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Countries 243 to 250

Beyond citypopulation.de's 242 countries lie a few more states claiming to be countries as well - can you name them? We exclude a delightful list of micronations you might want to have a read of sometime.
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country claiming it
country
Azerbaijan
Nagorno-Karabakh
Cyprus
Northern Cyprus
Georgia
Abkhazia
South Ossetia
Iraq / Turkey
Kurdistan
Moldova
Transnistria
Somalia
Somaliland
Spain
Catalonia
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Level 63
Jul 6, 2017
Perhaps you should also add Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) to this list?
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Level 75
Jul 6, 2017
Yes! Which has changed this quiz's title as well.
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Level 66
Apr 19, 2020
I think that was the one I was trying to type, but made it into something like Arbakh ang gave up. A combo of abkazia, karabakh and artsakh..

And askabath kept going through my mind.. (Ashgabat). Anyway, I big mess all I knew for sure there was atleast one place starting with an a on here haha

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Level 64
Jul 7, 2017
you should except tskhinvali for south ossetia
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Level 74
Nov 18, 2017
Why? I'm pretty sure this is a capital of South Ossetia...
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Level 74
Sep 8, 2017
ALL of these have better reasons for inclusion on the previous list than the dependant territories on it
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Level 75
Sep 8, 2017
Quite possibly! Although if you look at the instructions for each quiz, you'll see why each is in each quiz: Answers in Countries 197 to 205 are drawn only from nations listed in citypopulation.de's country list, whereas answers here do not appear in citypopulation.de.
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Level 67
Oct 12, 2017
Looks like Kurdistan may join the list soon...
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Level 83
May 1, 2018
Erdogan will do his best to stop that from happening.
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Level 65
Jan 26, 2018
What a pain to see here Somaliland, a country that has been de facto independant since 1993, has managed to conduct cleaner and more democratic elections than 90% of african countries, and has developed a political stable model, when world's attention is focused on the failed state of Somalia, where UN's money only serve corrupted politicians...

Somaliland's model should be adapted to Somalia, not the western one!

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Level 62
Apr 24, 2020
Only problem is, nobody, UN member or not, recognizes Somaliland.
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Level 53
Sep 4, 2020
Which I rather think is his (her?) point.
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Level 78
Sep 10, 2020
Ah yes, let's support a state that follows the sharia, in which 97% of women are sexually mutilated and where homosexuality is severely punished

Oh wait Somalia isn't any better...

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Level 71
Oct 6, 2021
Exactly. Somaliland might have plenty of problems, but it's still more significantly more stable and democratic than the rest of Somalia. In some ways I think it's more of a country than Somalia because it actually has a functioning government. I totally agree with @Victoulapin, even if it isn't recognized by anyone, it has a much better claim to being an independent country than most of the "countries" here and here.
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Level 28
Dec 27, 2022
So, in your eyes, the Sharia a bad thing? By the way, you should respect other cultures, if these laws exist there, then accept that.
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Level 52
Jun 25, 2018
please accept north cyprus for northern cyprus
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Level 75
Jun 25, 2018
It's never called that!
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Level 57
Jul 30, 2020
It actually is sometimes.
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Level 53
Sep 4, 2020
Yes, I agree
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Level 84
Sep 10, 2020
Grantma: by whom? According to most of the world, Northern Cyprus is part of the country of Cyprus, which is a different thing, and has been illegally occupied by Turkey. According to the government of Northern Cyprus and of Turkey, it's the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. That's it's official name. Even those (very few) entities that recognize TRNC's legitimacy and sovereignty don't call it simply "Cyprus."
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Level 75
Sep 10, 2020
Having visited both Northern Cyprus and the southern Republic of Cyprus, they each function as fully independent countries. Frankly, Northern Cyprus's non-recognition, beyond by Turkey, completely baffles me.
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Level 84
Sep 11, 2020
It's politics, Jerry. Same reason why Palestine has observer status at the UN. Politics. Not a reflection of the facts on the ground.
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Level 59
Oct 8, 2021
I think someone who types "North Cyprus" knows the answer well enough and should be given the point.
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Level 84
Jul 23, 2022
I think when I left this above comment originally... I might have misread "North Cyprus" as simply "Cyprus"...

well, at any rate, both Cyprus and North Cyprus are wrong.

