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.
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.
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.
Kosovo is recognized by the US, Canada, Australia and NZ, Western Europe (apart from Spain), and Japan. The same block that has the majority in the UN Security Council, and groups together all The G7 countries - the most developed economies in the world recognize Kosovo and are willing to do business with it.
Taiwan has informal relations with 50+ countries that don’t recognize it officially. These informal relations are headlined by de-facto embassies and consulates of Taipei in those countries. Most importantly, these 50+ UN members that have “informal” relations with Taiwan include the countries I mentioned in the Kosovo case, and ALSO Russia, India, Brazil and more.
As for Palestine, it has wall-to-wall recognition in South America, Africa and most of Asia, but it HAS NOT been recognized by ANY country of the western group (except Sweden).
"Thirty UN member states do not recognize Israel and these include 16 of the 22 members of the Arab League: Algeria, Comoros, Djibouti, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen. A further ten are members of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Pakistan. The other countries that do not recognise Israel are Bhutan, Cuba, North Korea and Venezuela." ~ Wikipedia
Japan: I can fix that