Countries that Bordered the USSR

Name the countries that had a land border with the USSR post WWII.
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Last updated: December 10, 2019
First submittedFebruary 9, 2015
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Country
Afghanistan
China
Czechoslovakia
Finland
Hungary
Iran
Country
Mongolia
North Korea
Norway
Poland
Romania
Turkey
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Level 72
Dec 5, 2015
No idea if this make any sense, but would East Berlin count as USSR, creating a border with East Germany, and maybe West Germany?
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Level 72
Dec 5, 2015
There was just an occupation zone, but still capital of East Germany.
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Level 80
Dec 11, 2015
Ridiculous suggestion, unless you wish to claim the French, British and American sectors of West Berlin as parts of France, Britain and the USA.
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Level 33
Jan 23, 2019
Relax there, cowboy...
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Level 32
Jul 25, 2019
Kaliningrad is next to east germany so, not that ridiculous...
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Level 81
Jul 25, 2019
It was traditionally German, but the USSR took it for Russia and gave the surrounding area to Poland.
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Level 63
Mar 16, 2016
Almost forgot Norway due to its very tiny common border, but got it with 30 secs. to spare.
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Level 70
May 19, 2017
Still 10x the length of the North Korean border :)
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Level 47
Aug 22, 2020
and 1310x longer than the Zambia-Botswana border
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Level 48
Oct 20, 2017
Norway and USSR were (and Norway and Russia are) neighbors just because USSR stole Petsamo area from Finland in WW2.
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Level 81
Jul 25, 2019
Finland shouldn't have put the swastika on all their military stuff.
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Level 48
Jul 27, 2019
By that logic USA shouldn't have put the star on all their military stuff. French shouldn't have put the cockade on theirs etc.
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Level 47
Oct 26, 2019
Yeah, the swastika was used by Finland long before Hitler was even born, let alone when the 3rd Reich was born, That's like saying that because Communist China and the Soviet Union have (or had) stars on their flag, They are like the US or the other way around.
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Level 52
May 18, 2020
Wayyyyy before that, it was a Hindu symbol. Oh, why did Hitler have to bring a bad name to that...
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Level 57
Sep 21, 2020
Apparently it was bost of a broken cross or something. Nothing to do with the Buddhism thing.
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Level 80
Apr 29, 2016
What a lucky bunch of countries...
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Level 59
May 1, 2016
The bunch that was inside was even "luckier".
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Level 47
Jul 25, 2019
Considering most were puppets, they were probably forced to feel lucky
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Level 60
Jul 21, 2020
Luckier by far than Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, and pretty much every single central and south American country (with the notable exception of Cuba), along with countless other countries that were victims of brutal US foreign policy in the Cold War period alone.
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Level 80
Aug 20, 2020
I used to live in South Korea. They were quite happy to have had the help from the USA to maintain their independence. You think they would have been better off taken over by the Soviet-backed North? Really? You'd rather have been born in Afghanistan than in Seoul? My god you're a whacko. Iran was better off under the Shah than the Ayatollahs, too. I'm not arguing that the US is unimpeachable, but seriously, how out of touch and biased can a person get? Have you ever even been to any of these places and talked to them about how they feel about Russia and the Soviets? Your map shows you've been to Ukraine. Are your blinders that thick?
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Level 72
Aug 20, 2020
kalbahamut, you showed us here many times that your judgments about many countries are not realistic.
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Level 80
Aug 20, 2020
Thanks, Voda. So you're saying that Afghanistan is a nicer place to live than South Korea. Yeah you must know what you're talking about. Thanks for weighing in.
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Level 72
Aug 20, 2020
I am not saying that. I can not say opposite eather because I never visited those countries. There is a very big chance to meet many Afghani people who would say that their homeland is also their favourite place for living. I love Serbia and I do not care when you say that we are racist, like you did before, because I know that it is not the truth. This and many other examples are the main reason I do not believe people who say bad things about other countries and different ethnicities.
