Countries by Founding Story

Try to name each selected country based on a story or myth about how it was founded.
This quiz does NOT suggest that these are the only founding stories, that they have official status, or that they are true
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Last updated: February 5, 2020
First submittedFebruary 3, 2020
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Story
Country
Seeking "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness", 13 colonies declare
independence from Great Britain
United States
Clovis unites the Frankish tribes under a single king
France
The "First Fleet" arrives at Botany Bay carrying about 1,000 convicts
Australia
Emperor Jimmu, descended from the sun goddess Amaterasu, conquers the
main island before eventually dying at age 126
Japan
The Medes overthrow the Neo-Assyrian empire, uniting the plateau under their leadership
Iran
Ingólfr Arnarson arrives on the island in 874 A.D.
Iceland
Freed slaves and free-born blacks from the United States establish a democracy in Africa
Liberia
Separatists declare independence from Colombia after Colombia refuses to ratify a
canal-building treaty with the U.S.
Panama
Qin Shi Huang conquers the warring states to establish the first imperial dynasty
China
Menes unites the upper and lower parts of the river, founding the
First Dynasty around 3000 B.C.
Egypt
Saint Marinus founds a monestary on Monte Titano in AD 301
San Marino
Two kingdoms are united by the marriage of Ferdinand and Isabella
Spain
In the year 1307, three men take an oath to unite the cantons of Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden
Switzerland
Patrice Lumumba leads the country to independence from Belgium in 1960
D. R. Congo
Dom Pedro declares independence, separating the country from his father's empire
Brazil
The national government flees to an island, establishing a "temporary capital" in 1949
Taiwan
The UK, Russia, and France force the Ottoman Empire to relinquish control
of this Christian nation in 1832
Greece
Kinh Dương Vương founds the country in 2879 B.C., reigning for over 100 years before
dying at age 260
Vietnam
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Level 87
Feb 5, 2020
"Columbia"?
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Level ∞
Feb 5, 2020
Fixed :)
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Level 53
Feb 6, 2020
great quizz, last question whom dies at age 260
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Level 78
Feb 6, 2020
And began his reign at 160! Just shows that it's never too late to start a new career.
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Level 56
Sep 29, 2020
Who knew Mr. Magorium was outdone by the founder of Vietnam?
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Level 43
Feb 6, 2020
No country was established by colonists in 1788. Australia wan't established until January 1, 1901.
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Level 58
Mar 4, 2020
But the process that led to the modern nation state of Australia started with the arrival of the First Fleet.
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Level 72
Mar 4, 2020
Federation of the colonies occurred in 1901, but the modern nation had its origins or foundation starting from the arrival of the first fleet. The US didn't have its current political organisation until Hawaii was declared a state in 1959...
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Level 44
Jun 25, 2020
In the same vein you could hardly argue the continuity of the Achaemenid Persian empire to modern-day Iran. This quiz is more about where states trace their "national" origin point back to than anything else.
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Level 72
Feb 6, 2020
Five stars for the fact that you've used the 1307 date instead of the mythical 1291 date :)
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Level 56
Mar 4, 2020
a real Bünzli
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Level 59
Nov 19, 2020
Was ist ein Bünzli? Hab's jetzt nachgeschaut. Meinst du, dass Gassu ein Spießer (:D) ist oder Quizmaster?
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Level 67
Feb 6, 2020
Love this one! Even though it is not that consistent. In 1821, were the Greeks talking in ancient greek or modern greek? But on the other hand Egypt, Iceland, and Vietnam always remained proud and free! :-P And China/Taiwan is of cource random choice.
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Level 56
Sep 29, 2020
Well, ancient Greece didn't have a common government. Unless you wish to argue that Macedonia was the first greek government.
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Level 78
Feb 6, 2020
Surprised Persia wasn't accepted.
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Level 24
Mar 4, 2020
That's because "Persia" is actually called "Iran" and has been inside the country for a lot longer than you think.
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Level 77
Feb 7, 2020
"Monestary"? Or monastery?
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Level 65
Mar 4, 2020
People looking for a place to live see an eagle with a snake in its claws sitting on a cactus.
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Level 80
Mar 4, 2020
If I saw that I'd consider it a good sign that I should keep moving.
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Level 56
Sep 29, 2020
Well, they were told to look for exactly that, so...
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Level 56
Mar 4, 2020
Suprised about the low knowage of San Marino since the founder is called Saint Marinus which is nearly literally the countries name.
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Level 52
Apr 19, 2020
I guessed it because of Monte Titano and later read it again and found out about the name.
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Level 59
Nov 19, 2020
Did you know that a beach on the island of Rab, Croatia also has the name San Marino because that is where Saint Marinus is from. And if I'm not mistaken the beach had the name first.
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Level 46
Mar 5, 2020
1:24. I really didn't expect names here, it makes this way too easy