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Can you name the most recent country to do these things?
Three of these countries no longer exist!
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First submittedJanuary 13, 2017
Last updatedJanuary 14, 2017
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Most recent country to …
Year
Country
Host the Summer Olympics
2016
Brazil
Surpass 1 billion in population
1998
India
Become a nuclear power
2006
North Korea
Suffer a 9.0 earthquake
2011
Japan
Become independent
2011
South Sudan
Invade British territory
1982
Argentina
Join the EU
2013
Croatia
Abolish its monarchy
2008
Nepal
Be annexed by China
1951
Tibet
Have a 10% decline
in population
2010-
2015
Syria
Most recent country to …
Year
Country
Gain "observer" status to the UN
2012
Palestinian
Territories
Control the entire Mediterranean
395
Roman Empire
Be settled by human beings
1770
Seychelles
Be settled by human beings (Europe)
874
Iceland
Become independent from the UK
1984
Brunei
Surpass 100 million in population
2016
Ethiopia
Officially execute a former leader
2006
Iraq
Be annexed
1990
East Germany
Abolish slavery
1981
Mauritania
Establish foreign relations
with the US
2015
Cuba
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level 82
Jan 13, 2017
I am somewhat surprised by the low percentage on "to be annexed". Must be a high percentage of facepalms going around.
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level 77
Jan 13, 2017
Well, technically, it is an annexion. Anyway, the spirit was to reunify a split country, not to conquer or subjugate.
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level 72
Jan 13, 2017
I had figured Kuwait, but that was a few months earlier in 1990
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level 72
Jan 14, 2017
The two countries were West Germany and East Germany beforehand, so how could either be "annexed" into the other? The Germans describe it as unification.
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level 69
Jan 14, 2017
Technically, the GDR ("East Germany") dissolved in five countries, who then joined the FRG ("West Germany"). It's really a little bit wierd to read it as an annexation.
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level 71
Jan 14, 2017
If we're going by the dictionary definition of "annex" (and if we're using the word, I don't see why we wouldn't), it means "to add (territory) to one's own territory by appropriation" (appropriation: the action of taking something for one's own use, typically without the owner's permission). I therefore don't see how "annex" fits here, since: (1) W. Germany did not *acquire* E. Germany "for its own use", as W. Germany ceased upon unification to exist, and the new country officially became just "Germany"; (2) The "without the the owner's permission" obviously does not apply, as the E. German parliament agreed wholeheartedly and participated fully. (3) It was completed via treaty. (I know some actual annexations had treaties were forced to be signed, but this one was obviously not done under duress).
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level ∞
Jan 14, 2017
I don't think that hostile intent is implied. For example, the incorporation of Texas into the United States is described as an annexation

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_annexation

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level 73
Jan 15, 2017
It was annexation in the sense that they didn't form a new country together. The Federal Republic of Germany, previously commonly known as West Germany, continued to exist in enlarged form with the same name, laws, constitution, EU membership etc, which were gradually applied also in the eastern part.
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level 60
Apr 28, 2017
How about "voluntarily merge into another country".
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level 75
Apr 28, 2017
Perhaps we're splitting hairs, but I grew up in (West) Germany and have never thought of it as, nor heard it describe as, an "annexation."
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level 60
Oct 28, 2017
And the Annexation of Hawaii... well that was sort of Hostile...
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level 65
Apr 20, 2018
I think the Mexicans might have regarded it as hostile.
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level 64
Apr 28, 2017
What Arp said. I never viewed it as an annexion, that's why I missed it. Definitely facepalmed.
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level 85
Jan 13, 2017
St Kitts and Nevis didn't become fully independent of the UK until 1983.
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level 56
Apr 28, 2017
And?
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level 47
Apr 28, 2017
An Brunei wasn't until 84' as stated is the quiz above
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level 48
Apr 28, 2017
Australia didn't become fully independent until 1986. Canada did not become fully independent until 1982.
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level 54
Apr 28, 2017
How do you figure?
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level 48
Apr 28, 2017
Australia signed the Australia Act in 1986 and Canada singed the Canada Act in 1982 which basically is a treaty that syas the Britain can longer rule them. If you look on their wikepedia page you can find something on the acts.
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level 59
Jan 13, 2017
Very nice idea! Keep these coming as a series!
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level 62
Jan 13, 2017
Mauritania still turns a blind eye to slavery. Wikipedia has an entire page just about it.
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level 70
Jan 13, 2017
I really like this quiz, but I think Brunei became independent from theUK in 1984, later than Zimbabwe
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level 62
Jan 13, 2017
According to this Wikipedia page, the last country to gain independence from the UK was Brunei, followed by St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize and by Vanuatu before you can get to Zimbabwe.
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level ∞
Jan 14, 2017
Fixed!
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level 48
Apr 28, 2017
If you scroll on farther down to the Dominions section is says the Australia became a fully independent country in 1986.
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level 48
Apr 28, 2017
Apprently so did New Zealand
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level 71
Jan 14, 2017
Is it required that the *entire* country on the receiving end be annexed? Because Ukraine…
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level 62
Jan 14, 2017
Apparently so
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level 56
Apr 28, 2017
Republic of Crimea
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level 70
Jan 14, 2017
Why not Montenegro as the last European country in the UN? Apparently they joined in 2006.
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level ∞
Jan 14, 2017
Whoops! Removed that question and added a different one.
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level 56
Feb 5, 2017
What is the definition of an annexation. Is Iraq on Kuwait not included
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level 59
Apr 28, 2017
You will note that Kuwait remains a separate country.
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level 52
Apr 28, 2017
Apparently the annexation of Kuwait happened a few months too early for it to be included in this quiz.
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level 79
Feb 20, 2017
Gadafi (sp?) was executed in Libya during the Arab Spring rebellions since Saddam Hussein was executed in Iraq. Though I guess it wasn't technically an execution because he was never put up for trial. He was hunted down and killed by a mob. Not sure if that is considered an execution or not.
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level ∞
Feb 21, 2017
I think you answered your own question!
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level 35
Apr 28, 2017
I only got 8 but tbh that's better than I thought. I accidentally got Iraq
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level 35
Apr 28, 2017
Roman Empire is not a "country"... Just saying...
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level 35
Apr 28, 2017
Palestinian Territories is not a country either...
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level 48
Apr 28, 2017
Well Palestine is a country to 136 countries.
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level 42
Apr 28, 2017
I agree, I even tried Italy...which is a country
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level 58
Apr 29, 2017
My first instinct, on seeing the instructions, was this quiz should be the yellow box format....having done it I can see why it is not. Tough. Nice one, well done.
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level 61
Apr 29, 2017
I'm surprised so many people remembered the Falklands War. I would've thought the answer was Ireland, for their conflict with Northern Ireland.
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level 53
May 1, 2017
We're famous for fighting those Brits for what's ours
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level 15
Dec 6, 2017
Can you please add Italy to Roman Empire? XD I kept saying "It's ITALY DANGIT!"
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level 59
Jan 16, 2018
Don't you mean 4 of these countries no longer exist. Palestine once existed...
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level 47
Apr 6, 2019
Palestine should've been accepted