Most Recent Country

Can you name the most recent country to do these things?
Three of these countries no longer exist!
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Last updated: March 15, 2020
First submittedJanuary 13, 2017
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Most recent country to …
Year
Country
Host the Winter Olympics
2018
South Korea
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
1990
East Germany
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
2019
Egypt
Officially execute a former leader
2006
Iraq
Abolish slavery
1981
Mauritania
Establish foreign relations
with the US
2015
Cuba
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Level 83
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 80
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 63
Apr 2, 2020
annexation*
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Level 73
Jan 13, 2017
I had figured Kuwait, but that was a few months earlier in 1990
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Level 74
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 72
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 65
Apr 2, 2020
Yeah, that seems like a bit of a stretch to me too. Bonn is not the capital of a Greater West Germany today. The two became one. I suppose one could argue that the political system of the west was maintained after unification, but that still seems to be stretching the definition.
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Level 72
Apr 2, 2020
The confusion about this topic likely stems from the fact that the two countries are colloquially known as "West" and "East" Germany internationally. Technically though, they were the Federal Republic and the Democratic Republic. Modern-day Germany retains the name Federal Republic, its Basic Law, and its political system. In the minds of Germans, it was a unification because the people were unified. But to quote Wikipedia: "The post-1990 united Germany is not a successor state, but an enlarged continuation of the former West Germany."
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Level 72
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 76
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 59
Apr 28, 2017
How about "voluntarily merge into another country".
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Level 76
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 61
Oct 28, 2017
And the Annexation of Hawaii... well that was sort of Hostile...
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Level 66
Apr 20, 2018
I think the Mexicans might have regarded it as hostile.
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Level 60
Apr 2, 2020
By the time Texas became part of the US, it was independent from Mexico, so Mexicans wouldn't have any standing to say something about it.
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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 63
Apr 2, 2020
I knew East Germany was unified with the West in 1990, but I wouldn't call it an 'annexation'. Also, 'West Germany' ceased to exist after the reunification.
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Level 71
Apr 2, 2020
Yes and no. In English, West Germany ceased to exist. In German, West Germany was the Federal Republic of Germany, or in German the Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Once East Germany became part of West Germany, the unified Germany was still the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland). The name in German stayed the same but the English shorthand changed.
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Level 52
Apr 2, 2020
Well the last annexion is Ukraine as a part of the country was annexed by Russia...
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Level 87
Jan 13, 2017
St Kitts and Nevis didn't become fully independent of the UK until 1983.
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Level 57
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 67
Apr 2, 2020
As stated at the moment yóu wrote it, which apparently wasn't the case before, if you look other comments below.
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Level 50
Apr 28, 2017
Australia didn't become fully independent until 1986. Canada did not become fully independent until 1982.
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Level 57
Apr 28, 2017
How do you figure?
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Level 50
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 60
Apr 2, 2020
That's more of a legal issue and not strictly an independence issue as stated in the question. Australia considered themselves independent when they adopted the Statute of Westminster in 1942 (backdated to 1931) which allowed legislative independence. The 1986 Australia Act merely prevented the UK from legislating on behalf of Australia (which they could only do at Australia's request anyway) and severed all ties between the two nations at a legal level (British precedent was for instance no longer binding). But to claim that Australia (or indeed Canada) was not independent until this point would be wrong since they were very much no longer a part of Britain. I guess the issue is whether the question is asking for complete independence or just independence. I would argue Australia and New Zealand still had some ties to Britain until 1986 but were 'independent' a lot earlier
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Level 62
Jan 13, 2017
Very nice idea! Keep these coming as a series!
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Level 64
Jan 13, 2017
Mauritania still turns a blind eye to slavery. Wikipedia has an entire page just about it.
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Level 73
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 64
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 50
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 50
Apr 28, 2017
Apprently so did New Zealand
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Level 72
Jan 14, 2017
Is it required that the *entire* country on the receiving end be annexed? Because Ukraine…
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Level 64
Jan 14, 2017
Apparently so
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Level 59
Apr 28, 2017
Republic of Crimea
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Level 71
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 59
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 87
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 67
Apr 2, 2020
Executed execution style?
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Level 37
Apr 28, 2017
I only got 8 but tbh that's better than I thought. I accidentally got Iraq
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Level 33
Apr 28, 2017
Roman Empire is not a "country"... Just saying...
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Level 33
Apr 28, 2017
Palestinian Territories is not a country either...
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Level 50
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 59
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 62
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 56
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 53
Apr 6, 2019
Palestine should've been accepted
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Level ∞
Mar 15, 2020
It is
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Level 50
Jan 21, 2020
Last country to be annexed is Western Sahara. They were annexed before they even got a chance to vote for their freedom. It is still illegally annexed by Morocco, and Morocco is profiting from resources that belong to the Sahrawis.
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Level 54
Apr 2, 2020
1. It was not independent. 2. Happened in the 70s and 80s, before Germany.
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Level 61
Apr 2, 2020
Great quiz. Why not make it a series?
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Level 43
Apr 2, 2020
Can you accept Germany for East Germany? I know they are not the same thing but I suppose a lot of people (like me) tried Germany for the last annexed one and thought it wasn't DDR
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Level 68
Apr 2, 2020
Germany was not annexed, the GDR (East Germany) was annexed.
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Level 67
Apr 2, 2020
Wow the percentages for syria and germany are extremely low, ridiculously so for germany.

great quiz btw more things on here that you "should" know (though I did badly) than on some other quizzes. (And sometimes things you learn at school, like the name if the brother of the nephew of a lieutenant in some war somewhere)

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Level 26
Apr 2, 2020
smh i didnt know about winter olympics
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Level 57
Apr 2, 2020
Great idea!
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Level 59
Apr 2, 2020
My first reaction, pre-taking it, was this should be yellow boxed. Then I did the quiz! Thank god it wasn't. PS Great quiz, thanks
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Level 50
Apr 2, 2020
Can you do the most recent country to join NATO? (North Macedonia; March 27, 2020)
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Level 59
Apr 2, 2020
It says "Most recent country to control the entire Mediterranean" as though other countries/empires controlled the entire Mediterranean.
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Level 49
Apr 2, 2020
I think it might perhaps be humour
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Level 59
Apr 2, 2020
I thought it was kinda funny, I just wasn't sure if that was the intent or not
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Level 47
Apr 12, 2020
Great quiz! I got a lot of these by guessing an answer to the wrong question.