Former Country Flag-Shape Picture Quiz

Can you guess each former country based on a combination of its flag and shape?
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Last updated: January 24, 2021
First submittedSeptember 5, 2020
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Level 71
Sep 5, 2020
Beautiful quiz :D Nommed
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Level 51
Sep 10, 2020
Why did you decide have the Ottoman Empire at that size, instead of its largest extent?
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Level 73
Sep 11, 2020
I don't know.
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Level 49
Jan 24, 2021
Fair enough lol
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Level 51
Jan 26, 2021
Why is this so hilarious to me?
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Level 72
Feb 10, 2021
According to this video, the version of the Ottoman Empire on this quiz seems to be from the late 19th century to early 20th century? I'm not quite sure
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Level 73
Mar 16, 2021
:D
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Level 50
Oct 16, 2020
These aren't all former. Scotland is a country.
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Level 44
Nov 10, 2020
yes i was thinking exactly that
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Level 83
Jan 23, 2021
Tell me how that Scottish passport works again?
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Level 81
Jan 24, 2021
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom

Scotland really is a seperate country within the UK

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Level 55
Mar 16, 2021
wow, but they are not independent like they used to be several centuries ago
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Level 54
Mar 16, 2021
Give Nicola Sturgeon a few more months to get it done
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Level 55
Mar 16, 2021
That's if she's still in a job
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Level 78
Jan 24, 2021
It's a region called a country.
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Level 74
Jan 24, 2021
It's more like a country you're trying to turn into a region :)
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Level 49
Jan 24, 2021
England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland aren't technically countries (depsite the fact that every Englishman says England is a country, every Scotsman says Scotland is country, every Welshman says Wales is a country and every Northern Irishman says Northern Ireland is a country). England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do not have seperate seats at the UN for example we are all part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Please stop pretending that Scotland is being somehow victimised! Have a good day.
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Level 53
Mar 4, 2021
If you want to argue about that come to my debate page!
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Level 55
Mar 16, 2021
Not sure every Northern Irish person would say Northern Ireland is a country!
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Level 68
Mar 9, 2021
Scotland is not a sovereign country but a part of the United Kingdom.
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Level 27
Mar 16, 2021
It's a constituent country!
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Level 44
Mar 16, 2021
Scotland is the United Kingdom's equivalent of a US state. Or so I think
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Level 62
Mar 18, 2021
Planet Hollywood is a planet.
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Level 59
Jan 23, 2021
Congrats on the feature Kolji!
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Level 73
Jan 24, 2021
Thanks :)
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Level 59
Jan 23, 2021
Last one i thought that is Rio de la Plata
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Level 81
Jan 24, 2021
Please, more of this! This is great :)
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Level 67
Jan 24, 2021
Just one tiny detail: you emptied out all of Berlin from East Germany, but East Berlin should be part of it.
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Level 72
Jan 24, 2021
I don't really see Z***e fitting here. How is it different from adding Swaziland if eSwatini changed its flag? I mean, is there anything besides a name change?
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Level 80
Jan 24, 2021
It was a change of government: the fall of the dictatorship of Mobutu Sese Seko, and its replacement with a government led by Laurent Kabila.
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Level 78
Jan 24, 2021
Change of government, not a new country.
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Level 71
Mar 16, 2021
Not a new country. The borders remain exactly the same.
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Level 74
Jan 25, 2021
Meh, must be an inclusion thing.
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Level 62
Mar 18, 2021
I kinda agree. I did get it right, but it's not a different country, it's the same country under a new name and regime.
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Level 74
Jan 24, 2021
Really, really interesting and cool quiz! Maybe the yellow box would be appropriate here?
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Level 73
Jan 24, 2021
Thanks Jerry :) I agree, the yellow box would be appropriate.
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Level 57
Jan 25, 2021
Nice quiz! A quick question, what's the difference between Zaire and DRC? I thought that Zaire was renamed to DRC but here Zaire is shown as a former country.

(I am not pointing out that it should be changed but I genuinely want to know)

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Level 44
Mar 16, 2021
Zaire was under the leadership of Joseph Mobutu, also known as Mobutu Sese Seko, after a coup d'etat in 1965, and he sought to Africanize the country, forcing citizens to change their names to more traditional African names. So basically, Zaire was a dictatorship under Seko until it eventually fell in 1997 and renamed back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo#:~:text=Mobutu%20remained%20the%20head%20of,Democratic%20Republic%20of%20the%20Congo.

