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Middle East Map Quiz

Fill in the map by clicking each selected country in the Middle East.
  • Includes countries considered to be in the Near East, Central Asia, and South Asia
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(39)
Pakistan is definitely not in the middle east
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Dec 11, 2014
(68)
It's definite? How so?
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Dec 11, 2014
(66)
Wikipedia seems to agree with you. It also doesn't include Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, nor Central Asia.
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Dec 12, 2014
(66)
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_East
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Dec 12, 2014
(68)
That doesn't make it definite. I could pull up maps of the "Middle East" with all of those countries. I could also pull up some that exclude Afghanistan, Turkey, Cyprus, and/or Israel, or some that include Sudan, Libya, Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia and/or other countries not on this quiz. The oddest was perhaps one that I saw that bundled in Morocco and Algeria. Anyway, point being, there is no such thing as a "definite" Middle East. Historically, the "Near East" was Anatolia a.k.a. Turkey. The "Far East" was China, Japan, and those countries that we tend to associate with them culturally and geographically. and the "Middle East" was in between. The Middle East came to be associated with the Arabian peninsula, which in turn has been associated with the Arabic language, the religion of Islam, sandy deserts, sectarian violence, and petroleum-based economies. You can find reasons for or against including any of these countries based on that framework, but never will you get 100% agreement.
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Dec 12, 2014
(68)
From the wikipedia article you link to:
The term "Middle East" may have originated in the 1850s in the British India Office. However, it became more widely known when American naval strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan used the term in 1902 to "designate the area between Arabia and India". During this time the British and Russian Empires were vying for influence in Central Asia, a rivalry which would become known as The Great Game. Mahan realized not only the strategic importance of the region, but also of its center, the Persian Gulf. He labeled the area surrounding the Persian Gulf as the Middle East, and said that after the Suez Canal, it was the most important passage for Britain to control in order to keep the Russians from advancing towards British India.

So, according to the guy who may have coined the term, central Asia was part of the Middle East, and Egypt was not.

It's not clearly defined.
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Dec 12, 2014
(68)
It's kind of funny how the Mideast is all those countries, yet the Midwest and Midsouth are groups of US states. To my knowledge no place claims to have a Midnorth. And then of course, there's Middle Earth...
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Sep 24, 2015
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the caucases (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan) are usually considered Eastern Europe
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Jan 17, 2016
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@platypus... it's easier to make a case for "usually" than "definitely"... but I'm still not sure you are right about that. I'm pretty sure that the majority of maps show the Caucus countries to be a part of Asia, even if they have a lot in common with some Eastern European countries.
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May 8, 2016
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Under the G8 definition of the middle east Pakistan is included as well as country's in North Africa and Horn of Africa for some reason. What is known as the greater Middle East which are the once soviet territories have socio-political connections to the Middle East.
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Jan 31, 2016
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How is Kazakhstan a middle-east country?
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Dec 13, 2014
(68)
Is it in the Far East?
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Dec 13, 2014
(68)
more seriously, it falls into the vague geographic region around the Persian Gulf and between Arabia and India that is sometimes used to define the Middle East. It also is a majority Muslim country, same as most countries in the Middle East, with an economy largely dependent on oil exports and a developing industry. It's one of the more questionable ones to include, but deserves a spot as much as Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, or Tajikistan certainly.
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Dec 13, 2014
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Kazakhstan is majority Muslim. There, I learned something today. (Seriously, I didn't know that)
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Oct 20, 2016
(38)
"Palestinian Territories" is not a country. Please refrain from making political statements through quizzes. Why would you put "Palestinian Territories" but not a "Kurdish territories" or "South Ossetian Territories". Keep your political opinion away from JetPunk.
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Dec 20, 2014
(34)
Agreed!
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Feb 24, 2015
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There's nothing political about accepting reality, and the reality is that Palestine is recognised as a country by most (137 of 196; 70%) of the world's countries. That recognition level is far greater than Kosovo (108) or Taiwan (23). It also has UN observer status, which is the same UN status as Vatican City, unlike Kosovo and Taiwan, which have no UN status at all.
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Jul 20, 2016
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I support the independence of Palestine, (I am not anti-Semitic, by the way). However, currently Palestine does not function as a country, as it has no control over foreign affairs, let alone its own land. It is more of an occupied territory at the moment. It's inclusion in the test makes sense, however, (similar to French Guiana and the Falklands, or Islas Malvinas, in the South American Map Quiz, and the inclusion French Polynesia and New Caledonia in the Oceanian version, Albeit with a much different situation).
