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Jun 2nd, 2009 at 04:27 GMT
How about a League of Nations quiz?
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 04:28 GMT
Not bad for a guess the countries quiz. It would be better with a shorter time limit, though, since that would increase the need for a knowledge of history and not just geography.
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 04:29 GMT
A bit surprised how few countries that no longer exist are on this list. I thought there would be more.
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 04:33 GMT
Solid quiz...wish it were alphabetical to hone in on a few I missed, but lots of fun.
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 04:34 GMT
With Kevin on The Alphabetical Order. But fun good thinking quiz!
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Jun 2nd, 2009 at 04:41 GMT
Lotta second-tier countries here.
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 04:42 GMT
forgot Ukraine and Belarus. I thought the USSR controlled them in 1945?
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 04:49 GMT
I missed India and the Philippines. India was still under British control in 1945 and the Philippines was under the US, so I didn't think they were eligible. As for Ukraine and Belarus, they were always UN members, even though they were part of the USSR.
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 04:54 GMT
I had good luck guessing countries 49/51. Good quiz. I only missed Ukraine and Belarus: odd to see them since they were controlled by the USSR st the time
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 04:54 GMT
Got USSR with 30 seconds left and smacked myself, after trying Russia multiple times.
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 04:58 GMT
This is an awesome quiz that does make you get really angry with yourself after finishing the quiz
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 05:08 GMT
A very fun quiz. Although it really did just turn into a 'name all the countries' quiz towards the end. and I agree with the above, alphabetical order would help
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 05:12 GMT
i got 49/51, but that is overshadowed by the fact that i guessed germany and japan during the quiz...i'm an idiot...
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 05:19 GMT
Woohoo! Got 'em all with 8 seconds to spare! It really helped doing the Countries of the World quiz though. Definitely not supposed to be how you solve it, I guess. And yes, I too guessed Germany and Japan. *facepalm*
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 05:29 GMT
I'm a little confused by some of these. Ukraine and Belarus have been mentioned by others—were these not part of the Soviet Union in 1945? They were both founding members of the USSR in 1922. Perhaps I just don't understand their status within the USSR; I imagined they were similar to the states of the United States or the constituent countries of the United Kingdom. Also, I'm a little confused about India, since it didn't gain its independence from the UK until 1947. I'm not doubting the correctness of these answers; I'm just curious about some of the details.
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 05:46 GMT
Agree on Belarus and Ukraine, didn't even think to enter them (though I had gotten India and the Philippines, so I should have known that non-independent states were possibilities here). Still, it felt very much like a refined CotW quiz; knowing the three African countries not controlled by Europe prior to WWII saved a LOT of time.
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 05:48 GMT
Got Belarus because I thought it was separate from the USSR. Started typing Ukraine before I remembered it was USSR. Bugger. Took me a bit to spell Czechoslovakia - couldn't remember what the middle vowel was!
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 06:00 GMT
“Belarus” and “Ukraine” should not be official answers since they did not go by those names in 1945. Before they were independent, they held seats in the UN General Assembly under the names “Byelorussian S.S.R.” and “Ukrainian S.S.R.”. In effect, the Soviet Union was allocated three seats to give it some balance against the majority of members that were aligned with the West. See http://un.org/en/members/growth.shtml
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 06:11 GMT
Spot on today, I had been thinking the quizzes as of late were boring but both of todays so far were awesome
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 07:26 GMT
Count me in as confused by Belarus/Ukraine. Also missed one of the African countries, 2 layup Europeans and a certain 2 country-island. Love the quiz though, but also agree about time, I got plenty just by guessing random countries.
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Jun 2nd, 2009 at 07:41 GMT
me believes us should be accepted for united states
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 07:43 GMT
Because of the one country one vote system in the general assembly it was in the USSR's interest to have some puppets admitted separately to make the Eastern bloc vote larger.
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 10:22 GMT
Didn't know about Ukraine/Belarus either, only two I missed, although I didn't think about South Africa until I had about five seconds left! Remembering Ethiopia/Liberia being indipendant definitely helped too.
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 10:54 GMT
up side about having the USSR as an acceptable answer, not worrying about typing in all those -stan countries *shudders*
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 11:38 GMT
managed to get the five "hardest" ones but forgot China :P
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 12:15 GMT
Re: Ukraine and Belarus, the US State Department's version is at http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/pubs/fs/55407.htm "Stalin had originally requested seats for all sixteen Soviet Socialist Republics, but at Yalta this request was turned down, and the compromise was to allow Ukraine and Byelorussia into the United Nations. The United States originally had countered Stalin's proposal with the request to allow all fifty American states into the United Nations, a suggestion that encouraged Stalin to agree to the compromise."
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 12:27 GMT
For some strange reason "Republic of China" is not allowed as an answer. I explicitly typed that because I knew about the Chinas' controversy, but Sporcle did not admire my wit.
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 14:05 GMT
i did a presentation on the UN in one of my classes and listed the members in '45...didnt remember 20 of them
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 14:29 GMT
Be honest, who tried Kiribati?!
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 14:40 GMT
Haha nice, we served Stalin on that one.
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 14:48 GMT
The Netherlands!! How the hell did I forget the Netherlands?! Idiot.
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 14:59 GMT
Wow. I've noticed a serious improvement on my part in the geography quizzes. I wouldn't have done half as well a year or so ago. My thanks to Sporcle.
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 15:12 GMT
Great quiz: the interesting bit is those that are missing really...
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 15:22 GMT
@sjorford: There were only 48 states in 1945...
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 15:40 GMT
Germany and Japan are not such dumb guesses. They had been excluded from the League of Nations, allowed in and then quit to make war. Maybe having them in from the start (to avoid a repeat) crossed some minds, although obviously they did well outside the UN.
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 16:19 GMT
Thank you Hearts of Iron 2 for helping me remember what countries were independent and which were colonies.
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 16:24 GMT
My vague memory of history didn't serve me well for China. I remember it being a big deal when China got admitted to the U.N. - but it was always a member. Maybe the "memory" I have is when China got added to the Security Council.
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 17:11 GMT
how could I miss France and Peru, when I guessed every other country in Europe and South America? Also missed Liberia. 48/51
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 17:17 GMT
This game is under history, but blends well into geography
Jun 2nd, 2009 at 17:42 GMT
@debbiedoesnothin: The Republic of China that governed all of China in 1945 is not the same as the current People's Republic of China. As a result of the Chinese civil war, the ROC fled to the island of Taiwan. In 1971, the UN took China's seat from the ROC and gave it to the People's Republic of China. This must be what you remember.
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