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Least Peaceful Countries

Name the least peaceful countries according to the Global Peace Index, a conglomeration of statistics regarding conflicts, crime, military spending, and human rights.
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level 65
Oct 10, 2015
I think it's laughable that the US is not number one on the list. They are always at war with somebody.
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level ∞
Oct 11, 2015
If anything, this index does not give America nearly enough credit.
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level 19
Feb 20, 2016
America's not that bad
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level 65
Nov 28, 2017
The idea that Sierra Leone is more peaceful than the US is hilarious.
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level 35
Nov 30, 2017
We are always either attacking or threatening someone. Trump is planning war with N.K. as I write this--people in the admin are either scared to death an incompetent moron is looking for an excuse to go to war to shield him from Mueller/impeachment or that we will fall into WW3 because N.K. accidentally hits someone and China, Russia have to protect them just as we must protect S.K, Japan, Guam.... Hardest thing for advisers now is to make an idiot comprehend Iran has double to triple Saddam's forces and hundreds of thousands of South Koreans/Americans would die the 1st few hours of war with N.K.
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level 36
Oct 14, 2015
Have to love politics and the trendiness to continually look for ways to trash the US.
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level 28
Oct 14, 2015
Are you debating his point? Or are you simply being bitter because he stated the obvious?
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level 22
Nov 28, 2017
agreed ^_^
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level 71
Nov 30, 2017
Pizza: sounds like you are bitter because Roth is stating the obvious.
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level 67
Oct 14, 2015
It's easy to disregard your comment when you call the United States "they".
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level 25
Oct 16, 2015
Rekt.
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level 29
Nov 29, 2017
What do you mean
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level 66
Oct 14, 2015
I think this list was compiled with more weight to conflict that actually takes place within a country's borders. Which hasn't taken place in the US since the 19th century.
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level 56
Oct 14, 2015
USA is only involved in wars abroad but it's pretty peaceful domestically.
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level 45
Oct 14, 2015
The notion that the USA is a peaceful domestic country is laughable. Highest incarceration rate in the world, rampant police brutality, constant mass shootings and gun violence, the list goes on and on.
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level 51
Oct 15, 2015
I think this just goes to show you how much worse it really could be. Of course, there are unchecked gun violence and aggressive hate groups in the United States, but at least there aren't political decapitations or female genital mutilations like in too many other countries.
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level 67
Oct 15, 2015
Mass shootings are terrible and the US does have the highest incarceration rate of any country - unfortunately that rate is driven largely by non-violent crime and the mass shootings obscure the fact that overall this is the most peaceful era in US history :/ These facts make it hard to create momentum for gun control because there are just as many "studies" showing more guns reduce crime as there are that show guns encourage crime. The truth is that per capita crime in general has decreased, irrespective of the scarcity or proliferation of firearms.
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level 34
Nov 28, 2017
@kestrana yes it does have the highest incarceration rate in the world and also in the history of the world.
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level 35
Nov 30, 2017
We just fight the wars abroad. Think of the ridiculous Drug War that has destroyed life in much of Mexico--we use the drugs, criminali8ze them, manufacture and sell the guns and force other countries to fight a war against their own citizens who can't resist the rich rewards of crime. We invaded Iraq for no reason except a psycho evil VP who envisioned getting his hands on the oil, and building a pipeline to Aghanistan's oil, as well, and now the entire area destabilized, Europe is deep in refugees who create poverty, and ISIS was created, and has gone worldwide with its terrorism. All the while we get a total narcissist jerk appointed President by an archaic system and total idiots who voted their hatred, ignorance and prejudice who constantly attacks Muslims around the world for the tumult. We couldn't do "better" if we tried.
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level 58
Oct 14, 2015
It's because within US borders it's pretty peaceful. Besides, we only start wars in the Middle East for o̶i̶l̶ w̶o̶r̶l̶d̶ ̶d̶o̶m̶i̶n̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ t̶e̶h̶ ̶l̶o̶l̶z̶ DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM!
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level 55
Feb 12, 2016
We don't care for human rights hope to make their lives better than under their rulers and want to bankrupt them and pull all their oil out want to help them get rich by taking their oil kindly and peacefully.