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Nov 5, 2016
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Really? So what nationality do Palestinian people have then?
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Mar 17, 2015
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Usually Israeli or Jordanian. Some Egyptian. A few Lebanese and Syrian. Many are "without country." If you include the diaspora then there's a whole lot more.
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May 11, 2015
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Actually, Palestinian. See here.
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Jul 20, 2016
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I know personally many "Palestinians" who have Jordanian, Israeli, or Egyptian passports. They know the Palestinian ones are worthless. I also know many who consider themselves to be Jordanian. And many who are fully Israeli.
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Nov 4, 2016
(51)
This doesn't make sense. If they simply included "Palestine", that would also be showing a political bias. Or if they left it out altogether, that, too, would show a political bias. There is no way to make this quiz without showing political bias when it comes to Palestine. So just enjoy the quiz and accept that people's opinions can be different from your own.
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Jul 27, 2015
(33)
Well put, sir
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Oct 23, 2015
Thank you @akwildrose. I couldn't have said it better myself.
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Nov 4, 2015
(46)
I agree completely. It's good to see someone who looks at both sides before speaking.
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Dec 15, 2015
(45)
Completely true!
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Nov 5, 2016
(50)
Totally agree.
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Nov 12, 2015
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I believe Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan are not part of the Middle East
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Jan 8, 2015
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Well thats because they are not they are apart of central asia.
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Feb 20, 2016
(40)
Would you like to recreate the entire argument from above?
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Aug 28, 2016
(59)
DJ1 is of the opinion that 'If you keep saying something over and over again, it will become a fact'
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Oct 19, 2016
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Technically, Afghanistan Kazakhstan, Kygyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are Central Asia, while Pakistan is more so a part of South Asia. This is all somewhat arbitrary, however, so their inclusion on this quiz works, I suppose.
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Nov 5, 2016
(23)
It is really hard to tell what is a country and what is water. Can you do something about it?
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Feb 6, 2015
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Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan,Pakistan,Kyrgyzstan,Tajikistan,Turkmenistan,Afghanistan,Georgia,Armenia,and Azerbaijan are not included in most versions if the Middle East.
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Feb 9, 2015
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I am so annoyed with these quizzes. I mean, for god sake, where is Narnia?
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Feb 12, 2015
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Thank you for making me laugh in the midst of all the arguments on here. Let me know if you find out where Narnia is.
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Jul 27, 2015
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Narnia (if you labelled it on a map) is everywhere in the world as according to the books you can enter it from anywhere, as long as you have a way of entering
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May 12, 2016
(39)
Why can't I like this comment?
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Oct 19, 2016
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Ehhhh? Pakistan is in South Asia. Its not a Middle Eastern country at all.
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Apr 2, 2015
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Central asia, not south asia.
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Feb 20, 2016
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Does it really matter what part of the East a country is? .........near, middle, far, south east etc etc. if you have a map to look at, all you have to do is pick the right country and click on that....... I think too many of the people commenting on this page have egos as big as their comments.
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Apr 22, 2015
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Palestinian territories is not even supposed to be on tht map or on any other map oh ya got em all with 3:03 to spare!!
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Jun 14, 2015
(47)
I have every country memorized except the caribbean, that should be fun!
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Jun 24, 2015
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Kazakhstan is not the Middle East, it's located in Central Asia with the western part of the country being in Europe (Europe ends at the Ural Mountains in Russia, with its southern foothills extending down into northwestern KZ). The Middle East is a region that encompasses southwestern Asia and Egypt. Also the demographics are very different from Middle Eastern countries, with about 60% Kazakh (many of which have a noticeable epicanthic fold), 25% Russian, 3% Uzbek, 2% Ukrainian and even 1% German, with a mix of Tatars and Uighur people making up the rest. While the country is indeed a Muslim majority at approximately 65% (with both Sunni , about 25% of the people are Orthodox Christian, with Catholics and other Christian denominations making up the rest. If you consider Kazakhstan the Middle East merely because it is next to or near those countries, then you should also include Greece, Albania and the southern parts of Russia.
