Top Ten “Countries” with Little RecognitionSome countries are absolute superpowers that could eradicate any country that they aren’t already allies with, others are barely recognized by their neighbors.
The Top Ten
Ever wanted to travel back in time to Soviet Russia? That’s not gonna happen, but if you want the next best thing, welcome to Transnistria. Even though no UN members recognize this disputed piece of territory, it is recognized by three other states with limited recognition, namely Abkhazia, Artsakh, and South Ossetia, and you can actually get in quite easily. There you can see cool sights like the Noul Neamt Monastery, Curciurgan Reservoir, and a few statues of Lenin himself.
Somaliland is a really peaceful area of Somalia, the war torn country completely in anarchy. Crime occasionally occurs, but it is mostly safe. Currently, no country recognizes Somaliland, which is a real shame, since it has been independent before joining Somalia for a while.
Northern Cyprus is a disputed territory in, you guessed it, Cyprus. It is in the northeast part, obviously, and is only recognized by a single country, Turkey, which is also its founder, so I guess that doesn’t really count. Like Transnistria, it is relatively easy, as well as safe, to travel to. UK and US citizens do not need a visa.
Having a flag probably designed to directly insult Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh is only recognized by South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and Transnistria. If you want to get into this nation, you’re out of luck. Because of “the existing state of hostilities”, you’re not getting in. Most of the people are ethnic Armenians so I wouldn’t see why to create a self-proclaimed independent nation.
South Ossetia is officially recognized as a part of Georgia, which strongly keeps it as part of itself. Currently recognized by four countries, Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Nauru.(If you never heard of the latter, it’s probably since it’s a tiny independent island). Georgia, probably paranoid about its independence, sent reinforcements to the small state and attacked, which is kind of ironic since Georgia considers it part of itself.
Abkhazia, like South Ossetia, is in Georgia, the same four UN member states recognize Abkhazia as they do South Ossetia, it’s mostly the exact same thing, so no further introduction needed.
China is the real China, right? That’s not what Taiwan thinks, which, actually, is kind of right. The old China (Taiwan) basically was invaded by communism. So China was being invaded by the self-proclaimed China, so China fled from China to a nearby island, which is where Taiwan is located. So far, though, only 23 UN member states recognize Taiwan. The others call it a part of China.
Western Sahara is a territory of Morocco, which is what most of the world thinks, but 46 UN members disagree. Despite being home to less than a million people, it has been fighting for independence, and so far, has been fairly close to succeeding.
People’s opinions on Kosovo vary, some say it’s a independent nation, others call it a part of Serbia, but to do the latter would frankly offend someone from there, as it is culturally separate from Serbia, kind of like Catalonia, but unlike Catalonia, 110 UN members officially recognize it. You can check out every one on Kosovothanksyou.com, well, if you recognize it. The first and last to do so being Costa Rica and Madagascar respectively.
Palestine is a small nation right next to Israel, and it has the recognition other countries in this list could only dream about. About 137 UN members recognize it, which could help the conflict in its favor, the US, however, being close allies with Israel, still refuses to recognize Palestine, and being on of the five