12 Countries That No Longer Exist

At the beginning of the 20th century, independent sovereign states could be counted on our fingers but in the past decade, the number has significantly risen to almost 200. Long before the manifestation of new nations, there are a handful of nations that disappeared. Not literally wiped off the face of the earth but they vanished nevertheless. Whether they lost wars and were adopted by other countries, changed their names, merged with other nations, split or simply forgotten, these countries simply ceased to exist. Others might sound familiar or they might not but to everyone who did not know the reason why they no longer exist, we have the answers to that question.


1. USSR (Soviet Union) 1922-1991

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When everybody thought Hitler was unstoppable, USSR beat the Nazis, initiated the Korean War in 1950, imprisoned Eastern Europe for nearly 40 years, and almost got into a shooting war amidst the US-Cuba cold war in 1962. The country stood as the defense of Marxist Stalinism for 7 years. It had become one of the scariest countries that left momentous marks in the world until its fall in 1991. USSR suffered the aftermath of the fall of Berlin Wall in 1989 and the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe following the fall. The nation broke into 15 sovereign countries which are presently known as the Republic of Russia.


2. Sikkim (8th century CE-1975)

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A tiny landlocked place found in the Himalayan Mountains between India and China. It could be because of its small size that little was known of the country but monarchy remained until the 20th century. In 1975, it seems to dawn on them that there is no significant reason to stay independent thus they merged with modern India.

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