All Modern-Day Countries Ever Controlled by Germanic People

Can you name the modern-day countries whose territory was fully or partially under the rule of Germanic people?
FYI: the English are a Germanic people
Also see pinned comment for more information
Thanks to Dekkie for help in making this map
Quiz by Iluvbread123
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Last updated: August 6, 2021
First submittedFebruary 12, 2021
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Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burundi
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
East Timor
Ecuador
Country
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Eswatini
Ethiopia
Federated States of Micronesia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kosovo
Kuwait
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
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Luxembourg
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Nigeria
North Macedonia
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Palestine
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Republic of the Congo
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Samoa
San Marino
São Tomé and Príncipe
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Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Spain
Sri Lanka
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Sudan
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Taiwan
Tanzania
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe
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Level 72
Aug 2, 2021

  • Trading posts are excluded for obvious reasons
  • Tributaries are included
  • The areas in dark gray are the Russian Empire, Vichy France, United States, spheres of influence in Siam and Qing China as well as the modern-day disputed regions of Kashmir (Siachen) and Palestine (West Bank and Gaza Strip)
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Level 59
Feb 12, 2021
Wow. All I can say. Wow. This should definitely be featured, you put in some good effort. Just one tiny error: can you correct the capitalization on the title? I thought this quiz was spam because of it until I clicked on it.
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Level 72
Feb 12, 2021
Thanks! I don't see anything wrong with the capitalization though, it seems grammatically correct in this context. What's the error there?
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Level 59
Feb 12, 2021
"ever controlled" should be converted to "Ever Controlled". That's all. Only don't capitalize words like the, of, by, and, with, & a.
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Level 72
Feb 12, 2021
Right I forgot to capitalize the adverb and verb, thanks!
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Level 72
Feb 12, 2021
I don't think it matters as much. You don't always say "The Americans" for instance
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Level 68
Mar 23, 2021
Yeah, but in this case it's a title so it should be capitalised.
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Level 22
Jun 21, 2021
When did Germanic people settle China?
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Level 72
Jun 28, 2021
Concessions and spheres of influence. As you may have known, late-Qing dynasty really was terrible at managing stuff
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Level 68
Aug 17, 2021
Hongkong and Weihaiwei (British) and Tsingtao (German)
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Level 68
Feb 12, 2021
Great addition to the series Bread!
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Level 72
Feb 12, 2021
Thanks :D
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Level 67
Feb 12, 2021
Great quiz Bread! There's so many small parts of countries that I didn't even notice until I zoomed in closer, those little buggers
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Level 72
Feb 12, 2021
Thanks! There's gotta be some challenging stuff in a quiz yk ;D.

Oh and I read burgers :hiding:

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Level 65
Feb 12, 2021
Imagine living in a place that was once Germanic, couldn't be me
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Level 72
Feb 12, 2021
The Brit homies never got Cali :pnsiv:
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Level 61
Sep 16, 2021
California is one of the worst states in the US, people there are an embarrassment to the world... I'm glad we didn't get it :)
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Level 51
Mar 19, 2021
What happened to China 😅
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Level 72
Mar 19, 2021
British and German spheres of influence, as well as concessions in Tianjin
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Level 52
Mar 22, 2021
Jeez, the Germanic people almost controlled part of nearly every country in the world... 😅 It makes other peoples seem very humiliating, and little compared to this one great map you made! Great Job On The Map!
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Level 52
Mar 22, 2021
Probably took SO much time.
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Level 52
Mar 22, 2021
Feature! Feature! Feature! Feature!

(I nominated)

Feature! Feature!...

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Level 68
Mar 31, 2021
Why is neither the Spanish Empire (ruled e.g. by the house of Habsburg) nor the Russian Empire (e.g. ruled by Germans until 1917) included? Also Bulgaria and Romania had German kings.
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Level 72
Mar 31, 2021
My bad I did not include them, I'll add them for the upcoming update
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Level 46
Apr 26, 2021
Technically, everything the USA ever controlled (such as Cuba and the entire Philippines) should be included.
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Level 52
Apr 26, 2021
Eh... Well, it says "Americans". And Cuba and the Philippines will be included, as part of Spain (lol).

