Countries 243 to 250

Beyond citypopulation.de's 242 countries lie a few more states claiming to be countries as well - can you name them? We exclude a delightful list of micronations you might want to have a read of sometime.
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Last updated: March 2, 2021
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country claiming it
country
Azerbaijan
Nagorno-Karabakh
Cyprus
Northern Cyprus
Georgia
Abkhazia
South Ossetia
Iraq / Turkey
Kurdistan
Moldova
Transnistria
Somalia
Somaliland
Spain
Catalonia
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Level 63
Jul 6, 2017
Perhaps you should also add Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) to this list?
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Level 74
Jul 6, 2017
Yes! Which has changed this quiz's title as well.
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Level 67
Apr 19, 2020
I think that was the one I was trying to type, but made it into something like Arbakh ang gave up. A combo of abkazia, karabakh and artsakh..

And askabath kept going through my mind.. (Ashgabat). Anyway, I big mess all I knew for sure there was atleast one place starting with an a on here haha

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Level 40
Apr 8, 2021
FREE ARTSAKH! OR EVEN BETTER, GIVE IT TO ARMENIA!
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Level 59
Jul 7, 2017
you should except tskhinvali for south ossetia
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Level 67
Nov 18, 2017
Why? I'm pretty sure this is a capital of South Ossetia...
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Level 71
Sep 8, 2017
ALL of these have better reasons for inclusion on the previous list than the dependant territories on it
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Level 74
Sep 8, 2017
Quite possibly! Although if you look at the instructions for each quiz, you'll see why each is in each quiz: Answers in Countries 197 to 205 are drawn only from nations listed in citypopulation.de's country list, whereas answers here do not appear in citypopulation.de.
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Level 59
Oct 12, 2017
Looks like Kurdistan may join the list soon...
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Level 75
May 1, 2018
Erdogan will do his best to stop that from happening.
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Level 65
Jan 26, 2018
What a pain to see here Somaliland, a country that has been de facto independant since 1993, has managed to conduct cleaner and more democratic elections than 90% of african countries, and has developed a political stable model, when world's attention is focused on the failed state of Somalia, where UN's money only serve corrupted politicians...

Somaliland's model should be adapted to Somalia, not the western one!

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Level 59
Apr 24, 2020
Only problem is, nobody, UN member or not, recognizes Somaliland.
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Level 48
Sep 4, 2020
Which I rather think is his (her?) point.
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Level 72
Sep 10, 2020
Ah yes, let's support a state that follows the sharia, in which 97% of women are sexually mutilated and where homosexuality is severely punished

Oh wait Somalia isn't any better...

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Level 45
Jun 25, 2018
please accept north cyprus for northern cyprus
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Level 74
Jun 25, 2018
It's never called that!
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Level 57
Jul 30, 2020
It actually is sometimes.
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Level 48
Sep 4, 2020
Yes, I agree
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Level 81
Sep 10, 2020
Grantma: by whom? According to most of the world, Northern Cyprus is part of the country of Cyprus, which is a different thing, and has been illegally occupied by Turkey. According to the government of Northern Cyprus and of Turkey, it's the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. That's it's official name. Even those (very few) entities that recognize TRNC's legitimacy and sovereignty don't call it simply "Cyprus."
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Level 74
Sep 10, 2020
Having visited both Northern Cyprus and the southern Republic of Cyprus, they each function as fully independent countries. Frankly, Northern Cyprus's non-recognition, beyond by Turkey, completely baffles me.
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Level 81
Sep 11, 2020
It's politics, Jerry. Same reason why Palestine has observer status at the UN. Politics. Not a reflection of the facts on the ground.
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Level 67
Dec 17, 2018
I read the link in the description about micronations ( yes... the entire description of all of them...) and... asgardia... location space haha!
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Level 68
Jul 12, 2019
Hmm. 7 answers but 6 boxes? I feel tricked here
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Level 74
Jul 12, 2019
Fixed - sorry about that!
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Level 57
Sep 28, 2019
Tibet, Kurdistan, Chechnya, Scotland, and Wales could be here.
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Level 59
Mar 25, 2020
Don't forget Quebec!
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Level 56
Dec 28, 2019
Why does the UK not count? Because they're not claiming independence?
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Level 50
Nov 9, 2020
Because it's a sovereign country?
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Level 71
Feb 17, 2020
why is Catalonia on this list? If one includes Catalonia then Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Corsica, Flanders and Bavaria - and certainly Kurdistan - should be on it too
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Level 56
Aug 7, 2020
As someone from Flanders, it shouldn't be on this list. I can guarantee you that if a referendum is held today that not a lot of people would vote for independence. It wouldn't even be close to 50%. The 2 separatist parties might get 50% in polls, but that's because of immigration problems and also to say a f*ck you to our political system which is beyond broken.
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Level 83
Apr 4, 2020
How about Bougainville and Kurdistan?
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Level 38
Apr 13, 2020
As much as I am supportive of the Catalan independence movement, Catalonia doesn't have anything like the autonomy of any of the others in the list. It also has less autonomy than the constituent parts of the UK, for instance.

