Countries 197 to 205

Can you name these nine countries which aren't recognized by JetPunk but meet other criteria for nationhood?
Countries that have self-proclaimed country status plus mass recognition by other countries AND/OR clear independence in their self-administration from any associated countries
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Last updated: January 14, 2021
First submittedJuly 15, 2014
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status
population
country
Free association with Netherlands
112,000
Aruba
Free association with New Zealand
17,500
Cook Islands
Free association with Netherlands
159,000
Curaçao
Free association with Denmark
52,100
Faroe Islands
Free association with Denmark
56,100
Greenland
Free association with New Zealand
1,620
Niue
Recognized by 138 U.N. member states
5,050,000
Palestine
Free association with Netherlands
41,500
Sint Maarten
African nation, recognised by 40 U.N. members
567,000
Western Sahara
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Level 71
Oct 27, 2014
Hi. If Faroe works for the Faroe Islands, it would be nice if Cook works for the Cook islands. :-)
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Level 52
May 29, 2015
the "oe" in Faroe Islands does mean "Island" in Faroese, so allowing it actually makes sense
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Level 74
Aug 25, 2017
Færøerne (Danish), Føroyar (Faroese) also work now, as well as Faroes and Faeroes.
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Level 74
Jun 25, 2020
Cook/Faroe is inconsistent we agree, so we'll get "Cook" accepted as well now.
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Level 65
Sep 24, 2015
The URL says 'Countries 197 to 205'. What's up with that? :)
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Level 47
Feb 26, 2018
Nothing...
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Level 71
Jun 7, 2020
What?
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Level 51
Jun 7, 2020
Am I the only one who gets this lol
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Level 52
Jun 10, 2020
Yeah, the title needs to be fixed. I think it's Countries 197-204.
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Level 71
Jul 28, 2020
No.
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Level 49
Aug 25, 2020
I thought it used to be? maybe I'm just misremembering
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Level 55
Nov 1, 2015
It is Saint Maarten
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Level 74
Nov 1, 2015
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Level 37
Feb 2, 2017
THANK YOU!
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Level 44
Jan 12, 2021
Saint Maarten is a combination of the names. It's either Saint Martin or Sint Maarten.
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Level 55
Jan 30, 2016
how about åland?
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Level 78
Oct 1, 2016
Aland is just a part of Finland with some special rights. It has no signs of an independent country, except postage stamps.
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Level 78
Apr 22, 2017
Parliament and flag aren't that special, regions, municipalities etc all over the world have them.
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Level 82
May 14, 2020
Åland has some autonomy, but I don't think it's taken as far as the territories mentioned in this quiz. Åland has also a seat in the Finnish parliament.
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Level 35
Apr 24, 2016
Typical me; nearly missing Greenland. WHY???
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Level 66
Aug 26, 2016
Interesting, with the exception of Palestine, all of these are colonies with a high degree of autonomy, as opposed to countries with limited recognition like South Ossetia. If they wanted full independence I doubt anyone would mind. Furthermore, there are many UN recognized countries with the same situation.
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Level 67
Apr 19, 2020
In most cases the countries they are associated with don't mind, and it is their own choose not to cut the last link (one of the reason is defence. If you are tiny and big countries like china russia or the US would try to attack you, they wouldn't stand a chance)
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Level 74
May 12, 2020
Or buy you outright, as per Donald Trump and Greenland.
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Level 62
Jun 7, 2020
I think Morocco would mind if Western Sahara wanted full independence.
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Level 49
Aug 25, 2020
and Georgia if both South Ossetia and Abkhazia gained their claimed independence.
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Level 73
Sep 11, 2020
With the exception of Palestine and Western Sahara - those two really are quite different cases from the other six
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Level 66
Aug 26, 2016
Also, how did you figure out which countries belong on this quiz as opposed to countries 205+. I agree with your decisions, except for Western Sahara, but when I went to citypopulation.de there was no difference.
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Level 74
Feb 22, 2019
These ones exhibit more obviously the traits of countries, either by self-proclaimed country status plus mass recognition by other countries, and/or clear independence in their self-administration from any associated countries. As benchmark comparators, we note that Taiwan, recognized by 23 countries; Marshall Islands and Micronesia, whose defence are both run by the US; Cyprus and Georgia, each of with large chunks of territory under foreign administration; and Vatican City, with just UN-observer status, are all considered to display enough nationhood to qualify as one of the 196 nations of the Countries of the World quiz . The "countries" in the Countries 206 to 242 quiz fall far below these measures.
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Level 35
Feb 3, 2017
You should accept Saint Martin.
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Level 67
Apr 19, 2020
That is not a country but belongs to france. Eventhough it shares an island with Sint Maarten. No reason to accept a bordering territory as an answer instead of the actual name of the country. You don't call Spain Gibraltar or French Guiana Suriname.

