The Only Asian Country ...

Given the statement, name the only Asian country which fits with the clue.
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Last updated: September 4, 2017
First submittedSeptember 2, 2017
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The only country that ...
Country
starts with the letter Y
Yemen
is majority Jewish
Israel
borders the Black and Mediterranean seas
Turkey
was attacked with nuclear weapons
Japan
has a GDP over $10 trillion
China
has over 50 million people living
on less than $2/day
India
had a population decline during the 1970s
Cambodia
has land on the Equator
Indonesia
has a population that is 30% nomadic
(or semi-nomadic)
Mongolia
has a capital city with an elevation
over 2500 meters
Bhutan
The only country that ...
Country
has a capital whose name starts with H
Vietnam
has the same name as a U.S. state
Georgia
is technically at war with its
southern neighbor
North Korea
is a theocracy
Iran
has Portuguese as an official language
East Timor
has more than one skyscraper per
ten square kilometers
Singapore
ends in the letter Q
Iraq
was named for a Spanish king
Philippines
lost its seat in the United Nations
Taiwan
was led by a one-eyed mullah
Afghanistan
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Level 57
Sep 6, 2017
"had a population decline during the 1970s" - I wouldn't phrase it like that, I was looking for something more economically related and, to be fair, it sounds a bit disrespectful. But great quiz anyway.
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Level 75
Sep 8, 2017
Why were you looking for something economically related and why do you think it sounds disrespectful?
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Level 72
Sep 10, 2017
I can empathize with "disrespectful" as I inferred "population decline" = "emigration" not "population decline" = "genocide"
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Level 71
Sep 16, 2017
I have to agree. It's like having your limbs amputated as the result of torture and calling it "weight loss".
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Level 79
Sep 17, 2017
No it's not a good comparison, especially in our context when it's all about facts and statistics, not euphemisms. Population decline often results from war, emigration for political, economic, refugee reasons, deportations, or mass killings. I just went through countries that had some bad stuff happen in 70s.
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Level 71
Oct 27, 2017
"Decline" implies that there was some sort of sloping curve on the population graph over a long period of time. What would be more accurate (by making clear this was not a gradual, natural occurrence) – as well as more sensitive – is to say "had a sudden population decrease", or, if that gives too much away, remove the "suddenly" and leave it as just "decrease". "Decrease" implies a broader sense of precipitating conditions – it *could* represent a slow decline, or it could denote something very sudden. Both words are *already* euphemistic, but "decline" almost sounds sarcastic, mocking – whereas "decrease" for some ineffable reason sounds more emotionally neutral to me. TL;DR ~ How about "sudden decrease", or even just "decrease", instead of "decline", because better feelings.
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Level 71
Jul 1, 2019
East Timor lost about as much of its population through the Indonesian invasion during the 1970s as Cambodia did because of the rule of Pol Pot. If you add the loss of life due to U.S. bombing, then Cambodia's relative losses are significantly greater.
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Level 39
Oct 22, 2017
I would say that Quizmaster is in the right.

Cambodia's population was declining in the 1970's, which means that the country had a population decline. It's really the shortest and easiest way to put it.

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Level 53
Oct 22, 2017
Plus you don't want to give too many clues
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Level 56
Aug 6, 2020
Nobody above said that it isn't right. They arw just saying that he didn't use the best words to desribe it.
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Level 60
Nov 2, 2020
I think you're being a bit over sensitive. The quizmaster stated a fact and didn't say anything offensive. How you choose to interpret that fact is not his responsibility. One can't allow their sense of logic to become hijacked by their emotions if they want to retain credibility. Tolerance is important but this culture of over sensitivity has gone too far.
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Level 46
Nov 2, 2020
Yeah man, this one's dark! I don't think it was necessarily meant to be disrespectful but it definitely sounds like an awful euphemism.
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Level 73
Sep 21, 2017
The nuclear weapons one took me an embarrassingly long time to get.
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Level 61
Oct 22, 2017
Is Iran the only theocracy? TBH I'd expect a bunch of GCC states to count too
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Level 71
Oct 22, 2017
Nope. They're all just regular monarchies. Their constitutions are based on Islamic texts but the men in charge are not Imams or Mulanas.
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Level 71
Oct 22, 2017
And by regular I mean absolute (most of them)
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Level 59
Oct 22, 2017
I thought Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan were theocracies.
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Level 82
Oct 22, 2017
They are not. Though the Saudi kings have always attempted to project an illusion of religious piety and from the beginning their alliance with the Salafist clerics of Diriya was important in consolidating their power, they are, as Hatem pointed out, kings not clerics.
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Level 50
Aug 24, 2020
Saudi Arabia is not a theocracy. We are not ruled by a religious figure
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Level 54
Nov 2, 2020
Is Iran a theocracy becasue it is ruled by the ayatollah?
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Level 71
Nov 2, 2020
Yes, that's by definition. Both SA and Iran have religious ideologies behind their rule, but purely by political definition, Iran is a constitutional theocracy while SA is an absolute monarchy.
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Level 68
Jan 27, 2018
There are '2' more,you could consider the IS to be a theocracy.