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Level 64
Aug 14, 2022
Would be nice if 'trnc' was an accepted type-in, as it's official name is Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, and it's commonly referred to as the TRNC (in much the same way that North Macedonia used to be known by its acronym FYROM).
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Level 75
Aug 14, 2022
TRNC works now.
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Level 66
Dec 17, 2018
I read the link in the description about micronations ( yes... the entire description of all of them...) and... asgardia... location space haha!
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Level 68
Jul 12, 2019
Hmm. 7 answers but 6 boxes? I feel tricked here
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Level 75
Jul 12, 2019
Fixed - sorry about that!
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Level 65
Sep 28, 2019
Tibet, Kurdistan, Chechnya, Scotland, and Wales could be here.
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Level 62
Mar 25, 2020
Don't forget Quebec!
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Level 81
Apr 13, 2021
And Northern Ireland
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Level 68
Oct 4, 2021
and Székelyland /Seklerland/ which is Hungarian territory and demands autonomy!
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Level 77
May 19, 2021
Western Sahara
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Level 75
May 19, 2021
That appears here.
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Level 65
Dec 28, 2019
Why does the UK not count? Because they're not claiming independence?
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Level 52
Nov 9, 2020
Because it's a sovereign country?
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Level 65
Oct 11, 2022
No idea what I meant here haha
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Level 68
Jan 27, 2023
Hahahaha
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Level 74
Feb 17, 2020
why is Catalonia on this list? If one includes Catalonia then Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Corsica, Flanders and Bavaria - and certainly Kurdistan - should be on it too
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Level 61
Aug 7, 2020
As someone from Flanders, it shouldn't be on this list. I can guarantee you that if a referendum is held today that not a lot of people would vote for independence. It wouldn't even be close to 50%. The 2 separatist parties might get 50% in polls, but that's because of immigration problems and also to say a f*ck you to our political system which is beyond broken.
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Level 59
May 4, 2021
And as someone from Bavaria, it shouldn't be on the list either, the "independence movement" is a joke and nothing compared to Catalonia
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Level 86
Apr 4, 2020
How about Bougainville and Kurdistan?
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Level 39
Apr 13, 2020
As much as I am supportive of the Catalan independence movement, Catalonia doesn't have anything like the autonomy of any of the others in the list. It also has less autonomy than the constituent parts of the UK, for instance.

It has held a few referenda but never actually declared independence from Spain.

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Level 75
Apr 13, 2020
The Parliament of Catalonia passed a declaration of independence on 27 October 2017, following a referendum that produced a 90% vote in favour of independence. The central Spanish government keeps wailing that both were "illegal" - but all votes of independence anywhere have always been "illegal". History is littered with big groups trying to cling onto smaller groups, even when the smaller groups want to leave - USA from Great Britain in 1776, Bangladesh from Pakistan in 1971, Timor-Leste from Indonesia in 1975 to name but three.
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Level 62
May 28, 2020
Only 40% of the Catalans voted in that referendum though
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Level 74
Jun 7, 2020
The 'vote' was illegal and unacceptable anywhere in the democratic world. Polling stations were broken into; there were no electoral lists; there were no precautions against multiple voting; the elections were boycotted by over half the electorate. There has been no election ever in Catalonia where independence or parties supporting it have obtained over 50% of the electorate and the only reason there is the slimmest of majorities for independence parties in the regional parliament are the vagaries of the electoral system - they never actually win the popular vote. It was a vote for one side only, akin to elections in the Soviet Union and other dictatorships. The Catalans overwhelmingly supported the current Spanish constitution when it was put to referendum and had input into drawing it up. The Constitution outlines the process by which it could be modified thereby allowing Catalan independence. You giving credibility to them here is shameful
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Level 84
Jul 30, 2020
The fact that it was legal or not is not the most important here. Yes, Catalonia tried to take their independance. But they failed, at least for the moment, Spain has taken direct control of the region, Catalonia is not a sovereign country right now. To be continued...
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Level 75
Jul 30, 2020
* independence
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Level 84
Jul 31, 2020
Yeah, yeah, very constructive, Jerry...
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Level 84
Sep 10, 2020
What about Chechnya? They declared independence in 1991.
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Level 70
Jul 23, 2022
*Have* all votes of independence anywhere been illegal, though? What about South Sudan, Timor-Leste in 1999, Malta, Liberia/Maryland, Samoa, the Marshall Islands, etc? What about even votes that failed to gain enough support but would almost certainly be honored, such as Scotland and Puerto Rico?

It certainly isn't surprising when a country refuses to recognize the independence of one of its constituent parts, but the alternative is also possible. I don't think you should automatically assume that calling a referendum illegal is done in bad faith.

