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Countries 243 to 249

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
Cyprus
Northern Cyprus
Georgia
Abkhazia
South Ossetia
Iraq / Turkey
Kurdistan
Moldova
Transnistria
Somalia
Somaliland
Spain
Catalonia
82 Comments
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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 76
Jul 6, 2017
Yes! Which has changed this quiz's title as well.
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Level 68
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 76
Dec 12, 2023
... and back to 249 countries again, now that Nagorno-Karabakh has been abandoned by its inhabitants after Azerbaijan blockaded it - something that international experts have described as a war crime or a crime against humanity. See here for further information.
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Level 45
Apr 1, 2024
The Republic of Artsakh no longer declares independence after Jan 1 2024
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Level 66
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 70
Oct 12, 2017
Looks like Kurdistan may join the list soon...
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Level 82
May 1, 2018
Erdogan will do his best to stop that from happening.
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Level 67
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 68
Apr 24, 2020
Only problem is, nobody, UN member or not, recognizes Somaliland.
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Level 56
Sep 4, 2020
Which I rather think is his (her?) point.
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Level 82
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 52
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 51
Dec 18, 2023
Sharia is bad. I may be biased as a "Westerner" but I believe no country's government should have the right to force religious law onto everybody. I am of Colombian descent where the population is overwhelmingly Catholic. I would not support any decision to force Catholic rules onto everybody and I think the same should apply there
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Level 55
Jun 25, 2018
please accept north cyprus for northern cyprus
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Level 76
Jun 25, 2018
It's never called that!
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Level 56
Jul 30, 2020
It actually is sometimes.
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Level 56
Sep 4, 2020
Yes, I agree
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Level 82
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 76
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 82
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 62
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 82
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 63
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 76
Aug 14, 2022
TRNC works now.
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Level 68
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 76
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 68
Mar 25, 2020
Don't forget Quebec!
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Level 87
Apr 13, 2021
And Northern Ireland
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Level 70
Oct 4, 2021
and Székelyland /Seklerland/ which is Hungarian territory and demands autonomy!
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Level 79
May 19, 2021
Western Sahara
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Level 76
May 19, 2021
That appears here.
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Level 79
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 79
Oct 11, 2022
No idea what I meant here haha
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Level 72
Jan 27, 2023
Hahahaha
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Level 88
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 76
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 61
May 28, 2020
Only 40% of the Catalans voted in that referendum though
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Level 86
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 76
Jul 30, 2020
* independence
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Level 86
Jul 31, 2020
Yeah, yeah, very constructive, Jerry...
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Level 82
Sep 10, 2020
What about Chechnya? They declared independence in 1991.
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Level 73
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 49
Mar 9, 2024
Anyway, a few years on, the Catalonian government hasn't really done anything to build a state apparatus independent of Spain, and everyone agrees that, currently and despite the independence declaration, Catalonia is a part of Spain.

It should be removed from this quiz.

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Level 53
Apr 20, 2020
Please could you accept Trans-Dniester or Pridnestrovie for Transnistria? I tried both of these.
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Level 81
May 12, 2020
Seconded. I tried just about every spelling possible just not Transnistria
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Level 76
May 12, 2020
Transdniestria also works now.
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Level 75
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 66
Jun 8, 2020
Nice! Can you make a capitals version?
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Level 76
Jul 29, 2020
Sure, here it is. Some tough answers in there, so good luck!
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Level 73
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 82
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 65
Aug 5, 2020
Artsakh is Armenia
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Level 55
May 15, 2022
A look at ANY map of Artsakh compared to Azerbaijan would prove otherwise.
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Level 83
Feb 8, 2023
Not even Armenia (officially) claims that.
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Level 65
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 82
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 82
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 71
Sep 10, 2020
Can you accept Abchasia and North Cyprus?
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Level 76
Sep 10, 2020
Abchasen, its name in German, also works now.
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Level 68
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 88
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 83
Feb 8, 2023
Most importantly, they didn't declare independence, even if they have a pretty independent rule, at least until the recent crackdown on that. Similar to Puntland in Somalia and probably other regions around the world.
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Level 60
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 54
Apr 24, 2022
kurdistan includes some parts of syria and iran
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Level 67
Jul 25, 2022
What about Nakchivan?
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Level 60
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 76
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 43
Jan 25, 2023
You should accept North Cyprus and maybe add Crimea.
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Level 69
Oct 14, 2023
Artsakh no longer exists! (Azerbaijan retook all the territory so it de facto doesn't exist)
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Level 64
Nov 22, 2023
Officially it will be dissolved on 1 January 2024, so it "still exists" for now. In practice, it doesn't anymore, since all the surviving population has been evicted. I'm not sure what criterion this quiz uses.
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Level 76
Dec 13, 2023
Please see our 2nd response to MarcoH, above.
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Level 62
Dec 11, 2023
Thanks for linking the micronations! I love how many of them seem to be founded as jokes.

This quiz series is very interesting :))

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Level 39
Jan 8, 2024
maybe have north cyprus as a type-in