Countries You Probably DIDN'T Know EXISTED!
Check out this top 10 list of countries you probably never even heard of! From the smallest countries ever to secret hidden countries around the world, these countries actually exist and you never knew!
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Eritrea is a country located in the African Horn that won its independence from Ethiopia in 1993.
Abkhazia has been caught up in the tensions between Russia and Georgia for years. It has its own ethnic culture and language but has always lived in the shadow of higher powers.
The desert-like region of Balochistan has a long and complex history. Its story has played out across 5 centuries and it’s seen many rulers come and go, from the ancient Persian Empire of Achaemenid to the British Empire who demarcated it in the 1870s with the Persians.
Barotseland is part of Zambia though there has been a drive for independence dating back to 1911.
7. Chin State
The history of Chin State is tied up with the story of Myanmar or as it used to be called, Burma. Its native people are the Chin, a diverse ethnic group of 500,000 who speak 20 different dialects.
6. Republic of Artsakh
This Armenian state recently changed its name from the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. ‘Nagorno-Karabakh’ is roughly translated from the Soviet “Autonomous Region of Mountainous Karabakh”.
5. Republic of Lakotah
The Republic of Lakotah is located in North America. It doesn’t have official status in the eyes of the US government but for the Lakotah it is very much independent.
4. Saharan Arab Democratic Republic
In the Western Sahara there is a state called the Saharan Democratic Republic. It’s part of Morocco but there are some who dispute that.
3. South Ossetia
Like Abkhazia, South Ossetia has been defined in recent years by fallout from the breakup of the Soviet Union.
2. Sovereign Military Order of Malta
The Roman Catholic Church was behind the formation of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. It has the peculiar purpose of being both a medical and a military force and has been in existence since the late 11th century.
Officially Transnistria is a landlocked state but don’t go around saying that to the population of 500,000 strong!
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