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Former Countries by Capital

Name these former countries and empires based on their capital city.
Not necessarily the only capital
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Last updated: June 8, 2019
First submittedMarch 3, 2013
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Capital
Country
1992
Belgrade
Yugoslavia
1992
Prague
Czechoslovakia
1991
Moscow
Soviet Union
1990
East Berlin
East Germany
1975
Saigon
South Vietnam
1951
Lhasa
Tibet
1934
St. John's
Newfoundland
1923
Istanbul
Ottoman Empire
1902
Bloemfontein
Orange Free State
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Capital
Country
1898
Honolulu
Hawaii
1871
Berlin
Prussia
1865
Richmond
Confederate States of America
1857
Agra
Mughal Empire
1846
Austin
Texas
1707
Edinburgh
Scotland
1533
Cuzco
Incan Empire
1521
Tenochtitlan
Aztec Empire
1453
Constantinople
Byzantine Empire
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level 53
Mar 25, 2013
Wasn't the capitol of Prussia moved to Berlin after the creation of the Prussian kingdom in 1701? I know Konigsberg was at one time the capitol, but this made it seem like it was the capital at the time of its ending. Anyways, I got it right away so I guess it's not that confusing.
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level 32
Mar 25, 2013
I think that was in 1871. And besides, you gave the explanation yourself: Prussia and the German Empire under Emperor William I. and later William II. aren't the same.
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level 45
Jul 8, 2014
That might be in some way right but Berlin was the capital of the kingdom of Prussia in the whole 19th century. Königsberg might have been the capital of a country sub division called "East Prussia" but that hardly counts. 1871 isn't the end of the kingdom of Prussia, either. It existed until 1918 when the monarchy was abolished and was replaced with the Free State of Prussia which is basically the same thing without a king. Of course the capital of the Free State was also Berlin.
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level ∞
Apr 25, 2015
Yes, you are correct. I changed the clue from Königsberg to Berlin. German history prior to unification is so complicated.
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level 32
Mar 25, 2013
Can you please also accept "Byzantium" for "Byzantine Empire"?
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level 28
Dec 11, 2013
Also the Eastern Roman Empire should probably count - it is also referred to as such sometimes.
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level 72
Jun 23, 2014
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level ∞
Apr 25, 2015
Added a couple acceptable answers for that one.
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level 77
Jun 23, 2015
Byzantium was the name of the city.
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level 49
Feb 7, 2016
That's what I thought
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level 40
Mar 25, 2013
Darn... who knew I'd ace this one? Fun quiz... got me thinking. You could do a whole other one with the same theme.
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level 77
Dec 7, 2018
Did it. Linked below.
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level 28
Dec 11, 2013
For Orange Free State also "Oranje Vrijstaat" and Oranje-Vrystaat" should be accepted as answers.
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level 39
Dec 27, 2013
No-one in South Africa calls it "Orange Free State", I think you should allow just "Free State" as this is what it is most commonly called.
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level ∞
Apr 25, 2015
Free State and Oranje will work now.
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level 52
Jul 29, 2015
This is what it is (most commonly) called today. Before the nine provinces (pre-1994), it was referred to as Orange Free State.
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level 53
Jun 3, 2016
I'm actually from Bloemfontein and a lot of people still call it the Oranje Vrystaat. Was quite impressed to see this on the quiz, didn't expect to see this here.
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level 84
Feb 26, 2014
As far as I am aware, legally Prussia as a sovereign nation existed until 1918. The King of Prussia was also the German Emperor but the Empire was not constituted like the UK or the USA today. Each country remained sovereign while being part of the Empire; I suppose it would be akin to the way the European Union is constituted.
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level 41
May 30, 2014
Allow Russia for Soviet Union please.
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level 71
Jun 11, 2014
Russia was a part of the Soviet Union; they're not the same.
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level 44
Jan 12, 2015
Exactly,! And, quite frankly, Russia is not a former country (:
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level 32
Aug 2, 2015
Yeah thats right
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level 32
Aug 2, 2015
There were many other countries in the USSR too
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level 44
Jul 29, 2015
That would be like accepting Arizona for United States.
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level 54
Aug 6, 2015
I refuse to accept Arizona.
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level 36
Aug 28, 2014
Could boer or Dutch South Africa be accepted for the Orange Free State?
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level 73
May 19, 2015
I tried Dutch South Africa. Not sure if it was a thing or not, but I knew Bloemfontein is a capital of South Africa...thought it was worth a shot.
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level 76
Dec 12, 2014
Enjoyed this quiz. Are there enough to make another one?
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level 77
Jun 23, 2015
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level 77
Jun 25, 2015
Though, out of 25 answers on my quiz, only 8 are currently more-guessed that Newfoundland or the Orange Free State. And Only 3 guessed more than the Confederacy. So I guess most of the really easy ones were taken already.
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level 66
Dec 25, 2014
Newfoundland never was an independant country. It was a british colony before joining Canada as a province in 1949
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level 45
Mar 25, 2015
Right. It was a colony before becoming Canada's tenth province. "A former colony and dominion of the United Kingdom, Newfoundland and Labrador became the tenth province to enter the Canadian Confederation on March 31, 1949, as Newfoundland." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newfoundland_and_Labrador
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level 75
Apr 18, 2015
Newfoundland was a self governing dominion in the same manner as Australia, New Zealand and Canada and thus independent in the same way as the above countries. During the depression, it lost its self government due to insolvency and was ruled directly by the UK and in the post war era it joined Canada.
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level ∞
Apr 25, 2015
Exactly!
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level 72
Jun 9, 2019
... although it remained a dominion until 1949, when it merged with Canada.
