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Countries with Biggest Armies Quiz

Name the countries with at least 250,000 active military troops.
  • As of April 2016, according to Wikipedia
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - May 20, 2016
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Troops
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2.33 M
1.49 M
1.33 M
1.19 M
845 k
644 k
630 k
Troops
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523 k
511 k
482 k
467 k
439 k
406 k
396 k
Troops
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361 k
318 k
290 k
271 k
270 k
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May 6, 2012
Updated again!
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Apr 12, 2014
(18)
good quiz, quizmaster.
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May 13, 2012
(34)
Nice one!
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May 13, 2012
(35)
nice quiz :)
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May 15, 2012
(53)
Good quiz, I got them all!
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May 23, 2012
(39)
good quiz, surprised not to see the UK on there! well it seems our military punches above its weight then!
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Jul 24, 2012
(20)
Please stop using the name Burma. It's Myanmar now. Or start using old names for all countries.
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Oct 12, 2012
When I become dictator, I'm going to rename it "Quizmasterastan" and complain on quiz sites when people don't use it.
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Oct 14, 2012
(44)
then why do you use Zimbabwe for Rhodesia , or Burkina Faso for Upper Volta? Myanmar is the legitimate name of the country. "Burma" is a colloquial term, only used as the formal name in the past because that is what European colonial powers chose to use since it was easier to write and pronounce. Both should be accepted but Myanmar is the real name.
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Apr 12, 2013
(44)
For simplicity sake - let's all just agree to call it "Bob."
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May 9, 2013
(32)
@Quizmaster and Nytebreid: I enjoyed your comments more than the quiz! :-)
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Oct 10, 2013
(58)
Nix418, thanks for bringing a pile of funny comments with yours. Jokes aside, both Burma and Myanmar should be accepted.
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May 9, 2014
(46)
Please!
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May 9, 2014
(34)
Im quite liking the "Bob" nice ring to it
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May 9, 2014
(43)
Then why do you call it Ho Chi Minh city. That was changed from Saigon by a dictator.
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May 9, 2014
(35)
Dude,Myanmar is the official name for that country. If you don't allow Burma,its fine,but not allowing Myanmar is ridiculous.
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Jan 2, 2015
(39)
@Cyn, I totally agree.
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May 1, 2015
(59)
Myanmar should at least be accepted!
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Dec 28, 2015
(26)
thank you
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Dec 16, 2015
(47)
At least do a modicum of research online before posting such a forthright comment: both names are valid names in the Burmese language, and there is debate within the country itself about what its called - allowing both Burma and Myanmar on this site makes perfect sense.
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Jul 17, 2017
(48)
Syria and Colombia! C'mon! I always miss those two nations.
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Dec 17, 2012
(66)
I missed those exact ones!
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Mar 30, 2014
(43)
I guess Colombia last and did not have time for Syria.. (facepalm)
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May 9, 2014
(15)
Surprised a country as small as Taiwan has a bigger army than Mexico and Germany!
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Dec 27, 2012
(69)
Not surprising when you look at the size of China's, and consider the fact that they still claim Taiwan as their province.
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Jan 21, 2013
(37)
Germany has had military restrictions since WWI and WWII
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Dec 23, 2015
(59)
It appears they're actually following them THIS time too...
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Dec 19, 2016
(20)
I feel like Switzerland should be on here since they have mandatory conscription for every man.
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Jan 2, 2013
(26)
It's a militia concept, not a standing Army per se.
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Aug 21, 2013
(66)
Conscription is not the same as standing army. Israel has conscription for every man and woman afaik.
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Oct 4, 2016
(45)
France! Ha! Cheese eating surrender monkeys.
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Jan 25, 2013
(44)
Third in military spending... how much do white flags cost these days?!?
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May 9, 2013
(71)
A lot less than jack boots, which is why France spends less than the USA :o)
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Oct 9, 2013
(41)
A comment from sunny future southern China.
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Oct 18, 2013
(69)
What are you even talking about?