P.S. Cuba became an American protectorate

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Level 72
Apr 26, 2021
Well yes but no? I didn't include them since USA is too diverse and has far too many non-Germanic people mixed in to be counted imo
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Level 82
Sep 7, 2021
Seems a little arbitrary since you're counting the English, presumably, as "Germanic" people and the United States started essentially as a collection of English colonies. They still speak the same language and have retained much of the same culture over the centuries... so... what exactly makes something Germanic anyway if not language and culture? England has got French, Latin, Norse, Celtic, and other bits mixed in with its "German"ness... it can't possibly be genetic heritage because that's the same sort of nonsensical belief that informs the pseudoscience of "race", which objectively does not exist in homo sapiens - we are all mixed.

Good work on the quiz all the same, just, seems like an arbitrary and confusing distinction.

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Level 82
Sep 7, 2021
Isn't Australia a pretty diverse multiethnic pluralistic culture now, too? As much as the US is?
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Level 62
Sep 9, 2021
It is a little bit arbitrary, and I can see an argument either way but I think it's fine the way it is. We can call English Germanic and American almost-but-not-quite-Germanic.

And I personally wouldn't include Australia now... but the quiz is "ever" and I'm fairly sure I would include Australia before 1900 when it was unambiguously part of the British Empire.

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Level 21
Sep 9, 2021
Yeah, Australia has a higher immigrant percent of population, so either both nations are included or excluded.
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Level 72
Sep 9, 2021
You may argue that it is a rather mixed language with words derived from many other languages with drastically different origins, and you would be right.

However, by standards, English is considered a Germanic language. I'm not a master of this subject but there are several articles you can find online explaining it.

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Level 72
Sep 9, 2021
Also, yes, Australia was included for being a part of the British Empire
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Level 56
Sep 12, 2021
I don’t think it makes much sense to include the Spanish Empire under the Hapsburgs but not America. The United States has been led by Germanic throughout its entire nationhood.
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Level 55
Apr 26, 2021
Another Spotlight, and well deserved. Did you select this one yourself?
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Level 72
Apr 26, 2021
I legit had no idea
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Level 64
Apr 26, 2021
A bigger part of russia should been included; Sweden controlled Karelia and Ingria before 1721.
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Level 72
Apr 29, 2021
I'll add that in the near future, thanks!
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Level 39
May 21, 2021
I finally found a quiz I want to nominate, good job!
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Level 72
May 21, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 56
May 27, 2021
We have to get this amazing creation featured. Great Job! :)
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Level 72
May 27, 2021
Thanks! Although I'm yet to update it
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Level 33
May 29, 2021
Great Job I like it!
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Level 72
May 30, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 49
Jun 23, 2021
a little overrated
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Level 64
Jun 23, 2021
Would it be possible to include the "show missing countries" feature, or does the fragmented nature of the map prevent that? I had to spend quite a bit of time hunting down the last few fragments. Either way, great quiz!
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Level 72
Jun 28, 2021
Thanks

It is possible to include that, but it would make the quiz a much easier version of the regular CotW, so I don't plan to add that, sorry for any inconveniences