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level 57
Nov 28, 2017
You're both morons. The US is the world's third-largest oil producer and will be completely energy independent within the next 10-15 years. Try again. With your brains this time.
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level 71
Oct 16, 2015
The entire world right now is benefiting from the lasting relative peace of the Pax Americana, and the United States is pretty close to perfectly safe. But hatas gon hate.
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level 67
Nov 28, 2017
No they aren't, I understand your impulse to defend America against the ridiculous attacks from people on here, but take the rose tinted specs off chap.
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level 42
Nov 28, 2017
USA might be close to pretty perfect (I hope it is), but the world hasn't benefited a iota from USA (or any other power... Russia or China for that matter) military overseas.
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level ∞
Nov 28, 2017
The world benefited massively from US troops overseas during WWII and its aftermath. Keep in mind, that after WWII, people weren't especially keen to encourage Germany and Japan to develop their militaries. Those countries essentially outsourced their defense to the United States, with the added benefit of getting it practically for free. But that's practically ancient history at this point. The time has come, in my opinion, to withdraw U.S. troops from overseas and let other countries fend for themselves. It's obvious that people in other countries resent the United States, and so why are we spending massive amounts of money to maintain an overseas presence?
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level 35
Nov 30, 2017
Quizmaster, we maintain the system the way it is because of the massive military industrial complex. It's extremely expensive for all the aerospace companies and their suppliers to stay on an active footing, and we cannot consume enough of what they make ourselves. We need allies buying stuff--but they got smart and only buy the 1st few, then want to make the rest at home with their own suppliers. Even Saudi Arabia! It cost $25k to hire a new employee and train them back in 1980--they cannot lay them off and rehire them. We need to think smarter, buy smarter, and forget old-fashioned ideas of war. We spend as much as the next 7 countries, but the 70-year-old people that run the country want a WWII military, more nukes, and campaign donations--and the rich want dividends. A mess being pulled in 10 directions at once.
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level 71
Nov 30, 2017
Don't know why all the comments were deleted here. Nafe, you're a dunderheaded rapscallion.

QuizMaster: that's not exactly what the Pax Americana is about. In short, America achieved such militaristic (and economic, and cultural, and technological) hegemony after the end of World War 2 that to maintain the status quo became in the best interests of the USA. The best interests of the US became intertwined with the goal of maintaining global stability. Peace and prosperity enhanced this stability, and so the US has actively promoted these things. And after the fall of the Soviet Union there was nobody left that had anywhere close to the resources to challenge the United States. The largest and bloodiest conflicts are those fought between roughly equal powers engaged in total war. When there exists a power so great that nobody could hope to challenge it, this precludes such conflicts breaking out, drastically limiting the scale and scope of war.
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level 71
Nov 30, 2017
mother forker... one thing I HATE about this site.. if you submit a comment and it doesn't take immediately you are stuck on a page with an endlessly circling dot saying "comment saving" and there is no way to retrieve the comment. Incredibly frustrating when you have a poor Internet connection.

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I wrote a more eloquent conclusion before complete with examples and such. Too lazy to try and recreate it. When one big power holds sway over a large area this is good for peace, arts, culture, trade, travel, commerce. Everyone benefits. Pax Romana. Pax Mongolica. Pax Brittanica. These are well known and understood things amongst historians. Only the ignorant and bigoted dismiss this out of hand as was done above.
And anyway... the reason the US spends so much to help the rest of the world prosper and remain peaceful is because this helps the US. Like I said. Everyone benefits. The current president doesn't understand this. But he's a moron.
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level 52
May 19, 2016
Wars aren't fought on its territory though.
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level 40
Nov 28, 2017
Laughable??? - It's incredible!!! - The USA has contributed to (if not actually instigated) unrest in at least 1/4th of these countries. I'm all for patriotism, but let's get real!
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level 71
Nov 28, 2017
diva, *you* are laughable. And I am all AGAINST patriotism... just against bigotry (which is often caused by patriotism) and in favor of reality. The US agenda is to suppress and contain conflict not instigate it.
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level 48
Nov 28, 2017
Not that bad, truly. After all, USA has only been at war for 222 of its 239 years of existence.
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level 54
Nov 28, 2017
People love to hate the US.
