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The mentioned points are given in alphabetic order

Crimea
Crimea is not shown to be a part of Russia

The Crimean Peninsula is located on the northern coast of the Black Sea. The peninsula is completely surrounded by the Black Sea as well as the Sea of Azov. Crimea is located south of Kherson, which is a region in Ukraine, and to the west of Kuban in Russia.

Though Crimea is pro-Russian but it is a part of Ukraine. In 2014, Russia, backed by pro-Russian separatists, forcibly invaded Ukraine. This was after Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Russian president of Ukraine, was ousted in the 2014 Ukrainian revolution.

The local authorities were forced to hold an unconstitutional referendum on Crimea's reunification with Russia. The annexation is not recognized by the majority of the international community, which regards Crimea as a part of Ukraine. However, Ukraine still asserts its right over Crimea. But we at MapsofWorld.com don't show Crimea as a part of Russia.

Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands is a British overseas territory in the south-west Atlantic Ocean, the island is also claimed by Argentina. A bitter war was fought in 1982 between Britain and Argentina over Falkland Islands. Though Argentina says that it inherited the islands from the Spanish crown in early 1800s, Britain bases its claim on the principle of self-determination of the islanders as well as its long-term administration. Since it is a British Overseas Territory, we show it as a part of the United Kingdom.

Gaza Strip (+ West Bank)
The United Nations General Assembly had in November 2012 voted to upgrade the status of Palestinian territories of West Bank + Gaza Strip to that of Non-member Observer State. This amounts of de facto recognition of statehood. But, the creation of a Sovereign Palestinian State has not been possible as Palestine does not have full control over these territories. Hence as per the UN, we show West Bank and Gaza Strip as Palestinian territories and show all sorts of boundaries shown in the Israel UN Map.

Golan Heights
Golan Heights is located in the Levant and is under the occupation of Israel. During the Six Day War, Israel captured Golan Heights from Syria. As of date, the United Nations does not recognize the Israeli occupation of Golan Heights and hence is not legal according to international laws. The United Nations Security Council Resolution 497, which was unanimously adopted on December 17, 1981, states that Israel's annexation of Golan Heights is “null and void and without international legal effect”. The resolution further calls upon Israel to revoke its actions.

Kashmir
MapsofWorld.com shows Kashmir as part of India

Kashmir is located in North India. Since 1947, India and Pakistan have fought four wars over Kashmir. But the question is to whom does Kashmir belong - India or Pakistan? At MapsofWorld.com we are of the firm view that Kashmir is a part of India and always will be. Our belief is not just based on patriotism, but facts. Let us take a peek into history.

In 1947, after the partition of British India into India and Pakistan, the princely states were given a choice to either join India or Pakistan. At that time, Kashmir was a princely state ruled by Maharaja Hari Singh. Initially, Maharaja Hari Singh decided to remain neutral but Pakistan attacked Kashmir by sending in Muslim tribesmen. Following this, Hari Singh joined India. However, Pakistan did not recognize the accession and until today, is fighting a proxy war to get Kashmir. But as Hari Singh had joined India, Kashmir is a part of the country.

Longest river in the world
Which is the longest river in the world – Nile or Amazon? Which of these two is the longest in the world is a matter of debate. Some scientists consider Nile to be the longest while others say it is Amazon. Actually, it depends on how one measures the rivers. The exact point where Amazon ends is uncertain as it has many mouths which widen towards the sea. However, if the para estuary (the most distant mouth) is taken into consideration, then the Amazon becomes the longest river, or else, the Nile remains the longest.

Nagorno-Karabakh
Nagorno-Karabakh is a disputed territory. Most of the region is governed by the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and is under the control of ethnic Armenian separatists. However, it is internationally recognized as a part of Azerbaijan. As of date, Nagorno-Karabakh is not recognized by the United Nations. The UN General Assembly has also passed a resolution (A/RES/62/243) calling upon Armenia to withdraw from the territory of Azerbaijan. Therefore, we show it as a part of Azerbaijan.

New Guinea
New Guinea is the largest island in the South West Pacific region and second largest island in the world after Greenland. The island is located in the north of Australia and divided into two distinct administrave parts - the western part belongs to Indonesia depicted as part of Asia continent, whereas the eastern part - Papua New Guinea - an independent country - is part of the continent of Oceania.

Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
International Hydrographic Organization’s publication on Limits of Oceans and Seas also sub divides it into North and South Pacific Ocean, with Equator being the boundary line between the two. Same goes for Atlantic Ocean. In larger maps we are depicting these demarcation. However we consider labeling “Pacific Ocean” and “Atlantic Ocean” in maps equally correct.

Persian Gulf
As of date, we use the term Persian Gulf for the waterway that is situated between Iran to the northeast and the Arabian Peninsula to the southwest. This is in accordance with the United Nations Editorial directive (ST/CS/SER.A/29/Rev.1), and UNGEGN (United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names).

Russia a European Country
Russia is a trans-continental country with land in both Asia and Europe. The Eastern part, which is around 75 percent of the area of the country, is situated in Asia, while the western part lies in Europe. The Ural Mountains act as a boundary between Russia's European part and Asian part. Thus, we show the respective parts of Russia in their respective continents. For example, in the Asia map we show the part of Russia lying to the east of Ural mountains while in the Europe map we show the portion of Russia lying to the west of Urals.

Sea of Japan
The Sea of Japan is a body of water between Japan, North Korea, Russia, and South Korea. As of date, the international name for the Sea of Japan is disputed. While, the Japanese government uses the name Sea of Japan, South Korea calls it East Sea. Like many other international mapping organizations, we use both names Sea of Japan and East Sea, later in parentheses, like this “Sea of Japan (East Sea)”.

The Sinai Peninsula
The Sinai Peninsula or simply Sinai is a peninsula in Egypt. It is situated between the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Red Sea to the south and serves as a land bridge between Asia and Africa. It is the only part of Egyptian territory located in Asia.

Tibet
Tibet is a region on the Tibetan Plateau in Asia. As of date, Tibet is an Autonomous Region of People’s Republic of China, therefore we show it a part of China.

Taiwan
Mainland China or Peoples Republic of China is shown to include Taiwan (ROC), Hong Kong and Macau. But for commercial and business maps, these regions are shown separate to depict the business interest of these regions.

Vatican City a Country
Vatican City is the smallest independent country in the world. Though the Vatican City is not a member of the UN but it is a permanent observer state.

Western Sahara
As of date, Western Sahara is a disputed territory. Western Sahara was a former Spanish colony; however, in 1975, it was annexed by Morocco. The United Nations lists it as a non-decolonized territory. Thus Western Sahara is included in the UN List of Non-Self-Governing Territories. Ever since, it has been a subject of territorial dispute between Morocco and the regions indigenous Saharawi people, who are led by the Polisario Front.

Last Updated on: June 16, 2017