Geography Generator Puzzle #19

Rearrange the nine letters on the left to form a geographical term. Then, drawing only from these same 9 letters, solve the remaining, also geographical, clues.
Letters can be used once only in each answer
The previous quiz in this series (#18) is here
Generator concept: kiwirage
Quiz by TenThousand
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Last updated: July 14, 2016
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First submittedFebruary 8, 2016
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geography term
MOUNTAINS
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26 Dec 2004 tragedy
tsunami
African capital
Tunis
canonizees in 4 languages
saint
são
santo
sint
Frankfurt's river
Main
this United group was formed in 1945
Nations
thin fog
mist
Middle Eastern monarchy
Oman
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hotel; also Innsbruck's river
inn
tourist and artistic town near Santa Fe
Taos
what the Soviet Socialist Republics were
Union
island in Maori and Samoan (4 letters)
motu
spender of 34% of the world's military spending
USA
it's 149,000,000 km away
sun
Texan city divided between 6 congressional districts due to Republican gerrymandering
Austin
Thailand prior to 1939
Siam
Charles ___ and Jeremiah Dixon, creators of a US state boundary that bears their names
Mason
where coins are made
mint
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Level 75
Feb 8, 2016
Here's an obscure detail that emerged as this quiz was being written: In Spanish, you can only contract Santo (saint) to San if the following name doesn't start with Do or To - hence San Diego, but Santo Domingo. That's to stop pronunciation confusion; otherwise San Domingo would sound like Santo Mingo and confuse people.
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Level 66
Feb 11, 2023
Got it in the end, but I don't think "canonizees" is an actual word. Also I missed "inn" which is very annoying!..

For what the Soviets were, I might have tried "moist"...