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level 55
Nov 28, 2017
This is a pretty ignorant comment generally, but it's worth pointing out in any case that the U.S. is a lot safer than most (probably all, but I'm hedging) of the countries on this list, and that it's actual on-the-ground conflict in most places is less than most people think. Obama scaled back the U.S. military presence overseas considerably, and Trump has been too busy tweeting to ramp it back up. It's also worth noting that, while some of the U.S.'s international intervention certainly qualifies as unjustified meddling or worse, it focuses its activities in countries where violent regimes and human rights abuses are rampant. I'm not sure the U.S. presence in Iraq, for example, is escalating the violence there. It's just making it more likely that the casualties will belong to ISIS rather than Iraq. I don't know whether the peace index considers that, but I think it's relevant.
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level 56
Nov 28, 2017
In the 2017 version the US can be found between El Salvador and Rwanda in the 113-115 range, out of the 164 countries ranked. The criteria are listed on the linked page. Up to anyone to draw their own conclusions or find better (sub) criteria and creat another quiz. :)
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level 49
Nov 28, 2017
That's because this quiz refers to lack of peace within the country.
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level 71
Oct 14, 2015
Trying to make sense of the peace index is not really possible as they throw together a bunch of statistics that don't have a whole lot to do with each other. Anyone trying to think of "peaceful" in a coherent way is going to look at the ranking and find at least a few things that seem nonsensical.
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level 42
Nov 28, 2017
My concern is mostly with what to think about "peace". It seems insurgency/civil war/political violence has more weight than crime (gangs, drug dealers, etc), though they dont make it clear.
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level 71
Nov 30, 2017
click through to the source and they go over exactly how the score is calculated point by point.
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level 54
Oct 14, 2015
USA should be on here. They are involved in pretty much every war.
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level 72
Oct 14, 2016
Just seems that way to you.
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level 71
Nov 28, 2017
and you're even more ridiculous than diva. But "involvement" in wars (usually in efforts to broker peace, contain damage, get aid to civilians- which, yes, the US usually does do) is not part of the criteria used for the index.
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level 48
Dec 1, 2017
Rose tinted glasses, indeed.
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level 71
Dec 1, 2017
I am the most devoted realist on this site. I have no glasses on, of any hue.
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level 43
Oct 14, 2015
Don't care still packing up and moving to Mexico :)
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level 52
Oct 14, 2015
Surprised Israel not higher
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level 58
Oct 14, 2015
I'm pretty sure they don't include the Palestinian territories in the statistics for Israel, so all the violence that takes place within the official borders of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are not included. I don't know about the Golan Heights, though.
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level 58
Oct 14, 2015
Also the recent violence in Jerusalem is not part of this data set.
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level 38
Oct 16, 2015
I lived in Israel for a year, and it is actually quite peaceful. For example, you could walk somewhere at night without fear of being assaulted, which is not possible in Brazil.
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level 20
Oct 31, 2015
What you mean is there are relatively peaceful parts which you can live in if you are rich and/or not muslim
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level 71
Nov 28, 2017
I met plenty of poor Muslims living in peaceful areas of Israel who were happy to be there.
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level 71
Nov 28, 2017
I'm surprised it's so high and assume they must include at least part of the Palestinian territories or else the country's inclusion doesn't make sense at all.
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level 36
Oct 14, 2015
got all of them on my first try with 2 seconds left
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level 19
Feb 20, 2016
Hard to believe
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level 57
Oct 14, 2015
USA although involved in every conflict probably doesnt have stuff blowing up in their streets and have their schools and hospitals bombed.
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level 28
Oct 14, 2015
Where are the USA? It's the common denominator between at least 15 countries on the list..
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level 52
Oct 14, 2015
What about the 20 most peaceful countries? That would be an interesting quiz as well.
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level 58
Oct 14, 2015
Check it out here. I made this one too but it would seem that people are more intrigued by violence than peace.
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level 34
Oct 14, 2015
USA is missing!
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level 72
Nov 28, 2017
Is it supposed to be?
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level 65
Oct 14, 2015
Clearly a "mixing apples and oranges," neither defined. For example, If a high rate of murder were a major factor, I would expect to see Venezuela and Honduras included. The human rights factor is critically important (I assume how North Korea earned its spot), but again not defined. The status of women is clearly a major human rights issue apparently not considered.