I don't necessarily think it's done in good faith, either, I'm just saying it's quite borderline for this particular grouping. Life tends to be complicated.

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Level 52
Apr 20, 2020
Please could you accept Trans-Dniester or Pridnestrovie for Transnistria? I tried both of these.
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Level 80
May 12, 2020
Seconded. I tried just about every spelling possible just not Transnistria
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Level 75
May 12, 2020
Transdniestria also works now.
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Level 74
Jun 7, 2020
Which doesn't help those of us who write transdniester over and over again. Clearly my bad.
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Level 64
Jun 8, 2020
Nice! Can you make a capitals version?
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Level 75
Jul 29, 2020
Sure, here it is. Some tough answers in there, so good luck!
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Level 71
Jul 29, 2020
I have a feeling that Catalonia doesn't deserve to be in this quiz considering that all the other countries in this quiz are technically functioning like a real country - with actual government acting independently from the home country - while Catalonia just declared independence and was kicked out before anything... Anyways nice quiz!
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Level 84
Sep 10, 2020
well... there are some "countries" that aren't any more independent than Catalonia on the 197 to 206 and 207 to 242 quizzes.
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Level 66
Aug 5, 2020
Artsakh is Armenia
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Level 51
May 15, 2022
A look at ANY map of Artsakh compared to Azerbaijan would prove otherwise.
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Level 74
Sep 4, 2020
Kurdistan has stepped back from declaring independence and Catalonia is no more independent than Scotland either. However Bougainville has voted overwhelmingly for independence and there are votes pending in Chuuk (Truk, FSM) and New Caledonia....
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Level 75
Sep 4, 2020
There is a major difference between Scotland and Catalonia. Scotland rejected independence at its most recent referendum. Catalonia voted for independence at its most recent referendum, and followed that up with a declaration of independence by its parliament. It'll be interesting to see how things play out in Bougainville, Chuuk and New Caledonia over the coming period.
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Level 74
Jan 1, 2021
As mentioned before, Catalonia voted in a referendum with a 40% turnout that was neither free nor fair with well-documented abuses and that was boycotted by the other side. Pro independence forces have never collectively obtained more than 50% of the vote in any election in Catalonia with at least a 50% turnout. The 'declaration' by the regional government is meaningless, comparing this with other countries' struggles for freedom against oppression is insulting - given that there actually is a legal constitutional way for Catalonia to gain independence. Please delete it from this quiz, along with Kurdistan who have also held back from declaring or seeking independence. Good to see that New Caledonia have rejected independence twice in 2 referenda in 2 years now.
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Level 76
Jan 21, 2022
Why so pleased the Noumeans cling to imperial coat-tails?

It's a beautiful place, with ample resources (including one of the largest natural deposits of nickel in the world) which could do without it's wealth being leeched away by French companies.

Vive la Revolution!!!

