Countries by World Factbook Entry II

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

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[Country]'s powerful world empire of the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately yielded command of the seas to England.
In 1603, after decades of civil warfare, the Tokugawa shogunate (a military-led, dynastic government) ushered in a long period of relative political stability...
The conquest of [country] by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887.
Ancient [country] was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, most notably that of the Incas whose empire was captured by the Spanish conquistadors in 1533.
Dutch traders landed at the southern tip of modern day [country] in 1652 and established a stopover point on the spice route between the Netherlands and the Far East...
Founded in 963, [country] became a grand duchy in 1815 and an independent state under the Netherlands.
What is now [country] formed part of the northern Inca Empire until the Spanish conquest in 1533.
The first Sinhalese arrived in [country] late in the 6th century B.C. probably from northern India.
Settled by Norwegian and Celtic (Scottish and Irish) immigrants during the late 9th and 10th centuries A.D., [country] boasts the world's oldest functioning legislative assembly
The Dutch began to colonize [country] in the early 17th century; Japan occupied the islands from 1942 to 1945.
After centuries of Danish, Swedish, German, and Russian rule, [country] attained independence in 1918.
The name '[country]' originates from the ancient Latgalians, one of four eastern Baltic tribes that formed the ethnic core of the [people of this country]...
[Country, adjective form] lands were united under MINDAUGAS in 1236; over the next century...[country] extended its territory to include most of present-day Belarus and Ukraine.
Settlement of freed slaves from the US in what is today [country] began in 1822...
The Principality of [country] was established within the Holy Roman Empire in 1719.
The principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia...secured their autonomy in 1856; they united in 1859 and a few years later adopted the new name of [country].
Ahmad Shah DURRANI unified the Pashtun tribes and founded [country] in 1747.
The Sultanate of [country]'s influence peaked between the 15th and 17th centuries when its control extended over coastal areas of northwest Borneo and the southern Philippines.
Founding president and liberation struggle icon Jomo KENYATTA led [country] from independence in 1963 until his death in 1978...
In 1895, military defeat forced China to cede [country] to Japan.
[Country] became independent from the Netherlands in 1830; it was occupied by Germany during World Wars I and II.
Shortly after achieving independence from Britain in the early 1960s, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form the nation of [country] in 1964.
A military power during the 17th century, [country] has not participated in any war for almost two centuries.
Britain conquered [country] over a period of 62 years (1824-1886) and incorporated it into its Indian Empire.
For 715 years, from 1278 to 1993, [people of this country] lived under a unique co-principality, ruled by French and Spanish leaders...
Two centuries of Viking raids into Europe tapered off following the adoption of Christianity by King Olav TRYGGVASON in 994
South Africa occupied the German colony of South-West Africa during World War I and administered it as a mandate until after World War II, when it annexed the territory.
The Polynesian Maori reached [country] in about A.D. 800.
Once the center of power for the large [country, old adjective form]-Hungarian Empire, [country] was reduced to a small republic after its defeat in World War I.
Native [people of this country], a mix of Turkic and Mongol nomadic tribes who migrated into the region in the 13th century, were rarely united as a single nation.

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