Another Albania

There are many people who get confused between Georgia, the Caucasian republic, and Georgia, the US state (sometimes embarrassingly so).  The names, of course, have nothing to do with one another: the English name for the country of Georgia comes from the Syriac gurz-ān and dates back nearly a millennium, while the state was named…

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Two Sets of Dominicans: Dominica vs. the Dominican Republic

Countries using the same name are actually quite common. There are three countries with ‘Guinea’ in their title, two Koreas, two Congos, a Niger and a Nigeria, and now two Sudans. Extend it to partially recognised and de facto independent states, and you have a Somalia and a Somaliland, two Chinas, and two Cypruses. Unsurprisingly, all of these…

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