Countries of the World in 1914 with a Map

How many countries before World War One can you name?
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Huge thanks to user Dekkie for fact-checking the quiz
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Last updated: May 29, 2021
First submittedJanuary 15, 2019
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Europe
Albania
Montenegro
Andorra
Netherlands
Austria-Hungary
Northern Epirus
Belgium
Norway
Bulgaria
Portugal
Denmark
Romania
France
Russia
Germany
San Marino
Greece
Serbia
Italy
Spain
Liechtenstein
Sweden
Luxembourg
Switzerland
Monaco
United Kingdom
Asia
Afghanistan
Mongolia
Anaza
Najran
Asir
Nejd
Beda
Nepal
Bhutan
Oman
China
Ottoman Empire
Hamum
Persia
Jabal
Siam
Japan
Tamim
Kathiri
Tibet
Landak
 
Africa
Al-Hiba
Aussa
Dervish
Ethiopia
Liberia
Mbunda
South Africa
Zaian
North America
Canada
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Mexico
Newfoundland
Nicaragua
Panama
United States
South America
Argentina
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Ecuador
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay
Venezuela
 
Oceania
Australia
New Zealand
+67
Level 68
Jan 15, 2019
Fantastic quiz and map! Thank you :)
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Level 43
Jan 16, 2019
Nice.
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Level 48
Sep 24, 2020
Comment.
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Level 39
Jul 28, 2021
With.
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Level 65
Aug 7, 2021
Many.
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Level 70
Sep 15, 2021
Replies.
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Level 61
Jan 16, 2019
Congratulations on your 1st map quiz.

Still confused about Tibet though.........

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Level 55
Jan 16, 2019
I already talked about that in the discord server that both Tibet and Mongolia were dependent from China
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Level 15
Jan 23, 2020
It was an autonomy
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Level 68
May 31, 2021
*autonomous, not "an autonomy".
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Level 68
Jan 18, 2019
Amazing work, I hope you keep making map quizzes like this! :)
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Level 21
Feb 3, 2019
Missed just two: Liechtenstein and Liberia! Great Quiz!
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Level 80
Feb 10, 2019
Heh. Most of the map is drastically different, but South America looks just *slightly* off-kilter.
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Level 28
Apr 8, 2020
Yeah the only visible differences is that Ecuador owns Loreto (north piece of Peru today.) and Bolivia owns half of modern Paraguay
+12
Level 79
Feb 10, 2019
British Raj or "direct rule in India" was independent???
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Level 89
Feb 10, 2019
And the commonwealths?
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Level ∞
Feb 27, 2019
British Raj has been removed.
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Level 71
Feb 10, 2019
Afghanistan not independent?
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Level 70
Dec 14, 2019
Afghanistan officially became independent in 1919 with the treaty of Rawalpindi, which is also the event they celebrate on their Independence Day.
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Level 75
Feb 10, 2019
Great quiz!
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Level 72
Feb 10, 2019
The Bahamas are not coloured.
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Level 55
Feb 10, 2019
I can't really fix right now
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Level 73
Feb 12, 2019
That confused me too. I couldn't see tiny countries like Monaco, Andorra and Liechtenstein on the map, even when enlarged but I could see the Bahamas and wasted time racking my brains to think what they might have been called prior to WW1
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Level 50
Dec 7, 2020
You can use the show remaining countries button
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Level 74
Feb 11, 2019
100% :)
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Level 59
Feb 11, 2019
Awesome quiz 60/60 first try. Good to learn history and geography!
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Level 53
Feb 21, 2019
This low number sure made things easier!
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Level 80
Feb 27, 2019
When I took it the dot for the location of Andorra wouldn't turn green after I entered Andorra. I took it twice to make sure it wasn't a one time error.
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Level 67
Feb 27, 2019
I had the same problem. In addition, Liechtenstein is missing a dot. I was looking at the map (not the successful answers below). I was missing only 1 country which appeared to be Andorra, but was actually Liechtenstein.
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Level 86
Feb 27, 2019
it may be because there is one pixel on the zoomed in version which is red, whereas the other dot countries probably don't even cover one pixel. It would be helpful though to have the liechtenstein dot added.
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Level 77
Feb 27, 2019
The dot for Andorra doesn't change, and there is no dot for Liechtenstein. Otherwise great quiz.
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Level 41
Feb 28, 2019
Agree, i failed my first attempt due to these "bugs". Please change it @IAmBad!
+6
Level 72
Feb 28, 2019
Eswatini is just blank
+7
Level 76
Feb 28, 2019
Why, there's Lake Tanganyika, Lake Malawi, and this is Lake Swazi!
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Level 74
Feb 28, 2019
When I type in 'Andorra' the corresponding black circle doesn't turn green as it does for Monaco and San Marino. Great quiz though!