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Level 67
Aug 2, 2021
Great quiz! I'm really curious about all of the land in South and Central America though. Is it because of Hapsburg Spain (more specifically the Iberian Union, since they also seem to have Portugal and a large chunk of Brazil)?
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Level 72
Aug 2, 2021
Correct, the Americas was mostly due to the Habsburgs
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Level 71
Aug 13, 2021
Read that as Hamburgers, somehow.
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Level 68
Aug 17, 2021
The Dutch ruled North East Brazil for a couple of decades in the 17th Century
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Level 39
Aug 2, 2021
101st nomination!
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Level 51
Aug 10, 2021
I might as well say congrats on the feature right now
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Level 72
Aug 15, 2021
You were wrong, but thanks anyway lol
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Level 58
Aug 14, 2021
The disinclusion of the Louisiana Purchase territory seems rather unfounded. The ethnic makeup of America had not radically diverged from the empire that begat it by the time of Jefferson, who himself viewed Hengist and Horsa as his role models.
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Level 55
Aug 14, 2021
It was still part of the United States and as clearly stated by the pinned comment, its territories are not included.
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Level 39
Aug 15, 2021
Why this quiz is not featured? It literally has 130 nominations.
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Level 72
Aug 15, 2021
It's sunday
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Level 56
Aug 16, 2021
After a long process, it is finally featured!
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Level 68
Aug 16, 2021
Shouldn't the USA be entirely green? Its rulers have ever been Germanic ever since (let it be the elected presidents or most of the powerful families). And as stated earlier, the (entire) Russian Empire has been ruled by many German Tsars.
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Level 72
Aug 16, 2021
Mixed races and assimilation is complicated, they're marked in dark gray for that purpose
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Level 56
Sep 12, 2021
Why is Spain (full of mixed race and non-Germanic people) included if it was ruled by Germanic Hapsburg monarchs, but not America led by Germanic presidents and a Germanic Congress?
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Level 80
Aug 16, 2021
So, all but 18 of them. This should be a "All Modern Countries Never Controlled by Germanic People" quiz. The problem with going the 178 route instead of the 18 – besides the length of time and that it's basically just the Countries of the World quiz – is that there's no option to highlight the missing countries, so you have to zoom hunt for the bits that are too small to see. The challenge isn't to know the names of all these countries, but to find the invisible bits to determine which of the 196 countries that you've memorized need to be typed in.
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Level 55
Aug 16, 2021
Go into one comment section without being a negative little child, I beg you.
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Level 80
Sep 9, 2021
I use constructive criticism to improve the quality of quizzes on this amazing site. What are you hoping to accomplish?
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Level 68
Sep 10, 2021
"I improve the site by complaining about quizzes that have no errors"

- sumguy, 2k21

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Level 56
Aug 16, 2021
Its a challenge too.
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Level 75
Aug 16, 2021
Great quiz! What about the British concession in Shanghai? Also could you make a circle for Hong Kong, because it's kinda hard to see, even when the map is zoomed in
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Level 72
Aug 17, 2021
I don't remember why I didn't put that, I'll add that when I get to update this. Thanks
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Level 59
Aug 17, 2021
congrats a new featured!
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Level 72
Aug 17, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 72
Aug 17, 2021
German Kamerun?
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Level 72
Aug 17, 2021
Oh dang, forgot about that

I'll add that the next time I update this

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Level 65
Aug 23, 2021
would it be at all possible to do a "show missing countries" button? I was missing 7 countries and had to go over each inch of the map twice to figure out which tiny pieces I was missing
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Level 72
Aug 26, 2021
Considered this long ago but sorry I won't. It sort of defeats the challenge
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Level 62
Sep 9, 2021
Rather than a show missing countries, would it then be possible to get circles or light-blue water for the micro-countries? I don't mind the challenge but it's a bit annoying trying to cross-reference the Caribbean or Morocco/Algeria/Azerbaijan, for example.
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Level 72
Sep 9, 2021
That sounds like a reasonable addition, but unfortunately I won't be updating this any time soon. Hopefully I'll remember to try that out next time

Thanks

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Level 50
Aug 24, 2021
Wow bread, you outdid yourself one this one. Congrats on the well deserved feature!
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Level 72
Aug 26, 2021
Thanks Skittles :D
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Level 58
Sep 9, 2021
Depending on the definition of "people" there could be even more countries:

-Russia was ruled by Catherine the Great was born in Stettin, Prussia. Her husband (and predecessor) Peter III of Russia was born in Prussia (Kiel) too and could hardly speak russian.

-Depend on how far you want to go back in time: There were Germanic Tribes in northern Africa around the year 500. Specially the Vandals come to my mind.

But to be fair this is just nitpicking and the quiz is amazing.

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Level 72
Sep 9, 2021
I sort of did forget about how Catherine the Great was a Prussian Princess as well as how Peter III could barely speak Russian. I actually learnt this specific bit of history in class a couple years back

I also did completely forget about Vandals in North Africa. I'll add that when I get to update this next. Thanks!