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Level 71
Mar 16, 2021
And it's still the same country.
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Level 80
Jan 25, 2021
It's just me, or that panhandle from the 5th map looks like a gun drawn and shot to the skies?
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Level 73
Feb 1, 2021
haha. fitting.
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Level 20
Jan 28, 2021
This is hard
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Level 67
Feb 2, 2021
Make this a series! This quiz was so much fun!
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Level 74
Feb 8, 2021
Great idea. Really enjoyed this one.
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Level 73
Mar 16, 2021
Some of these flags are really cool, especially Tibet. Most of the shapes I was familiar with, but there were a few I had to zoom in and look at more closely.
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Level 76
Mar 16, 2021
Wonderful idea. Thank you so much for making this quiz!
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Level 35
Mar 16, 2021
if you gonna have Scotland s a country, then you kinda need England and Wales
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Level 60
Mar 16, 2021
Fun quiz! I agree, though, that I wouldn't call Zaire a "former country." It just changed its name and flag. Burma, for example, isn't a "former country."
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Level 39
Mar 16, 2021
What exactly is the pattern of those stars on the Vermont flag?
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Level 35
Mar 16, 2021
Scotland is a country - one of four that makes up the United Kingdom/ Britain. The flag still exists and remains valid. Scots person here - don't want to get into a debate but it's very much a country in its own right. As are our neighbours, England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
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Level 39
Mar 17, 2021
I'm Scottish, and I consider the UK to be the country, not Scotland.

If an eastern Moldovan insisted that their country was "Transnistria", would we respect that in the same way? Or Chechnya, etc.

Having said that, we can use the term "country" a bit loosely, so there doesn't need to be a big debate about it.

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Level 62
Mar 18, 2021
I would really like to know who it is that keeps insisting that "Scotland is a country". I suspect that it's not Scottish people, who very likely know better than that. Maybe disgruntled Brits who fear for the future of the United Kingdom? Or just assorted nit-pickers from around the world who happen to all be wrong?
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Level 70
Mar 16, 2021
Neither Vermont nor Texas were actual, undisputed, countries.
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Level 71
Mar 16, 2021
If there is a requirement to be undisputed, then Israel isn't a country. Texas should definitely qualify. It had control of its territory, foreign relations with several large states, and was recognized as an independent nation by a few major powers.

Vermont is trickier, but I would still say they qualify as independent as they were definitely a sovereign state, and they had full control of their territory.

What I will say is that I think Texas's borders should be reduced to what they actually controlled, which was a much smaller part entirely within Texas's modern borders.

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Level 57
Mar 16, 2021
Couldn't agree more.
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Level 70
Mar 18, 2021
One could argue that a country is actual when it’s recognized by the one that’s ceding the territory. Israel’s territory was ceded by UK, who had the mandate of Palestine, and that’s why Israel has a seat at the United Nations. Mexico didn’t recognize the Republic of Texas, the territory was transfered to USA after the Mexican-American war.

I think that Texas was a “country” for 10 years during the 19th century as much as Crimea was a “country” for a couple of days in 2014: both had control of its territories and were recognized by a major power. But the end-game for both so-called republics was to be annexed by the big neighbor next door.

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Level 62
Mar 26, 2021
I think it's a bit more complex than just saying that if the country ceding the territory doesn't recognize it then it's not a country. For example Japan ceded the territory that is now North Korea after WW2 and it currently doesn't recognize North Korea. Not only that but it is likely that at some point in the future North Korea will no longer continue to exist. Despite that I think we can all agree that North Korea is, unfortunately for everyone but the Kims, an independent country.
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Level 57
Mar 16, 2021
This title shows just how far Jetpunk has gone.
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Level 51
Mar 16, 2021
Why would you include Scotland as a "former country"? It is a country.
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Level 62
Mar 18, 2021
It's a "country of the UK", which is not a country in the internationally accepted sense of the word which is oh! so clearly! used in this quiz. The word "country" translates to "Land" in German - would you argue that Bavaria and the Saarland are countries? Is "Flavour Country" a country ? Is "Country Kitchen Buffet"?
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Level 50
Mar 16, 2021
Zaire was just renamed from and later back to DRC, it wasn't a different country
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Level 55
Mar 18, 2021
excellent quiz thanks
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Level 30
Mar 21, 2021
please accept ''USSR'' for Soviet Union
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Level 44
Apr 2, 2021
It does