Also, it might be a good idea to add a black circle for Liechtenstein.

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Level 82
Feb 28, 2019
Agreed. I was focussed on the black circle and kept trying to think of a small independent country in Spain that I had missed.
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Level 65
Feb 28, 2019
Liechtenstein just needs its own black point tbh. And the Andorra point needs to light up.
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Level 82
Feb 28, 2019
Yeah, Andorra doesn't turn green. Hated when that happened on my quiz. Took me a long time to fix it and I don't remember what i did.
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Level ∞
Feb 28, 2019
Liechtentein and Andorra have been fixed.
+1
Level 82
Feb 28, 2019
Such a simpler map back then!
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Level 61
Feb 28, 2019
Congratulations for your first featured quiz
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Level 91
Mar 1, 2019
Good quiz. Out of curiosity, what is the grey for over the Iraq/Saudi Arabia/Oman area?
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Level 55
Mar 1, 2019
No Man's land
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Level 56
Mar 24, 2019
More like a battleground between the Rashidis and Saudis, in this time. Trying to map out a border would probably be futile.
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Level 83
Dec 27, 2019
The 2nd Saudi state had collapsed already by 1914 and been overrun by the Rashids of Ha'il. It wasn't really a no man's land.
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Level 50
Mar 13, 2019
46/59! Really not bad for someone who doesn't even know anything about WW1. Well.
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Level 79
Mar 24, 2019
erm, i think you got north-east New Guinea wrong - it was colonised by Germany, not Portugal
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Level 43
Mar 24, 2019
Really good quiz!
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Level 59
Mar 24, 2019
Missing Bhutan
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Level 75
Mar 24, 2019
The world was much simpler back then
+16
Level 68
Aug 20, 2020
I think the word you're looking for is "colonialist".
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Level 54
Mar 24, 2019
I love this kind of quiz. Back when Bolivia was a lot larger, before the wars with Brazil and Paraguay. 59/59 with 2:25 remaining.
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Level 74
Mar 24, 2019
What about the Vatican City?
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Level 57
Jun 29, 2020
1929 according to a cursory google
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Level 61
Jul 7, 2020
The Vatican City became independent from the Kingdom of Italy in 1929 with the Lateran Treaty.
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Level 65
Mar 24, 2019
Excellent quiz! I got them all with 1:50 remaining at 1:10:53 PM on March 24, 2019. Now I am at 1102 points, and Level 34! Not too difficult of a quiz if you know early 20th century and World War 1 history, and far easier than the Countries of the World Quiz.
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Level 65
Mar 24, 2019
ah yes. Lake Swaziland, the most famous of the Great African Lakes
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Level 59
Mar 24, 2019
Only missed Luxembourg, didn’t see it I think it should get the micro nation treatment
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Level 83
Mar 24, 2019
Luxembourg - too big to warrant a dot, too small to be seen on the map.
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Level 67
Jul 1, 2019
It has a giant dot now, which confused me, because in all the other quizzes it didn have one.. I personally which it wasnt there..
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Level 41
Mar 24, 2019
Man This Quiz Is GREATT!
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Level 53
Mar 24, 2019
Well that was easy.
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Level 65
Mar 24, 2019
Good Job!
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Level 61
Mar 25, 2019
Amazing how much have changed in just 100 years. From 59 countries to like 197 and counting
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Level 46
Mar 25, 2019
Why is Swaziland a lake? And why is northern Papua New Guinea owned by Portugal?
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Level 58
Mar 25, 2019
Poor old Bolivia - was much larger then (and Paraguay looks tiny!).
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Level 36
Mar 25, 2019
Almost missed Newfoundland
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Level 67
Jul 1, 2019
You found it?
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Level 45
Mar 25, 2019
Great quiz! I really enjoyed that. Seeing 6 or 7 countries turn half the map green really puts colonialism into perspective...
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Level 35
Mar 25, 2019
Didn't the German Empire own the northern part of New Guinea? If so why is it owned by Portugal on this map? Please change it.
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Level ∞
Mar 25, 2019
This has been fixed. Sorry about that.
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Level 66
Mar 25, 2019
Newfoundland wasn't really independent in 1914.
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Level 61
Jul 7, 2020
Nor were Canada, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.
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Level 32
Mar 26, 2019
Why is tibet not on here it was a country until 1959
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Level 37
Mar 26, 2019
New Frickin Foundland.

