Not all countries of the world are recognized by the international community - i.e. the so-called club of the countries that have already politically recognized each other - as independent states. However, there are some countries that are not included in these lists, but exist de facto, claim their own sovereignty and are even recognized by some other countries. Nevertheless, every particular case should be considered individually: the situations, the background, the causes and effects, the degrees of independence as well as the level of support within and outside the proclaimed borders may vary. Unrecognized or partly recognized countries listed in the table below differ from each other immensely and their being in one specific list is highly conditional.
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|Awdalland||Boorama||Somalia||21 374||417 311||Africa|
|Azad Jammu and Kashmir||Muzaffarabad||Pakistan||11 639||3 631 224||Asia|
|Azania||Dhobley||Somalia||7 000||70 000||Africa|
|Azawad||Timbuktu||Mali||822 000||1 295 000||Africa|
|Donetsk People's Republic||Donetsk||Ukraine||8 436||1 867 000||Europe|
|Galmudug||Dhuusamareeb||Somalia||46 000||1 800 000||Africa|
|Himan and Heeb||Adado||Somalia||30 000||500 000||Africa|
|Jubaland||Kismayo||Somalia||87 000||1 300 000||Africa|
|Luhansk People's Republic||Luhansk||Ukraine||8 597||1 222 950||Europe|
|Nagorno-Karabakh Republic||Stepanakert||Azerbaijan||11 500||146 600||Asia|
|Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic||Tiraspol||Moldova||4 163||475 665||Europe|
|Principality of Sealand||Sealand||United Kingdom||0.00||5||Europe|
|Puntland||Garowe||Somalia||212 510||3 900 000||Africa|
|Republic of China||Taipei||China||35 980||23 516 841||Asia|
|Republic of Kosovo||Pristina||Serbia||10 887||1 771 604||Europe|
|Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic||Laayoune||Morocco|
|266 000||584 000||Africa|
|Shan State||Taunggyi||Myanmar||155 800||4 702 000||Asia|
|Somaliland||Hargeisa||Somalia||137 600||3 515 380||Africa|
|Sovereign Military Order of Malta||Palazzo Malta||Italy||0.01||10 500||Europe|
|Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus||North Nicosia||Cyprus||3 300||313 626||Asia|
|Wa State||Pangkham||Myanmar||17 000||558 000||Asia|
|Waziristan||Wana||Pakistan||11 585||791 087||Asia|
If desired, the list could be greatly extended according to the simple separatist tendencies. Should Scotland be considered an independent country? Once it was conquered by the UK and is still a part of it, but has always longed for independence. The same is with Catalonia and the Basque Country in Spain or Quebec in Canada. And there are many more examples around the world.
Status is the concept of variability. If the country is not recognized today, it may be recognized tomorrow. And vice versa. Or it can be dismembered during a revolution, rebellion or a full-scale war, and then, depending on the outcome, be left to wait whether it will be recognized or not. There are easier cases: dependent territories, that can gain independence from the metropoly right now, with an international recognition as follows, because no one will object. But will they be released? And if so, how far? In other words, it is a decision for the leading countries of the world.