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What new countries may be formed in 2016?

Realistically, none, even taking into account unrecognized countries. But here are the three least remote possibilities in the near future, if not 2016:0 . Scotland – In light of recent news I’m gonna add to the answer, since it still gets views. Scotland rejected independence from the UK in 2014 in a 55–45 vote. However, […]

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How many people are eligible to be President of the United States?

There will be some imprecision in my calculations but we can arrive at a general estimate.There are 322,772,000 people in the US. Of these, about 13 million are Legal Permanent Residents without citizenship. 11 million are illegal immigrants. The State Department estimates about 5 million US citizens living abroad.So the number of US citizens is […]

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What is the northernmost city in the world?

Here is a list of northernmost inhabited places by increasing population: 82º N: Alert, Canada – population 0-5. Northernmost inhabited place. 79º N: Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, Norway – population 35. Northernmost year-round inhabited place. 78º N: Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway – population 2,075. Northernmost town of over a thousand. 71º N: Tiksi, Russia – population 5,063. Northernmost […]

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What is the list of “Western countries” in the world?

There is no single definition of what the West is, so the list of countries changes depending on context. The different contexts are outlined in this Wikipedia article.To sum it up (quotes from WP):Cultural definition – From a cultural and sociological approach the Western world is defined as including all cultures that are directly derived […]

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Which cities span two continents?

Here are The biggest ones in order of population: Istanbul, Turkey (Europe and Asia) – 14 million Suez, Egypt (Africa and Asia) – 560,000 Orenburg, Russia (Europe and Asia) – 550,000 Magnitogorsk, Russia (Europe and Asia) – 400,000 Atyrau, Kazakhstan (Europe and Asia) – 220,000 There are some smaller ones, and there are also a […]

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Russian has no word for “Privacy”.

I like to point out the sheer number of words in English, compared to a language like Russian; every word in Russian, including dialectal, archaic and nonstandard forms, amounts to around 300,000 words at most. That’s barely half of the Oxford English Dictionary, which itself is missing countless slang terms, neologisms and adopted foreign words. […]

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Correlations in Ukraine

The electoral division in Ukraine is very well-publicized, with countless maps all over Western media cropping up, showing the diagonal line that splits the country roughly north-south.As someone with a relatively close connection to Ukraine, I had always been deeply aware of this divide. But I never really thought about the root causes, beyond the […]

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Europe Voting

This map shows how voting divides in individual European countries cross national boundaries and have some interesting correlations.The map speaks for itself—each color on the map is the color of the dominant/winning political party or coalition (if political parties change unreliably). In Europe, red is typically the color of leftist or socialist coalitions, while blue […]

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Proposed Australian states

  There have been many proposals for states and territories to be added to Australia, many of which were brought up during the era of Australian imperialism. The late 1800s saw many Australian politicians, particularly those from Queensland and Victoria, petition London to annex neighboring Pacific islands without much success. While the territories were worthless […]

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Platypus

This map shows European languages grouped by the etymology of their word for the platypus. This particular map shows several trends. The United Kingdom was the first European nation to discover the platypus, around 1800. As zoologists across the continent became more aware of this curious animal, an interesting combination of political and linguistic factors began to […]

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