Countries by Haiku #1

We wrote a haiku / for these seventeen countries / can you guess them all?
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Last updated: November 5, 2020
First submittedNovember 2, 2020
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This northern island / growing larger day by day / tectonics at work
Iceland
We built a big fence / to stop the rabbits spreading / but it didn't work
Australia
Germany invades / this tiny neutral country / takes all the waffles
Belgium
Our naval glory / rum sodomy and the lash / as the saying goes
United Kingdom
Here we speak Urdu / which is almost but not quite / the same as Hindi
Pakistan
The peninsula / where ancient Troy once stood proud / Anatolia!
Turkey
Hundreds of islands / near the Caribbean Sea / but not inside it
Bahamas
Too much unsold cheese / causing hardship for farmers / let's invent fondue
Switzerland
To this small island / the United Nations said / you're no real country
Taiwan
The Atlas foothills / a city called Marrakesh / hope you like couscous
Morocco
"Hola" said Eichmann / and please don't tell Israel / where they can find me
Argentina
Though mostly jungle / along the coast lie cities / where people speak Dutch
Suriname
Countries do not like / our capital's location / except the U.S.
Israel
At El Alamein / Erwin Rommel's mighty tanks / were finally stopped
Egypt
Government steals farms / turns all the starving people / into trillionaires
Zimbabwe
Nice to be near Nice / but one thing's even nicer / no more high taxes
Monaco
Our President said / that no gay people live here / Ahmadinejad
Iran
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Level 70
Nov 3, 2020
A very interesting, creative idea! I enjoyed the quiz quite a lot. :)
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Level 71
Nov 3, 2020
Totally awesome/

how come nobody ever/

thought of this before?

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Level 51
Dec 13, 2020
Quizzer6794 did! Check the 1st caveat
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Level 71
Nov 3, 2020
"The United Nations / to this little island said / you're no real country"

My first thought was Sealand.

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Level 65
Nov 16, 2020
You're not alone^^
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Level 69
Nov 3, 2020
Creative!
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Level 65
Nov 3, 2020
Nice addition, better clues than mine for sure ;)
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Level 74
Nov 4, 2020
Great idea. You might want to lose "The" in "The United Nations" and "there" in "along the coast there lie cities" - excess syllables there.
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Level ∞
Nov 4, 2020
Fixed
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Level 74
Nov 4, 2020
It's subjective to say it's nice not to have high taxes. Perhaps if you're filthy rich it is. Otherwise not having high taxes generally means run down public services, no or limited welfare state, rampant property speculation, increasing inequality etc.
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Level 68
Nov 4, 2020
It works pretty fine for Monaco.
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Level 45
Dec 13, 2020
It works well for Monaco because it's a country populated almost exclusively by millionaires and billionaires hence a small percentage of taxes works ok. It's also basically a city state so no need for much investment in infrastructure etc. The reason those millionaire and billionaires moved there is so they can avoid paying their fair share and this can by definition only work in a small number of countries who, essentially, steal from everyone else. The fact that powerful governments like USA, UK, France, etc. tolerate this should give their citizens a clear indication that their governments care more about the world's billionaires than their own citizens.
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Level 37
Dec 14, 2020
"Fair share"...how much is that, exactly?
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Level 84
Nov 4, 2020
You sound like the life of the party.
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Level 58
Nov 4, 2020
I assumed it was ironic.
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Level 87
Nov 4, 2020
this is so good! I enjoyed it a LOT
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Level 46
Nov 4, 2020
Maybe for bolivia

We fought with chile

and lost our precious coastline

We are still salty.

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Level 51
Dec 13, 2020
That was a really good pun if it was intentional! Cause now they can't be "salty" since they don't have access to the ocean!
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Level 53
Nov 6, 2020
Israel should be changed to

Countries do not like

Our capital's location

Except the U.S.

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Level 67
Dec 13, 2020
Yeah, "countries don't like" is only 4 syllables.
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Level 49
Dec 14, 2020
I agree with you

Because "Countries do not like"

Is five syllables.

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Level 76
Nov 7, 2020
Great idea!
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Level 66
Nov 22, 2020
awesome quiz! argentina, zimbabwe, suriname and monaco were my favourite clues. it's kinda cool that you can say that the government turned their people into trillionaires and it's a true statement
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Level 38
Dec 13, 2020
Millionaires.
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Level 59
Dec 13, 2020
Taiwan is not small and Iceland has no Northern Island
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Level 57
Dec 13, 2020
Iceland itself is a northern island.
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Level 71
Dec 13, 2020
And Iceland is itself Island.
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Level 36
Dec 13, 2020
Excellent quiz! I love it!
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Level 67
Dec 13, 2020
Small is subjective. It's small compared to Greenland. And it doesn't say Iceland has a northern island, it says Iceland IS a northern island.
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Level 54
Dec 13, 2020
Statistically speaking, the number of Urdu speaking people in India is 5 times greater than Pakistan.
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Level 49
Dec 14, 2020
what about proportionally speaking? is it the same percent as Pakistan, is it an official language of India?
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Level 4
Jan 10, 2021
Exactly, @wiifly
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Level 55
Dec 13, 2020
actually, Australia, Serbia, Argentina and more countries also recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
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Level 49
Dec 13, 2020
But that wouldn't fit, would it?
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Level 71
Dec 13, 2020
Australia and Serbia would, though that would make the clue significantly more difficult.
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Level 4
Jan 10, 2021
It's "like", not "recognize".
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Level 65
Dec 13, 2020
A really great quiz/

Hope to see more of these soon/

Thanks for featuring!

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Level 49
Dec 13, 2020
"Countries don't like" is 4 syllables in the Israel question.
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Level 72
Dec 13, 2020
Easy change to "Countries do not like"
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Level ∞
Dec 14, 2020
Fixed, thanks.
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Level 68
Dec 14, 2020
We made Skype. We know /

you use it too. May we join /

the Nordic countries?

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Level 71
Dec 15, 2020
🇪🇪
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Level 4
Jan 10, 2021
This should be added! (Not writing answer because people might cheat)
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Level 61
Dec 14, 2020
This was delightful.
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Level 60
Dec 15, 2020
Well done. Very enjoyable. Thanks