- List of entities and changes in The World Factbook
This is a list of entities and changes in "
The World Factbook". "The World Factbook" is an annual publication of the Central Intelligence Agencyof the United Stateswith almanac-style information about the countries of the world.
February 2008, "The World Factbook" consists of 266 entities.cite web | author = Directorate of Intelligence | title = The World Factbook - Notes and Definitions: Entities | url = https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/docs/notesanddefs.html | accessdate = 2008-02-29 ] These entities can be divided into categories. These categories are:
*Dependencies and Areas of Special Sovereignty
After the list of entities, there is a table that lists entities that have been dropped, added, renamed, or consolidated in "The World Factbook" since 1988.
List of entities
The list of entities follows bellow. The names and flags of entities are as listed in the "Factbook" and may differ from other sources.
This is a list of independent countries. The CIA defines an "independent country" as people "politically organized into a sovereign state with a definite territory". In this category, there are 194 entities:
*flag|Congo, Democratic Republic of the
*flag|Congo, Republic of the
*flag|VAT|name=Holy See (Vatican City)
*flag|FSM|name=Micronesia, Federated States of
This is a list of other places set apart from the list of independent countries. There are two entities in this category:
Dependencies and Areas of Special Sovereignty
This category is a list of places affiliated with another country. They may be subdivided into categories using the country they are affiliated with:
Australia: six entities
Ashmore and Cartier Islands
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Coral Sea Islands
Heard Island and McDonald Islands
China: two entities
Denmark: two entities
France: nine entities
French Southern and Antarctic Lands(includes Adélie Land, Îles Crozet, Îles Éparses, Îles Kerguelen, and Île Saint-Pauland Île Amsterdam)
*flag|Saint Pierre and Miquelon|local
*flag|Wallis and Futuna|local
Netherlands: two entities
New Zealand: three entities
Norway: three entities
United Kingdom: 17 entities
United States: 8 entities
United States Pacific Island Wildlife Refuges(includes Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Atoll, and Palmyra Atoll)
*flag|U.S. Virgin Islands|name=Virgin Islands
This category is for Antarctica and places in dispute. There are six entities here:
This category is for the World and the
oceans. There are five oceans and the World (the World entry is intended as a summary of the other 264 entries cite web | author = Central Intelligence Agency | title = Press Release: CIA World Factbook 2006 Now Available | url = https://www.cia.gov/cia/public_affairs/press_release/2006/pr04052006.htm | date = 2006-04-05 | accessdate = 2006-09-25 ] ) :
Changes in "The World Factbook"
This table lists changes in the entities in the "Factbook" from 1988 to the present. Entities that have been added are in green; dropped entities are in red; the flag last used by the entity is shown as well. Entities that have changed their name are in blue; entities that have been redirected and consolidated into another entry are in purple. The flag last used by the entity before it was dropped or renamed is shown as well.
Notesnote label|FRY|A|A On
April 27, 1992, Serbia and Montenegro, the final two republics of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY), formed a new nation, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) [cite web | author = Serbia Info | title = History of Serbia:The Break-up of SFR Yugoslavia (1991 - 1995)| format= |date= | url = http://www.serbia-info.com/enc/history/breakup.html | accessdate = 2008-03-08 | quote = Serbia and Montenegro opted to stay on in the federation and at the combined session of the parliaments of Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro held on April 27 1992 in Belgrade, the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was passed thus reaffirming the continuity of the state first founded on December 1st 1918. ] . After this, the US Government did not recognize the FRY as a state cite web | author = Department of State | title =Serbia and Montenegro (08/99) (See Yugoslavia)| date = August 1999 | url = http://www.state.gov/outofdate/bgn/s/12685.htm | accessdate = 2007-02-03 | quote = Serbia and Montenegro have asserted the formation of a joint independent state, but this entity has not been recognized as a state by the United States. ] . The US government also decided not to accept the FRY or any the other republics as a successor stateto the SFRY. cite web | author = White, Mary Jo | title = 767 Third Avenue Associates v. United States: BRIEF FOR AMICUS CURIAE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SUPPORTING APPELLEES AND SUPPORTING AFFIRMANCE IN PART AND REVERSAL IN PART | date = 2000 | url = http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/6649.doc | format= MS Word | accessdate = 2007-02-03 | quote = Since 1992, the United States has taken the position that the SFRY has ceased to exist, that there is no state representing the continuation of the SFRY, and that five successors have arisen -- the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) (“FRY(S&M)”), the Republic of Slovenia ("Slovenia"), the Republic of Croatia ("Croatia"), the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina ("Bosnia-Herzegovina"), and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia ("FYROM") ]
note label|corse|B|B Since Corsica is not listed in the [http://dlhoffman.com/publiclibrary/factbook97/notes.html 'Entities'] section of the Notes and Definitions in the 1997 World Factbook, it is assumed that Corsica was dropped in the 1997 "Factbook".
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