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Can you name the internationally recognized
sovereign states of the world
as they existed in 1959?
Enter a sovereign state in the box below
Correctly named sovereign states will show up below
Answers do not have to be guessed in order
Sovereign States of 1959
Formal country names are displayed to add some variety & history, but traditional names are accepted. See what's changed in the past 50-odd years.
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Countries Of The World - 1959 edition Quiz
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Nov 9th, 2009 at 18:35 GMT
Consider this a "prequel" to the most popular Sporcle quiz of all time. Things have changed in 50 years. A lot.
Nov 9th, 2009 at 19:09 GMT
instantly one of my favorites of all time! more years please!
Nov 9th, 2009 at 20:51 GMT
Perfect quiz! I like the Most Serene Republic of San Marino :D
Nov 9th, 2009 at 20:56 GMT
It's early going on this quiz yet, but I've directly submitted the sequel to the Admins -
Countries Of The World - 100th Anniversary Edition
, with the recommendation that it appear in early 2010.
Nov 9th, 2009 at 22:00 GMT
would be very cool if they publish this one with a map
Nov 9th, 2009 at 22:28 GMT
Wonderful quiz, but I missed a few I would have gotten had the quiz had one of those light-up maps on the official quizzes so I could see where I had already covered. Hopefully if this quiz goes official they will redo it with a world map.
Nov 10th, 2009 at 00:26 GMT
Geopolitical issues about recognition of Taiwan vs. the PRC notwithstanding, China (the PRC, not the ROC/Taiwan) is a rather glaring omission.
Nov 10th, 2009 at 00:31 GMT
My favorite part: How you didn't require us to type in the formal names.. I know a fair share but all would have been very hard.. Great quiz. Definately nominating this one.
Nov 10th, 2009 at 09:16 GMT
Great quiz. Also really interesting that the USSR is the most guessed right now :)
Nov 10th, 2009 at 10:32 GMT
Silly me, I kept on typing Malaysia and Sri Lanka, instead of Malaya and Ceylon...
Nov 10th, 2009 at 14:40 GMT
If you enjoy this quiz, I've now also created a sequel:
World Colonies & Territories - 50 Years ago
It's listed under the Geography category for now, because, well frankly Geography gets lots more traffic than History. :.( You can get there directly by copying this URL to your address bar:
Nov 10th, 2009 at 14:43 GMT
@Andrea: I've added the PRC as an extra (with explanatory note) when you enter China.
Nov 10th, 2009 at 18:06 GMT
For some reason I tried North Yemen, but not Yemen... not that I suspect anyone doing the same stupid thing, but it could be an alternative.
Nov 10th, 2009 at 23:54 GMT
Didn't realize that Egypt was accepted for UAR, then spent some time trying to type in "Syria" when UAR didn't take! :-)
Nov 13th, 2009 at 00:23 GMT
Ah! USSR, czechoslovakia, east germany, yugoslavia, hardly any recognized countries in Africa and Oceania - the good(c)old(war)days of my youth! Love it!
Nov 17th, 2009 at 21:35 GMT
We need more of these.
Nov 21st, 2009 at 18:30 GMT
Can't believe the number of sovereign states has more than doubled in the last 50 years.
Nov 21st, 2009 at 18:31 GMT
Collapse of all the empires is what it was and even now so many patches of countries want independance. Way to overcomplicate the world seperatists..
Nov 22nd, 2009 at 23:52 GMT
Just think its a little odd that you take "syria" and "egypt" for uar, but not malaysia or sri lanka. Personally, I think you shouldn't take either egypt nor syria. More of a puzzle and challenge that way.
Nov 23rd, 2009 at 15:17 GMT
@urbanmapper: I'd been thinking the same thing myself. You've spurred me to remove Egypt & Syria. Thanks.
Nov 27th, 2009 at 03:58 GMT
I have never been happier about getting everything on a quiz! @rockgolf, you have the absolute BEST quizzes. You tick me off, you make my brain hurt, you make me squeal like a schoolgirl when I win...keep doing what you do! :)
Nov 28th, 2009 at 20:49 GMT
I like how the full names are listed, but I wish they were alphabetized by their common names instead of their full names.
Nov 29th, 2009 at 01:55 GMT
Excellent idea for a quiz. Really enjoyed it. Though I do think it should accept some alternate names that it didn't, unless it's just me and I've made glaring typos I didn't spot. Was it just me or does it not accept 'usa'? Maybe just me. @Annie: I like the way it's alphabetised! Interesting to see how countries categorised and saw themselves then.
Dec 1st, 2009 at 12:13 GMT
For some reason, typing "People's Republic of China" didn't work for me (perhaps I was missing or doubling a letter). And if you're going for their formal names, I think that it was the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic (CSSR) by then, although it could have been a People's Republic or something similar. Since (unlike the PR of China) they belonged to the UN, the Ukrainian and Byelorussian SSR's should be bonus answers. And "DDR" didn't work for East Germany.
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Dec 5th, 2009 at 23:43 GMT
"Vietnam" doesn't work.
Dec 6th, 2009 at 10:34 GMT
@demonstah - yeah that cost me too. But looking at the answers I guess it's because there is both Democratic Republic of Vietnam and Republic of Vietnam, so it can't just accept Vietnam, much in the way that the current Countries of the World quiz won't accept Congo.
Dec 7th, 2009 at 15:19 GMT
absolutely flippin wonderful game!
Dec 17th, 2009 at 00:08 GMT
@demonstah: 50 years ago there was a North Vietnam & a South Vietnam. Both those and the formal country names are acceptable.
Dec 29th, 2009 at 16:24 GMT
I can't say enough good things about this quiz and if it were possible I would give it a rating of 6. When I was taking current events in school I didn't appreciate enough at the time the way the world was changing and this took me back. I'll be playing it again.
Jan 4th, 2010 at 07:53 GMT
wish it would accept the common name instead of the full formal name - very frustrating with all these different republics, unions, federations, etc. The quiz is hard enough - for me at least - without this "formal" feature. Great idea.
Jan 5th, 2010 at 17:12 GMT
@montylaw: In virtually every case, the common name of the country is accepted as a valid alternative. Hope you try it again.
Jan 5th, 2010 at 20:45 GMT
great quiz- ahh what a simpler time...
Jan 7th, 2010 at 18:45 GMT
Great quiz! I love the way you alphebetized them. That way you could still look for holes, but it wasn't too easy.
Jan 11th, 2010 at 11:08 GMT
need a bit of consistency - accepted China for both states but didn't accept vietnam. also for some reason turkey didnt work
Jan 12th, 2010 at 23:51 GMT
@tjv: Two China's appear, but only one gets you a point. The PRC is listed as a bonus because it was not recognized by the UN as a sovereign state. Bizarrely, Taipei was recognized as the official government of China. You may have mistyped Turkey, since over 85% of people seem to have no problem with it.
Jan 15th, 2010 at 03:34 GMT
83/94 I totally spaced and forgot the USA.
Jan 19th, 2010 at 08:02 GMT
Big problem with spacing out, missed easy countries like the USA, USSR, and Italy.
Jan 22nd, 2010 at 23:13 GMT
Wow! Now that is a skewed bell curve!
Jan 24th, 2010 at 21:02 GMT
I always thought Vietnam was still French Indochina
Jan 26th, 2010 at 15:49 GMT
@Dirty D: From what I can find, French Indochina ceased to exist by 1953. N & S Vietnam were officially recognized by 1955.
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