ForumTouchy Subjects ► Unrecognised Countries
Recently we hear a lot about the Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics. They are mostly recognised as belonging to Ukraine, but in 2014 they revolted against Ukraine's revolt, issuing their own passports and functioning as their own countries. There are a dozen such unofficial countries around the world, not all getting headlines. These are not micronations like Sealand or Molossia, they have real territory and citizens. Palestine is the most widely recognised, clocking in at a whopping 138 UN members, followed by Kosovo at 97, Western Sahara at 47, Taiwan at 13, South Ossetia and Abkhazia at 5. Which of these does your country recognise?
  
Does Sealand count?
  
Where does Tibet fall?
  
Atlantis.
  
Does Sealand count?
Sealand is a micronation. I don't think anyone actually lives there full-time anymore. Even the Prince of Sealand lives in the UK, the country he says Sealand is separate from. Although in this 2015 interview he describes the population as "normally about two people". Sealand was arguably recognised by Germany in 1978 when a German citizen was held hostage there, and the UK didn't intervene because it was outside its territorial waters. But it is recognised as being in UK territorial waters since 1987. De facto control of Sealand has never really been tested since then, AFAIK.
Where does Tibet fall?
Tibet is an autonomous region of China. The countries I listed all rule themselves with de facto independence, it's just that some or most countries won't recognise and talk to them, usually because they side with other countries they're in territorial disputes with, or they have territorial disputes of their own and they don't want to be hypocritical. For example, the US won't recognise Palestine because, in a nutshell, it's on Israel's side. Spain won't recognise Kosovo because it's got parts of its own country that want to split and it won't let them, so it can't very well support it elsewhere.
  
Northern Cyprus is recognized only by the Republic of Türkiye.
  
That stands to reason, since Turkey created Northern Cyprus.
  
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