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50 Countries - 50 Unique Facts (Clickable) (Pt. 1)
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Going to do a series of these until I have one fact per country. Suggestions for alterations or interesting facts for Parts 2, 3 and 4 are encouraged.
This is the first country in world history to adopt Christianity as its state religion (301 A.D.).
The national hero of this pre-dominantly Muslim country, George Skanderbeg, is legendary for his resistance to Ottoman expansion in the 15th century.
This country fought a brutal civil war against the Islamic Salvation Front in the early 1990's, foreshadowing the Arab Spring by twenty years.
The state of Sarawak, located within this country, was governed for over a century by the White Rajahs, an English monarchial dynasty.
A former Belgian colony, this country was the sole possession of King Leopold II until he was forced to relinquish it in 1908.
In 1565, the Knights Hospitaller successfully defended this country from an Ottoman invasion after one of the most fiercely contested sieges in world history.
Home of the 'Parsley Massacre,' this country's soldiers allegedly targeted people who failed to pronounce 'parsley' with a Spanish accent.
This country's Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, has twice seized power in coups leading some to dub the island a 'Bainimarama Republic.'
This country's national church claims to be in possession of the Ark of the Covenant.
The largest cult suicide in American history took place in this country in 1978.
Home to the John Frum cargo cult. It's adherents believe an American soldier will return one day to bestow cargo on the country's inhabitants.
Kumis, or fermented mare's milk, is a staple of this country's cuisine and culture. The country's capital is even named after the paddle used to churn the fermenting milk.
Nearly 75% of this country's citizens follow the Ibadi form of Islam, which is distinct from both Sunnism and Shi'ism.
In 1815, this country's capital was temporarily moved to one of its overseas colonies in the Americas.
In 1842, President Francisco Solano Lopez led this country into the disastrous War of the Triple Alliance. It's estimated as much as 70% of the country's population was wiped out.
Bob Denard, a French soldier and mercenary, attempted to overthrow the government of this country on four separate occasions.
In 1975, this country was invaded and the Portuguese language was banned. The Catholic Church adopted Tetum as its liturgical language in a sign of solidarity.
The princes of this country did not set foot within its boundaries for the first 120 years of its existence, as its creation was a matter of political expedience.
This is the home country of Jan Hus, a Catholic heretic whose teachings preceded both John Calvin and Martin Luther.
This is the only country in Africa where Spanish is the official language.
For the first 150 years of its existence, this country was politically dominated by freed American slaves until they were violently overthrown in 1980.
This country possesses one of the most prolific film industries in the world, trailing only India in terms of annual film productions.
The Mau Mau uprising in this country led to a violent clash between natives and their colonial masters. However, many people in this country insist the Mau Mau never existed.
The capital of this country is one of the most natural disaster prone cities in the world. Inhabitants are subject to earthquakes, tsunamis, monsoons, tornadoes and cyclones.
Slavery is still a major issue in this country. Its estimated as many as 20% of the population are currently enslaved.
This country is home to over 3 million Quechua speakers, the mostly widely spoken Amerindian language still in existence.
This country is home to the fifth most spoken Romance language in the world.
The Abbasid Caliphate flourished in this country's capital for centuries until Mongol invaders sacked the city in 1258.
Malagasy, the dominant ethnic group and language of this country, traces its roots to the Asian island of Borneo.
This country, known as the 'Graveyard of Empires,' has given rise to its own share of empires including the Ghaznavids, Hotakis and Durrani.
A proxy war between the CIA-backed UNITA and Communist-backed MPLA devasted this country from 1975-2002.
This is the only country in the world where Catalan is the sole official language.
The Dahomey Empire once profited mightily off the Atlantic slave trade from their capital in this country.
This country is home to the largest fortress in the Americas, the Citadelle Laferrière.
Vajrayana Buddhism is the official state religion of this country. It is one of only two countries where Buddhism is an official religion.
The United States tested over 60 nuclear weapons in this country following World War II.
The Germanic king Clovis' conversion to Roman Catholicism and subsequent consolidation of power set the groundwork for the creation of this modern state.
This country is the last absolute monarchy in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Herero Wars, one of the worst genocides in colonial history, took place in this African nation.
Famous explorer James Cook was killed and eaten by natives of an island that has since been annexed by this country.
Lech Wałęsa and the Solidarity movement helped bring an end to Communism in this country.
This country's decision to secede from Yugoslavia set in motion a chain of events that ultimately led to the dissolution of the Yugoslav Federation.
This is the last country in the world to use the Lira as its official currency.
The Federal Republic of Central America was a state that existed from 1821-1841. It's capital was located in this country.
This country operated under the Sakoku policy from 1633-1855, which forbade foreigners from entering the country under penalty of death.
During his conquest of Persia, Alexander the Great enigmatically visited the oracle of Siwa located in this modern day country.
The massive Crusader castle, Krak des Chevaliers, is located in this country.
This country is home to Bukhara and Samarkhand, two of the most important stops on the ancient Silk Road.
This country is divided on religious grounds between the Zaydi Shi'a Muslims in the North and the Shafi'i Sunnis in the South.
This country does not have an officially recognized capital.
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