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level 60
Oct 14, 2015
Any guesses as to why the C.A.R. is so low compared to everything else?
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level 44
Oct 14, 2015
I was wondering that too, it always seems to be in the news for some reason or another, maybe people don't realise it's a country and they think they're just talking about central Africa in general?
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level 71
Nov 28, 2017
the criteria is detailed on the Wiki page. There are a large number of different metrics used.
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level 52
Oct 14, 2015
throught somalia wouldve been higher
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level 52
Oct 14, 2015
what about georgia? two separatist states there of abkhazia and south ossetia fighting for independece
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level 50
Oct 14, 2015
I got all of them..except Afghanistan..
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level 48
Oct 15, 2015
Scary North Korea is only tenth, especially after tht movie came out
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level 52
Oct 16, 2015
Can't believe USA isn't there, the combination of all the countries on Earth couldn't match their military spending.
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level 72
Oct 31, 2016
Military spending is not the criteria. It's all right there in the quiz notes.
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level 52
Dec 1, 2017
"Name the least peaceful countries according to the Global Peace Index, a conglomeration of statistics regarding conflicts, crime, military spending, and human rights." Lots of conflicts, most criminals, biggest military spending and not doing great on human rights. Yet it isn't on the list somehow.
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level 77
Dec 2, 2015
Colombia surprises me a bit. I suppose because of Anthony Bourdain's show visiting Colombia and claiming it's more peaceful there now.
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level 58
Jan 22, 2016
Kind of like how he portrayed China as an affluent capitalist country with all the civil liberties of the West. He gave the benefit of the doubt to his 24/7 government "tour guide" a little too much.
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level 19
Feb 20, 2016
Only 69% got North Korea? WOW!
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level 58
Jun 21, 2016
I'm fairly sure a lot of people press "give up" as soon as they click on quizzes. I guess some people want to see the answers and then take it again to get all the points. That seems like it ruins the entire format of this website or at least takes away all the fun. Besides, if it's information you want I link the source in the description. As we all know, everyone on the internet always reads descriptions.
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level 76
Nov 1, 2016
I'm pretty sure, based on testing my own quizzes, that a 0 score quiz isn't factored into the result percentages.
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level 71
Nov 1, 2016
I don't know about anyone else, but when I visualise a world map, the Koreas always seem to be in my blind spot. I quite often forget them.
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level 35
Nov 30, 2017
I suggest you watch the fascinating documentaries on youtube about North Korea! You won't forget the images. From amateur videos tourists film to VICE News & the BBC (a bit of Lisa Ling and her sister, doctors doing eye surgery, but very little else American). So we get a great idea of the country from Canadians, Europeans. (The movie Sony made about assassinating Kim was so on point with its scenery, sets, etc--I forgot they couldn't shoot there....) There are also interviews with escapees from the North. The amateur videos were shot on tours that really show Pyongyang, the empty stores/restaurantas, the farms of oxen instead of tractors, the people desperate to please their leader, and most of all, the sweet endearing nature of the people who have grown up isolated from the modern world, greed, etc. They have 2 opposite images of Americans--the devils Kim says want to destroy them, and the people they desperately want to know--they are so friendly, curious, innocent.
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level 71
Aug 13, 2017
I missed them the last time I took the quiz. Let's see.. they're not involved in any ongoing wars and haven't been since the 1950s. I imagine that crime statistics are impossible to find but probably also pretty damn low as it is a police state. But the absence of South Africa, Brazil, Guatemala, etc. led me to believe that crime wasn't a significant factor anyway. Military spending: well... as an absolute amount it's not that high, but if that was such a big factor then the USA and China would make the list; on the other hand, as a % of GDP North Korea's is highest, but Eritrea I think is #2 and they don't make the list, and neither do Saudi Arabia, the UAE, or other big spenders as a GDP %, so I gave up guessing countries based on military spending.

I guess that leaves human rights and they probably lead that list, that must be what put them over the finish line. But I didn't think of it. Was mostly just guessing countries with ongoing internal conflicts.
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level 37
Jul 19, 2016
Surprised to see Colombia
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level 67
Sep 5, 2016
Hopefully with the new peace treaty with the FARC it will drop off the list.
