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Countries of Asia in 1900

Can you name the countries of Asia that existed in the year 1900?
  • Excludes territories of other countries
  • Quiz by Jiaozira - Feb 09, 2017
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level 68
Jan 29, 2017
How about a quiz including all the land area, and having a column for protectorates/external territories like Dutch East Indies? Interesting that Aceh remained a separate country all that time.
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level 50
Feb 7, 2017
Aceh surrendered to the Dutch in 1903
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level 57
Feb 9, 2017
What about Cyprus? It wasn't annexed by Britain until 1914. It was pretty independent at 1900
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level 67
Feb 9, 2017
It was Ottoman territory under British administration. Doesn't sound very independent.
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level 32
May 16, 2017
Cyprus is in Europe
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level 46
May 16, 2017
No. Geographically not.
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level 43
Jun 20, 2017
Lets not start this debate
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level 68
Feb 9, 2017
Very interesting quiz!
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level 52
Feb 9, 2017
Thanks :)
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level 62
Feb 9, 2017
my first guess was Tibet... Thought Tibet was independant until the Chinese invaded them in the 50s.
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level 64
Feb 10, 2017
Thought so too
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level 65
Feb 16, 2017
They were controlled for quite a while by the Qing dynasty, and before that, the Yuan. The Qing dynasty didn't fall until 1912.
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level 54
May 22, 2017
I think they were de jure part of China, though de facto independent (and together with Persia and Afghanistan a bone of contention between Russia and the UK)
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level 52
May 22, 2017
Tibet was part of the Qing Dynasty China, and it was only independent for a few years until becoming part of modern China.
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level 32
Feb 23, 2017
isn't ha'il jabal shammar? i wrote jabal shammar and it was wrong
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level 52
May 13, 2017
Wouldn't Afghanistan be on the list? And Aden was a British colony and protectorate from the 1800s, and the Ottomans had more of Bulgaria in 1900.
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level 48
May 16, 2017
Bulgaria isn't in Asia though.
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level 55
May 16, 2017
it's on the map though
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level 50
May 16, 2017
It might be on the map, but then so is Ethiopia, which was independent. Bulgaria and Ethiopia are not in Asia: the quiz is about Asia, not places in Europe and Africa that happen to appear on the map.
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level 52
May 16, 2017
Bulgaria is in Europe. However, it was partially controlled by the Ototoman Empire, an Asian country.
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level 43
May 16, 2017
Afghanistan would be on the list
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level 50
May 16, 2017
Tannu Uriankhai was still under Chinese sovereignty in 1900.
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level 32
May 16, 2017
Love the quiz and the map makes it even cooler :D
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level 70
May 16, 2017
I was aware that Ha'il, a city in Saudi Arabia, was the most prosperous and significant city in the region in 1900. I knew that the al-Rashidi and Shammari tribes held sway there and still do. But I wasn't sure what to call the Emirate that existed there at the time. Tried a few things and failed.
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level 56
May 16, 2017
You might accept also "Najd" instead of Ha'il. To the extent of my knowledges, it's a more common name referring to the whole region the Saudis started their expansion from. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Najd
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level 37
May 17, 2017
Definitely agree. Najd must be accepted.
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level 40
May 21, 2017
My first guess was Najd. I think that's the more common name of not the right name.
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level 43
May 23, 2017
Hey, I tried Najd...
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level 56
May 16, 2017
Personally I think you shouldn't accept the modern names like Thailand and Iran. Those weren't the names of those countries at the time, so it makes it a little too easy.
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level 57
May 16, 2017
They're successor states, though. Not accepting successor states' name changes would be problematic, as it would contravene the acceptance of Burma in place of Myanmar on dozens of quizzes.
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level 23
May 16, 2017
yay 13
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level 37
May 17, 2017
Ummm...... No Afghanistan ???????
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level 54
May 22, 2017
I would have included it, but I guess the makers of the quiz considered it a British protectorate at the time.
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level 47
May 18, 2017
When did Formosa come about?
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level 52
May 18, 2017
Formosa was originally settled by indigenous people of Melanesian descent, before Portugal colonised it. However, it was then taken over by the the expanding Japanese empire, and it was part of Japan in 1900. After the revolution in China, the national party was driven onto the island, now named Taiwan, while the CCP claimed the mainland. In 1900, Taiwan was at the state of control under Japan, as it was one of the earlier territories they acquired, (along with the Okinawa islands).
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level 54
May 22, 2017
It wasn't the Portuguese, but the Dutch who colonized Formosa, from 1622 onward (although there was a Spanish stronghold for some time too). In 1661 it was conquered by Ming loyalists, who lost it to Qing in 1683. Only in 1895 it was annexed by Japan after the first Sino-Japanese war.
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level 40
May 30, 2017
Well... I know Champasak as only Champa
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level 19
Jul 14, 2017
Got all the obvious ones only missed four
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