Yes the names are similar and in my examples they aren't, but calling something by the name of another excisting but different thing, you just shouldn't do.

Like tongues, tongs and thongs are similar but when it is about picking bread items in the supermarket, I would really only want people to use one of these, and not the others.. ;)

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Level 78
May 17, 2020
It's similar to the island of Hispaniola, which has two countries, Haiti and Dominican Republic, except in this case the entire island which is called Saint Martin in English, Saint-Martin in French, and Sint Maarten in Dutch, is divided into two parts - the French collectivity of Saint-Martin in the north, and the Dutch country of Sint Maarten in the south. The English name Saint Martin only refers to the entire island, as far as I can tell, and not to either of the divisions. Someone please correct me if that's wrong.
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Level 52
May 29, 2017
Where is Artsakh, Abkhazia, Northern Cyprus, Transnistria, Somaliland, and South Ossetia,
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Level 52
May 29, 2017
46 countries recognize SADR not 44.
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Level 74
Jul 4, 2017
Updated, thanks.
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Level 81
Jun 7, 2020
and Puntland, Somaliland, Adjara, Kurdistan, Islamic State, SeaLand, and Disney World
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Level 84
Jun 7, 2020
Some of those are more dangerous than others, particularly Disney World if you're not wearing a mask.
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Level 81
Jun 8, 2020
The pope's Swiss guard would definitely lose in a fight against Mickey's Knights of Ren, even if they do have more fabulous pantaloons.
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Level 43
Aug 21, 2017
tokelau?
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Level 74
Aug 21, 2017
It is a territory of New Zealand. Tokelau has voted twice on proposals to become a nation in free association with New Zealand, like Cook Islands and Niue, in 2006 and 2007, but both votes failed to pass.
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Level 49
Aug 25, 2020
I was wondering about this, thanks for clearing it up!
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Level 71
Sep 8, 2017
I don't agree with including the component countries of the Dutch and Danish crowns on this list. They are no more independent than say Bermuda, Gibraltar or the Falkland islands are. Niue and Cook Is, fair enough, they are actually UN members at lower levels as is Palestine, a UN observer. But SADR is a joke - it's basically a couple of refugee camps in Algeria - the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Somaliland display way more sovereignty than SADR - the TRNC has fully exercised sovereignty since 1974...
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Level 74
Sep 8, 2017
Fair points, though with SADR there is a clearly demarcated line of control between the area occupied by Morocco and the area controlled by SADR; I see parallels between that situation and Georgia/South Ossetia/Abkhazia or Cyprus/Northern Cyprus. Most importantly though, not one single country has recognized Morocco's claim to Western Sahara's territory following its invasion. The difference between the component countries of the Kingdoms of Netherlands and Denmark, and the relationship of the UK to Bermuda, Gibraltar and Falkland Islands, is that the UK's territories are unambiguously territories. Conversely, no-one suggests that Greenland, Aruba etc, are territories and not countries. But I take your point that Greenland, Aruba, etc are more ambiguous in their status, being countries within kingdoms.
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Level 33
Sep 23, 2017
Please allow St. Martin
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Level 74
Sep 23, 2017
divantilya's answer above has already covered this point.
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Level 53
Dec 4, 2017
Kosovo and Taiwan???
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Level 61
Dec 5, 2017
Taiwan is independent and so is Kosovo.
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Level 15
Aug 24, 2018
Should Palestine be on this? Just a question, no argument! 😊
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Level 74
Aug 24, 2018
Yes, I think the evidence is strong enough for it to be on the Countries of The World quiz, let alone this one.
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Level 53
Jul 20, 2019
Palestine shouldn't be in this quiz. They're exactly like Catalonia- just a part of the country that wants independence.

If you'll add Catalonia it will be ok to add palestine

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Level 74
Jul 20, 2019
There is one big difference - Palestine is recognised by 138 nations, and Catalonia by none. In fact, Palestine ought to be in the Countries of the World quiz, as it is on Sporcle.
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Level 60
Jun 7, 2020
@Georgerandy Palestine is not a "part of a country that wants independence". They are a pre-existing country that was pushed aside by another (kind of illegal) settlement of Jews, which ultimately developed into Israel. I'm not against the presence of Jews in Palestine, it's just that the Zionists (which i understand are a small part of the Israeli citizens) are too aggressive and are not settling down to talk fairly.
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Level 55
Jun 7, 2020
@Eigengrau

Definitely not a pre-existing country. There has never really been an independent Palestine. Ottoman Empire -> British Mandate -> Israel/Palestinian Authority/Hamas.