Also:the Vatican is a theocracy.

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Level 75
Feb 7, 2018
According to Wikipedia Iran and Vatican are the only 2 current Theocratic states. Which country in IS are you thinking of?

It must be a very strange continental divide for you to consider the Vatican to be in Asia, even by JetPunk standards

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Level 75
Mar 5, 2018
Ah, did you mean Islamic State? I thought you meant Indian Subcontinent...
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Level 68
Mar 14, 2018
Yea sorry,i guess we did not quite get each other on that one ^^.

Yes i meant the islamic state.

And about the Vatican,i just wanted to say tell him that the Vatican is also a theocracy.I did not mean to consider the Vatican as being in Asia wich is of course incorrect ^^

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Level 56
Aug 6, 2020
I'm fine with considering them a theocracy, I however have a "slight" issue with calling them a country. And you should too, I'm pretty sure that could be considered an actual crime in some places. I guess that depends on the opinion of the CIA agent who will read it. Hi, Garry.
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Level 47
Nov 2, 2020
took me a second to realize you meant the Islamic State and not The Vatican
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Level 26
Oct 22, 2017
Honestly, there are two mistakes, you should include Honiara, capital of Solomon islands. secondly , the elevation of Lapaz,Bolivia is also above 2500m so you should accept both the answers.
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Level 69
Oct 22, 2017
"Asian countries"
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Level 59
Oct 22, 2017
I was to ask the same. Sometime, somewhere I forgot it was only about asian countries (palmface).
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Level 58
Oct 22, 2017
Japan was attacked with atomic weapons not nuclear weapons.
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Level 82
Oct 22, 2017
what the heck are you talking about?
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Level 35
Oct 24, 2017
Mikepacca, atomic weapons are the exact same thing as nuclear weapons.
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Level 73
Jan 1, 2021
Japan was indeed attacked with atomic weapons.
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Level 67
Nov 2, 2020
Mike is just mistaken on the distinctions, that's all. Atomic bombs and hydrogen bombs are both nuclear weapons. No hydrogen bomb has ever been detonated in a war, though, thankfully.

Atomic bombs, of Hiroshima and Nagasaki infamy, just rely on nuclear fission - breaking apart of atoms - and are the first step on the way to hydrogen bombs. H-bombs are a combination of both fission and fusion and release many times more energy for much more explosive power. Both use nuclear reactions and both are classed as nuclear weapons.

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Level 65
Oct 22, 2017
Lebanon is also still technically at war with its southern neighbor Israel.
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Level 71
Oct 22, 2017
Russia and Japan also.
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Level 65
Oct 24, 2017
Japan is at war with its "western" neighbour.
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Level 49
Feb 4, 2018
and Saudi Arabia is actually at war with its southern neighbor Yemen . . but maybe not "technically"
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Level 65
Feb 16, 2020
Saudi Arabia was my first guess
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Level 46
Jan 28, 2018
quizzes like this make me feel dumb. I see all the answers i missed and face palm
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Level 43
Jul 1, 2019
What about Afghanistan and Pakistan? They are at war with each other.
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Level 51
Jan 16, 2020
Not sure if Afghanistan would be considered "south" of Pakistan. It's more west.
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Level 56
Aug 6, 2020
Frankly, it's more north, but your point stands.
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Level 47
Nov 2, 2020
Or maybe afghanistan could be considered north of Pakistan instead of vise versa, Mr. Bizzaros?
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Level 54
Apr 23, 2021
And they are not in war with each other
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Level 68
Jul 2, 2019
Maybe you should reduce the time. I missed both Cambodia and Afghanistan with 2:30 left and got them by guessing random Asian countries.

I think you could easily remove one minute.

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Level 66
Jul 11, 2019
Lebanon is also considered to be at war with it southern neighbour, Israel.
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Level 32
Jul 24, 2019
Quiz: Lost it’s seat in the 🇺🇳 U.N. Me: OHHHHHHHH (sry Taiwan) 😂 😂 😂
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Level 57
Jun 16, 2020
You should change Gassu69 to Gassu
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Level 62
Nov 2, 2020
Why?
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Level 60
Nov 2, 2020
Off topic but could you make a map quiz like you have with the world's largest deserts but for tropical rainforests?
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Level 22
Nov 2, 2020
I am impressed that so far, not one person has tried to argue that Israel and Turkey are in Europe.

And a 3....2....1....

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Level 22
Nov 2, 2020
I am impressed that so far, not one person has tried to argue that Israel and Turkey are in Europe.

And a 3....2....1....

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Level 53
Nov 29, 2020
I missed my own country
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Level 35
Feb 26, 2021
are u japanese
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Level 35
Feb 26, 2021
can you accept ''NK'' as a North Korea?
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Level 38
Mar 5, 2021
the only thing i could think of for the portuguese question was china because of macau, i had no idea they speak portuguese in east timor
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Level 70
Mar 12, 2021
This is why the official name is Timor-Leste. It was a colony till the mid-1970s.