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Level 80
Aug 20, 2020
Okay well I didn't say anything about Serbia here. And though I don't recall the specific comment you are referencing, there are racist people everywhere, including Serbia. My negative opinion of Serbia has a lot to do with my negative experiences there and how I was treated, but I realize that's anecdotal evidence and not worth very much. I don't think that discredits anything I said above, or makes canadry's view any less biased or more credible.
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Level 44
May 1, 2016
Whenever the size of Russia impresses(or scares) you, remember that Soviet Union was 30% bigger.... :)
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Level 66
May 13, 2016
And the Russian Empire was even bigger than that
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Level 14
Jul 25, 2016
And the British Empire was even bigger :)
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Level 34
Aug 29, 2016
And the St Vincent and the Grenadines Empire was even bigger than that!
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Level 58
Sep 17, 2016
Don't forget the Tuvaluan Empire, that was 50 billion times larger than the puny British Empire!
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Level 70
Nov 18, 2016
And the Vatican beats the lot!
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Level 66
Jan 23, 2019
St Vincent and the Grenadines and Tuvalu (part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands) were part of the British Empire
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Level 49
Jun 10, 2019
Y’all can’t forget the biggest: SEALAND
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Level 50
Jul 25, 2019
JackintheBox, I don’t think many people care, as it’s this thing you would commonly call, a joke.
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Level 66
Dec 12, 2019
@ABritishCat I know. I was just stating a fact amongst a whole comment section of jokes. Another fact (again, many people wouldn't care, but a fact nevertheless) is that St Vincent and the Grenadines and Tuvalu are both Commonwealth realms, so they retain the British monarch as head of state.
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Level 52
May 18, 2020
How could you forget the Alien empire...
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Level 52
Aug 20, 2020
You've all forgotten about the EMPIRE OF ATLANTIUM!
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Level 80
Jan 22, 2019
what about Emperor Xenu's Galactic Empire?
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Level 30
Jan 22, 2019
What about the empire of my bedroom?
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Level 52
May 18, 2020
That must be remarkably small.
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Level 41
Jan 23, 2019
What is going on?
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Level 47
Oct 26, 2019
What's going on is the Empire of Jupiter has brainwashed the inhabitants of this Solar System that there are no aliens, every once and a while you come in contact and we have to start the process over again, ever wonder why your 2 puny world wars happened? that was you being discovered by Mars and Venus respectively.
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Level 42
May 1, 2016
I missed czechoslovakia... Tried slovakia many times hahaha didnt remember it was WWII naming
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Level 36
May 1, 2016
Thank you for 5 points!
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Level 63
May 1, 2016
Only now did I realize those monthly "happening" quizzes don't appear every calends! :P
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Level 65
May 16, 2016
Technically, all of the countries that formed the USSR (except Russia) bordered it as they declared their independence before the USSR was dissolved (26.12.1991). Even if you'd like to count only countries which independence USSR has officially recognised, it would still be three more than there are now in the answers: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been recognised as independent by the Soviet government on 06.09.1991
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Level 72
May 16, 2016
Interesting fact...
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Level 63
Aug 12, 2016
I guess post WWII means directly after.
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Level 36
Aug 20, 2020
but wouldnt north korea and eastern germany then also be counted as USSR territory?
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Level 66
Apr 3, 2018
Kazakhstan was the last country that left the USSR, even after Russia
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Level 52
May 18, 2020
Then the USSR must have been a significant lot smaller.
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Level 27
Jul 22, 2016
Almost forgot North Korea.
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Level 50
Aug 5, 2016
czechoslavakia didn't work. that's frustrating
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Level 72
Aug 5, 2016
Why CzechoslAvakia?
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Level 58
Apr 4, 2017
Oh yes, that lesser known country that borders the Czech Republic, Slavakia...
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Level 47
May 23, 2018
dont forget the Inited States of America XD
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Level 71
Jul 25, 2019
Two O’s, then two A’s.
