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Dec 7th, 2009 at 03:21 GMT
What about Bhutan and Nepal?
Dec 7th, 2009 at 03:29 GMT
Both Bhutan and Nepal were under British colonial protection, albeit a relatively lenient one.
Dec 7th, 2009 at 18:08 GMT
Very cool quiz, much better than your 1776 one.
Dec 7th, 2009 at 18:25 GMT
Not bad, but you could use a source. Some of the criteria for determining the independence of a country seem questionable.
Dec 7th, 2009 at 18:28 GMT
@EasilyConfused: If you give me examples I will certainly look into them.
Dec 7th, 2009 at 19:19 GMT
Might want to accept Austro-Hungarian Empire for "Austria-Hungary"
Dec 7th, 2009 at 22:26 GMT
Looks good, but a source would be very helpful. Also Austro-Hungary should be given as an alternative.
Dec 8th, 2009 at 12:39 GMT
Canada was independent in 1914; it separated from England in 1867 the whole Statute of Westminster question is a canard. And by that same principle, you would also need to add South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Dec 8th, 2009 at 22:59 GMT
Canada was not independent in 1914, nor were Australia or New Zealand. When WWI started, these three countries had to follow the United Kingdom in its conscription effort. Canada did not separate from the U.K. in 1867, this is "simply" the date for the Confederation. There isn't a specific date of independence for Canada, because it happened very gradually. For instance, Canada did not have its current flag and national anthem until the 1960s and the Constitution dates back from 1982. Just thought I would add my two cents. Pretty interesting quiz. Same comment as others: please accept Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Dec 9th, 2009 at 22:20 GMT
@amidabutsu: Austro-Hungarian Empire IS accepted.
Dec 11th, 2009 at 18:25 GMT
The status of Nepal and Bhutan, as well as that of Tibet, is ambiguous. Afghanistan, however, was independent enough to keep neutral during WWI.
Dec 13th, 2009 at 14:40 GMT
so few countries in Asia...
Dec 14th, 2009 at 10:55 GMT
The Holy See (Vatican)?
Dec 15th, 2009 at 15:54 GMT
india was counted as a seperate state though it was also part of the british empire. Ditto as mentioned Nepal ,Canada et al.
Dec 15th, 2009 at 21:26 GMT
Vatican City State was not established until 1929.
Dec 15th, 2009 at 23:02 GMT
I deliberately used the phrase Holy See (Vatican) to distinguish it from the Vatican City state which, as you say, only came into existence following the conclusion of the Lateran Treaty in 1929. Conversely, the Holy See had been accorded the rights and privileges of a sovereign state since the Middle Ages and, as such, has a logner history of independence than many of the countries included. Indeed, to this day, it is the Holy See rather than the Vatican City state that has diplomatic relations with around 180 countries around the world and participates in numerous international organizations - including the UN. On that basis, I would argue strongly that the Holy See should be included.
Jan 1st, 2010 at 21:05 GMT
@Probus: I know all that. But a COUNTRY can not exist without territory.
Jan 6th, 2010 at 12:56 GMT
Nice quiz. As a nitpick, I'd suggest "German Empire" instead of Germany (but still admit Germany as an answer).
May 1st, 2010 at 01:04 GMT
What about Siam? Wasn't it independent in 1914?
May 28th, 2010 at 13:49 GMT
@ambidabutsu: The change in flag and the presence of a national anthem is irrelevant. The United States did not have its current flag until 1959. Would you say that the US was not independent until its current flag was adopted. And you can't use the fact that previous Canadian flag included the Union Jack - after all, that would mean that Australia still isn't independent! Symbols are important for identity, but they are not measures of independence. In considering a year for Canadian independence, I think you can look at 1867 (confederation) 1919 (league of Nations), 1931 (Statute of Westminster), and 1982 (Canada Act). I would be inclined to use 1867, except for the fact that as you point out, Canada had no choice about entering World War I, which is the pivotal event of 1914. However, if you prefer to use 1982, then you probably shouldn't consider the UK as independent today, because it has ceded too much authority to the European Union.
Sep 3rd, 2010 at 20:01 GMT
I'm a little surprised that Brazil is guessed more than Portugal.
Aug 10th, 2011 at 13:09 GMT
Afghanistan was, without a doubt, independent. They were being used as a buffer state between Russia and India and had beaten back the British on two (or three?) occasions.
Oct 12th, 2011 at 04:56 GMT
I would say that ability to conduct an independent foreign policy, which Canada did not have until after World War I, is absolutely essential to the idea of being an independent country. So the dominions are rightfully not included here.
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