 50
May 20, 2019
Just a nitpicky thing, but Lesotho and eSwatini should not be included as South Africa, since they were protectorates of the UK in their own right.
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Level 55
Aug 27, 2019
Fixed
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Level 22
May 21, 2019
Amazing quiz bro. Love it
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Level 28
Aug 14, 2019
That moment when you forget Russia...
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Level 75
Sep 5, 2019
A little fix is required on the map - Djibouti stays yellow even if you guess all answer
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Level 55
Sep 5, 2019
Fixed
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Level 70
Sep 6, 2019
Easier than I expected. No small countries outside of Europe I've never heard about or trying to guess which Oceanian countries were already independent etc.
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Level 73
Nov 9, 2019
It was indeed much easier than I expected.
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Level 34
Dec 15, 2019
was the middle of arabian peninsula still not inhabited by anyone at this time
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Level 84
Dec 27, 2019
No. The only uninhabited place is in the southeastern corner of the grey area on the map and known as the Empty Quarter still to this day. Most of the unfilled area on the map in 1914 was controlled by the Rashid clan of the oasis and trading city of Ha'il in northern Arabia. Their state is also known as the Emirate of Ha'il, the Rashid (or Rashidi) Emirate, the Rashidi Dynasty, or the Emirate of Jabal Shammar. Their absence from the quiz and map is odd, except insofar as since living in Saudi Arabia I've noticed that Westerners knowledge of the history of this region seems to be something like a black hole.

The Emirate was eventually overrun by King Abdulaziz of the House of Saud, who returned from exile in Kuwait to conquer first Riyadh, and then most of the peninsula, in the 1920s. The Rashid clan is still sore about this.

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Level 84
Jul 28, 2021
It seems as though Ha'il (Jabar) and the 2nd Saudi state (Emirate of Nejd) were added to the map with the last update ... though... I'm a little confused about Nejd being on here because I thought they had been overrun by the Rashidis (Ha'il/Jabar) by 1914. Was there an interim Nejdi state between the 2nd and 3rd Saudi kingdoms?
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Level 55
Jul 28, 2021
Nejd was overrun in 1891 but regained independence in 1902.
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Level 51
Jan 7, 2020
Why are Iran and Thailand accepted?
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Level 59
Feb 10, 2022
Because then people would get angry if they weren't
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Level 32
Mar 4, 2020
Tibet gained their independence in 1913
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Level 66
Apr 1, 2020
I guessed Newfoundland when Europe failed. Surprised it worked.
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Level 46
Apr 28, 2020
Luxembourg doesn't turn green for me.

Otherwise a great quiz with a great map.

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Level 55
Apr 30, 2020
Fixed.
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Level 39
Apr 29, 2020
I was really out of place. I din't even remember the european microstates until like the very end. And also I learnt that Newfoundland was independent. Overall, nice quiz. :)
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Level 34
Jun 9, 2020
British raj did not own Bhutan and Afghanistan.
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Level 48
Jun 10, 2020
Liked it!
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Level 56
Aug 6, 2020
Probably my favorite quiz!
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Level 32
Aug 9, 2020
cool! I am a kid but answer correctly all.
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Level 55
May 6, 2022
ok?
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Level 59
Aug 11, 2020
Before this quiz, I just took a quiz that was of the countries of the world in 1400. Imagine the immense satisfaction that I had that I didn't even zoom in. The map was just so CLEAN.
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Level 59
Aug 18, 2020
Awesome quiz!
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Level 42
Oct 11, 2020
crazy and quite sad to see just three independent countries in Africa
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Level 67
Oct 12, 2020
Had no idea Newfoundland was ever an independent country!
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Level 41
Oct 16, 2020
Cool quiz! Really interesting to see how things have change from that time.
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Level 43
Oct 30, 2020
Kinda funny that there were only three independent countries in Africa at the time.
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Level 58
Dec 31, 2020
Awesome quiz!
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Level 28
Feb 10, 2021
what on earth is newfoundland? like how lazy is the guy that came up with the name?
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Level 16
Apr 4, 2021
Mongolia wasn't part of Chinese during these periods, I would like you to fix that, and add Mongolia as a independent country.
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Level 59
Apr 14, 2021
Accept Cape Colony for South Africa
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Level 55
May 6, 2022
its name wasnt that south africa was the name and also cape colony and south africa are basically the same amount of letters.
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Level 37
Apr 17, 2021
I was wondering if Neutral Moresnet was considered an independent country as well?
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Level 57
Apr 27, 2021
Wasn't Somaliland British?
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Level 59
Feb 10, 2022
The Northern half of Somaliland was British
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Level 68
May 29, 2021
That is one helluva a knowledge precipice. Goes from about 2 out of 3 of people knowing down to 1 out of 10.
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Level 75
May 29, 2021
Amazing quiz, but I can't find any mention of Anaza on Wikipedia. What can you tell us about that country?
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Level 55
May 30, 2021
There's not a lot of information on Anaza, unfortunately. It was a sheikhdom that existed from around the mid-19th century until its annexation by the Sauds in the 1920s (likely 1922).
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Level 30
May 29, 2021
When you guess a European country and suddenly half of Africa turns green:

[Visible Confusion]

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Level 58
May 30, 2021
The horrors of the Atlantic Slave Trade...
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Level 82
Jun 2, 2021
The Atlantic slave trade was actually over before the real Scramble for Africa began. European nations formally controlled about 10% of Africa when the last slave ships sailed in 1870. By 1914 it was 90%. Horrors of colonialism/imperialism.
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Level 55
Jun 7, 2021
Nejd - 69%

Jabal - 11%

Wow... that's a giant gap!

