Information on regions with disputed or special status
by Wm. Robert Johnston
last updated 9 August 2014
International reporting areas used for statistical compilations on this website represent de facto statistical reporting areas: in other words, they are predicated by availability of statistics from whatever source is able to report them in a practical sense. Listings of areas do not necessarily constitute endorsements of occupations, unilateral annexations, declarations of independence, and the like. In particular, with regard to demographic and abortion statistics:
- The Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia have not been under control of the central government for some time, including prior to the Russian invasion in 2008. Georgia has not been able to report statistics for these regions for some years.
- The occupation and annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014 is not generally recognized by the international community. Unless the situation changes, it is likely that Ukraine will not be able to report statistics for Crimea whereas Russia will report such statistics.
- The occupation and annexation of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania by the U.S.S.R. in 1940 was never recognized by the United States. Statistics for these regions were reported by the U.S.S.R. until its dissolution.
- The region of Nagarno-Karabakh has proclaimed itself a republic but this is not generally recognized by the international community; it is instead generally recognized as part of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan has been unable to report statistics for this region since the 1990s, whereas the self-proclaimed Nagarno-Karabakh authorities do report statistics.
- The self-proclaimed state of Palestine is not fully recognized; the Palestinian authority does report some statistics for the West Bank and Gaza, although this reporting is neither uniform nor consistent.
- The Republic of China (Taiwan) is de facto a national government and authoritative source for statistics for this region.
- The Transnistria region of Moldova has self-proclaimed itself the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic but this is not generally recognized by the international community. Moldova has not been able to report statistics for Transnistria since the 1990s, whereas some statistics are reported by the self-proclaimed Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic.
- Regarding dissolution of the U.S.S.R. and Yugoslavia, regions are excluded from former nations when de facto independence (or other status change) occurred.
© 2014 by Wm. Robert Johnston.
Last modified 9 August 2014.
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