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level 44
Oct 13, 2016
How is USA not on this list!? Blew me away...
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level 72
Oct 31, 2016
You could have either read the quiz description, or read any of the comments to get your answer, but you clearly did neither of those.
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level 34
Oct 13, 2016
I missed DR Congo and Somalia. :(
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level 34
Nov 18, 2016
wtf this list is incredibly wrong. i dont blame the quizmaker, i just dont believe the sourced statistics. A country like Liberia or Sierra Leone...or any other country in Africa, would be far far far faaaaar less peaceful than Russia!
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level 58
Dec 30, 2016
The source is extremely buggy, especially about USA. Can not believe that the table (see at the end of the wikipedia article) was never reviewed. And I am not talking about controverse content like "CONF" (conflicts involved). I am talking about indices like "JAIL" (USA has the highest jail rate in the world but got the best an not the worst score in this index) or "HEWE" (nuclear and heavy weapons potential). While all nuclear powers (and Benin???) got the worst possible score of 5, USA got a 1.09. Are these number just extrem numeric blunders or is it a work of corruption in order to keep USA away from the last places in this list?
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Dec 30, 2016
Interesting. Worth investigating the next time that the quiz is updated. On the other hand it would seem extremely biased to think that the United States is one of the least peaceful countries in the world comparable to Syria or Afghanistan. And, of course, from a historical perspective, the United States is by far the most peaceful superpower that has ever existed.
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level 67
Apr 2, 2017
So you think the United States would be less peaceful than any of those on the list? If you are American then you would know that life in general is very peaceful. If you are not American then you are believing the press that likes to play up the violence by the few. So the country has a high percentage of people in jail/prison -- most of those are not violent offenders.
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level 58
Apr 20, 2017
First, I want to apologise, "last place" was of course overshooting. Second, my claims have been perfectly right. However, it was a bug on wikipedia (apparently Benin and USA were switched, a mistake which was beneficial for USA bu the way ;-) ) and not in the original source. Wikipedia has corrected this mistake but therefore India is now prominently "the most peaceful country" as it is switched with Iceland...so what have we learned? Double-check the intentional or non-intentional "bugs" on wikipedia...
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level 58
Apr 20, 2017
To the second comment: All I wanted to say is that the data base is (apparently) unequivocally wrong. More controversially, I would argue that it is anyway nonsense to combine parameters like "nuclear weapons capacity" with "internal conflicts". What do you want to say with such an index? You gave me a nice example: If you ask me whether USA or Russia is a bigger threat for the global peace, I (as a European) would answer USA in particular with the new commander-in-chief. If you ask me where life is saver (or "more peaceful") it is obviously the USA.
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level 71
Aug 13, 2017
Maybe you get points for the number of people in jail... if you incarcerate 100% of your citizens then there would be nobody left to commit crimes and you get a perfect score.
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level 48
Apr 17, 2017
How could Mexico possibly not be on here? The war between the government and the cartels has killed around 150,000 people so far, I believe, making it one of the largest current ongoing conflicts.
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level 48
Nov 28, 2017
While I agree that Mexico's conflict is a very considerable one, looking at the index, to me at least, suggests that you are really in trouble if you are run by terrorists, and for the Middle East/Africa, there are a good number jihadist groups running those places.
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level 52
Aug 12, 2017
Surprised that Mali, Mexico, and Egypt aren't here....
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level 75
Aug 13, 2017
Burundi in 2017 is totally unsafe, crime-ridden and has a partly illegitimate government. The northeast half of Mali is infested with jihadis and is out of the govts control. They're worse than at least a few on this list.
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level 38
Aug 13, 2017
there are 78 coments, and it came out yesterday....
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level 58
Aug 13, 2017
Some of those comments are older than that. A big mystery! ;-)
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level 10
Aug 13, 2017
This quiz is stupid
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level 71
Nov 28, 2017
not as bad as most of these comments
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level 72
Nov 28, 2017
If this is for 2017, I am surprised not to see Myanmar on the list.
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level 46
Nov 28, 2017
Can anyone inform me as to why South Sudan is so unsafe? Don't hear about South Sudan violence much.
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level 71
Nov 28, 2017
ongoing conflict with North Sudan I'm guessing
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level 29
Nov 29, 2017
North Sudan?
