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Partially Recognized Countries

Name the countries that are recognized by at least 1 UN member, but that aren't recognized by all UN members.
Quiz by ponnuki
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Last updated: December 26, 2019
First submittedMay 3, 2014
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Degree of recognition
UN member
JetPunk
Answer
Not recognized by North Korea
Yes
South Korea
Not recognized by Pakistan
Yes
Armenia
Not recognized by Turkey
Yes
Cyprus
Not recognized by South Korea, Japan, and France
Yes
North Korea
Not recognized by 31 mostly Islamic countries
Yes
Israel
Not recognized by 55 countries
Observer
Palestine
Not recognized by 95 countries
No
Kosovo
Recognized by 42, mostly African countries
No
Western Sahara
Recognized by 14 countries
No
Taiwan
Not recognized by the countries that recognize the above
Yes
China
Recognized by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, and Syria
No
South Ossetia
Recognized by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, and Syria
No
Abkhazia
Recognized only by Turkey
No
Northern Cyprus
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level 18
May 16, 2014
interesting quizz,saddly done only 9:((( miss china and taiwan
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level 82
May 16, 2014
How about accepting Palestinia as a spelling?
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level 77
May 16, 2014
Palestina is the original Roman spelling (cognate of Philistines, renamed from Judea, meant to insult the Jews who lived there and had rebelled against Roman authority by linking the province to the Biblical enemies of David), but I don't think it has ever been spelled -nia.
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level 56
May 16, 2014
Wow that was difficult - but interesting!
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level 59
Apr 8, 2016
Seconded!
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level 54
May 16, 2014
Got Cyprus, forgot Northern Cyprus, damn
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level 77
May 16, 2014
Apparently I can't spell Palestine. This was a delightfully difficult quiz.
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level 36
May 16, 2014
I had a version of this, just not as good. Good Job dude.
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level 21
May 16, 2014
Easily done.
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level 49
May 16, 2014
Some of the answers seem finicky. For example, for #13 I typed in "TRNC". When that didn't work I spelled it out: "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus", which also didn't work. I eventually got it, but it consumed way more time than it should have.
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level ∞
May 16, 2014
Added those as accepted answers.
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level 21
May 17, 2014
Kinda expected Tibet to be here. Or are there like no countries today accepting them as their own country?
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level 48
Jun 16, 2014
No, I don't think any countries officially recognise Tibet as a nation, although there is a Tibetan Government in exile based in India, and quite a few countries seem to offer silent support.
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level 69
Jun 24, 2017
Even the exiled Tibetan government is only looking for real autonomy within China now, so they're not even recognised as a sovereign nation by their own government.
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level 70
May 20, 2014
This quiz made me feel like an idiot.
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level 41
Jul 27, 2014
This is silly- just because a country doesn't like another country or has a disagreement that country stops existing? Children...
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level 81
Oct 6, 2014
It's not about "not existing"; it's about whether the government of one nation recognizes the government of another nation as legitimate. Very complicated in some cases, but not surprising. Seems like in most of these cases they are portions of an existing country that is looking to become independent, and that of course causes people to take sides ("is it legitimate or not?").
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level 21
Jan 4, 2015
Armenia?
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level 53
Jan 8, 2015
Pakistan refuses to acknowledge Armenia because of the conflict around Nagorno Karabakh, in which Pakistan supports Azerbaijan.
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level 69
Jun 24, 2017
Funny how even Azerbaijan recognises Armenia though.
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level 76
Dec 26, 2019
I hope Pakistan doesn't waste its one nuke on Armenia.
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level 45
Mar 19, 2016
Jetpunk doesn't recognise Palestine? That's rough lmao
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level 44
Apr 8, 2016
A bit of an odd selection of countries who recognise South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Why those 4 in particular?
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level 66
Jun 21, 2016
What about those new Ukrainian countries, Crimea and what was the other one called?
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level 53
Jul 24, 2016
The Crimea is not recognized by anyone, only a few days after independence it declared itself part of Russia, so those who recognize the independence referendum, consider it part of Russia, not an independent country. There are two republics in the eastern Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk, which I maybe should include, as they are recognized by South Ossetia, though not by Russia or other countries. However, unlike the entities given here and Somaliland, they are generally considered insufficiently stable to be considered a country.
