Gabon or Peru?

Do these clues refer to Gabon or Peru? There can be no "both"!

Sources: wiki & pedia
Quiz by AlexThirkell
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Last updated: August 21, 2021
First submittedSeptember 24, 2020
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1. Its capital is on the Atlantic coast
Gabon
Peru
Libreville is an Atlantic city, Lima is a Pacific city.
2. Its official name in English is "Republic of ___"
Gabon
Peru
Gabonese Republic (République gabonaise) vs. Republic of Peru ("República del Peru")
3. Its official language is Spanish
Gabon
Peru
Gabon: French; Peru: Spanish
4. It does not touch the equator
Gabon
Peru
Peru comes within 5km of the equator, but does not touch it.
5. It is in the southern half of its continent (South America vs. Africa)
Gabon
Peru
Taking measurements from the extreme north of Colombia to the extreme south of Chile, Peru is in the northern half of South America. In the same way, Tunisia - South Africa, Gabon is [just] entirely in the southern half.
6. It gained independence first
Gabon
Peru
Gabon: 1958; Peru: 1821 (Happy 200th Birthday Peru!)
7. It has more than 10x the population of the other
Gabon
Peru
Gabon: 2,119,275; Peru: 34,294,231; (2018 and 2021 estimates respectively)
8. It shares a currency with neighbouring countries
Gabon
Peru
Gabon uses the Central African Franc, along with Cameroon, C.A.R., Chad, R.O.C. and Equatorial Guinea.
9. It has had a citizen serve as UN Secretary General
Gabon
Peru
Peruvian Javier Pérez de Cuéllar served as UN Secretary General 1982-1991.
10. It has a higher GDP per capita
Gabon
Peru
Gabon: $18,647; Peru: $11,516
11. It has more forest coverage (% of area)
Gabon
Peru
Gabon: 89.3%; Peru: ≈60% (not easy to calculate, but pretty clear that Gabon is "ahead")
12. Its flag has horizontal stripes
Gabon
Peru
Gabon: horizontal green, yellow, blue stripes; Peru: vertical red and white stripes
13. It has a higher population density
Gabon
Peru
Gabon: 7.9/km squared; Peru: 23/km squared
14. Its exports are dominated by petroleum
Gabon
Peru
Peru's exports are dominated by metal ore, although petroleum is also a major part. Gabon's exports are massively dominated by petroleum.
15. Its capital city is closer to Tokyo
Gabon
Peru
The Pacific Ocean is an absolute monster!
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Level 68
Aug 21, 2021
Updated with explanations for each answer and 2:30 to ponder the questions.

Also clarified the continent question.

¡Feliz Bicentenario Perú!

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Level 51
Nov 26, 2020
lol
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Level 68
Jan 12, 2021
Thanks for your feedback, I'll take it as a compliment I suppose?
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Level 36
Feb 17, 2021
nice quiz
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Level 50
Mar 20, 2021
Great quiz! I don’t understand, why Peru and Gabon though? They seem so random.
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Level 68
Mar 26, 2021
Haha, well I started with Peru because I live there and my imagination isn't all that enormous, but Gabon? Hard to say, I wanted a country that was as different as possible without being ridiculously different, if that makes sense.
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Level 45
Mar 26, 2021
Nice quiz, love the randomness.
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Level 61
May 7, 2021
I mixed up horizontal and vertical *facepalm*
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Level 55
Jun 7, 2021
Cool quiz! Had no idea that Gabon is a petroleum-exporting country. Knowing that, the higher GDP also makes sense.
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Level 68
Jun 13, 2021
Certainly one of the lesser-known OPECs