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Government > Country name > Former: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: This entry is derived from Government > Country name, which includes all forms of the country's name approved by the US Board on Geographic Names (Italy is used as an example): conventional long form (Italian Republic), conventional short form (Italy), local long form (Repubblica Italiana), local short form (Italia), former (Kingdom of Italy), as well as the abbreviation. Also see the Terminology note.
COUNTRY DESCRIPTION
Afghanistan Republic of Afghanistan
Albania People's Socialist Republic of Albania
Angola People's Republic of Angola
Armenia Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, Armenian Republic
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic
Bahrain Dilmun, State of Bahrain
Bangladesh East Bengal, East Pakistan
Belarus Belorussian (Byelorussian) Soviet Socialist Republic
Belize British Honduras
Benin Dahomey
Bermuda Somers Islands
Bosnia and Herzegovina People's Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana Bechuanaland
Burkina Faso Upper Volta, Republic of Upper Volta
Burma Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma
Burundi Urundi
Cambodia Khmer Republic, Democratic Kampuchea, People's Republic of Kampuchea, State of Cambodia
Cameroon French Cameroon, British Cameroon, Federal Republic of Cameroon, United Republic of Cameroon
Central African Republic Ubangi-Shari, Central African Empire
Clipperton Island sometimes called Ile de la Passion
Congo, Republic of the Middle Congo, Congo/Brazzaville, Congo
Cook Islands Harvey Islands
Cote d'Ivoire Ivory Coast
Croatia People's Republic of Croatia, Socialist Republic of Croatia
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Congo/Leopoldville, Congo/Kinshasa, Zaire
Djibouti French Territory of the Afars and Issas, French Somaliland
East Timor East Timor, Portuguese Timor
Egypt United Arab Republic (with Syria)
Equatorial Guinea Spanish Guinea
Eritrea Eritrea Autonomous Region in Ethiopia
Estonia Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic
Ethiopia Abyssinia, Italian East Africa
Federated States of Micronesia Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Ponape, Truk, and Yap Districts
French Polynesia French Colony of Oceania
Georgia Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic
Germany German Empire, German Republic, German Reich
Ghana Gold Coast
Greece Kingdom of Greece
Guinea French Guinea
Guinea-Bissau Portuguese Guinea
Guyana British Guiana
Indonesia Netherlands East Indies, Dutch East Indies
Iran Persia
Italy Kingdom of Italy
Jordan Transjordan
Kazakhstan Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic
Kenya British East Africa
Kiribati Gilbert Islands
Kyrgyzstan Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic
Latvia Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic
Lebanon Greater Lebanon
Lesotho Basutoland
Lithuania Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic
Madagascar Malagasy Republic
Malawi British Central African Protectorate, Nyasaland Protectorate, Nyasaland
Malaysia Federation of Malaya
Mali French Sudan and Sudanese Republic
Marshall Islands Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Marshall Islands District
Moldova Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic, Moldovan Soviet Socialist Republic
Mongolia Outer Mongolia
Montenegro People's Republic of Montenegro, Socialist Republic of Montenegro, Republic of Montenegro
Mozambique Portuguese East Africa
Namibia German South-West Africa (Sued-West Afrika), South-West Africa
Nauru Pleasant Island
Niue Savage Island
Northern Mariana Islands Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Mariana Islands District
Oman Muscat and Oman
Pakistan West Pakistan
Palau Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Palau District
Papua New Guinea Territory of Papua and New Guinea
Republic of Macedonia People's Republic of Macedonia, Socialist Republic of Macedonia
Russia Russian Empire, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic
Rwanda Ruanda, German East Africa
Saint Kitts and Nevis Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis
Samoa Western Samoa
Senegal Senegambia (along with The Gambia), Mali Federation
Serbia People's Republic of Serbia, Socialist Republic of Serbia
Slovenia People's Republic of Slovenia, Socialist Republic of Slovenia
Solomon Islands British Solomon Islands
Somalia Somali Republic, Somali Democratic Republic
South Africa Union of South Africa
Sri Lanka Serendib, Ceylon
Sudan Anglo-Egyptian Sudan
Suriname Netherlands Guiana, Dutch Guiana
Syria United Arab Republic (with Egypt)
Taiwan Formosa
Tajikistan Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic
Tanzania United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar
Thailand Siam
Togo French Togoland
Tonga Friendly Islands
Turkmenistan Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic
Tuvalu Ellice Islands
Ukraine Ukrainian National Republic, Ukrainian State, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
United Arab Emirates Trucial Oman, Trucial States
Uruguay Banda Oriental, Cisplatine Province
Uzbekistan Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic
Vanuatu New Hebrides
Virgin Islands Danish West Indies
Western Sahara Rio de Oro, Saguia el Hamra, Spanish Sahara
Yemen Yemen Arab Republic [Yemen (Sanaa) or North Yemen] and People's Democratic Republic of Yemen [Yemen (Aden) or South Yemen]
Zambia Northern Rhodesia
Zimbabwe Southern Rhodesia, Rhodesia

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