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Countries that Start with M

Name the countries that start with the letter M.
Last updated: September 03, 2018
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Country
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Country
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
(Micronesia, Fed. States of)
Moldova
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Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
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level 34
Oct 22, 2012
Allow me to clarify some things, this quiz uses the short names for countries. The Federated States of Micronesia don't have a short name. They're only known by their long name. Macedonia on the other hand is officially called the Republic of Macedonia (It hasn't been called Fornmer Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in nearly 20 years). The Republic of Macedonia's short name is Macedonia. Fun fact: Canada is one of the few countries that has no prefix (i.e. "Republic of...") which is the result of its unique relationship with Great Britain.
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level 16
Oct 24, 2012
And Japan. But nobody mention Taiwan- Republic of China? Taiwan? Republic of Taiwan?
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level ∞
Oct 24, 2012
Thanks @aertzc. That is exactly correct.
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level 71
Sep 5, 2013
Is it a unique relationship? How does it differ to Australia's relationship with the UK? Not a criticism, I'm genuinely interested.
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level 65
Feb 27, 2015
How has the name Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia been out of use for 20 years? Several countries have never accepted the name "Republic of Macedonia" because this interferes with Greece's national heritage (it creates the illusion that anything Macedonian is not Greek, which is horribly wrong). So, because of the ongoing naming dispute, most major international organisations (e.g. the UN, the EU, the IOC) refer to the country as FYROM.
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level 64
May 29, 2016
That is absolutely correct. The officially accepted name by international organizations like the UN, EU and NATO is FYROM. Some countries recognize it by its constitutional name (Republic of Macedonia). What the quiz goes by is another story, but let's get our facts straight at least.
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level 69
May 31, 2016
And we wonder why the world is in a constant state of war.
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level 73
Jun 13, 2016
By "several countries" do you mean Greece and only Greece? If not, then this is inaccurate. Greece has put pressure on some organizations to adopt their ridiculous stance, but no other country gives a crap. Greek and Macedonian nationalism were both birthed around the same time. And now they fight over this nonsense because their respective creation myths (a necessary component to any nationalist narrative) are contradictory; and also, of course, because of tourist dollars.

Probably also because it's the Balkans and hating your neighbors is a time-honored tradition.
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level 65
Jul 22, 2016
Actually, kalbahamut, it's 16 coutries according to Wikipedia, among which Germany, France, Japan etc. And all these countries refuse to accept FYROM's claims because this country is the one employing ridiculous methods to falsify history and fuel irredentism, not Greece. Imagine Canada deciding to call itself "America" (well, Canada is part of the American continent, right?) and trying to use this to prove that the American Revolution, the American Civil War etc. are actually their own history. And that since these historical events took place on US soil, much of the US is actually occupied Canadian lands largely inhabited by oppressed Canadians. Such nonsense is exactly the impression that FYROM is trying to create. As to the stance of other countries, it's all a matter of political interests.
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level 73
Mar 23, 2017
If Canada wants to change their name to America, let them. I honestly couldn't possibly care less. Even though your analogy is wrong. And obviously biased. And it would be a little weird for them to make that an official name. But if they wanted to be the Republic of America, or the Commonwealth Realm of America, or the Democratic Federation of America, or the United Provinces of America... that would be perfectly fine. Why wouldn't it be? It's their country. And yes they are in North America. And if Americans started whining about this and insisting that Canadians were "stealing" their history, as if such a thing were even possible, and changed all their signs going to the Republic of America to read "FCROA" just as a general F you to their Canadian neighbors... I would loudly and confidently call those Americans pathetic, petty, ignorant morons. I have no problem calling out my fellow citizens for stupidity or jingoism when they exhibit it, which is often enough.
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level 73
Mar 23, 2017
and if then the Republic of America built a giant statue of George Washington in Ottawa, I wouldn't mind pointing out that this was a bit kitschy or silly. Thought I still wouldn't insist they change the name of their country. That would be stupid.
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level 65
May 25, 2017
I would be happy to hear what makes the analogy so obviously wrong and biased, because the only major difference I can see is that any hypothetical attempts by Canada to promote a nationalistic narrative based on name changes and ludicrous statements about history would be of no international significance. The US has the power to ensure that, after all. On the contrary, in a region where nationalism, irredentism and claims about the oppression of minorities have very recently sparked public unrest, wars and genocides and have been used as an excuse for foreign intervention, one cannot just sit back while a neighbouring country is successfully trying to create widespread international confusion about historical issues in order to justify the promotion of an aggressive nationalist agenda.
