” No Man’s Land “, a title that often recurs in cinema, theater and music and which echoes the names of Davis, Pinter, Hevia and Tanovic, just to name the most famous. This term translated into Italian means ” no man’s land “: but it is only in art that we can use this denomination
No, not only in art, because even in reality there are the so-called “fantastma states”: who would have
thought it. moreover.
What is the meaning of a phantom
state A phantom state, technically a ” limited recognition state. ““, is a country not officially recognized by other states, or recognized only by some of them. This lack of recognition often has historical and historiographical roots: in many cases, ghost states are born as a result of wars and episodes of blood, declaring a independence which, however, is not recognized by the rest of the world, or at least not by all countries.
A de facto ghost state, depending on the case, can control and govern the population and can also entertain diplomatic relations with other countries , especially those that they recognize it
List of unrecognized countries in the world
There are about twenty ghost states: some are not recognized by any other country in the world, while others are recognized only by certain nations: in practice, a state can exist according to a nation, while for another it is as if not there was : interesting this phenomenon, true
Let’s go and discover together some of the most famous ghost states.
1. Somaliland, Africa
Photo by Flag_of_Somaliland.svg. State recognized by : None
Somaliland is in fact the only 100% ghost state: it is in fact not recognized by any member of the international community. Somaliland in 1990 declared its independence from the Somali Republic, seeking an autonomous sovereignty. However Somaliland maintains political relations with some countries including the United Kingdom, Rwanda, Norway and Ethiopia. Several requests for recognition from the international community, including from the African Union.
2. Transnistria, Moldova
State recognized by : Abkhazia, Nagorno Karabakh and South Ossetia
Transnistria is a de facto independent state, not recognized by the UN member countries which consider it part of the Republic of Moldova. In fact this region has declared its ownindependence from Moldova in 1990 , establishing its own autonomous administration in the city of Tiraspol .
3. Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, Azerbaijan
State recognized by : Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transnistria
This ghost state is also not recognized by UN member states. Proclaimed autonomous from Azerbaijan at the end of a bloody war in 1992, some parts of the territory are still controlled by the Azerbaijani population.
4. Abkhazia, Georgia
Photo of Boracasli. State recognized by: Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, South Ossetia, Transnistria and Nagorno Karabakh
Territory claimed by Georgia, and recognized by 6 UN member countries and 3 non-members. Independence from Georgia was achieved in 1991, again following a disastrous war and in a highly critical period for the entire Soviet Union.
5. Northern Cyprus, Turkey
Photo by User: Tarkan. State recognized by: Turkey
An independent state founded in 1983, and in reality a self-proclaimed republic recognized only by Turkey, of which it was previously a part. Although the Republic of Cyprus has been a member of the EU since 2004, Northern Cyprus remains a ghost state in its own right.
6. Palestine, Near East
State recognized by : 135 member countries of
Although it is heard so often, and despite being widely recognized by many states of the world, Palestine is in reality a ghost state, still without a stable state organization . It is also partially occupied by Israel, while the Gaza Strip is subject to naval, land and air blockade by Israel. The claimed capital is East Jerusalem , while the de facto capital is Ramallah.
7. Israel, Near East
State recognized by : 32 UN members
Israel is also a ghost state for many nations. The main reason for this lack of recognition is the fact that Israel, due to the Palestinian question, is oneState that creates continuous tensions in the Arab world , and in fact is not recognized by Islamic countries with the exception of Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and Mauritania, with which it maintains normal political relations.