Countries NOT recognized by all

Can you name the countries/independent states not recognized by one or many other countries?
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UN member
South Korea
UN member
North Korea
UN member
Israel
UN member
Cyprus
UN member
China
UN member
Armenia
UN observer
Palestine
not UN anything
Transnistria
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not UN anything
Taiwan
not UN anything
South Ossetia
not UN anything
Somaliland
not UN anything
Sahrawi Republic
not UN anything
Northern Cyprus
not UN anything
Kosovo
not UN anything
Artsakh
not UN anything
Abkhazia
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Level 60
May 1, 2018
According to Wikipedia, Niue and Cook Islands are considered to be sovereign states.
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Level 76
May 1, 2018
Coincidentally, the source for this list is also wikipedia. The exclusion from the list has probably something to do with: Niue "a self-governing state in free association with New Zealand; and New Zealand conducts most diplomatic relations (though not all) on its behalf. Niueans are citizens of New Zealand" and somewhat similar case with Cook Islands, however, they have been taking more steps towards independence lately. So, we'll see how it goes with them. If these two were included, there'd be many others to add to the list for the same grounds e.g. Greenland.

The countries on the list, as I understand, demand a recognition of full independence including their own nationality, foreign policy, defence etc.

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Level 60
May 1, 2018
Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands are all in free association with the United States and continue to be fully recognized as sovereign states. Although, Cook Islands and Niue do not strive to be considered independent, being in free association has never really matter on whether or not a state is sovereign or not.
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Level 76
May 1, 2018
Here's the criteria for inclusion:

"The criteria for inclusion means a polity must claim sovereignty, lack recognition from at least one UN member state, and either:

satisfy the declarative theory of statehood, or

be recognised as a state by at least one UN member state."

Hope this helps you.

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Level 60
May 1, 2018
I'm sorry if it sounded like I disagreed with them not being included, I was just making sure that it wasn't because they were in free association with New Zealand.
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Level 76
May 3, 2018
No worries. In running a tourism site, people keep on sending death threats for mentioning a location or not mentioning one. You're just hardballin' for information. Good that things are clear now.
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Level 35
Feb 8, 2019
Source?
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Level 76
Feb 10, 2019
Someone skipped the previous comments?