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level 78
Aug 1, 2016
I'm confused as to why China is on this list. I understand that countries that recognize Taiwan don't recognize China's claim to the island, but they are not suggesting that China itself is not a sovereign nation are they?
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level 53
Aug 4, 2016
Yes, they are. Both China and Taiwan claim that there is only one China, they just disagree about who would legally be governing it. Recognizing both would just upset both.
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level 69
Aug 24, 2016
Depends who you ask. Taiwanese nationalism has grown considerably - that is to say, there is support for recognising the reality and declaring an independent Taiwan (as opposed to continuing to claim Taiwan for the Republic of China). Of course the People's Republic of China would be upset about either the Republic of China or a hypothetical Republic of Taiwan claiming Taiwan, since either way such an entity disputes its claim. At times there has been a stronger undercurrent of sympathy towards Taiwan reuniting with the PRC on the model of HK, but Beijing's continual interference with HK's politics has largely killed that notion in the crib.
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level 69
Aug 24, 2016
Pakistan not recognising Armenia seems plain weird.
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level 65
Apr 24, 2017
Yes, true. Pakistan and Azerbaijan being kinda allies... hmm...
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level 55
Mar 1, 2017
What about Somaliland?
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level 53
Mar 6, 2017
Not officially recognized by anyone
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level 80
Dec 26, 2019
Too bad, because Somaliland is fairly stable and democratic (just had a peaceful change of elected president). It's just that no one wants to delegitimize the main recognized Somali government in Mogadishu, which frankly only has control over Mogadishu itself, and is often not even able to provide security there.
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level 69
Jun 24, 2017
Cool quiz - I managed to get everything except Armenia after a lot of thinking. I had no idea Pakistan didn't recognise Armenia though.
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level 56
Dec 26, 2017
This is a pretty good quiz. Was wondering about Niue and Cook Islands. I think there’s a case for them being included, not only in this quiz, but also to get full recognition status by Jetpunk, which is, let’s face it, the definitive authority on country recognition worldwide.
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level 80
Dec 26, 2019
New Zealand protectorates.
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level 72
Dec 27, 2019
Nope, not protectorates but countries. They should be in the Countries of the World quiz. I say this as a New Zealander, and every New Zealander knows they are going to an overseas country when they fly to Niue or the Cook Islands.
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level 74
Dec 27, 2019
Wikipedia: Niue is a self-governing state in free association with New Zealand; and New Zealand conducts most diplomatic relations on its behalf. Niueans are citizens of New Zealand, and Queen Elizabeth II is head of state in her capacity as Queen of New Zealand. Between 90% and 95% of Niuean people live in New Zealand.
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level ∞
Dec 27, 2019
If the Cook Islands are a country, I demand sovereignty for my neighborhood which has a higher population and a much higher GDP. Like most micronations, we'll take a liberal stance towards tax evasion. For a small fee, we'll hide your assets. For a slightly larger fee, we'll vote to condemn Israel in the UN. I'll volunteer to serve as ambassador to France.
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level 79
Sep 8, 2018
Unsurprisingly, I did poorly on countries not recognized by Jetpunk (though I did recognize most of the names once they appeared).
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level 73
Oct 9, 2018
The Cook Islands?
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level 80
Dec 26, 2019
New Zealand protectorate.
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level 64
Dec 9, 2019
Great idea!
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level 50
Dec 11, 2019
I kept spelling Transnistria as Transinistra. Why is it so hard to spell?!?!
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level 78
Dec 28, 2019
Wait....why isn't Transnistria on the quiz now? It was the first one I guessed because I had made a Transnistria Quiz.
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level ∞
Dec 28, 2019
Prior to the update the criteria for inclusion were inconsistent. Transnistria is not recognized by any UN member.
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level 53
Dec 17, 2019
Can you accept ROK for South Korea, and DPRK for North Korea?
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level ∞
Dec 17, 2019
Those will work now.
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level 36
Jan 13, 2020
Yes I agree: a very thought provoking quiz. (I only got eight answers). Indeed one person's idea of what constitutes a country may well differ from another's. Scottish nationalists always refer to Scotland as a country eg. Also Jetpunk continues to refer to the Netherlands as a country, this is like calling England or Scotland a country. The Netherlands is a constituent member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the same way that England is a constituent of the UK. My point here is that in both cases it is the Kingdom that is the nation.