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Level 43
Jan 3, 2017
Couldn't for the life of me figure out the spelling of Czechoslovakia with only 15 secs left...
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Level 52
May 18, 2020
First put Czech, then an o, then a Slovakia. Done!
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Level 64
Jan 11, 2017
there was not any official north korea before 1948 (3 years after ww2). so maybe accept both "north korea" and "korea" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Korea#Soviet_occupation_and_division_of_Korea_.281945.E2.80.9350.29
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Level 44
Jan 20, 2017
Kazakhstan?
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Level 58
Mar 14, 2017
Kazakhstan was one of the 15 republics that made up the USSR.
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Level 62
Aug 13, 2020
Those Soviets really needed their potassium...
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Level 81
Jul 21, 2018
How about Googlestan?
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Level 15
Aug 20, 2018
Lol .
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Level 47
Oct 26, 2019
Excuse me... did you just say Googlestan? we only allow Yahoostan and Bingastan on this site, it's not at all like I'm using the G word right now.
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Level 52
May 18, 2020
I think the Googlestan empire rules.
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Level 43
Feb 1, 2017
If this is post WW2, wouldn't North Korea just be Korea?
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Level 65
Feb 10, 2017
Because North Korea is best Korea
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Level 59
May 1, 2017
YES
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Level 15
Aug 20, 2018
Agreed
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Level 47
Oct 26, 2019
North Korea is only the Korea
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Level 52
Jul 26, 2019
i thought of this too
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Level 49
Mar 6, 2017
Is there another way to spell Czechoslavakia?
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Level 58
Mar 14, 2017
Yes, wrongly :-)
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Level 67
Apr 4, 2017
It's CzechoslOvakia, my brainless friend.
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Level 70
Apr 22, 2017
Unlike you ChaosLord, some of us are not perfect.
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Level 53
Dec 5, 2017
Well, we would expect him to be, he is a pretty high level, and has been taking these quizzes for a while.
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Level 71
Jul 25, 2019
Not sure how being one letter off in regards to a now nonexistent country completely discredits their intellect. Also, it is quite easy for someone to achieve a high level without knowing this spelling, as it only appears on a few general knowledge quizzes and USSR-related stuff.
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Level 52
May 18, 2020
First put a Czech, then an o, then a Slovakia.
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Level 27
Mar 29, 2017
Before World War 2 Japan took over the Korean peninsula and Manchuria, so wouldn't Japan be a option?
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Level 58
Apr 4, 2017
The instructions ask for those countries around after the war, not before, during, or imagined.
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Level 47
May 23, 2018
'imagined' you mean not official because it was an occupation
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Level 46
Jul 25, 2019
And the sharing of Sakhaline island... Was this after the war?
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Level 46
Jul 25, 2019
That's it! USSR attacked Japan AFTER WW2. Before that, they had a common border in Sakhaline.
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Level 52
Apr 22, 2017
I wonder how close Pakistan was to bordering the USSR.
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Level 60
Aug 1, 2017
I think it's about 20km, that's the narrowest bit of Afghanistan between Pakistan and Tajikistan.
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Level 33
May 10, 2017
I forgot about Czechoslovakia
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Level 40
May 26, 2017
12/12 with 2:14 remaining
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Level 70
Aug 24, 2017
*Guesses Czech Republic and Slovakia* Hmmm, I wonder what it could be? Not Yugoslavia, not India... Wait a minute, could it be Czechoslovakia? YES 100%
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Level 60
Nov 27, 2017
Korea and North Korea should be accepted as both bordered the USSR after WWII
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Level 59
May 23, 2018
Korea wasn't unified at any point after the Second World War. The Japanese empire conquered Korea and when the empire was dissolved Korea was split between the USA and the USSR. It is arguable that at this stage neither North not South Korea were really countries yet, but they were occupied by two different countries and were certainly not one country.
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Level 53
May 23, 2018
What about Tanna Tuva?
