A World of Disputed Territories

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In 1975, Spain relinquished administrative control of Western Sahara to a joint administration by Morocco (which had formally claimed the territory since 1957) and Mauritania. A war erupted between those countries and the Sahrawi National Liberation Movement, which proclaimed the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) with a government-in-exile in Tindouf, Algeria.

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Disputed Territories

Most of the world is divided neatly into distinct nations with clearly defined borders. This map is about the locations that do not fit that model, those territories that are claimed by more than one country / occupying force. The conflicts range from major wars whose impacts are felt around world (e.g. Islamic State) to minor disagreements over remote, uninhabited rocks (e.g. Rockall Island).

The list of territories and descriptive text come primarily from the CIA World Factbook, Natural Earth, and Wikipedia. The map was made using Mapbox Studio.

Created by @galka_max

For more info about the map and stories behind the some of the disputes, see: Mapping Every Disputed Territory in the World.

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