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May 24, 2016
(69)
There are some countries with active reserves 10 or more times larger than some of these standing armies. http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/30947/countries-largest-military-reserves
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May 5, 2013
(39)
You can see who the developed countries are by looking at how precise their figures are. Turkey = 666,576 whereas Syria = 325,000 :)
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May 20, 2013
(29)
Turkey isn't really considered a "developed" country though...it's one of those few countries that are labelled as a "second world" country, so they're far more developed than the likes of Syria and Indonesia, but still as developed as the likes of France and Germany
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Jul 15, 2013
(77)
That's not what "Second World" means. It is an outdated term for Socialist and Eastern Bloc countries from the days of the Cold War. First World designated the USA, UK, and their allies, while Third World was essentially everybody else. Turkey, as a member of NATO, was by all means a First World country.
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May 9, 2014
(69)
Since the Cold War is a thing of the past the meanings of these terms have evolved.. 1st world meaning developed and highly industrialized countries, 3rd world meaning undeveloped countries, and 2nd sometimes used to refer to developing countries that are industrialized but not at the level of 1st world countries... the original definition is outdated, and 3rd world used to refer to countries that were not affiliated with either the USA or USSR, it was only by coincidence (probably because they were not strategically important) that these countries all also happened to be undeveloped and poor. And thus, the meaning of the terms changed over time as people were not aware of the original definition but frequently heard of poor countries being referred to as "3rd world."
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May 11, 2014
First world = safe to drink the tap water.
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May 12, 2014
(38)
or they have tap water
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Jun 23, 2014
(50)
What about here in Belize where tap water is potable in big cities, but still unclean in villages and very small towns?
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Apr 21, 2017
(43)
I think Belize would count as a second world country
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May 21, 2017
(18)
suprised uk is not there
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Aug 29, 2013
(55)
The UK has 205,000 in active service and 182,000 in reserve
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Aug 31, 2013
(63)
Liechtenstein isn't on here? I'm shocked!
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Sep 27, 2013
(37)
I'm more shocked by the lack of Nauru on the quiz. Nauru has a massive, well trained army, that is a severe threat to places like the Marshall Islands and Kiribati. I think we might see a war erupt thanks to Nauru's militarism.
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May 9, 2014
(37)
Liechtenstein doesn't have an army. Though they supplied men to the NAZI forces on Operation Barbossa.
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Dec 23, 2015
(58)
What about the Vatican? They are surrounded by friendly Italy, they need to actively protect themselves at all times!
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May 24, 2016
(60)
Yes, the Vatican's traditional emnity with San Marino poses even more of a threat to world peace than an India-Pakistan war. The "Italian Koreas", they're called.
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May 30, 2016
(47)
I am more surprised by the fact that Andorra is not here. After all, it is surrounded by Spain and France, both of which have significantly more people, land, and money.
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Apr 24, 2017
(40)
guiz.. weres costa rica?
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Oct 9, 2013
(35)
Costa Rica doesn't have an army
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Dec 18, 2015
(28)
I think you might have missed the sarcasm there...
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May 24, 2016
(23)
Yo!!!! Quizmasterastan, you really need to change Burma to Myanmar. I know you accepted Myanmar, but use correct terminology. I checked on the website and it said Burma, so it's not really your fault.
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Dec 8, 2013
(34)
Only Thailand and Vietnam for me. Meh- it k
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Dec 10, 2013
(71)
What about Kronos, the Klingon homeland?
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May 9, 2014
(41)
that's Qo'noS so you're double-wrong
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May 11, 2014
(44)
please accept kronos!!!
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Nov 2, 2015
(71)
I invaded it last week and became it's dictator. I changed the named to Kronos and I insist that everyone call it by that name now.
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May 24, 2016
(14)
Dang, Europe. Let's see some weight getting pulled!
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May 11, 2014
(69)
Russia still has the 2nd best military in the world... and though the other major European nations don't have particularly large numbers of troops they make up for this through better equipment and technological sophistication. On quizzes like this one and this one you'll find European countries feature heavily.