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Level 46
Mar 25, 2019
That was a state just before world war 2, this is after ww2
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Level 59
Dec 23, 2018
Dprk should be accepted for north korea
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Level 47
Oct 26, 2019
That's like saying Ukgbni for the United Kingdom, there is already a defining difference between the 2 Koreas as in North and South.
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Level 66
Dec 12, 2019
Ukgbni doesn't have to be accepted for the United Kingdom, as the first two letters are already accepted for it.
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Level 35
Jan 22, 2019
Could you put in the title post WWII didn't notice that thing until i finished it, confused me at the beginning why didn't it accept baltic nations and japan.
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Level 40
Jan 23, 2019
how did i forget about mongolia???
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Level 46
Mar 25, 2019
OH MY GOD WHY DID I FORGET CHINA AND MOMGOLIa
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Level 43
May 20, 2019
Forgets Mongolia and Finland after getting all the less obvious ones.
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Level 47
Oct 26, 2019
Well Finland and Mongolia were both part of the USSR at one point so maybe you just subconsciously thought of it as part of it already.
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Level 56
Apr 2, 2020
What?
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Level 56
Apr 21, 2020
No they weren't
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Level 52
May 18, 2020
Wasn't Finland part of the Russian Empire and Mongolia part of Qing Dynasty China?
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Level 58
Jul 25, 2019
0:45 left
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Level 52
Jul 26, 2019
As north korea was only officially formed in 1948, i think korea and even south korea are also good answers for that question, even though all the three are somewhat wrong
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Level 52
Jul 26, 2019
nice and interesting quiz by the way! :)
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Level 45
Aug 1, 2019
please allow Slovakia or Czechia or Czech Republic to count as Czechoslovakia
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Level 72
Aug 1, 2019
No.
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Level 66
Dec 12, 2019
Good.
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Level 61
Dec 12, 2019
Slovakia maybe, Czechia definitely not. But no, the USSR bordered a country called Czechoslovakia.
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Level 26
Oct 6, 2019
turkey???? if you see armenia, azerbaijan and georgia. Where is Turkey?
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Level 72
Oct 6, 2019
It is on the list.
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Level 52
May 18, 2020
Turkey bordered Armenia, which was part of the USSR with Georgia and Azerbaijan.
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Level 54
Nov 30, 2019
Does Japan count with Sakhalin Island?
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Level 72
Nov 30, 2019
No.
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Level 54
Apr 17, 2020
Gahhhh only missed Czechoslovakia, tried Czechia and Slovakia but totally forgot that they were the same country after WWII.
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Level 52
May 18, 2020
I wonder what would happen if the USSR won the Cold War. Would the USA break up into 50 states? Good thing that didn't happen, otherwise the Countries of the World Quiz would be much harder.
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Level 72
May 18, 2020
Nobody won the Cold War.
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Level 80
May 18, 2020
The Soviet Union disintegrated. The United States remained the world's only superpower. The US and its allies clearly won. Unless you are saying that the entire exercise was unproductive and wasteful which, if so, fair enough.
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Level 80
Aug 20, 2020
If the United States ever broke apart into different successor states I think it's more likely that many of them would form different clusters. I imagine independent states of... Hawaii, Alaska, Texas, California, and Florida. But after that probably New England that would include New York, a new Southern Confederacy, a mountain state centered around Denver or Salt Lake City, a Pacific Northwest state with a capital in Seattle, a midwest farm belt state, Chicago maybe as an independent city-state, and an Eastern seaboard state from Pennsylvania down to Northern Virginia and perhaps extending down the coast as far as Norfolk and Virginia Beach. That would be 12 new countries, not 50. West Virginia and some Native American reservations might declare sovereignty, as well. And maybe Vermont, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Guam, Las Vegas, and Disney World.
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Level 29
Aug 20, 2020
dang, bro... I put in Czechia and Slovakia but I forgot to combine them lmao. I forgot all about Czechoslovakia.
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Level 31
Sep 5, 2020
.. forgot Norway bordered Russia...