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Which country was never a colony or under foreign rule in its entire history?

Discussion in 'World History' started by God of Kings, Sep 29, 2016.

  1. r16

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  2. Agent327

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    How heroic of him to invade a country with no army. I guess I missed that, my apologies.

    Seeing as 'the Swiss' aren't a species (or even a subspecies), I'm fairly certain they didn't mutate period. But to stick a bit with actual history, Swiss mercenaries were quite popular in the late medieval-post-Renaissance period. The banks are of a bit later date.
     
  3. Esperr

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    Well the U.S of A might be out even if you disregard the "not a colony" criteria. Im pretty sure the war of 1812 counts, unless burning all of our capitols public buildings and seat of government doesn't count.
     
  4. God of Kings

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    The burning of Washington was in retaliation for the burning of York (Toronto). This would mean that both Canada and the United States would be out, even if I were to disregard the "former colony" part.
     
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    Moscow was occupied by the Poles during the Time of Troubles. (Napoleon's invasion doesn't matter here since the capital was in St. Petersburg at the time)
     
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    Wasn't it in Moscow at the time? Iirc the original plan was to split the grand army to attack both Moscow and Petrograd, but it seemed impossible, so didn't they choose the actual capital?
     
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  7. Esperr

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    Then yes there out? i wasn't talking to you specifically.
     
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    I got it! Saudi Arabia is your answer. Who'd be foolish enough to try and conquer the desert anyway?
     
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    While massively defeated and conquered at times (Alexander, later arabs, later on mongols), Persia was generally its own nation.
    Denmark is relatively new as a nation (iirc not older than the HRE), and despite being hugely defeated in wars (30 years war, second Danish-Prussian war) was it ever wholly occupied?
     
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    Well, yes. Ok, Denmark sucks then :)
     
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    Guys, the question was answered in post #8.
    Why is this thread 5 pages long now? :)
     
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    Sweden doesn't count due to the Kalmar Union.
     
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    Why? It was merely a personal union and it certainly wasn't brought about by conquest.
     
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    Central Arabia and mainland Japan. Pretty sure that's it.
     
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    Right. Always forget the last century.
     
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    At the time, Muhammad's invasion and conquest of Central Arabia would have been seen as foreign invasion. The Ottomans also had suzerainty over it, effected indirectly through local rulers.
     
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    One tribe replacing another isn't a reasonable definition of foreign rule.

    I don't think that should count. I mean, what did the Ottomans actually do there? How was their presence felt?
     

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