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level 65
May 25, 2017
You may think that we Macedonian Greeks are overreacting when we don't want road signs reading "Macedonia: 100km" while we are already in Macedonia, when we feel uncomfortable about people getting our nationality wrong if we say we are Macedonians, or about them thinking that Alexander the Great was not Greek. But pathetic morons we are certainly not, especially since there is a complex and possibly threatening political issue underlying the choice of name.
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level 73
Aug 11, 2017
If someone asks you your nationality and you answer that you are Macedonian, then you deserve any resulting frustration. If someone asks you where you are from and you answer that you are Macedonian, then any resulting confusion ought to frustrate you no more than residents of Georgia the US state (correct answer: not at all). And Alexander was not Greek in the sense that you are using the word. Just because there existed a word Greek in ancient texts that contemporary Greek nationalists co-opted to describe the people of the country they invented doesn't mean that the word in both contexts now means the same thing. Further, it doesn't matter whether he was or not.
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level 73
Aug 11, 2017
The main reason your analogy is absurd is that the United States is barely 200 years old. There was never any overlap between the territories of Canada and the US. Americans can trace their national history back to the Revolution pretty easily and there's no period inbetween then and the present when the country ceased to exist and the ethnicity meant something other than what it means today. Beyond the Revolution we are talking about some combination of Native American history, British history, French history, etc... which Canadians have at least equal claim to. It would be supremely stupid for Americans to claim that they are the true Brits and Canadians have no claim to the legacy of John Cabot, Jamestown, etc. and they don't do that. If Canadians want to build a statue of John Smith, Pocahontas, or King George, great. Go for it. It doesn't matter if they speak a different language in Quebec.
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level 73
Aug 11, 2017
Anyway while the USA has its share of creation myths, as all nationalist movements have and require, the American creation myths are not as far fetched as most because the history is so short. It's not a big stretch for Americans to claim Benjamin Franklin as one of their own. After the Declaration of Independence he had American citizenship so they have that in common and there's not a big separation in time, and no separation in terms of national identity since they're using the same Constitution today. It's not nearly the same thing as modern Greeks or Macedonians trying to lay claim to Alexander, who was neither Greek nor Macedonian, in the contemporary sense; but whose ancient kingdom existed in both countries, and whose descendants live in both countries.
Your rambling about aggressive nationalist agendas and genocides... come on are you serious? Yeah nationalism is stupid and leads to bad things. Greek nationalism as much as any other flavor. So why not let it go?
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level 65
Aug 26, 2017
Despite the separation in time, I believe it is wrong to claim that Greece has no continuity as a nation. Greeks never seized to exist or define themselves as such, and elements that compose a national identity, most notably the Greek language, have stood the test of time remarkably well. State sovereignty and integrity are pretty much the only things the US has maintained better than Greeks, and I wouldn't call these crucial in terms of defining nationality. I am not implying that this is proof of ethnic purity or superiority. In fact, I believe anyone has the right to be inspired not only by the ancient Macedonian civilisation, but also by any culture or historical figure of the recent or distant past. Nevertheless, denying the connection between ancient or modern Greeks and Macedonia is a mistake in historical terms. The FYROM government has not only turned this mistake into a national policy, but they have also been promoting it precisely as proof of their own ethnic superiority.
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level 65
Aug 26, 2017
Of course you can find such an absurd notion of superiority among nationalists around the world. The key factor in FYROM, and the reason why it is indeed aggressive and worrying, is that it is not only actively promoted by the state, along with a strong flavour of irredentism, but the main instrument of this promotion, namely the stubborn stance on the naming dispute, is also internationally condoned, with the resulting historical confusion creating an anti-Greek sentiment in connection with this issue even in the minds of educated people globally. In a similar discussion elsewhere on this very site, where comments are on average more educated than most places on the web, Greeks were collectively categorized as people with issues they need to get over. This is really saddening and unjustified, and one of the main reasons why we Greeks insist on not just letting it go.
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level 73
Apr 4, 2018
You might believe it's wrong to claim that there is no continuity... but I'm sorry, you've been duped by the nationalist lie of your own country. There isn't any continuity. And you're wrong that Greeks never ceased to define themselves as Greeks. They absolutely did. When the entire Byzantine Empire covered all the lands from Italy to Iran, and all of it spoke Greek, the ethnicity of Greek did not exist. When the Ottomans came and conquered the same territory, and slowly the Turkish language and Muslim religion came to displace Greek and Orthodox Christianity, the term "Greek" was used to refer to members of the Greek Orthodox Church. It didn't mean the same thing that you think it means today. Language is often used to define a nation, but I find it an incredibly flimsy thing to base it on. If I am from China but learn to speak Japanese, does that make me Japanese? If I move to America and my children speak English, are they not Chinese?