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Level 49
Sep 22, 2021
I didn't type in Nejd. It must have accepted an alternative answer for that one, hence the giant gap.
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Level 55
Nov 3, 2021
Neither did I. It accepts 'Saudi'.

(Also, the percentages are now 56% and 6%.)

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Level 44
Jun 10, 2021
sad ecuador and bolivia
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Level 77
Jul 28, 2021
I guessed Epirus but it wasn't accepted for Northern Epirus.
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Level 65
Jul 28, 2021
Portuguese- and French-controlled territories on the Indian subcontinent are missing. Also, Tibet is looking rather different. The country of Tibet roughly corresponded to the current "autonomous region" of Tibet.
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Level 55
Jul 28, 2021
Portuguese/French-Controlled territories in India are to small to be shown on the map. This is the source that I used for Tibet.
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Level 55
Jul 28, 2021
Actually, Tibet's (and Mongolia's) borders were constantly changing due to the ungoing Chinese Civil War.
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Level 59
Jul 28, 2021
I think that this is the first time that I could type ‘Dominican Republic’ without getting ‘Dominica’.
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Level 50
Jul 28, 2021
Epirus should be an acceptable answer for Northern Epirus.
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Level 43
Jul 28, 2021
The percentage drop, though...
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Level 65
Jul 28, 2021
Tonga never relinquished its sovereignty. It is the only Pacific Island nation to remain independent throughout the colonial era.

The UK looked after its foreign affairs but it remained independent and was at least as independent as NZ Australia Canada etc

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Level 44
Jul 31, 2021
Wasn't Russia known as the Soviet Union in 1914?
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Level 73
Aug 1, 2021
1922–1991

- The knowledge panel on that one wiki article

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Level 22
Aug 2, 2021
One of the best quizez i have ever done! thank you.
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Level 59
Aug 2, 2021
Awesome quiz! :) I see I missed all the same mysteriously-named forgotten countries as everybody else.
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Level 30
Aug 4, 2021
I didn't Get Northern Epirus Because It Didn't Accept Just 'Epirus'
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Level 49
Aug 9, 2021
I made a typo when I was trying to type Haiti, and I ended up with... Jabal?
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Level 49
Sep 22, 2021
A disappointing lack of 'dots' for the European microstates which most map quizzes feature meant I missed out on four relatively easy ones.
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Level 55
Sep 22, 2021
It also means you missed out on the very obvious "Show Missing Countries" option.
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Level 25
Nov 18, 2021
nice quiz
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Level 34
Dec 7, 2021
the percentage drop from Monaco to Jabal lol
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Level 46
Dec 30, 2021
British raj should be an answer, even Hoi4 considers it a "country" just like Canada or Australia
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Level 59
Feb 10, 2022
HOI4 starts in 1936, 22 years after this. Different time.
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Level 72
Jan 8, 2022
68 for first time, not bed?
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Level 70
Jan 19, 2022
Bizarre. I got 64 the first time I took this and got 3/5. When I retook it, I got 66 and got 5/5?? The statistics on this one are very strange.
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Level 61
Jan 27, 2022
"This beats 94.9% of test takers..."

-I was so close, yet so far to that all important 5th point.

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Level 55
May 11, 2022
Out of curiosity, why did Britain control most of coastal Oman while the state known as "Oman" only controlled some inner areas? As far as I know, Muscat is a coastal city
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Level 50
May 13, 2022
Australia, Canada, and New Zealand shouldn't be listed as independent from the UK. They only became independent in 1986, 1982, and 1986 respectively.
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Level 46
Jun 21, 2022
The Worldmap is really more beautiful with Tibet in it!!
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Level 37
Aug 17, 2022
South america wasnt different ar this time
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Level 55
Sep 14, 2022
Only at little bit
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Level 37
Aug 18, 2022
It was exact the Same expect for british and Dutch guyana
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Level 36
Aug 29, 2022
Peru and Paraguay: now, nobody can take my land >:)

Ecuador and Bolivia: Allow us to introduce ourselves.

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Level 61
Sep 5, 2022
Why are Nepal and Bhutan listed as independent but Bahrain, for example, is not?
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Level 55
Sep 14, 2022
How did I even get Northern Epirus?
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Level 83
Oct 3, 2022
I tried Epirus and it didn't work. Never thought to try adding the "Northern". Would it be possible to accept Epirus just as Macedonia is accepted in Countries of the World for today even though the country is North Macedonia officially? Unlike, say, Korea, there's no need to distinguish in this case.