Countries by World Factbook Entry

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Can you name the countries by the first sentence in the introduction to their World Factbook entry?

Featured Dec 2, 2010

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[Country] declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912, but was conquered by Italy in 1939.
The [people of what became this country] gained fame in the 13th century when under Chinggis KHAN they established a huge Eurasian empire through conquest.
Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able...to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities.
The regularity and richness of the annual Nile River flood, coupled with semi-isolation..., allowed for the development of one of the world's great civilizations.
A land of vast distances and rich natural resources, [country] became a self-governing dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown.
Formerly part of the Ottoman Empire, [country] was occupied by Britain during the course of World War I; in 1920, it was declared a League of Nations mandate...
The [country, adjective form] Islands became a Spanish colony during the 16th century; they were ceded to the US in 1898 following the Spanish-American War.
[Country] was founded as a British trading colony in 1819.
[Country] prides itself on being the first nation to formally adopt Christianity (early 4th century).
Most [people of this country] consider themselves to be Khmers, descendants of the Angkor Empire...
Following more than three centuries under Portuguese rule, [country] gained its independence in 1822...
Military regimes favoring Islamic-oriented governments have dominated national politics since independence from the UK in 1956.
[Country] was a province and then a grand duchy under Sweden from the 12th to the 19th centuries, and an autonomous grand duchy of Russia after 1809.
Following its heyday as a global maritime power during the 15th and 16th centuries, [country] lost much of its wealth and status with the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake
[Country] was the center of the first eastern Slavic state, Kyivan Rus, which during the 10th and 11th centuries was the largest and most powerful state in Europe.
The [country] has historically played a leading role in developing parliamentary democracy and in advancing literature and science.
Established as a Belgian colony in 1908, the [country] gained its independence in 1960, but its early years were marred by political and social instability.
Known as Persia until 1935, [country] became an Islamic republic in 1979 after the ruling monarchy was overthrown and Shah Mohammad Reza PAHLAVI was forced into exile.
Popes in their secular role ruled portions of the Italian peninsula for more than a thousand years until the mid 19th century...
[Country] is the birthplace of Islam and home to Islam's two holiest shrines in Mecca and Medina.
Modern [country] was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL...
Britain's [country, adjective form] colonies broke with the mother country in 1776 and were recognized as the new nation of the [Country] following the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
The Italians supplanted the Ottoman Turks in the area around Tripoli in 1911 and did not relinquish their hold until 1943 when defeated in World War II.
The [country, adjective form] Confederation was founded in 1291 as a defensive alliance among three cantons.
Unique among African countries, the ancient [country, adjective form] monarchy maintained its freedom from colonial rule with the exception of a short-lived Italian occupation...
As Europe's largest economy and second most populous nation (after Russia), [country] is a key member of the continent's economic, political, and defense organizations.
Although ultimately a victor in World Wars I and II, [country] suffered extensive losses in its empire, wealth, manpower, and rank as a dominant nation-state.
Europeans began to set up trading posts in the area of [country] in the 16th century; eventually the British came to dominate the region and it became part of British India.
The site of advanced Amerindian civilizations, [country] came under Spanish rule for three centuries before achieving independence early in the 19th century.
A Central Asian country of incredible natural beauty and proud nomadic traditions, most of [country] was formally annexed to Russia in 1876.

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