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Level 56
Jun 7, 2020
Fully agree with Eigengrau.
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Level 61
Oct 5, 2020
Clearly, one of these things is not like the others.
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Level 28
Jan 29, 2019
Turks islands
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Level 74
Jan 29, 2019
Please note the instructions - see if you can find it at the Countries 206 to 242 quiz.
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Level 28
Jan 29, 2019
French guyana??
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Level 74
Jan 29, 2019
Part of France.
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Level 71
Feb 22, 2019
It's spelt 'French Guiana'.
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Level 46
Mar 18, 2019
@JackintheBox : it's spelt Guyane in french, hence the confusion. (and it's easier too)
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Level 41
Feb 16, 2019
You Could add northern Ireland , wales and scotland
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Level 82
Jun 9, 2020
Give it a year...
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Level 71
Feb 22, 2019
Got all first try :)
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Level 46
Mar 18, 2019
Could you accept "Faroe" or "Feroe" ? Without the s ?
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Level 74
Mar 18, 2019
We accept Faroe Islands, Faeroe Islands, Faroes, Faeroes, Færøerne (Danish) and Føroyar (Faroese) - we think that's enough!
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Level 80
May 12, 2020
Could you accept "Phöreauw"?
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Level 82
Jul 28, 2020
next someone will be asking for pharaoh
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Level 43
May 18, 2019
Puerto Rico?
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Level 74
May 20, 2019
Do they want to be independent? Last I heard, they want to be even more US-of-A-ey than they are now.
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Level 37
Jul 1, 2019
^ You're right. Empirically more Puerto Ricans wish to become the 51st US State than want to be independent. States have more rights than Territories and many on the island have observed the economic deterioration in some of the islands which have opted for independence. (i. e. Haiti is still struggling after more than two centuries of independence).
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Level 62
Apr 23, 2020
Maybe the british crown depencies Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man should been listed here. They have a high degree of independence, except for defense and foreign affairs, that UK is taking care of.
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Level 55
May 12, 2020
I think you should change the thumbnail as it shows an answer for the quiz.
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Level 74
May 12, 2020
OK, we'll replace it with a famous photo from the same answer: the beach by its main airport, which features spectacular low flyovers by planes as they land.
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Level 29
May 12, 2020
Greenland and the Faroe Islands are not in free association with Denmark.They are autonomous parts of the Kingdom of Denmark whose powers are devolved from the Danish parliament (similar to Scotland and Wales' status within the UK).
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Level 74
May 12, 2020
They are both. A free association between states is one where there is a minor partner in a formal, free relationship between a political territory with a degree of statehood and a (usually larger) nation, for which no other specific term, such as protectorate, is adopted.
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Level 78
May 17, 2020
I've never had a good understanding of this issue. The US has free association agreements with FS Micronesia, Palua, and the Marshall Islands, and they are considered one of the 196, so what is the difference between those nations and the ones you list here? What else is required to be recognized as a sovereign nation, and are any of these on the pathway to that?
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Level 75
May 12, 2020
An excellent quiz, and also some informed discussion in the comments.
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Level 66
May 13, 2020
Why isn't Puerto Rico here again?
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Level 74
May 13, 2020
See our reply to em2133 above.
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Level 48
Jun 7, 2020
If that's the criteria, then Taiwan and Kosovo should also be included here.
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Level 74
Jun 7, 2020
If that's the "criterion". "Criteria" is plural.
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Level 81
Jun 7, 2020
you list 2 criteria
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Level 74
Jun 7, 2020
In that case it should be "they're the criteria" :)
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Level 81
Jun 7, 2020
Taiwan and Kosovo are both on the Countries of the World quiz
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Level 43
Jun 7, 2020
Why does "Cook" not work for Cook Islands?
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Level 57
Jun 7, 2020
Yeah, if Faore works for Faroe Islands, why not Cook for Cook Islands?
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Level 73
Jun 25, 2020
Agreed. Got Faroe, typed Cook, didn't get it, and figured it wasn't the right answer so I didn't bother typing Islands.
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Level 74
Aug 25, 2020
OK, "Cook" works now.
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Level 84
Jun 7, 2020
I still haven't seen a comment truly explaining why Abkhazia and South Ossetia aren't on this list. They are more recognized as independent than some others on the list. And (although I don't agree) JetPunk seems to have conceded Crimea to Russia in all its maps, so it's not a JP anti-Russia-military thing.
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Level 63