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level 73
Apr 4, 2018
and what is "Chinese" anyway (linguistically)? There are hundreds of languages and dialects spoken in China, to go along with hundreds of ethnicities. And yet China has more political, historical, and cultural continuity than Greece does. (I also believe Chinese nationalism is a lie, for what it's worth) It's all BS. Anyone can learn to speak a language. You don't have to be related to Alexander to speak Greek. And you could be his direct descendant and speak Bulgarian. The Israelis revived a completely dead language when they created their nationalist myth. So greater linguistic feats have been accomplished than the preservation of Greek.
You say it is a mistake to deny a connection between ancient Macedon and Greek Macedonia. Okay. Who does that? And how do you then go on to deny the connection between ancient Macedon and the Republic of Macedonia? Both places existed within the territory of Philip II's empire. Both contain his genetic heirs.
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level 73
Apr 4, 2018
If the Republic of Macedonia's government is being petty and trying to thumb their nose at Greek Macedonians (and I know that they are).... LET THEM! Why bring yourself down to their level? Frankly both sides of this debate are acting like petulant children. Any anti-Greek sentiment that arises from this, I submit, is directly the result of Greeks loudly insisting on use of "FYROM," when everyone else sees how silly and pointless this is. If you wanted to be the mature ones in this dispute and just let it go as I suggest, there would be no anti-Greek sentiment. You are causing the very thing that you say you need to fight against. You would win the fight if you just stopped fighting.
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level 65
Apr 25, 2018
I agree that language in itself is not proof of a nation's continuity, but the preservation of a language is an undeniable indicator of an ongoing desire to respect the tradition of one's ancestors, even more so when it has survived through Roman, Bulgarian, western European and Ottoman conquests. This respect for a common history and past and the will to honour it is what I believe defines a nation and its continuity, and it is also what has kept the Greek civilisation perfectly alive throughout many difficult centuries, its continuity not being some sort of fabrication necessary for religious identification, but a fact already documented by Byzantine scholars, still far from the necessity of a common conscience against an occupying force, in a state that actually never seized to identify itself as the continuation of the Roman Empire.
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level 65
Apr 25, 2018
Considering the above, and the fact that, as you said anyway, using alleged bloodlines to lay claim to history is pretty much nonsense whatever nation we are talking about, if Slavic Macedonians indeed respected ancient Macedonia and its civilisation, I would be happy to embrace the connection between the two. Yet what FYROM keeps doing is a laughable falsification of historical facts about Macedonia and Alexander (a unifier of nations, by the way) in an attempt to maintain the integrity of a state linguistically composed mostly of Bulgarian and Albanian speakers, by fanaticising the population about their national superiority and the rightful nature of irredentist claims against their neighbours. This is evidently such a blatant display of both disrespect for history and aggression towards Greece, that carelessly accepting FYROM's position on the dispute would be a self-inflicted blow not only to Greece's diplomatic position, but also to the Greeks' own respect towards their past.
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level 69
Nov 3, 2012
You forgot 'Merica.
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level 34
Jan 11, 2013
I know right
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level 49
Jan 22, 2013
missed montenegro!
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level 49
Feb 26, 2018
worse I missed Mexico haha
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level 40
Sep 17, 2013
Martinique, also.
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level 75
Oct 9, 2013
Martinique is part of France I think
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level 64
Dec 29, 2016
Yes, it's an overseas region of France
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level 24
Dec 8, 2013
what about micronesia???
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level 7
Oct 11, 2017
bruh
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level 72
Mar 31, 2014
Micronesia should be on here. Martinique is not its own country.
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level 17
Apr 19, 2014
Ran out of time for Mongolia
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level 48
Apr 22, 2014
needs 'MURIKAH! :P
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level 46
Apr 25, 2017
*MURICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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level 23
Aug 11, 2014
Micronesia !
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level 41
Oct 8, 2014
please accept "monoco" for monaco
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level 47
Dec 21, 2014
why? it's spelled/spelt Monaco....
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level 70
Sep 18, 2016
Please accept Mahnuhkoe too. And while you're at it, why not also accept $&@*%#!?
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level 64
Dec 29, 2016
That can't even be accepted
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level 38
Dec 18, 2017
don't forget mosadhfauiesfhioajfeowhurdhweiafjsjbwhaoefiaouewco
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level 49
Feb 15, 2017
Yes, and why doesn't it accept monocle? And Mononoke? And Bonobo, monkey, or a cajun spelling: Monaqueaux? I really do like Mahnuhkoe.
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level 23
Nov 8, 2014
i only missed mexico, i dont even anymore
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level 44
Mar 7, 2015
Shoot I missed Malawi. Strangest thing is that I live there! (I'm from Canada though)
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level 28
Apr 16, 2015
You guys like my name? I think it goes very well with this quiz (and 80% of the other quizzes on this website)
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level 64
Dec 29, 2016
Since when does "Relbore" have anything to do with many quizzes?
