9 countries, which have disappeared in the 20th century

In the 20th century the political map of the world forever changed the two world wars and many local conflicts. Dozens of countries have appeared and disappeared in the flames of war. Worthy of attention is the fact that by the early 20th century, the world was only a few tens of Independent States.

By the end of the eventful century of world importance, they have become a little less than two hundred. However, some of the newly formed countries have survived and perished in the history of the mill, together with its flag, government, and all the rest.
Today, we will talk about the most famous nine countries ceased to exist for one reason or another in the 20th century.


Neutral Moresnet

Years of existence: from 1816 to 1920.


After the fall of the empire created by Napoleon, Europe had to reconsider its borders. This small plot of land of about 3.5 square kilometers, located between modern Germany and Belgium, was a draw to redraw borders. The resulting neutral zone jointly manage the Netherlands and Prussia.
The state, whose residents were considered stateless, but which had its own flag and coat of arms, lasted until 1920. Then, after World War I Treaty of Versailles Moresnet went to Belgium.

The Republic of Salo
Years of existence: from 1943 to 1945.

Also known as the Italian Socialist Republic. Salo was a puppet state in Italy, Mussolini controlled. Lipov country recognized only Germany, Japan and other countries of the Nazi unit and to maintain control over it required substantial support of German troops. Government of the Republic argued that they own the whole northern part of Italy and Rome, but, in fact, its management was carried out from the small town of Salo, located near Lake Garda to the east of Milan. SRI ceased to exist in 1945, when Allied forces were expelled from the country last fascist invaders.

 The United Arab Republic
Years of existence: from 1958 to 1971.
It was a short-term political union between Egypt and Syria, were kept on common hatred of Israel. Syria withdrew from the republic after 3 years, since not been able to settle their differences with allies. Egypt until 1971 continued to be called the United Arab Republic.

Years of existence: from 1642 to 1975.
Sikkim was a small independent principality under the control of the Namgyal dynasty from 1642 (the first king was Phuntsog Namgyal). In 1975, Sikkim was absorbed by India and entered into its structure as the 22nd state. In the period of independence of Sikkim, he passed through the famous Silk Road to China.

Years of existence: from 1505 to 1972.
This country located in South Asia, now known as the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Ceylon had a rich history of international relations, being the 7th century trading center for the Arabs, and then for the Europeans. Ceylon alternately ruled by the Portuguese, then the Dutch and finally the British, from whom Ceylon gained full independence in 1948. In 1972 Ceylon changed its name to Sri Lanka.

Years of existence: from 1918 to 1993.

Czechoslovakia was founded on the ruins of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and existed peacefully until 1938, here is not the Wehrmacht invaded. In 1945, Soviet troops liberated the country and put it in the head loyal to the Soviet politicians. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia left the union of socialist republics. In 1992, the Czechs and Slovaks, who had serious differences in culture, we decided to split into two separate states.

East Germany
Years of existence: from 1949 to 1990.
Wall, Berlin has divided into two parts and separated East Germany from the West was built after World War II. Then, in response to the creation of the Federal Republic of Germany under the control of the United States, Britain and France, the Soviet Union established the German Democratic Republic. In 1990, the wall was broken, and the people, divided into two parts again became one.

Years of existence: from 1918 to 1992.

As Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia was founded on the ruins of the Austro-Hungarian Empire by combining pieces from different countries, mainly Hungary and Serbia. In fact, Yugoslavia was a great seething cauldron in which the cooked more than 20 ethnic groups had different cultures and traditions. Kingdom of Yugoslavia was occupied by Germany during World War II. After graduation, Josip Tito, the leader of the guerrilla groups, created a socialist Yugoslavia and became a dictator. In 1992, the socialist Yugoslavia was divided in Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro.
Years of existence: from 1912 to 1951.
In Tibetan history, numbering several thousand years, 1912 — the date of landmark. It was then that the Dalai Lama XIII declared the independence of Tibet from China and proclaimed an independent Tibetan state. In 1951 Chinese troops invaded Tibet and occupied it. In 1959, a rebellion broke out, directed against the Chinese invaders, but it was quickly suppressed. Tibetans are calling for independence to this day, and they have many supporters among the world’s politicians and prominent figures of science and art.

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