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  • Danny

    Sikkim was a country, then was a part of Nepal and then finally the British monarchy made it a part of India when they were in charge. Just clarifying.

    • Kenny

      @Danny – British monarchy left India in 1947. In 1975, the Prime Minister of Sikkim appealed to the Indian Parliament for Sikkim to become a state of India.

  • Rajimus123

    nice list! interesting note: probably going to see Bhutan disappear in the next decade or so. The Chinese military expands the Chinese border by about 2-3 kilometers area. They literally just pick up the entire camp settlements and spend the year building fences, roads and border barriers.

  • Tim Smith

    Ahem, Prussia?

    • Ken

      Prussia merged with other regional Germanic states to become the German Empire in 1871. This list is limited to the 20th Century

  • ParusMajor

    Oh, wait. Doesn’t #4 still exist?

    • ParusMajor

      Sorry, I googled it. I was thinking United Arab Emirates.

  • auto devis

    how about Zaire

    • Niczarc

      Zaire didnt disappear, it just changed it just became another congo

  • taylor

    Another person that doesn’t know the difference between England and Britain.

    • You missed the perfect opportunity to enlighten, rather than just criticize. Please reply to this with information we can all use in the future.

      • ParusMajor

        I can reply for taylor. Great Britain is the island that contains Scotland, Wales and England. The UK is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the latter of which isn’t on the island of Great Britain.) Sometimes the United Kingdom is called Britain, but England is only a part of it.

        • ParusMajor

          If I may clarify this further, calling Britain England is just like if I called the whole of USA Texas.

        • Thanks, Parus. That was very helpful. Now explain why Africa is not a country. 😉

          • ParusMajor

            Africa is not a country because Africa is a person in the Spanish telenovela “Los Serrano” (2003-2008, Telecinco España). Now thank me again for being helpful. 🙂

            • ParusMajor

              Ha! TopTenzMaster. I’ve got an answer for everything you can throw at me. Sometimes you don’t even see it coming. 😀

  • Johan

    Russia disappeared in 1917. Has not yet returned. I miss it.

    • ParusMajor

      You’re delusional. Russia came back in 1991, when the Soviet Union folded.

      • Johan

        What part of “Has not yet returned” did you not understand? The only thing today’s “Russia” has in common with The Real Russia, is the name. Maybe in the future Russia will be back, but for now, it is a lost country.

        • ParusMajor

          Well, OK, if that’s your opinion. The fact is, though, that there is a country called the Russian Federation nowadays. Or ?????????? ????????? .

          • ParusMajor

            Damn, TopTenzMaster! Those question marks were supposed to be Russian letters! The same thing if I try to write Chinese or Japanese. You should address this problem!

    • FMH

      What? You want a monarchy based on serfdom back?

    • abc

      Pfff. Soviet Union was nothing less than imperial Russia with a changed name and traditional criminal policy towards conquered peoples. And before you say this nonsens – no, it also doesn’t matter that Stalin was a Georgian – he was an absolute ruler like many rulers in the past originating from abroad. He ruled Russia and Russians obeyed his rule, bringing genocide to Russia’s neighbours. So don’t try to whiten Russia just because it was doing its usual things under changed name.

  • Jordan

    This has been my favourite list in a long time. Thanks and keep up the good work!

  • Agent69

    The war in Yugoslavia was NOT a civil war. And all the republics have existed throughout history. So it’s not like all of the sudden there were these new countries.

    • FMH

      What part of history exactly are you talking about?

      • ParusMajor

        He’s talking about any part of history. Yugoslavia was a made-up country after WW2 that only existed from 1945 to 1992. Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia are all way older countries. (Those were the countries that Yugoslavia consisted of, if you didn’t get it, stupid!)

        • ParusMajor

          …and Kosovo (sorry Kosovo, I totally forgot about you)

          • FMH

            If you ask Serbia, for example, Kosovo is not a country at all, but one of their provinces. Not many share that opinion, but it shows quite well what is going on there.

        • FMH

          No, that’s exactly my point. When did those countries exist before? Most didn’t.

        • FMH

          You could have tought a bit by yourself or researched why there was so much fighting going on there since WWI – before calling me stupid: Many borders there did never represent actual countries, the ethnicites and cultures being mixed up by almost two milennia of foreign rule. Nationalist movements of countless groups in the 19th and 20th century tried to form their own states, justifying their claims from long gone historic situations that had nothing to do with the contemporary situation. The states that came from that always made some other group angry and led to more wars. Even the names of some of the countries are a reason to fight about. Greece is still mad about Macedonia calling itself by that name, even tough it once was somehow coherent with a Ottomoan province by the same name – while the Macedonian people derive their name from the antique Greek Makedonia, a more or less ficticous story.

          • ParusMajor

            I apologise for calling you stupid. I am truly sorry about that. It was uncalled for.

  • FMH

    Very nice list.

  • Mando Garza

    What about Serbia and Montenegro? They were wipe out after WW2.

    • ParusMajor

      ..but they came back after Yugoslavia disbanded in the 1990’s, at least in some form. Did you read FMH’s comments?

      • Mando Garza

        Yeah. I totally forgot about it.

  • karmorda

    “Under the peaceful tutelage of a chain of Dalai Lamas”

    please tell me this line was a joke……..

  • filthrealm

    The USSR was not a bulwark of Marxist Stalinism for seven decades. Krushchev (Stalin’s successor) renounced Stalinism soon after taking power.

    • ParusMajor

      But he didn’t do it very well. The USSR invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968 and put it under their iron boot, just like they had done to Hungary in 1956 and tried to do to Finland during the Winter War (but failed). Lech Walesa in Poland and Gorbachev in the Soviet Union and possibly also Reagan ended the Cold War, imho. And of course the people of those countries, when they e.g. broke the Berlin Wall.

  • Silesian

    Well countries ok… I thought it will be little bit more related with the nations.

    Austro-Hungary, Yugoslavia (to some extend) and Soviet Union were just empires which occupied other nations and more or less it was sure that they will split into pieces.

    Czechoslovakia and East Germany were the artificial countries. Czechoslovakia two nations with they own lands, East Germany had their fellows across the boarder.

    What we can learn from it, is that current maps are not forever. Especially in Europe where there are some strong independence movements like those in Scotland, Catalunya, Basks Country, Flandres, Bavaria and many more to come.

  • berliner

    “Finally coming apart in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, and the subsequent collapse of Communism in eastern Europe” – It’s not true. The Berlin wall fell after collapse of communism in central and eastern Europe, look here for more information: .

    • ParusMajor

      I didn’t say that the fall of the Berlin Wall was the first thing that happened, of course the communism collapsed first (Lech Walesa, etc). The Berlin Wall was a symbol of the Cold War, though, so it was an important happening when it was brought down by the people of both East and West Germany.

  • Fred

    I’m a big punk fan and I just like to say Biafra!

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  • Zubair

    I am glad to know that people still believe that Bangladesh is still East Pakistan.