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May 11, 2014
(54)
Maybe you should make a quiz in which we have to name all the quizzes with comment sections in which you plug your own quizzes. That could take a while to make though...
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May 24, 2016
(51)
@jmellor13: That would be basically the same as "List of quizzes on Jetpunk" :)
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May 24, 2016
(69)
I try to avoid making quizzes that are objectively terrible, so, I haven't made that one yet. But you could if you wanted to.
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May 24, 2016
(35)
I only got 2 wrong! 19/21 90%
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May 12, 2014
(62)
Why would Brazil need Three Hundred and Twenty Seven Thousand soldiers?
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Nov 30, 2014
(68)
For domestic law and order and to keep them from poverty or criminal behaviour... Much the same reason as a lot of other second and third world countries have large militaries
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Mar 22, 2017
(36)
Taiwan is technically part of China (Peoples republic of)
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Aug 6, 2015
(62)
perhaps you should go there 'Orangeajgreen' and explain it to the Taiwanese people.
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May 24, 2016
(43)
No hope of world peace with all these countries and their armies :(
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Aug 8, 2015
(54)
There is a school of thought in political science that the only way to achieve peace is through building armies. The thinking is basically that if you knew you might have to go up against a powerful army of five million, you'd probably behave yourself rather than risk the fight. Basically, if you bumped into a menacing, 280-pound guy in a bar, you'd probably apologize rather than pick a fight. I think it's a simplistic position, but it makes some sense.
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May 24, 2016
(73)
To put it succinctly; si vis pacem, para bellum. ;)
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May 24, 2016
(62)
Then again, you may go away, find a group of 280 pound bullies and go back to the bar and beat the ' bejabers'out of the bar bully.
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Jan 27, 2017
(62)
Many of these countries receive financial aid, and then go on to build massive armies and buy jet aircraft etc. .......... does nobody find this sickening?
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May 9, 2016
(56)
That is the point of financial aid. The UK (for example) invests in the Indian space programme, and the Indian government buys aerospace equipment from BAE Systems, a UK-based company, which creates jobs in the UK. It's not us altruistically giving money to help poorer nations because we're nice, it's investment in overseas markets which increases opportunities for the UK. The same applies elsewhere.
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May 24, 2016
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Great idea but it doesn't really work. UK are the 17th greatest exporters to India. Even a country such as Belgium (1/6th the size of UK) exports more to India and they don't give umpteen millions in aid to India to get the benefit.
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Jan 27, 2017
(69)
YAY!!! DPRK and ROK work finally. Thank you QM.
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May 24, 2016
(47)
=/ I could have sworn I typed in south korea, but I guess not
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May 24, 2016
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I missed Taiwan and Thailand.
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May 25, 2016
(56)
Please accept Republic of China for "Taiwan" There is no country on Earth that calls itself Taiwan. There might be a Republic of Taiwan in the future but there isn't one yet. As of now Taiwan is a geographic location but it is technically not a political one.
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May 27, 2016
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I said south Korea like a million times and it still didn't accept it
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May 27, 2016
(53)
Maybe you should try writing it instead?
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Apr 21, 2017
(35)
First quiz I think that I have got above average score on. Certainly wouldnt have guessed it would have been this one of all of them. Any where there are a few usa-based questions/answers then I will be lower than average. Thank you questionmaster for updating it too! I have to agree with the others about myanmar. Finally it has been updated.
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May 29, 2016
(32)
colombia, wtf
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Jun 6, 2016
(34)
You can remove Turkey from this list once Erdogan has finished cleaning up the mess :/
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Jul 28, 2016
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I'm very surprised not to see Israel on this list. I thought they were all about their army.
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Dec 19, 2016
(44)
The list is not per capita so obviously Israel isn't on the list with their population of 8 million.
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Dec 19, 2016
(35)
Got all except Myanmar! nice quiz
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Jan 11, 2017
(43)
Vatican?
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May 1, 2017
(36)
Surprised I didn't see Eritrea here.
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Jun 5, 2017
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