I did get Andorra though, I knew because they donated a grand total of 0 troops for WWI yet still declared war.

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Level 50
Jun 20, 2020
I can tell you pronounce Newfounland wrong, so just so everybody knows, it's pronounced "NOOfn-land", not "New Foundlind"
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Level 63
Mar 26, 2019
Where is the Vatican?
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Level 72
May 19, 2019
There was no Vatican City until 11 February 1929 when the Lateran Treaty was signed.
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Level 45
Mar 28, 2019
I SWEAR I typed in Germany, oh my I'm not very smart
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Level 45
Mar 28, 2019
I find this map so depressing.
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Level 50
May 20, 2019
Just a nitpicky thing, but Lesotho and eSwatini should not be included as South Africa, since they were protectorates of the UK in their own right.
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Level 55
Aug 27, 2019
Fixed
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Level 22
May 21, 2019
Amazing quiz bro. Love it
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Level 28
Aug 14, 2019
That moment when you forget Russia...
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Level 74
Sep 5, 2019
A little fix is required on the map - Djibouti stays yellow even if you guess all answer
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Level 55
Sep 5, 2019
Fixed
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Level 68
Sep 6, 2019
Easier than I expected. No small countries outside of Europe I've never heard about or trying to guess which Oceanian countries were already independent etc.
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Level 72
Nov 9, 2019
It was indeed much easier than I expected.
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Level 34
Dec 15, 2019
was the middle of arabian peninsula still not inhabited by anyone at this time
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Level 83
Dec 27, 2019
No. The only uninhabited place is in the southeastern corner of the grey area on the map and known as the Empty Quarter still to this day. Most of the unfilled area on the map in 1914 was controlled by the Rashid clan of the oasis and trading city of Ha'il in northern Arabia. Their state is also known as the Emirate of Ha'il, the Rashid (or Rashidi) Emirate, the Rashidi Dynasty, or the Emirate of Jabal Shammar. Their absence from the quiz and map is odd, except insofar as since living in Saudi Arabia I've noticed that Westerners knowledge of the history of this region seems to be something like a black hole.

The Emirate was eventually overrun by King Abdulaziz of the House of Saud, who returned from exile in Kuwait to conquer first Riyadh, and then most of the peninsula, in the 1920s. The Rashid clan is still sore about this.

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Level 83
Jul 28, 2021
It seems as though Ha'il (Jabar) and the 2nd Saudi state (Emirate of Nejd) were added to the map with the last update ... though... I'm a little confused about Nejd being on here because I thought they had been overrun by the Rashidis (Ha'il/Jabar) by 1914. Was there an interim Nejdi state between the 2nd and 3rd Saudi kingdoms?
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Level 55
Jul 28, 2021
Nejd was overrun in 1891 but regained independence in 1902.
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Level 52
Jan 7, 2020
Why are Iran and Thailand accepted?
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Level 32
Mar 4, 2020
Tibet gained their independence in 1913
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Level 59
Apr 1, 2020
I guessed Newfoundland when Europe failed. Surprised it worked.
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Level 46
Apr 28, 2020
Luxembourg doesn't turn green for me.

Otherwise a great quiz with a great map.

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Level 55
Apr 30, 2020
Fixed.
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Level 39
Apr 29, 2020
I was really out of place. I din't even remember the european microstates until like the very end. And also I learnt that Newfoundland was independent. Overall, nice quiz. :)
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Level 33
Jun 9, 2020
British raj did not own Bhutan and Afghanistan.
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Level 48
Jun 10, 2020
Liked it!
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Level 54
Aug 6, 2020
Probably my favorite quiz!
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Level 32
Aug 9, 2020
cool! I am a kid but answer correctly all.
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Level 58
Aug 11, 2020
Before this quiz, I just took a quiz that was of the countries of the world in 1400. Imagine the immense satisfaction that I had that I didn't even zoom in. The map was just so CLEAN.
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Level 49
Aug 18, 2020
Awesome quiz!
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Level 42
Oct 11, 2020
crazy and quite sad to see just three independent countries in Africa
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Level 64
Oct 12, 2020
Had no idea Newfoundland was ever an independent country!
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Level 41
Oct 16, 2020
Cool quiz! Really interesting to see how things have change from that time.
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Level 43
Oct 30, 2020
Kinda funny that there were only three independent countries in Africa at the time.
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Level 58
Dec 31, 2020
Awesome quiz!
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Level 29
Feb 10, 2021
what on earth is newfoundland? like how lazy is the guy that came up with the name?
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Level 16
Apr 4, 2021
Mongolia wasn't part of Chinese during these periods, I would like you to fix that, and add Mongolia as a independent country.
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Level 53
Apr 14, 2021
Accept Cape Colony for South Africa
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Level 36
Apr 17, 2021
I was wondering if Neutral Moresnet was considered an independent country as well?
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Level 55
Apr 27, 2021
Wasn't Somaliland British?
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Level 66
May 29, 2021
That is one helluva a knowledge precipice. Goes from about 2 out of 3 of people knowing down to 1 out of 10.
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Level 75
May 29, 2021
Amazing quiz, but I can't find any mention of Anaza on Wikipedia. What can you tell us about that country?
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Level 55
May 30, 2021
There's not a lot of information on Anaza, unfortunately. It was a sheikhdom that existed from around the mid-19th century until its annexation by the Sauds in the 1920s (likely 1922).
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Level 20
May 29, 2021
When you guess a European country and suddenly half of Africa turns green:

