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Nauru Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the country of Nauru?
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Last updated: July 20, 2021
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Capital city
Yaren
Subregion to which Nauru belongs
Micronesia
Nauru is the third _____ country in the world, trailing only the Vatican and Monaco
Smallest
Former name of Nauru
Pleasant Island
61% of people from Nauru are ____, the highest rate in the world
Obese
Country which invaded in 1942, kidnapping much of the adult male population
for forced labor in the Chuuk Islands
Japan
Disease which killed about 18% of the population in 1920
Spanish Flu
Type of mining which has destroyed about 80% of the surface area of Nauru
Strip-mining
Substance which was mined, which resulted in Nauru (briefly) being the
richest country in the world
Phosphate
Metabolic disorder that affects 40% of the population, the highest in the world
Diabetes
From 2001–2018, Australia detained these type of people in Nauru
Asylum seekers
What the yellow line on the flag represents
Equator
Number of islands that Nauru consists of
1
48 Comments
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Level 38
May 10, 2020
Nice quiz - learnt a lot!
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Level 69
Jun 26, 2020
Agreed, for such a small island I've always found Nauru's history very interesting
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Level 61
Jul 2, 2020
Sounds like capitalism destroyed this island
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Level 78
Jul 4, 2020
I don't see why. What are you exactly blaming capitalism for? Obesity? Diabetes? Foreign invasions?
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Level 60
Jul 4, 2020
Exactly. The only thing you could possibly blame capitalism for is the guano mining. However, until the creation of synthetic fertilizer, guano was absolutely essential to farming in the 1800’s. Without it, the decline of production could have easily started a famine, especially because our farming techniques at the time absolutely obliterated soil, and conventional fertilizers were so much less effective than guano.

Besides, much of the guano boom was caused by governments mining themselves, not corporations. If anything, the history of Nauru is an indictment of Western (and Imperial Japan) colonialism, not capitalism.

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Level 84
Jul 6, 2020
No, it's an indictment of capitalism. The people and government of Nauru destroyed their country for money. Now they have to live with the permanent damage caused by prioritizing temporary revenue above all else. Nauru is a forewarning of what will eventually happen to the whole world.
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Level 84
Aug 20, 2020
Just so you know the phosphate mining on Nauru didn't start before 1900 and even though colonial powers mined there in the first half of the 20th century, the most damaging mining for the country happened after it's independence since 1970. Your argument about private companies also doesn't apply very well since Nauru is so small it doesn't have many companies, but the state mining one does act like one in many regards. And the damaging part about their mining is that they overproduced phosphate by a lot mainly for the revenue without considering any consequences.
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Level 64
Jan 12, 2021
Capitalism requires infinite growth in order to succeed. If they "overproduced" phosphate, that's because of... *drum roll* Capitalism!
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Level 84
Jul 5, 2020
Why on Earth does "refugees" not work for asylum seekers? I tried "refugee claimants" and every variation of refugee that I could think of.
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Level 68
Jul 7, 2020
immigrants works
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Level 70
Aug 6, 2020
Because a very low percent of asylum seekers is indeed a refugee. They lie during the hearing to earn a refugee status.
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Level 52
Aug 9, 2020
Wrong. On average, 90% of asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat eventually have their refugee status upheld: https://www.asrc.org.au/pdf/myths-facts-solutions-info_.pdf
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Level 69
Jan 12, 2021
Doesn't mean OP is wrong. Means they get away with their lies.
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Level 52
Jan 15, 2021
You encounter such lovely, compassionate people in the Jetpunk comments.
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Level 44
Nov 10, 2020
The problem with "assylum seekers" and "refugees" is the implication that all such were held on Nauru. It is too general an answer. Australia accepted many more assylum seekers and refugees than were sent to Nauru - those who came through approved channels. Those sent to Nauru and Manus were specifically boat people, especially those brought by people smugglers. "Boat people" would be a more precise response. These were a subset of assylum seekers or refugees.
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Level 33
Jul 2, 2021
I tried refugee(s) as well. It should certainly work, though it doesn't.
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Level 62
Jul 11, 2020
should accept Afghans for Refugees
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Level 65
Mar 23, 2021
No. Don't overgeneralize people living in war-torn countries as being refugees.
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Level 60
Jul 23, 2020
Wow. The Nauruans really know how to look for diamonds. Strip mine.
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Level 48
Jan 2, 2022
Really? You had to bring up a game that the objective is to find diamonds?
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Level 60
Nov 19, 2022
Why not? That’s not even the objective
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Level 85
Jul 28, 2020
Yaren is not really a city. Nauru doesn't actually have any cities, it only has districts.
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Level 78
Jan 12, 2021
London, UK isn't an official city, but we call it a capital city, sooooo
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Level 78
Aug 15, 2020
Can you accept 'opencast' mining for strip-mining?
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Level 35
May 6, 2024
or open pit mining? I tried several words but it only accepts strip which I didn't know and also couldn't find in a translator app.
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Level 51
Sep 19, 2020
Can you accept phosphorous for phosphate?
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Level 60
Jan 12, 2021
It's two different things
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Level 56
Jun 3, 2022
Maybe it should accept bird poo
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Level 55
Dec 5, 2020
Should accept bird poop for guano
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Level 57
Dec 16, 2020
"Australia detained these type of people in Nauru"

Pretty strange question.

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Level 72
Jan 12, 2021
Please accept "refugee" for "Asylum seekers." They were refugees first when they were rescued by that ship and taken to the nearest port.
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Level 89
Jan 12, 2021
This one was tougher for me, surprisingly.
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Level 71
Jan 12, 2021
Wow, 6 months after starting all these country quizzes and now we're only one away from being done.
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Level 78
Jan 12, 2021
You could add a question about what the 12 sides of the star represent (the star itself represents the 1 island). The 12 sides represent the 12 original tribes of Nauru.
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Level 75
Jan 13, 2021
12 *points. Nice tit-bit there, quite tricky though.
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Level 69
Jan 12, 2021
40% of people having diabetes is insanity for every group other than something like a diabetes convention I guess. Wow
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Level 65
Jan 12, 2021
Surface mining would also be correct for the surface destroying queston, since strip-mining is a subtype of it.
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Level 52
Feb 11, 2021
Sorry to be nitpicky, but the last question is...(gasp) wrong. Nauru has several lake islands.
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Level 79
Aug 8, 2021
Well you should apologise, in what way is the answer wrong?
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Level 39
May 9, 2021
Nice! 11/13
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Level 51
May 13, 2021
Fun fact: Nauruan is the only palindromic demonym
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Level 39
Jul 29, 2021
Wow
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Level 40
Oct 10, 2021
:O
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Level 66
Aug 10, 2021
should be "detained this type" not "detained these type"
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Level 48
Jan 2, 2022
HE COULD HAVE SAID "detained these types"
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Level 32
Jan 6, 2022
Ekamawir omo!
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Level 36
Dec 31, 2022
Very interesting. Nauru at one point is the richest nation and now most people think you are kidding when you say it is a country.
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Level 48
Apr 14, 2023
Yaren is not the offical, capital. In fact, it doesn’t have a capital