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level 71
Nov 30, 2017
yes. Of the two Sudans, the one that is farther North. Also known as Sudan. But North Korea and South Korea aren't official names, either, so what's your problem with me calling it North Sudan to differentiate from the subject of the comment which was South Sudan? So many people on this site lately seem to be deliberately obtuse.
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level 57
Nov 28, 2017
Possibly the ethnic conflicts/civil war since it gained independence.
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Dec 7, 2017
It makes me so sad that so little people know of the struggles the throusands of displaced young persons went through due to the terror that haunted sudan. Many boys were displaced from their homes at ages younger than 13 where thier parents were brutally killed and they were forced to flee and trek through african forests encountering dangers such as wild animals and facing severe starvation and dehydration. Few finally reached a refugee camp in kenya and other surrounding african countries where yet again they had to come face to face with more problems, living a life feeling worthless and alone. Just when they strated to find a makeshift family in the camp, many were sent to america to find a new life where they struggled with identification and tradition and continue to struggle forming a new life in foreign ground. I recommend watching the documentary "lost boys of sudan" for more details. It made me cry
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level 71
Nov 28, 2017
Here's a direct link to the index's specific methodology.

Those commenting most passionately above about their own prejudices obviously don't care to look... but... there it is. Things like incarceration rates, military spending, and ease of access to weapons actually are factored in; and this is probably why the US ranks pretty damn low (114th, right behind Rwanda)... but it's still nowhere near the bottom of the list and those of you complaining that it's not in the bottom 20 are obvious bigots.
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level 67
Nov 28, 2017
And that some of the countries questioned for being left off (Mali, Mexico, Burundi, etc.) are next on the list, and Palestine would be on if a JetPunk country. I'm very surprised about how low Myanmar is on the overall list; suspect next year it will be moved up.
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level 38
Nov 28, 2017
No Zimbabwe? Surely the political problems would have made this list?
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level 43
Nov 28, 2017
i can't believe Mexico didn't make the list, with all their cartel killings and kidnappings.
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level 37
Nov 28, 2017
Almost forgot North Korea - 10 seconds to spare
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level 63
Nov 28, 2017
I find it most unfortunate that people feel the need for personal insult and childish tit for tat in their comments rather than simply relying on the power of the facts and logic that they present. I also find it somewhat unfortunate that Jetpunk does not delete such comments, but I guess that it can't vet everything.
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level ∞
Nov 28, 2017
It's tough to moderate. First someone posts "Your country sucks for hyperbolic reason". Okay, stupid comment, but maybe a valid opinion. Then someone posts "My country isn't so bad you're a bigot". This post is obviously rude, but it is probably true, and they didn't start the fight so I leave it up. Then, the next person posts "Haha, you're a nincompoop". I usually just delete the rest of the thread. The question is, should I delete all the comments in the thread?
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level 63
Nov 28, 2017
Fair enough
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level 71
Nov 30, 2017
You think it's more rude to call a bigot a bigot than it is for a bigot to say something bigoted (and thus slander a whole huge group of people)? Really? What's more insulting? Calling out one person for unacceptable behavior they just exhibited publicly? Or calling 300 million people stupid (or some other unjustified put down)?

I'm fine with free speech and leaving all comments up. The only thing I find a bit irritating is when follow-up comments are deleted while the original offending comment is left in place. So I'd say either delete them all or delete none of them.
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level 67
Nov 28, 2017
I was rather enjoying the tit for tat, as was the other chap I'm sure, god knows he does it enough. Seems a bit precious to censor it.
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level 66
Nov 28, 2017
Quite surprised Myanmar isn't on the list for 2017 given all the conflict/human rights issues there.
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level 45
Nov 28, 2017
They forgot the countries that started all the wars, US, UK, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, ect.
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level 48
Nov 28, 2017
Starting wars is bad, yes. However, it says a lot of a country that isn't even stable within itself, let alone its stability/relationship with other countries. U.S./French/whatever-you-want citizens don't usually live under constant threat of terrorists, as someone say, in Syria or Libya.
