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Partially Recognized Countries

190 countries are recognized by all other countries. 15 more are recognized by some, but not by others. Name these 15!
JetPunk column = whether the country appears on the Countries of the World quiz
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First submittedMay 3, 2014
Last updatedMay 22, 2017
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Degree of recognition
UN status
JetPunk
Answer
1
Not recognized by Pakistan
Member
yes
Armenia
2
Not recognized by North Korea
Member
yes
South Korea
3
Not recognized by Turkey
Member
yes
Cyprus
4
Not recognized by South Korea and Japan
Member
yes
North Korea
5
Not recognized by states that recognize #10
Member
yes
China
6
Not recognized by 32, mostly Islamic states
Member
yes
Israel
7
Not recognized by 51, mostly Western states
Observer
no
Palestine
8
Not recognized by 83 states
Member of 2 agencies
yes
Kosovo
9
Recognized by 45, mostly African states
None
no
Western Sahara
10
Recognized by 22 states, mostly in
Central America and Oceania
Member of 1 agency
yes
Taiwan
11
Recognized by Russia, Nauru,
Nicaragua and Venezuela
None
no
South Ossetia
12
None
no
Abkhazia
13
Recognized only by Turkey
None
no
Northern Cyprus
14
Recognized only by #11, #12 and #15
None
no
Nagorno-Karabakh
15
Recognized only by #11, #12 and #14
None
no
Transnistria
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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 46
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 35
May 16, 2014
I had a version of this, just not as good. Good Job dude.
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level 29
May 16, 2014
I'd only add Somaliland. Actually, Somaliland is not recognized by any country, but they control their territory, have own currency and stable politics as opposed to Somalia.
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level 49
May 16, 2014
I don't think they qualify as "Partially Recognized" if nobody recognizes them.
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level 54
May 28, 2014
I did not do that, because the way it is now (only countries recognized by generally recognized countries or by countries recognized by those, etcetera) is a much clearer demarcation. If I included Somaliland, there would I think be many remarks to include this-and-that entity as well, and the choice of which to include and which not would be more subjective, if not random.
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level 50
May 16, 2014
What flag is in the picture?
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level 72
May 16, 2014
The Great Arab Revolt Flag (not joking) http://footage.shutterstock.com/clip-1865383-stock-footage-the-great-arab-revolt-flag-is-the-biggest-one-in-the-middle-east.html?language=nl
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level 77
May 17, 2014
It's the most common image used as a flag for Palestine, though nearly identical designs are used for the Jordanian, Kuwaiti, and Emirati flags, and somewhat similar designs are used by Iraq, Egypt, Oman, Yemen, and Syria, maybe others..
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level 43
Jun 8, 2016
It's the Great Arab Revolt Flag, although I'm guessing the poster meant to use the Palestinian flag which has the green and white stripes switched.
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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 80
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 54
Jul 31, 2014
Updated some numbers of recognition and added 'Karabakh' as correct for Nagorno Karabakh
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level 21
Jan 4, 2015
Armenia?
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level 54
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 42
Feb 5, 2015
Transnistria has absolutely no international recognition.
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level 54
Mar 7, 2015
As the quiz says, it is not recognized by any generally recognized state, but it is recognized by South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which are.
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level 61
Nov 7, 2015
This is a very creative quiz, but do you need the first column?
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level 54
Nov 10, 2015
If nothing else, it makes the clue for numbers 14 and 15 easier
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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 67
Jun 21, 2016
What about those new Ukrainian countries, Crimea and what was the other one called?
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level 54
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 77
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 54
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 64
Apr 24, 2017
Yes, true. Pakistan and Azerbaijan being kinda allies... hmm...
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level 67
Oct 9, 2016
Great idea for a quiz. I've heard of them all but only got 7. Partly it's because of how the questions are worded, "recognised only by #11, #12 and #15" doesn't help if you only have one of those three. Although, there aren't any obvious solutions coming to mind. Shame.
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level 55
Mar 1, 2017
What about Somaliland?
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level 54
Mar 6, 2017
Not officially recognized by anyone
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level 85
May 3, 2017
Nagorno Karabakh is now known as Artsakh.
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level 54
May 22, 2017
I have added that as an alternative answer, thanks.
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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 55
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 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 72
Oct 9, 2018
The Cook Islands?