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Jul 4, 2015
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Two things --> First I feel it's confusing that you have included Egypt here ... because isn't Egypt most accurately one of Africa's 54 countries? So you have Egypt showing up on maps twice ... and also you have Palestinian Territories here - which is actually NOT a country of it's own ... and if you were going to include lots of accurate dependencies or overseas territories, then why have you not included Puerto Rico? Galapagos Islands? Easter Island? Greenland? Faroe Islands? etc. On some of your complete world map or world capitals Quizzes, there seems to be an agreement of 196 countries on the planet today. But then it seems like the individual maps should support these numbers. and having Egypt show up twice and including Palestine throw the total numbers off. Maybe you could have a different color/title for any lands that are included but that are not actual countries of the world (like French Guiana, etc.)....? thanks
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Aug 12, 2015
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The Middle East is not a continent so there's no conflict with including African countries.
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Jun 3, 2016
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22 on first try. not bad for a 3 year old.
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Aug 26, 2015
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Argh, the Stans, I can never remember which way round Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan are. So annoying when all the rest are so easy.
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Sep 14, 2015
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I got all of them right now I am lvl 2 they say. I am vey happy. But this is a small achievement I guess.
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Oct 1, 2015
(36)
I misread the title and came here expecting a Middle Earth quiz. Oops. o.O
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Oct 5, 2015
(15)
Easy way to remember it is Yemen and then Oman to the right
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Oct 8, 2015
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Done with 03:40 left. My best time.
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Oct 10, 2015
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after lots of frustrating 3:39's and 3:40's I finally got a single 3:41. Please comment if you have gotten a better score.
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Jun 7, 2016
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Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgzstan, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia are not in the middle east. Afghanistan and Pakistan are in south asia, the rest are in central/north asia.
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Oct 12, 2015
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FUN FUN FUN!
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Nov 10, 2015
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I like these quiz things they are really fun
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Nov 12, 2015
(2)
100% my third try!
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Nov 12, 2015
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You scored 27/27 = 100%. This beats or equals 100% of test takers The average score is 19 Your high score is 27 Your best time is 2:31 remaining
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Nov 12, 2015
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https://www.google.com/search?q=map%20of%20middle%20east&rct=j
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Nov 13, 2015
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100% the first try
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Nov 19, 2015
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Best time 3:16
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Nov 19, 2015
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100% too
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Nov 19, 2015
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Best time was 3:24
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Nov 19, 2015
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i like trains (asdf movie)
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Nov 19, 2015
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As far as I believe, the Middle East only reaches from Iran to Turkey, maybe including Egypt. But Afghanistan, Pakistan and the central Asian nations are a no-no/
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Nov 20, 2015
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On my first try, I got a 100% in 1:35
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Nov 25, 2015
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Egypt is not Middle East. It is African country.
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Dec 7, 2015
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The parts east of the sued canal are part of Asia Minor according to some.
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Feb 16, 2016
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Suez* Spellcheck, people!
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Feb 16, 2016
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There is nothing that prevents an African country from being part of a region known as 'The Middle East'.
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Aug 29, 2016
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I would not consider the Stans, including Pakistan and Afghanistan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan to be part of the middle east.
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Dec 9, 2015
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It was easy for me to identify all the countries as I've stayed in most of the middle eastern countries
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Dec 15, 2015
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People keep on saying that Egypt is not part of the Middle East,when in fact it is! Iran is in the Middle East and it's also an Asian country, so Egypt can be in the Middle East and still be an African country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Dec 28, 2015
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The Palestinian Territories are certainly not a country in the sense of an independent sovereign nation; that's just a fact. If you go by limited self-governance, then you must include Abkhazia at least.
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Jan 14, 2016
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The Palestinian Territories are recognized by more countries than Taiwan or Kosovo. Palestine also has UN observer status like Vatican City. The only reason why you don't call it a country is because you come from a country where it isn't recognized and you are biased.
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Sep 21, 2016
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...or because it has no control over its claimed territory
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Nov 16, 2016
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check
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Jan 16, 2016
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great quiz one of the easiest
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Jan 16, 2016
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cool
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Feb 2, 2016
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Done with 2:51 remaining I'm the best
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Feb 11, 2016
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*AHEM* read some earlier comments. Btw the less time REMAINING the less good it is. My personal is 3:01
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Feb 16, 2016
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I know the definition of Middle East was probably just expanded to make this quiz more challenging, but I hate when the 'stans are grouped into the Middle East just because they're muslim countries. That's just lazy.
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Feb 15, 2016
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Just wondering~ isn't the Middle East the Middle WEST from somes point of view?
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Feb 16, 2016
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How did Russia think... let's make all the former Soviet States rather small.... except Kazakhstan, lets make it enormus.
