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Middle East Map Quiz

Fill in the map by clicking each selected country in the Middle East, Near East, and Central Asia.
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By now Palestinian independence is recognised by almost 70% countries of the world. That's 135 countries. When does JetPunk follow suit?
Oct 31, 2014
Sovereignty is not determined by a UN vote, but by practical control of territory.
Nov 1, 2014
Nov 8, 2014
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic?
Dec 2, 2014
Nagorno Karabakh?
Dec 8, 2014
Jan 4, 2015
Does Azerbaijan exercise practical control over Nagorno Karabakh?
Jan 27, 2015
To the dude who said Sahrawi Republic... WTF? Thats over on the west side of Africa, its not even IN the Middle East?
Feb 21, 2015
Cleverer, I think they were arguing about the criteria for including countries. As I understand it SADR has fairly firm control of their territory, but is not recognized as a sovereign state.
Apr 9, 2015
Palestine is not a country. Maybe change the description to include "territories."
Nov 2, 2014
That will also include Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia, and Abkhazia
Dec 8, 2014
They should also have Karakalpakstan if they have Uzbekistan, because Karakalpakstan is just a breakaway region of Uzbekistan
Feb 23, 2015
Celloninja, that are just recognized by UN coutries (plus palesttina). Uzberkistan is a country according to UN, but Karakalpakstan isnt.
Apr 7, 2015
Palestine is a country to most of the world. The USA doesn't decide foreign policy for everyone else.
Dec 11, 2014
Palestine is recognized by the UN only as an observer state, not yet as an actual country, whether the US decides foreign policy or not, it still doesn't change that fact.
Dec 11, 2014
Doesn't say a lot for most of the world, then. I'm currently living in that little area designated as Palestinian territory, my mailing address still says Israel. The US Postal Service doesn't deliver the mail.
Dec 11, 2014
Yeah, I think everyone has stopped tallying all the countries you claim to be living in...
Dec 12, 2014
The UN recognises Palestine as a non-member observer state, ergo as a state. Whether or not you are a member of the UN has no bearing on whether or not you are a state - otherwise, Switzerland became a state in the 21st century. Furthermore, 135 of the 193 member-states recognise Palestine as a state. Most of them also recognise that most of it is currently occupied in some way or another by Israel. Might does not make right.
Dec 12, 2014
and I've stopped tallying all the times that you've been wrong. Your ego doesn't supersede facts. Might might not make right but it certainly helps define a state boundary and as we live in a world where states are and always have been essentially governed by gangs carving out their own piece of property in the global turf war we can either accept reality or live in a fantasy world because reality offends our inability to come to grips with the world not being how we want it to be.
Dec 12, 2014
Here, gandalf. One more instance for the growing tally.
Dec 12, 2014
I'm bored and felt like delving into this a little bit more. What makes a state a state is complicated and involves many different things, one of which is having a government that is recognized by other governments to be the representative and authority over a certain region and the people living there. That's an important component since, without this, the state has a very limited ability to engage in international diplomacy and cannot function as a state ought to, but since state recognition so often gets confused by international politics it's certainly not the only or even the most important characteristic of a legitimate state.
For example, the Republic of China (Taiwan) is only recognized by 21 UN members. This is not because the ROC is not an independent sovereign nation with a functioning government, but rather because the other UN members wish to engage in diplomacy with the PRC (China), and China refuses to have diplomatic relations with any country recognizing the ROC.
Dec 12, 2014
However, in reality, the government of the ROC controls it's own borders, issues its own currency, prints its own passports, has its own elected government, has its own police force, fields its own (rather formidable) military, and is very much engaged in international diplomacy and commerce. It is absolutely a sovereign nation. The politics of the situation that have led to many countries not officially recognizing this fact means pretty close to diddly.
Similarly, Israel is not recognized by 32 UN members due to politics. Those are mostly Muslim countries that don't like the idea of a Jewish state, or believe the colonization narrative perpetuated by the Arabic-speaking opponents of Israel; and many of these nations have been in a real or tacit state of war with the country since it's independence from the British Empire 70 years ago. It also includes some countries sympathetic to these Muslim countries, or opposed to Britain, the US, and "the West," for one reason or another.