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level 46
Apr 25, 2017
REALBORE
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level 40
Aug 2, 2015
I kept thinking mesopotamia *shakes head*
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level 40
Oct 6, 2015
forgot Madagascar and Moldova
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level 46
Nov 10, 2015
How the HELL did I remember the Marshall Islands and forget Mexico?....
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level 48
Mar 20, 2017
no clue why but I always forget about mexico and canada
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level 14
Apr 9, 2016
I missed Mongolia. How embarrassing
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level 37
Apr 10, 2016
Hey everyone! Check out my quiz! It's called country to capital #1
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level 73
May 20, 2016
Quizmaster has finally given in...
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level 43
Jul 22, 2016
Totally forgot Malta what a numpty
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level 21
Sep 10, 2016
Got 11!
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level 26
Nov 29, 2016
Missed Mali, Mozambique, and Morocco
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level 27
Mar 23, 2017
100%
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level 61
Mar 23, 2017
I nearly forgot Mexico, even though I've been watching Breaking Bad all morning!
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level 39
May 17, 2017
As to the comments about Canada and its "right" to add some form of America to its name. Not only is Canada in North America, but in 1775, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Vermont, Ohio and I believe also Indiana and Illinois were all in the Province of Quebec which, I believe, is in Canada.
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level 65
May 25, 2017
The analogy above is not just about adding the word "America", it is about removing every other word as well.
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level 20
Jun 7, 2017
You kinda start to feel bad for forgetting Mexico when you live 15 minutes from the border...oops.
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level 15
Jun 22, 2017
1:57 left
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level 20
Jul 28, 2017
This comment section is a perfect demonstration of humanity's stubborn determination to argue over literally nothing and pretend to be fired up and emotionally invested in something they found off Wikipedia >.>
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level 73
Aug 11, 2017
Some of us have actually lived lives full of experience and can speak about history without having to consult Wikipedia.
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level 28
Aug 1, 2017
Missed Maldives
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level 60
Aug 1, 2017
'MERICA
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level 29
Aug 2, 2017
When I read that the description said one country switched from B to M, that made it obvious.
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level 39
Aug 9, 2017
Israel and its Arab neighbors remind me of seven brothers laying claim to their deceased parent's land. One brother claims that the land is his because he lived there with and took care of their parents while the others were out traipsing around the world. The other brothers claim that, whether or not they were present, they have a right to inherit, as they are rightful heirs of their parents. Oh, where's Solomon when you need him!
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level 73
Aug 11, 2017
Which "brother" do you imagine took care of the parent and which did the traipsing? Because both Jews and Muslims have lived there since the 12th Century.
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level 53
Aug 16, 2017
And Jews have lived there for more than three thousand years.
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level 39
Aug 24, 2017
I'm not getting into THAT argument. I purposely did not identify which brother I believe to have a greater right. I merely aimed to point out the insanity of kinship infighting. In the end, nobody wins.
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level 73
Apr 4, 2018
well, okay then.
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level 19
Aug 11, 2017
1005 with 1:26 remaining on my first try!!!! :D :D :D
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level 19
Oct 9, 2017
18/18, 2:38
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level 15
Oct 21, 2017
18/18 2:43 to spare
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level 52
Nov 7, 2017
Mapan, Morth Korea, Mindia, Megypt, Melgium and many others missing from this list...
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level 34
Nov 24, 2017
how did i forget mexico
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level 56
Dec 10, 2017
Still think that Macedonia shoud be listed on the F as it should be referred to as FYROM
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level 9
Dec 31, 2017
I got 100% with 1:16 remaining
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level 18
Jan 31, 2018
Author should add another country on M Montserrat, that is in Carribean
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level 35
Mar 19, 2018
Montserrat isn't a sovereign state, it's a dependent territory of France.
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level 11
Apr 2, 2018
Macedonia is actually "FYROM", not to be mistaken with the region of Greece "Macedonia".
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level 73
Apr 4, 2018
Macedonia is actually The Republic of Macedonia, not to be confused with "FYROM"- whatever that is. Nobody would confuse it with Greek Macedonia as Greek Macedonia is a region of a country and not a sovereign nation.
However, the "short name" of the Republic of Macedonia is Macedonia, just like the short name of the People's Republic of China is China, and the United States of Mexico is Mexico.
If there really were such a thing as "FYROM," then the short name of it would also most likely be "Macedonia," and so you'd still be whining about it.
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level 21
Apr 13, 2018
:( Got stuck and for some reason quiz didn't accept MERICA! :(
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level 20
May 29, 2018
got all of them right