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Feb 18, 2016
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They were thinking: let's put most of the ethnic Kazakhs into the SSR Kazakhstan, most of the ethnic Tajiks into the SSR of Tajikstan, most of the ethnic Azerbaijanis into the SSR of Azerbaijan, and so on...

Different approach than the British, who thought: let's draw a straight random line through the desert that bisects many different ethnic groups and hope for the best.
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Jun 3, 2016
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Your prejudice is showing again kalbahamut.
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Aug 18, 2016
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Yes Kal because Russia left the former soviet bloc in such a good state didn't they, Britain is evil, and, while we're here your dear old USA has done such a smashing job to date in the middle east haven't they! Leave your daft opinions to yourself and stop spouting such rubbish!
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Aug 19, 2016
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Kal's not wrong, he's just stating the facts. The USSR allowed the semi autonomous republics to declare independence if they wanted. What the British did was send a guy (who had never ever been to India, nor studied about it)to randomly decide the lines of division in the country, dividing ethnicities and families along religious lines and damaging the economies on both sides(which would later spur a massacre and mass movement of people on three separate occasions).The actual affected people were never given any say. Those are the facts. What you make of them is up to you, it's just that some conclusions are more apt than others.
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Sep 6, 2016
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What people like Kal forget is that 'times they are a changing' what was seen as sensible 80 years ago is not relevant to todays decisions. To say Ah what someone did yesterday is better than what someone did 100 years ago is ludicrous. Today UK may definitely make different decisions than the historical decisions of yesteryear, but there are countries now making worse decisions with the knowledge of past mistakes available to all. The Scots should not have invaded Great Britain from Ireland in the 5/600s ad..... lets go back in history and find fault with all the decisions of mankind.
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Oct 19, 2016
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27/27 with 2:39 left.
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Feb 21, 2016
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sooooo easy
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Feb 26, 2016
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ez skins ez life
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Apr 1, 2016
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27/27 3:01 left and I got a test tomorrow
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Apr 19, 2016
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it is so easy it took me 2:55 to finish it
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May 24, 2016
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Great quiz !! And also I never ever confuse in stans , That is why I scored full !!
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Jun 9, 2016
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Everyone is arguing that the terrorist run Palestinian Territories are a country when it isn't, whereas poor old Islamic State doesn't even get a mention. They've got their own flag, government, army, tax-raising powers and a multi-billion dollar oil business that they run entirely on their own. Surely if one bunch of bandits get a mention because they are autonomous then others should too.
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Jul 23, 2016
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This is a fair point. Islamic State has a much better claim to sovereignty than Palestine. But nobody has recognized them because they are hated by literally everyone. State recognition often has more to do with popularity, sympathy, and (of course) politics than actual real sovereignty.
However, that said, Palestine has a (disputed, fragmented) government, they have a flag, they collect some tax revenue and exercise some civic authority, to varying degrees in different unconnected places. What Daesh most notably has that "Palestine" lacks is control over their own borders and territory, and a stable and centralized undisputed government.
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Aug 6, 2016
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kalbahamut i swear half the people on jetpunk want to buy you a beer or scotch
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Nov 6, 2016
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All the people making definitive comments about the Middle East and saying things like: Pakistan is South Asia, not the Middle East; or Kazakhstan is Central Asia... has it occurred to you that these are vague, somewhat arbitrary and loosely defined cultural groupings with no definitive definition? It my experience people will argue for whatever definition they happened to first hear. Indeed any consideration of these groupings ("Middle East", "Central Asia", "South Asia") as absolute risks erecting nonexistent barriers in people's mind. Iran clearly has a great deal of cultural, historical, economic and political characteristics in common with the core Middle Eastern countries, with the Indian subcontinent and with Central Asia - to try and categorise it or any other nation as one or the other misses the point entirely. Instead picture a Venn diagram and these groupings are the overlapping circles. And stop arguing about subjective, arbitrary things.
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Aug 8, 2016
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That would spoil things for those with bursting egos that like to spout their prejudicial agendas on jetpunk.
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Aug 18, 2016
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That is true
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Oct 20, 2016
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I'm surprised how easy that was. Bummer the reason is because of all the conflict
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Aug 18, 2016
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What?
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Nov 18, 2016
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awesome quiz! [and i level up lol] 27/27!
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Sep 10, 2016
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Why dont they just do the Middle East?
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Sep 26, 2016
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I think it was trying to cover all bases, anything that might be in the middle east was included.
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Nov 15, 2016
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