National Founders

These people who are sometimes considered to be the "founder" of a country. For each person, name the country they helped establish.
Answer must correspond to highlighted box.
This quiz does NOT suggest that they are the only national founder or that this is an any way official. Don't be obtuse.
Quiz by stormcrow
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Last updated: December 5, 2019
First submittedNovember 28, 2012
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Leader
Country
George Washington
United States
Mao Zedong
China
Ho Chi Minh
Vietnam
Genghis Khan
Mongolia
Otto von Bismarck
Germany
Ivan the Terrible
Russia
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
Mexico
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Turkey
Toussaint Louverture
Haiti
Cyrus the Great
Iran
Mohammad Ali Jinnah
Pakistan
Leader
Country
Ferdinand and Isabella
Spain
Mahatma Gandhi
India
David Ben-Gurion
Israel
Clovis
France
Prince William of Orange
Netherlands
Giuseppe Garibaldi
Italy
Stephen I
Hungary
Pedro I
Brazil
Sukarno
Indonesia
Harald Fairhair
Norway
Lee Kuan Yew
Singapore
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Level 48
Jul 9, 2014
Suuuuuure, Mao Zedong "founded" China, if by "founded" you mean "kicked out the existing government and replaced it with death and famine". He founded the People's Republic of China (a government) (but was not a founding member of its ruling party!), but China existed for a long time before Mao started massacring for pleasure, and I'm certain it will continue to exist even after the totalitarian government finally collapses.
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Level 58
Mar 15, 2015
To make sure I was answering the question correctly, I typed "PRC" in answer to Mao Zedong, and it was accepted!
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Level 80
Mar 16, 2019
The modern-day nation-state of The People's Republic of China (aka China) was founded by Mao, but there have been many other different states that existed in the same geographical area. Some of them have been called China by English-speakers, or some variation of that. That doesn't make them all the same thing. This is part of the nationalist fallacy.
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Level 53
Mar 3, 2020
Well a lot of them are quite disputable. If China was founded by Mao, you might as well say Germany was founded by Helmuth Kohl or France by Charles De Gaulle.
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Level 80
May 26, 2020
^ that would make pretty good sense, though it would also make sense to date the modern German state back to 1949. Those peddling nationalist fiction would have you believe that the French Republic is somehow that same thing as the Kingdom of Francia, Gallia, or the Frankish Empire, and that the FRG is one and the same with Prussia or the Holy Roman Empire. That's silly. Reality does not conform to humanity's desire to see narratives with neat divisions, simplistic categories, and unbroken continuity.
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Level 55
Jun 3, 2019
The government Mao replaced wasn't exactly a great place to be under, either.
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Level 33
Mar 3, 2020
two wrongs
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Level 32
Sep 2, 2014
I really enjoyed that quiz but I only got 14/20
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Level 57
Jan 30, 2015
Persia really should be accept for Cyrus the Great

Especially because it wasn't commonly called Iran until midway thru the 20th century