Jun 7, 2020
Jetpunk should only include UN countries for example Kosovo shouldn't be on site
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Level 81
Jun 7, 2020
JetPunk's policy is to observe real-world sovereignty. The UN's is more of a popularity contest.
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Level 74
Jun 7, 2020
It's nice to see you think that one quiz website's editor is a better judge of what a country is than the combined leadership of the 190+ member states of the United Nations.
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Level 61
Jun 7, 2020
One has obvious vested interests, the other does not.
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Level 81
Jun 8, 2020
exactly. What's more likely to be neutral? If your answer is a huge bureaucratic political body where everything is decided by committee, that's obviously the wrong answer. A single informed person without any particular political axe to grind, with no diplomatic or economic interests or ulterior motives, who applies the same consistent standard to every country they evaluate, can make much more impartial judgments than a gigantic organization that can only make decisions through voting which of course is ruled by popularity, politics, and various causes du jour.
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Level 74
Jun 25, 2020
What a ridiculous false choice. No-one is being asked to choose between the leadership of 137 nations and our esteemed quizmaster, even though it is more likely the combined wisdom of the said 137 countries and the origination declarer would carry the greater weight than one person. What we suggest people do is to decide from first principles: is the unilateral declaration of independence by a country, followed by its recognition by 137 other countries, enough to qualify it as being a country in the eyes of what you would describe as any person with no particular axe to grind, with no diplomatic or economic interests or ulterior motives?
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Level 73
Jun 7, 2020
Then The Vatican wouldn't be a country then either. Switzerland also wouldn't have been a country by that definition until 2002.
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Level 81
Jun 8, 2020
Right. And from 1945-1971, The Republic of China (Taiwan) was a real, sovereign country, while The People's Republic of China (China) was not... but then in 1971 even though nothing had changed, Taiwan magically ceased to be sovereign and China instantly popped into being. That had nothing at all to do with politics, right?
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Level 46
Jul 14, 2020
i was thinking somaliland for the bottom one i completly forgot about western sahara
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Level 56
Jul 15, 2020
Finally featured! :D
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Level 82
Jul 28, 2020
Interesting aruba is here but it is an accepted type-in for caribbean netherlands on the 206 - 242 quiz. Not complaining, it makes it easier to complete.
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Level 74
Jul 28, 2020
Aruba shouldn't be a type-in in the other quiz, will get that updated. Caribbean Netherlands consists of Sint Eustatius, Bonaire and Saba.
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Level 62
Jul 29, 2020
Why are Faroe Islands and Greenland listed here, but not Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey? What is the difference?
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Level 74
Jul 29, 2020
Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey are all British Crown Dependencies, whereas Faroe Islands and Greenland are two of the three constituent countries that comprise the Kingdom of Denmark.
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Level 62
Jul 30, 2020
Yes, but their level of independence are the same. They are all independent, except in defence and foreign affairs. The crown dependencies share queen with UK, but that are also Canada and Australia doing.
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Level 51
Aug 30, 2020
This quiz seems a bit vague!? How does Bougainville not qualify? Autonomous region of Papua New Guinea, that last year (2019) held a independence referendum (overseen by New Zealand) in which 98% voted for full independence...? Check out unpo.org (Unrepresented nations and peoples organisation) and James Ker-Lindsay's YouTube channel for more info on partially recognised states! P.s. Free Barotseland!
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Level 74
Aug 30, 2020
As the referendum is non-binding the 98% vote in favour of independence did not trigger independence automatically; in fact Bougainville hasn't declared independence yet.
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Level 43
Oct 9, 2020
At least I guessed Curaçao.
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Level 54
Oct 26, 2020
The link on this page to the quiz for 206 to 242 has a typo in it and isn't working, for anyone looking it is here:

https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/63858/countries-206-to-242

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Level 74
Jan 14, 2021
Link fixed, thanks.
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Level 53
Dec 15, 2020
Shouldn't England,Wales and Scotland be listed here as well? They're in similar relation with each other as Netherlands, Aruba, Sint Maarten and Curacao.
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Level 43
Jan 8, 2021
States or provinces don't count. These are territories (or disputed territories)
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Level 65
Feb 3, 2021
Why is Bonaire the only major Dutch Caribbean territory not to have free association with the Netherlands?
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Level 74
Feb 3, 2021
Because, unlike the other three nations, it is a part of the (European-based) country of the Netherlands.
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Level 22
Feb 8, 2021
Please accept Sahrawi
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Level 74
Feb 9, 2021
We already do.