Ten Countries That Don’t Officially Exist
It’d be nice to have your own country, but only if other people recognize you. Find out more in this video of ten countries that don’t officially exist, which range from two countries having majority U.N. recognition to others which have absolutely none.
It is very interesting to point out that the first given example is the State of Palestine, which has now been officially recognized as a non-member observer state of the U.N., despite the opposition of (drum roll, you guessed it) the United States and Israel. The country is recognized by 132 of the 193 member states of the United Nations, with an overall percentage of 68.4%. Putting that figure into perspective, it is slightly higher than the two-thirds majority vote required for the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to override Presidential legislation.
When you look at a world map highlighting the recognition for the State of Palestine, things get even more interesting. Palestine receives almost universal support from the developing world, including all of the fast-growing B.R.I.C. economies, while the four geographic nodes which constitute the “First World” (Anglophone North America, Western Europe, Australasia, Northeast Asia) deny acceptance for the Palestinian state.