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New nations seem to pop up with alarming regularity. At the start of the 20th century, there were only a few dozen independent sovereign states on the planet; today, there are nearly 200!
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Amazing to see many of the countries and empires that are no longer around. Also with the dissoution of many of the empires it lead's to many of the issues that were are dealiing with today. Splitting the Austro-Hugaraian Empire after WWI along ethnic lines didn't really work and helped to lead to WWII. The Germans in the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia fro example. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sudetendeutsche_gebiete.svg
for the area of German population.
10 countries that have become nonexistent in the 20th century include Tibet, East Germany and Yugoslavia. These countries have died off because of ethic, religious and cultural falls that were quickly taken over by bigger and more powerful countries.