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level 45
May 7, 2015
Hi everyone, I'm french and i'm great fan to this game!
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level 40
Jul 29, 2015
Can you accept Southern Vietnam and Eastern Germany please? I was so confused as to why I wasn't getting them right.
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level 71
Jul 29, 2015
Neither "Eastern Germany" nor "Southern Vietnam" is correct. Those seemingly small details are significant: "Northern Ireland" means something different than "North Ireland," for example. Likewise "South America" and "Southern America," although Bo Diddley used to have fun with that distinction--listen to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh8tn4JmU4g at around 1:35.
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level 61
Feb 3, 2019
You can give "examples" but it is basically the same thing every time. It doesnt make it clearer or explain anything.
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level 70
Jun 9, 2019
In short: "eastern" or "southern" refer to topographic attributes ("being in the east of Germany"), while East Germany and South Vietnam a historic names of specific countries.
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level 49
Jul 29, 2015
Roman, Eastern Roman, or Byzantine empire should all count, specifically Roman, considering all residents of the empire considered themselves just Romans.
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level 32
Aug 2, 2015
Didn't get them all. Put Richmond as Virginia, St John's as Antigua and Barbuda (which I know is independent) and bloemfontein as the boer republic, which was pretty close
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level 67
Jul 25, 2016
Good quiz
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level 53
Nov 9, 2016
Never knew about Newfoundland... Good to learn!
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level 32
Jan 21, 2017
Please accept Confederate.
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level 39
Jan 21, 2017
I did not expect Tibet!!!!
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level 71
Sep 6, 2018
Nobody did. It wasn't even recognized. A bit like Transnistria these days, but with even less recognition. But hey, politics.
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level 67
Sep 29, 2018
I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition!
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level 76
Jan 25, 2017
While Newfoundland did give up self rule in 1934, it didn't officially stop being the Dominion of Newfoundland until 1949. It 'de facto' ended in 1934, but 'de jure' ended in 1949.
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level 40
Aug 30, 2018
I'm so annoying I missed out the o in Czechoslovakia between Czech and slovakia
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level 43
Dec 7, 2018
Hey! Great quiz but can you change so that DDR can be accepted as an answer to Berlin
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level ∞
Jun 8, 2019
Okay
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level 61
Dec 7, 2018
ok I so sucked at this one, I typed so many different countries... Even though I did start with soviet union, after that I only typed excisitng countries and didnt think about old countries anymore. Like, I typed czechia and slovakia... And turkey, peru, mexico, ddr,westgermany, vietnam, north and south korea, south africa etc...
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level 64
Jun 8, 2019
Why add only Scotland as a former country? England also lost its sovereignity in 1707 and this fact would definitively confuse some quizzers. ;-)
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level 62
Jun 9, 2019
Yugoslavia ceased to exist in 2003.
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level 74
Jul 5, 2019
That was a different country.
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level 71
Jun 10, 2019
Scotland is still a country, albeit one that is also part of a larger nation (which is the one that is considered a sovereign state). I wouldn't remove it, but I'd put a caveat in.
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level 73
Jun 14, 2019
As a busy industry mogul I wasted too much of my valuable time tinkering with arbitrary spelling restrictions on what you see only as the "Mughal" Empire.
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level 60
Jul 1, 2019
Found St John's difficult as I couldn't get past the current capital of Antigua.
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level 74
Jul 1, 2019
There are different acceptable spellings for 'Mughal'.
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level 44
Jul 1, 2019
So I live in St. John's NL and I tried EVERY different permutation of Antigua & Barbuda I could think of before giving up and never getting the answer. Shenanigans.
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level 77
Jul 1, 2019
Why did the points reset? I don't notice any changes from the last version.
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level 77
Jul 1, 2019
oh.. you must have added Agra/Mughal Empire for one thing. I had put that on my unofficial sequel before that's why it looked familiar. Was there something you took off?
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level 34
Jul 1, 2019
Typed Boer Free State, didnt work :(
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level 70
Jul 1, 2019
Please allow for more spellings of Mughal. I tried Moghul and that didn't work. Thanks.
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level 51
Jul 1, 2019
Agree that you should have accepted different aspellings of Moghul/Mogul; Mughlai; etc. It is after all a change in transliteration Hmm - Mughlai might be a type of curry? Oh well! DW
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level 44
Jul 1, 2019
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level 64
Jul 1, 2019
The Byzantine Empire was not politically separate from the Eastern Roman Empire, and therefore the Roman Empire, so "Rome" or at least "Roman Empire" should work.
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level 56
Jul 1, 2019
Can you please accept German Democratic Republic? I tried DDR, and then the English translation of the name before I tried East Germany.
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level 62
Jul 1, 2019
DDR works.
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level 42
Jul 1, 2019
Tibet has never being an independent country, Tibet has been part of China for hundreds of years, but has had and still has some level of autonomy. The "state" what is probably referred here was self proclaimed independence after Qing empire collapsed 1912 until Chinese regained the control after Tibetan theocratic leaders refused to abolish serfdom, in which most Tibetans lived in the most horrific conditions without any human rights. There was no single foreign country, who recognized this "independence", therefore it was never sovereign and thus not independent.
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level 77
Jul 3, 2019
Sovereignty does not depend on international recognition.
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level 68
Jul 11, 2019
How are their human rights doing now?
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level 18
Jul 2, 2019
You could do a part 2 of this as well, for example Kumasi was the Capital of the Ashanti Empire.
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level 77
Jul 4, 2019
I made a part 2, linked above.
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level 50
Oct 15, 2019
Scotland is still a country!
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level ∞
Oct 15, 2019
Not an independent one as I'm sure you are aware.