[Visible Confusion]

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Level 59
May 30, 2021
The horrors of the Atlantic Slave Trade...
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Level 80
Jun 2, 2021
The Atlantic slave trade was actually over before the real Scramble for Africa began. European nations formally controlled about 10% of Africa when the last slave ships sailed in 1870. By 1914 it was 90%. Horrors of colonialism/imperialism.
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Level 54
Jun 2, 2021
Oh, hey. We posted at the same time!
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Level 54
Jun 2, 2021
Please except Ottomon, and Ottoman. I didn’t get it because of that.
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Level 55
Jun 8, 2021
Learn how to spell.
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Level 50
Jun 7, 2021
Nejd - 69%

Jabal - 11%

Wow... that's a giant gap!

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Level 47
Sep 22, 2021
I didn't type in Nejd. It must have accepted an alternative answer for that one, hence the giant gap.
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Level 50
Nov 3, 2021
Neither did I. It accepts 'Saudi'.

(Also, the percentages are now 56% and 6%.)

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Level 40
Jun 10, 2021
sad ecuador and bolivia
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Level 75
Jul 28, 2021
I guessed Epirus but it wasn't accepted for Northern Epirus.
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Level 50
Jul 28, 2021
Portuguese- and French-controlled territories on the Indian subcontinent are missing. Also, Tibet is looking rather different. The country of Tibet roughly corresponded to the current "autonomous region" of Tibet.
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Level 55
Jul 28, 2021
Portuguese/French-Controlled territories in India are to small to be shown on the map. This is the source that I used for Tibet.
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Level 55
Jul 28, 2021
Actually, Tibet's (and Mongolia's) borders were constantly changing due to the ungoing Chinese Civil War.
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Level 48
Jul 28, 2021
I think that this is the first time that I could type ‘Dominican Republic’ without getting ‘Dominica’.
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Level 48
Jul 28, 2021
Epirus should be an acceptable answer for Northern Epirus.
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Level 37
Jul 28, 2021
The percentage drop, though...
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Level 60
Jul 28, 2021
Tonga never relinquished its sovereignty. It is the only Pacific Island nation to remain independent throughout the colonial era.

The UK looked after its foreign affairs but it remained independent and was at least as independent as NZ Australia Canada etc

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Level 30
Jul 31, 2021
Wasn't Russia known as the Soviet Union in 1914?
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Level 72
Aug 1, 2021
1922–1991

- The knowledge panel on that one wiki article

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Level 22
Aug 2, 2021
One of the best quizez i have ever done! thank you.
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Level 57
Aug 2, 2021
Awesome quiz! :) I see I missed all the same mysteriously-named forgotten countries as everybody else.
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Level 29
Aug 4, 2021
I didn't Get Northern Epirus Because It Didn't Accept Just 'Epirus'
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Level 54
Aug 8, 2021
Why so generous with Persia?
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Level 55
Aug 9, 2021
Why criticize something that really doesn't need to be critcized at all?
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Level 54
Aug 8, 2021
I can’t believe i missed Ecuador. It looked like some kind of North Peru.
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Level 38
Aug 9, 2021
I made a typo when I was trying to type Haiti, and I ended up with... Jabal?
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Level 47
Sep 22, 2021
A disappointing lack of 'dots' for the European microstates which most map quizzes feature meant I missed out on four relatively easy ones.
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Level 55
Sep 22, 2021
It also means you missed out on the very obvious "Show Missing Countries" option.
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Level 19
Nov 18, 2021
nice quiz