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Level ∞
Jun 24, 2015
Okay
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Level 59
Aug 24, 2015
Chlodovech (known in English as Clovis) didn't found France, he founded Frankia/Francia/Frankish (Empire) or whatever you call it. I tried all of those, none were accepted.
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Level 57
Feb 15, 2019
Clovis united the Frankish kingdoms, becoming what is now France
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Level 67
Aug 24, 2015
Guy who founded Iran must have came in like a wrecking ball.....
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Level 75
Mar 17, 2019
Not sure what you mean. Cyrus administered a huge empire in a pretty enlightened way (e.g. respecting the local religions/customs of those he ruled). He codified protections for diversity into his statecraft -- not common 2500 years ago. His legacy impacted Athenian conceptions of human rights, among others. History does not record if he could twerk, if that's what you're getting at...
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Level 72
Mar 27, 2019
r/whoosh
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Level 80
Jun 1, 2019
I wouldn't hold it against splat that when he reads Cyrus the first thing he thinks of is Persian history and not Miley.
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Level 79
Jun 1, 2019
I didn't get the reference, either, since I don't listen to Miley Cyrus. (Thank you, Kal.) Funny one, Quizwhizz.
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Level 67
Jun 1, 2019
@samianco...read his entire comment ...
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Level 53
Aug 25, 2015
No Aeneas for Italy? haha :P
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Level 41
Apr 22, 2016
Surely Alfred the Great can't be left out? The man who created England.
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Level 80
Mar 16, 2019
I thought he created MAD Magazine.
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Level 80
Oct 4, 2016
It would make more sense to refer to Ivan IV as the founder than Peter.
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Level ∞
Mar 16, 2019
Agreed. Changed it to that.
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Level 68
Nov 5, 2016
Almost didn't guess Pedro I for Brazil because I always saw him as Pedro IV in Portugal
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Level 44
Sep 19, 2017
I had thought that Stephen I was referring to Pope Stephen I, Bishop of Rome. I had typed in Italy like 5 times, then moved on to the UK (Stephen, King of England). I typed in England, UK, Great Britain, France, and even Normandy. Thanks to this, I got 19/20.
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Level 67
Mar 16, 2019
Maybe type Italy 7 times next time? :)
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Level 56
Jun 23, 2020
I would have gotten it if it said Árpád, but I've never heard of Stephen.
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Level 77
Jan 26, 2018
Why do I always forget who Ataturk is despite the stonking great clue in his name? *facepalm*
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Level 79
Mar 16, 2019
It means "Father of Turks" in Turkish. Maybe this would help for the next time:)
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Level 72
Mar 27, 2019
I think probably if we miss the TURK in AtaTURK, the translation isn't going to help much. (brandybuck96 ~ I do it too!)
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Level 51
May 17, 2018
Nice quiz. But surprised to know that only 31% people know Jinnah as the founder of Pakistan
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Level ∞
Mar 16, 2019
That's only because it's JetPunk. I would be surprised if even 3% of people in the western world are familiar with Jinnah.
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Level 59
Mar 16, 2019
true that
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Level 79
Jun 1, 2019
I'd never heard of him, but I started typing Muslim countries and eventually got there.
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Level 49
Jun 24, 2020
I know A LOT about Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
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Level 33
Mar 17, 2019
The name sounded familiar but I guessed Ethiopia and Somalia before moving onto the next.
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Level 77
Mar 17, 2019
I've heard of him before but this time I just guessed some Muslim countries that would be important enough, skipping those whose founders I knew.
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Level 56
Jun 23, 2020
I tried every country in the Middle East and several in Africa but I neglected South Asia.
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Level 59
Mar 16, 2019
I don't think Ghandi would like to be known as founder of India, for he wanted Pakistan and India to be united.
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Level 67
Jun 1, 2019
Gandhi* :)
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Level 56
Sep 5, 2019
This quiz is flawed. I think with founder the quizmaster wanted to ask about the person who has been instrumental on founding/forming the modern meaning of their respective nations. Jinnah-Pakistan is no doubt applicable in this sense but the idea of India was established through the Islamic and British rule and influence of 1000 years while the concept of the nation has been here for millennia. Gandhi is just a small piece of the civilization. Again it's all my view. Peace. :)
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Level 52
Jun 24, 2020
@SIMULATION That's what happens when you expose yourself too much to the right wing extremism. Mahatma Gandhi was one of the greatest personalities to take birth in the Subcontinent.
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Level 63
Jun 1, 2019
"Don't be obtuse" should be a standard direction for pretty much everything. I love it!
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Level 65
Jan 1, 2020
Yeah! You shouldn’t be a quadrilateral parallelogram either
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Level 56
Jun 23, 2020
Please simmer down and keep your comments under 90 degrees. Thank you.
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Level 49
Jun 1, 2019
Did anyone else guess for most of them and get 100%
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Level 57
Jun 1, 2019
Great Quiz! Used google only for Persia, Hungary.
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Level 57
Jun 1, 2019
- and Brazil:))
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Level 72
Jun 1, 2019
Definitely needs the disclaimer
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Level 68
Jun 2, 2019
First tried "Portugal" for Pedro I, then went through all of South and Central America but skipping Brazil somehow! Should have stuck with the Portuguese.
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Level 73
Dec 18, 2019
It was the first emperor thousands of years ago who founded China, not Mao.
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Level 67
Mar 3, 2020
Perhaps another idea for a quiz? First known ruler(s) of the regions of present day countries? I am sure the comment section would explode haha. (Besides the fact that it is a massive job)
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Level 80
Mar 3, 2020
As stated above, not all kingdoms/states/nations that exist in roughly the same geographic area are the same thing. Qin Shi Huang could be considered a founder of China. So could Mao TseTung.
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Level 71
Apr 20, 2020
Its kind of alluded to in the description that these are simply figures that at least some people consider as the founders of each country, even if they may not been.
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Level 45
Mar 3, 2020
sad I didn't even get Pakistan and I'm Pakistani I really need to brush up on my history
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Level 24
Mar 20, 2020
Don't worry
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Level 48
Jun 23, 2020
WHAAAAAT? Who said that Cyrus the Great founded Iran? He founded Persia, there is a distinct difference. Can you please accept Persia as a type-in? Also, even better, if not, switch Cyrus out with Ruhollah Khomeini. HE founded Iran. The empire Cyrus founded thousands of years ago has NOTHING to do with the current nation-state of Iran, which had been subjugated by several other empires and Caliphates before adopting its historic name of Persia, and then settling on Iran. That is like saying that Chandragupta Maurya founded the current state of India or that William the Conqueror founded the UK. So please, change Cyrus to Khomeini.
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Level 58
Oct 27, 2020
Good quiz. How about another version with some of the founders of African nations?
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Level 64
Nov 18, 2020
Everyone has read the rubric, and most, I would guess, understand the nature of the quiz. I despair at some folk.