It has held a few referenda but never actually declared independence from Spain.

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Level 74
Apr 13, 2020
The Parliament of Catalonia passed a declaration of independence on 27 October 2017, following a referendum that produced a 90% vote in favour of independence. The central Spanish government keeps wailing that both were "illegal" - but all votes of independence anywhere have always been "illegal". History is littered with big groups trying to cling onto smaller groups, even when the smaller groups want to leave - USA from Great Britain in 1776, Bangladesh from Pakistan in 1971, Timor-Leste from Indonesia in 1975 to name but three.
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Level 61
May 28, 2020
Only 40% of the Catalans voted in that referendum though
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Level 71
Jun 7, 2020
The 'vote' was illegal and unacceptable anywhere in the democratic world. Polling stations were broken into; there were no electoral lists; there were no precautions against multiple voting; the elections were boycotted by over half the electorate. There has been no election ever in Catalonia where independence or parties supporting it have obtained over 50% of the electorate and the only reason there is the slimmest of majorities for independence parties in the regional parliament are the vagaries of the electoral system - they never actually win the popular vote. It was a vote for one side only, akin to elections in the Soviet Union and other dictatorships. The Catalans overwhelmingly supported the current Spanish constitution when it was put to referendum and had input into drawing it up. The Constitution outlines the process by which it could be modified thereby allowing Catalan independence. You giving credibility to them here is shameful
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Level 82
Jul 30, 2020
The fact that it was legal or not is not the most important here. Yes, Catalonia tried to take their independance. But they failed, at least for the moment, Spain has taken direct control of the region, Catalonia is not a sovereign country right now. To be continued...
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Level 74
Jul 30, 2020
* independence
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Level 82
Jul 31, 2020
Yeah, yeah, very constructive, Jerry...
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Level 81
Sep 10, 2020
What about Chechnya? They declared independence in 1991.
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Level 44
Apr 20, 2020
Please could you accept Trans-Dniester or Pridnestrovie for Transnistria? I tried both of these.
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Level 72
May 12, 2020
Seconded. I tried just about every spelling possible just not Transnistria
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Level 74
May 12, 2020
Transdniestria also works now.
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Level 71
Jun 7, 2020
Which doesn't help those of us who write transdniester over and over again. Clearly my bad.
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Level 62
Jun 8, 2020
Nice! Can you make a capitals version?
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Level 74
Jul 29, 2020
Sure, here it is. Some tough answers in there, so good luck!
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Level 64
Jul 29, 2020
I have a feeling that Catalonia doesn't deserve to be in this quiz considering that all the other countries in this quiz are technically functioning like a real country - with actual government acting independently from the home country - while Catalonia just declared independence and was kicked out before anything... Anyways nice quiz!
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Level 81
Sep 10, 2020
well... there are some "countries" that aren't any more independent than Catalonia on the 197 to 206 and 207 to 242 quizzes.
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Level 66
Aug 5, 2020
Artsakh is Armenia
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Level 71
Sep 4, 2020
Kurdistan has stepped back from declaring independence and Catalonia is no more independent than Scotland either. However Bougainville has voted overwhelmingly for independence and there are votes pending in Chuuk (Truk, FSM) and New Caledonia....
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Level 74
Sep 4, 2020
There is a major difference between Scotland and Catalonia. Scotland rejected independence at its most recent referendum. Catalonia voted for independence at its most recent referendum, and followed that up with a declaration of independence by its parliament. It'll be interesting to see how things play out in Bougainville, Chuuk and New Caledonia over the coming period.
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Level 71
Jan 1, 2021