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Level 58
Sep 10, 2021
Thank you :) It will make this amazing quiz even better.
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Level 69
Sep 9, 2021
I would like to see a quiz with countries that were NOT controlled. Ever.
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Level 82
Sep 9, 2021
Penguinistan?
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Level 69
Sep 9, 2021
I got the list. All 18.
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Level 58
Sep 10, 2021
Nope. Norway, the UK and if you count them in New Zealand and Australia claim (and control) parts of Penguinistan.
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Level 72
Sep 9, 2021
scambigol actually made a quiz on that earlier this month
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Level 68
Sep 9, 2021
Great work on the map, but some tiny countries are impossible to see. :/
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Level 54
Sep 9, 2021
Fantastic quiz, really challenging. Lots of places that I never knew were under Germanic rule. Time to do some reading
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Level 43
Sep 9, 2021
1) Aren't Americans mostly german people? 2) Why there's small point on China, while irl there was huge amount of colonies of UK(Hong Kong) and Germany(Qingdao) 3) Russian Empire was ruled by Romanov's dynasty, who later became Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov, and they were more german than russian, if you check their family tree. So you should add all countries of Central Asia and some Russian territories in Caucasus, Mongolia, China and Japan.
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Level 72
Sep 9, 2021
1- Mixed race is complicated

2- There are multiple spots on the map if you look closely. It's just that I only highlighted Hankou (modern-day Wuhan) with a dot as I thought it'd be too small to be visible.

3- Didn't know the dynasty became a branch of a German royal house. I should probably add it

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Level 73
Sep 9, 2021
When was Iran controlled by a Germanic people?
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Level 72
Sep 9, 2021
It was under the British Empire
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Level 47
Sep 9, 2021
>wake up

>be germanic

>feels good man

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Level 49
Sep 9, 2021
When Germans controlled Americas,Pakistan,Afghanistan,Turkey?
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Level 58
Sep 9, 2021
I didn't think this was going to be much of a challenge until I realized it was actually going to be a treasure hunt for tiny bits of yellow. Nice job.
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Level 39
Sep 9, 2021
All of California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, parts of Utah, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma should be included. They became part of New Spain under the Trastamaras, and a Habsburg possession when the last queen of the dynasty (Joanna of Castile) died in 1555. Centuries later they were conquered by the US, whose politically dominant classes are predominantly Germanic (people whose ancestors were English, Scottish, Scandinavian, German, Dutch, Belgian, Austrian, Swiss, French [the Franks were from Scandinavia]). One could also argue the majority of the country was of Germanic origin at the time of the conquest (1846-1847).
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Level 55
Sep 10, 2021
Some things wrong here:

1. No, they never reached that territorial extent before the end of the Habsburg dynasty in 1700.

2. Washington was never under full Spanish control and only claimed as part of the Nootka Territory.

3. Scots and French people are not Germanic.

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Level 69
Sep 9, 2021
Good quiz, but I think Singapore should get a dot on the map
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Level 44
Sep 10, 2021
i got all in third try it is amazing
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Level 55
Sep 10, 2021
Not 100% sure, but didn't Nazi Germany control French colonies?
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Level 72
Sep 10, 2021
So it's "countries of the world" except sometimes you don't get to see the whole country, and also eighteen countries are missing. These "modern-day countries of X" quizzes get old really fast. They're all just different versions of regurgitating the 196 names. If you can do the "countries of the world without a map", every single one of these quizzes is redundant. Just type in the exact same things and get 100%.
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Level 55
Sep 11, 2021
I'm pretty sure you got your point across when you whined about these type of quizzes the first time around.
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Level 40
Sep 11, 2021
Wasn't Cameroon once a full German colony?
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Level 33
Sep 11, 2021
How ironic. 96 procent guessed Germany
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Level 34
Sep 11, 2021
It's funny because 90% of these were because of the UK and Germany 😂
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Level 51
Sep 16, 2021
Needs indicator for small nations