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Level 66
Sep 10, 2020
You might include as well Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic, which seceded from Ukraine in 2014 (although most say they are Russian puppet-States, which however could apply as a definition also to Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transnistria).
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Level 74
Feb 23, 2021
and ALL of them have more justification for being on this list than Catalonia
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Level 84
Sep 10, 2020
Oh yeah. Catalonia. Should have guessed that. Especially with the thumbnail which I just noticed, duh. I was trying to remember the names of both Spanish exclaves in Africa. That's the only one I missed other than the one in Azerbaijan never heard of that one. I've been by South Ossetia, and spent about a week in Northern Cyprus before. Transnistria I remember as being the only place that wouldn't accept my car's paperwork for entry and so I had to drive around it on my way to Ukraine. (Serbia would later become the only place that accepted the paperwork on the way in but did not accept it on the way out and used this as a pretext to steal my car - I preferred the Transnistrian's approach)
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Level 84
Sep 10, 2020
oh wait I have heard of the Azerbaijani one. That's that disputed exclave that's also claimed by Armenia, I think. I knew that was there. Wouldn't have remembered the name, though.
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Level 71
Mar 13, 2021
The time that you posted this is somewhat ironic. Just a bit more than 2 weeks before Nagorno-Karabakh blew up all over the news.
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Level 68
Sep 10, 2020
Can you accept Abchasia and North Cyprus?
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Level 75
Sep 10, 2020
Abchasen, its name in German, also works now.
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Level 60
Sep 10, 2020
Can you accept Abkhasia or Abkasia
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Level 60
Dec 15, 2020
If not for spelling, I'd have them all lol
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Level 74
Mar 1, 2021
I keep checking back in the hope you will correct the two serious errors here but you seem happy to leave something simply wrong standing. Kurdistan has not declared independence and while the 2017 referendum was in favour, the Iraqi Supreme Court has declared secession illegal and the Regional Government has officially accepted this legal decision. Catalonia likewise is still clearly part of Spain and fully participates as part of the nation state, the referendum was both undemocratic and illegal and there have been no moves to attempt the legal path open to them. The other entities actually exist with full and unique functioning sovereignty over the territories in their hands (although in the case of SADR the land actually controlled is far less than that claimed!). It would be nice if this quiz finally reflects real world reality...
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Level 75
Mar 2, 2021
Please read the instructions. Secessions have generally been declared "illegal" by the larger power that wants to continue to assert authority over it, although from the perspective of the nations that just want to leave and get on with life, it's perfectly legal. History is full of these cases, USA from the UK in the 1700's, Bangladesh from Pakistan in the 1970's and East Timor from Indonesia in the 2000's, to name just three. In each of those cases a bloody war of independence was fought before the seceding nations got their way.
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Level ∞
Mar 2, 2021
I just want to lead my life and get on without the U.S. government. Can I declare independence? What if I get a friend? What if I get 3 friends? 1000 friends? What is the the smallest group of people that you think should be able to unilaterally declare independence? These are not easy questions.
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Level 75
Mar 2, 2021
The answer to your first question is that you can indeed. If you look to the list of micronations that you can link to from the instructions, it looks like several of these are the brainchild of a single person :) Getting widespread recognition, though, is another matter.
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Level 74
Aug 28, 2022
but a war was necessary to get the widespread recognition required for independence. A UDI is simply a UDI, an act of rebellion, nothing more. The US' declaration of independence was effectively worthless until the Republic was recognised by France and other enemies of the UK and a war won forcing the latter to recognise the independence of its former colony. No one recognises Catalan independence and they have rowed back on it. Kurdistan has deliberately avoided even declaring UDI. Bougainville at least is on the path and SADR is recognised by many nations, although it only exercises true sovereignty over a fraction of its claimed territory. But you seem to have some other motivation than unbiased quiz-setting in this refusal to make the changes
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Level 76
Jan 21, 2022
I hope I'm not being as dim as some of the other commenters here, but how about Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic? It seems just like the obverse of Nagorno-Karabakh to me
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Level 74
Aug 28, 2022
part of Azerbaijan and nobody disputes it
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Level 55
Apr 3, 2022
I missed Kurdistan because I kept thinking it ended with 'land'. I blame that on learning that 'stan' means 'land'.
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Level 52
Apr 24, 2022
kurdistan includes some parts of syria and iran
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Level 74
Aug 28, 2022
and Turkey and Iraq and that is the problem. Not even Iraqi Kurdistan has declared independence and none of the countries who currently own Kurdish lands are going to let them go without a fight
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Level 62
Jul 25, 2022
What about Nakchivan?
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Level 74
Aug 28, 2022
part of Azerbaijan and nobody disputes it
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Level 74
Aug 28, 2022
why has SADR been deleted from the list? Bougainville has more claim to be included than Kurdistan and Catalonia. You might as well include Scotland if you continue to ignore the reality of Catalonia and Kurdistan's clear refusal to go down the path of independence
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Level 75
Dec 14, 2022
It's in the Countries 197 to 205 quiz.
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Level 54
Oct 6, 2022
Hey! The link in the description confuses me. I heard of way more independentist movements that were more serious than the ones in the wikipedia list but less important than the one in the quiz. Where are they?
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Level 75
Oct 6, 2022
Which one do you have in mind? Send through your list, and we'll create a Countries 251 to 2?? quiz for you.
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Level 74
Dec 13, 2022
Still incorrectly includes Catalonia and Kurdistan. Bougainville have actually voted for independence in a legal legitimate referendum (and will be independent by the end of the decade, probably) and you do not include them; Catalonia voted in an illegal, flawed, undemocratic referendum yet you do include them. Parts of Kurdistan lie in 4 different sovereign states, NONE of which have declared independence or held a referendum yet here they are on this quiz. Are you ever going to correct these blatant errors or is it just a political point you want to make rather than a proper quiz?
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Level 75
Dec 14, 2022
Please read the instructions.
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Level 36
Jan 25, 2023
You should accept North Cyprus and maybe add Crimea.