As mentioned before, Catalonia voted in a referendum with a 40% turnout that was neither free nor fair with well-documented abuses and that was boycotted by the other side. Pro independence forces have never collectively obtained more than 50% of the vote in any election in Catalonia with at least a 50% turnout. The 'declaration' by the regional government is meaningless, comparing this with other countries' struggles for freedom against oppression is insulting - given that there actually is a legal constitutional way for Catalonia to gain independence. Please delete it from this quiz, along with Kurdistan who have also held back from declaring or seeking independence. Good to see that New Caledonia have rejected independence twice in 2 referenda in 2 years now.
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Level 66
Sep 10, 2020
You might include as well Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic, which seceded from Ukraine in 2014 (although most say they are Russian puppet-States, which however could apply as a definition also to Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transnistria).
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Level 71
Feb 23, 2021
and ALL of them have more justification for being on this list than Catalonia
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Level 81
Sep 10, 2020
Oh yeah. Catalonia. Should have guessed that. Especially with the thumbnail which I just noticed, duh. I was trying to remember the names of both Spanish exclaves in Africa. That's the only one I missed other than the one in Azerbaijan never heard of that one. I've been by South Ossetia, and spent about a week in Northern Cyprus before. Transnistria I remember as being the only place that wouldn't accept my car's paperwork for entry and so I had to drive around it on my way to Ukraine. (Serbia would later become the only place that accepted the paperwork on the way in but did not accept it on the way out and used this as a pretext to steal my car - I preferred the Transnistrian's approach)
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Level 81
Sep 10, 2020
oh wait I have heard of the Azerbaijani one. That's that disputed exclave that's also claimed by Armenia, I think. I knew that was there. Wouldn't have remembered the name, though.
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Level 66
Mar 13, 2021
The time that you posted this is somewhat ironic. Just a bit more than 2 weeks before Nagorno-Karabakh blew up all over the news.
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Level 64
Sep 10, 2020
Can you accept Abchasia and North Cyprus?
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Level 74
Sep 10, 2020
Abchasen, its name in German, also works now.
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Level 45
Sep 10, 2020
Can you accept Abkhasia or Abkasia
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Level 55
Dec 15, 2020
If not for spelling, I'd have them all lol
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Level 71
Mar 1, 2021
I keep checking back in the hope you will correct the two serious errors here but you seem happy to leave something simply wrong standing. Kurdistan has not declared independence and while the 2017 referendum was in favour, the Iraqi Supreme Court has declared secession illegal and the Regional Government has officially accepted this legal decision. Catalonia likewise is still clearly part of Spain and fully participates as part of the nation state, the referendum was both undemocratic and illegal and there have been no moves to attempt the legal path open to them. The other entities actually exist with full and unique functioning sovereignty over the territories in their hands (although in the case of SADR the land actually controlled is far less than that claimed!). It would be nice if this quiz finally reflects real world reality...
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Level 74
Mar 2, 2021
Please read the instructions. Secessions have generally been declared "illegal" by the larger power that wants to continue to assert authority over it, although from the perspective of the nations that just want to leave and get on with life, it's perfectly legal. History is full of these cases, USA from the UK in the 1700's, Bangladesh from Pakistan in the 1970's and East Timor from Indonesia in the 2000's, to name just three. In each of those cases a bloody war of independence was fought before the seceding nations got their way.
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Level ∞
Mar 2, 2021
I just want to lead my life and get on without the U.S. government. Can I declare independence? What if I get a friend? What if I get 3 friends? 1000 friends? What is the the smallest group of people that you think should be able to unilaterally declare independence? These are not easy questions.
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Level 74
Mar 2, 2021
The answer to your first question is that you can indeed. If you look to the list of micronations that you can link to from the instructions, it looks like several of these are the brainchild of a single person :) Getting widespread recognition, though, is another matter.