Radovan Garabík
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Has an individual ever purchased an entire country?
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In 1699, Johann Adam Andreas von Liechtenstein bought Schellenberg and in 1712 the county of Vaduz. The county was operating under feudal principles, thus perhaps might not be considered a country in ...

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What are some examples of nations that involuntarily gained independence?
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Bantustans were carved out of South Africa by the insistence of South African apartheid government, and some (4) of them granted independence. It is difficult to comment on the willingness of the ...

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What are some examples of nations that involuntarily gained independence?
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Slovakia in 1992. Well, kind of. The (perhaps) only party that had independence on its political agenda was the Slovak National Party (8% votes), the outright independence was neither supported nor ...

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Has there ever been a case where a country adopted the currency of another country with a smaller economy?
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United States of America used Spanish dollar as the (sole) currency until 1792 - it even remained a legal tender until 1857. EDIT: In 1820 (when the Spanish dollar was still a legal tender and widely ...

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Have there been any countries that voted themselves out of existence?
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Since you posit the country remaining in some form as a subnational unit, such examples are actually rather common. Apart from the examples already given, from modern history see the admission of ...

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Who is on the Nazi 2 Reichsmark coin?
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Uhm, Friedrich Schiller? It's written on the coin. A famous German poet, philosopher, physician, historian, and playwright (1759 – 1805).

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Language Grammar History
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The oldest known linguistic description is a Sanskrit grammar by Pāṇini, from maybe 5th century BCE. Wikipedia has a good summary.

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When has a sovereign state last given territory to another as a gift?
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Yesterday (2016-09-21) Slovak republic approved a constitutional law changing the border with Hungary. However, it's a territory swap, and while voluntary, it's based more on convenience (changing ...

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Has any country won a war, but lost a non-trivial portion of its territory?
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Czechoslovakia won WWII (or at least was on the winning side) and lost Subcarpathia to the Soviet Union. Unlike Poland, the Czechoslovak government was not a Soviet puppet, the annexation (ehm, ...

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Are there confirmed cases where a country changed its language without being conquered?
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There are of course many language reforms being performed from time to time, as partially listed in other answers. I won't mention language change that happened after the country stopped being "...

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What was special in interwar Austria-Hungary?
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You are probably thinking of the "Martians from Hungary" — a group of prominent and very successful scientists, mostly physicists and mathematicians who emigrated to the United States in the ...

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How many different countries could a person alive today have lived in without leaving their hometown?
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U Sabotů, now Šance (see the map). until 1918: Austria(-Hungary) 1918 - 1939 Czechoslovakia 1939 - 1945 Germany (Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren) 1945 - 1992 Czechoslovakia 1993 - 1997 Czech Republic ...

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Were there occasions when a sovereign country voluntarily joined another country?
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The Far Eastern Republic (though not widely internationally recognized) joined Soviet Russia in 1922, and was completely integrated into the country. The merger was voluntary as the government has ...

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