What countries are included on
this website? On
this site, I've included pages on "countries" that used to exist
(however briefly) some time between 1900 and today, but which aren't in
existence any more... although
technically they're not really all
countries! My rather inaccurate terminology also
overseas territories and federations, etc. In effect, my
definition of "country" is any political territory that is either a
sovereign nation, or that belongs to (and usually not physically
to) a sovereign nation.
It's all a bit complicated, and I quite possibly haven't
been totally consistent - please
let me know if you have any comments or
suggestions. Why not go
further back than 1900? I decided
to have a cut-off
date to limit the information on this site, as otherwise it would be
unmanageable. Perhaps when I've finished writing all the
the 20th and 21st centuries I may go further back...
1900 is a fairly
arbitrary date, but I chose it for a number of reasons,
because it is a nice round figure. Also, before 1900 the
of countries with defined borders and administration was quite
vague in some parts of the world, and information from before the 20th
century is not easily available.
Where does my information come from? Mostly from
scouring the internet.
The three most useful sites that I use are: Wikipedia
which seems to have information on practically everything; Ben Cahoon's
Statesmen site; and the enormous Flags of the World (FOTW)
Of course there have been inconsistencies in the
information. Where there's doubt as to a particular date, for
example, I've usually gone with what the majority of sources have
said (I don't always blindly trust Wikipedia!). Where in real doubt
I have tried to remain vague.
I'm absolutely sure that the information in Old
contains inaccuracies. If you spot anything wrong, then please
let me know!
Which flags do I use? The
majority of flags have been taken from the Flags of the World
website. Since most
countries have used many flags throughout their existence, I have as a
rule shown the one that they were using when they ceased to
even if this is not the most well known or the longest-serving flag.
Why aren't there any maps on this site? I
haven't got round to it... maybe one day there will be.
Who am I and why am I doing this? My name is
Dan Haigh and I
have a fairly unnatural interest in political geography which probably
stems from being bought an atlas when I was small.
this site is just a hobby really to keep me out of mischief.
more for my own benefit than anyone else's, but please let me know
if you like it, hate it, or if you have any comments or suggestions.