Dec 12, 2014
"Palestine" is recognized by many of these countries that fail to recognize Israel, and several others, for the same political reasons. It's not at all clear what the borders of this country are, or what the government of the country is (Hamas, Fatah, the PLO, the PNA are all claimants). In the large majority of the territory that is attributed to this ambiguous state (usually including "the West Bank," sometimes including all of Israel), the only functioning civil authority is an Israeli one. Most of the people in these areas have Israeli, Jordanian, or Egyptian citizenship. They carry Israeli or Jordanian passports to travel. They use Israeli currency. When someone enters the territory the stamp on their passport is put there by an Israeli. In many places there is no border between the territory assigned to "Israel" and "Palestine." Many of the people who self-identify as Palestinian will tell you that they are really Jordanian (or that Jordanians are all just displaced Palestinians)
Dec 12, 2014
I'm posting too many comments so, in summation, there is really no meaningful way in which we can claim that a state of Palestine exists. Saying one does is giving politics more weight than reality. Politics designed to either undermine the sovereignty of partially-recognized Israel, or to somehow right the perceived wrongs created by the complex political situation in the region. Sovereignty is not a popularity contest but UN votes often are. Also 135 out of 193 leaves 58 states that do not recognize Palestinian statehood. Last I checked the USA only gets 1 vote. That's all. Shalom and salaam from Beit Hanina, (currently) Israel.
Dec 12, 2014
You definitely are the most annoying on this site
Dec 13, 2014
gandalf? From time to time he is but I don't think he deserves that title.

and of course we know where you, tecumseh, come down on this discussion. You're the guy who was commenting on my first Are You Dumb? Quiz because you were upset by the implication that Jews don't use the blood of children in their matzah ball soup.
Dec 13, 2014
Annoying for making a point, being right and backing it up with facts?
May 26, 2015
Who did put the Spam in the SpamAlamaDingDong? Nice screen name!
Dec 12, 2014
There's an easy way to remember that set of former Soviet states in Central Asia - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan go in alphabetical order, clockwise. It's freaky.
Nov 9, 2014
Except that it does not work, not at least for the last two
Nov 10, 2014
A good way to remember the difference between Turkmenistan and Tajikistan is that Turkmenistan is closer to Turkey.
Nov 25, 2014
And looks a little like Turkey!
Dec 8, 2014
I recall Turkmenistan the same way. It's closest to Turkey. Uzbekistan I usually play that bit from the movie Borat in my head and visualize it when he calls them a holes (there's a map). Kazakh, Kyrgyz, and Tajik... sometimes I do think of the alpha order.
Dec 11, 2014
Woot 3:31
Nov 13, 2014
Does this mean Jetpunk is changing its stance toward Palestine?
Dec 11, 2014
Pakistan is definitely not in the middle east
Dec 11, 2014
It's definite? How so?
Dec 11, 2014
Wikipedia seems to agree with you. It also doesn't include Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, nor Central Asia.
Dec 12, 2014
Dec 12, 2014
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.
Dec 12, 2014
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.
Dec 12, 2014
How is Kazakhstan a middle-east country?
Dec 13, 2014
Is it in the Far East?
Dec 13, 2014
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.
Dec 13, 2014
"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.
Dec 20, 2014
Feb 24, 2015
Really? So what nationality do Palestinian people have then?
Mar 17, 2015
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.
May 11, 2015
I believe Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan are not part of the Middle East
Jan 8, 2015
It is really hard to tell what is a country and what is water. Can you do something about it?
Feb 6, 2015
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan,Pakistan,Kyrgyzstan,Tajikistan,Turkmenistan,Afghanistan,Georgia,Armenia,and Azerbaijan are not included in most versions if the Middle East.
Feb 9, 2015
I am so annoyed with these quizzes. I mean, for god sake, where is Narnia?
Feb 12, 2015
Ehhhh? Pakistan is in South Asia. Its not a Middle Eastern country at all.
Apr 2, 2015
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.
Apr 22, 2015
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!!
Jun 14, 2015
I have every country memorized except the caribbean, that should be fun!
Jun 24, 2015
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.
Jul 4, 2015
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