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level 71
Nov 30, 2017
Saudi Arabia hasn't started any wars since unification. What are you talking about? The closest they've come to starting a war since then was 1948 when they were party to the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, which was started by the Arab League and Saudi Arabia was a part of that. But they were much less directly involved than Egypt, Jordan, or Syria. Saudi Arabia fought a war with Yemen in the 1930s but that began when the King of Yemen broke a treaty and invaded. They fought a cold war with Egypt in the 50s and 60s but this never turned into a direct confrontation. And they are currently involved in both the ongoing military campaign against ISIS in Iraq and the Yemeni Civil War which was turned into something of a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, but the KSA didn't start these conflicts, either.
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level 71
Nov 30, 2017
And Qatar is even more peaceful though they've been heavily criticized for supporting some of the belligerents fighting Assad in Syria, and the fact that a lot of this monetary and material support has found it's way to undesirables.

Can't argue France or the UK, except that the index is not about who started the most wars throughout history.
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level 61
Nov 28, 2017
What a weird list.
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level 64
Nov 28, 2017
It is easy to throw stones: When UK was the worlds leading power they were constantly having to join in or stop or control wars / uprisings/ rebellions etc. and the other countries involved were jealous of the UK's ability to do so. Slowly over the years since the WW1 (when UK was drained of it's manpower and finance), the USA has taken that place as the controlling world body. This brings with it the jealousy and hate that even on this jetpunk site is so easily noticed. What all these knockers don't realise is that without the UK and now the USA, the world would be in one hell of a mess, no democracy, no freedom of rights, no judiciary rights, no freedom of press etc. etc. ........ and the countries that still don't have those freedoms are the countries that are still calling the UK and USA names. Instead of throwing stones at the USA how about those places spending their energies and finances cleaning up their own countries for the good of their own people.
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level 55
Nov 28, 2017
It is true that every dominant power in modern history has tried to impose its will on other countries...the sun never set on the British Empire. The USSR meddled alongside the US in Vietnam and Korea. Germany tried to conquer the damn world during the Third Reich. France established an empire under Napoleon. They speak Spanish in (most of) Central and South America, Portuguese in Brazil, and French in much of Africa because of the imperialism of Spain, Portugal, and France at the height of their respective power. There's Dutch East India, the Belgian Congo...what am I forgetting? The most powerful countries always get involved where they don't really belong. The difference, like it or not, is that the US and UK have generally tried to broker peace and liberate oppressed groups where they go. I'm not so silly as to think their motives are purely altruistic, or that they don't cause collateral damage...but compared to what their predecessors in power did...it's not bad.
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level 58
Nov 29, 2017
I tend to agree. The ethnic cleansing/forced assimilation of natives, slavery, and constant involvement in foreign wars are not unique to the United States. These things have been happening in every corner of the Earth, not just involving the West, for as long as history has been recorded. It's pretty hypocritical when those pointing the finger at the US have done the exact same things, sometimes on a larger scale for a longer time. Of course, that doesn't make it right and America should be called out on it. It would just be nice if everyone got off their high horse and looked in the mirror before doing so.
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level 71
Nov 30, 2017
I've never stated the US is perfect and though I was born there I'm not even patriotic. I don't believe in nationalism. I have no more love for America than any other country. There are good and bad things. I object to bigotry. And there is a whole hell of a lot of that aimed at the US today. And I agree with jmellor, from a historical perspective, the US is doing a hell of lot better than any power that came before including the British (or their contemporaries: the Nazis, the Soviets, Imperial France, etc); but the British were somewhat less evil than the Mongols, or the Arabs, or the Romans.

We can hope that this is an upward trend. Some day we can all complain about China being the great Móguǐ, and Americans can start criticizing everyone for things that they were more guilty of in the recent past, once their country has become obsolete (Trump hard at work on this now). But I'm curious to see if the Chinese will do any better. If I live that long.
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level 58
Nov 29, 2017
Thanks to Quizmaster for updating this quiz for me since I've been less active recently.
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level 38
Nov 30, 2017
Why is Russia ranked ABOVE Nigeria (Boko Haram anyone?), North Korea (seriously..), Venezuela (with all the unrest and riots), Turkey...? I know there's Caucasus and its terrorism, but still the countries I mention have more security problems than Russia. Russia has also been involved in less wars than US in the last years.
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level 71
Nov 30, 2017
Detailed point-by-point explanation of the criteria is available if you click through to the source.
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