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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!
10 países que desapareceram no século XX.
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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.