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Countries that Beat Bougainville (197th Country)

Bougainville voted for independence from Papua New Guinea in 2019 and is likely to become the world's
next new country, with Arawa its capital city.

For each selected category, name any country that will rank higher than Bougainville.
Based on current statistics. HDI data unavailable for Nauru and Tuvalu
Using JetPunk's standard list of 196 countries, dependent territories excluded
Quiz by overtired
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Last updated: April 4, 2023
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First submittedMay 6, 2021
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Rank
Category
Countries
7
Northernmost in Oceania
Marshall Islands | F. S. Micronesia | Palau |
Kiribati | Nauru | Papua New Guinea
2 (t)
Longest one-word country name
Liechtenstein
6
Island nation with lowest HDI
Haiti | Madagascar | Comoros | Papua New Guinea | Solomon Islands
9
Most Catholic island nation (%)
East Timor | Malta | Philippines | Ireland | Cape Verde |
Seychelles | São Tomé and Príncipe
5
Oldest country named after an explorer
United States | Colombia | Kiribati | Marshall Islands
12
First capital alphabetically
United Arab Emirates | Nigeria | Ghana | Ethiopia | Algeria | Jordan |
Netherlands | Andorra | Turkey | Madagascar | Samoa
4
Southernmost once fully in Japanese Empire
Solomon Islands | Kiribati | Indonesia | East Timor
3
Southernmost once fully in German Empire
Namibia | Samoa
4
Largest within timezone UTC+11:00
Russia | Solomon Islands | Vanuatu
10
Island nation with greatest elevation
Indonesia | Papua New Guinea | Taiwan | New Zealand |
Dominican Republic | East Timor | Philippines | Madagascar | Cape Verde
6
First new country of the 21st century
East Timor | Montenegro | Serbia | Kosovo | South Sudan
2
Most identical polygons on flag
United States
7
Easternmost where cars drive on the left
Fiji | Tuvalu | New Zealand | Kiribati | Australia | Nauru
2
Shortest name with all 5 vowels (aeiou)
Mozambique
18 Comments
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Level 77
May 7, 2021
The final question isn't making sense to me. When Bougainville becomes an independent country, it will immediately become the newest country of the 21st Century. Bar none.
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Level 85
May 7, 2021
You're right, of course. The question was upside down. Thanks.
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Level 88
May 18, 2021
Neat quiz. One quibble about question 7, though. I don't think the German Empire ever controlled Angola (it was a Portuguese colony until it became independent), but the Germans did control the territory that would become Namibia. Is that perhaps what you had intended instead of Angola?
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Level 85
May 18, 2021
Yes, stupid mistake, was meant to be Namibia. Thanks for pointing it out!
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Level 47
Apr 25, 2024
username checks out
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Level 78
Jan 22, 2022
I believe for #1 Marshall Islands can be accepted, but other than that great quiz!
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Level 85
Jan 22, 2022
Oh yeah, thanks. I'm updating the quiz soon as I'm not happy with some questions so will add it then.
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Level 60
Oct 27, 2022
For the elevation question, you're missing a space in EastTimor.
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Level 85
Oct 27, 2022
Thanks. You reminded me that I forgot to submit the update too. Will do later today.
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Level 55
Nov 22, 2023
With the first capital alphabetically question, their current capital is Buka, not Arawa, so there should be more countries before them there.
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Level 60
Nov 22, 2023
I might be wrong, but it sounds like the capital will become Arawa when/if they gain independence.
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Level 85
Nov 22, 2023
That's what I read. It's a future projecting quiz as per the instructions. If it turns out different will change it.
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Level 44
Jun 16, 2024
but Acusion in Paraguay wouldn't work when i type it in
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Level 60
Nov 22, 2023
I really liked the creativity of the clues, especially the last few!
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Level 85
Nov 22, 2023
Glad you liked them. Stats were a bit hard to find so had to get a bit creative with what I had.
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Level 75
Feb 20, 2024
It is quite evident that Buka is indeed the capital of Bougainville.
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Level 60
Feb 20, 2024
But it likely won't be upon independence. Read the comments above.
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Level 46
Mar 6, 2024
Buka is the capital, Arawa is the most famous city.