List of shortest-lived sovereign states

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This is a list of the shortest-lived sovereign states.

Legend[edit]

  Current or former United Nations member
  Widely recognized, but not a UN member
  Limited recognition
  No recognition

List[edit]

Short and formal names Declared Dissolved Lifespan Predecessors Successors Notes
Russia – Russian Democratic Federative Republic January 19, 1918 0 days Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic
 Abu Dhabi – Emirate of Abu Dhabi December 1, 1971 December 2, 1971 1 day Trucial States  United Arab Emirates
 Ajman – Emirate of Ajman
Benin – Republic of Benin September 19, 1967 September 20, 1967 1 day Biafra  Nigeria Puppet state of Biafra
Carpatho-Ukraine March 15, 1939 March 16, 1939 1 day Czechoslovakia Kingdom of Hungary
Crimea – Republic of Crimea May 5, 1992 May 6, 1992[1] 1 day Ukraine
Crimea – Republic of Crimea March 17, 2014 March 18, 2014[2][3] 1 day Ukraine Russia Declared unilateral independence from Ukraine, which continues to claim it as the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol. Recognized only by Russia.
 Dubai – Emirate of Dubai December 1, 1971 December 2, 1971 1 day Trucial States  United Arab Emirates
Fujairah – Emirate of Fujairah
Galicia – Republic of Galicia June 27, 1931 June 28, 1931 1 day Kingdom of Spain Second Spanish Republic
 Sharjah – Emirate of Sharjah December 1, 1971 December 2, 1971 1 day Trucial States  United Arab Emirates
 Umm al-Quwain – Emirate of Umm al-Quwain
Faroe Islands September 18, 1946 September 20, 1946 2 days  Kingdom of Denmark
Mindanao – Federal Republic of Mindanao October 4, 1990 October 6, 1990 2 days  Philippines
Somaliland – State of Somaliland June 26, 1960 July 1, 1960 5 days British Somaliland Somali Republic
Hungary – Hungarian People's Republic August 2, 1919 August 8, 1919 6 days Hungarian Soviet Republic Hungarian Republic
 Hunan Soviet September 7, 1927 September 14, 1927 7 days Republic of China Created by Mao Zedong.
 Prekmurje – Republic of Prekmurje May 29, 1919 June 6, 1919 8 days Austria-Hungary Kingdom of Hungary
Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
 East Timor – Democratic Republic of East Timor November 28, 1975 December 7, 1975 9 days  Portugal  Indonesia Declared independence from Portugal, but was soon after annexed by Indonesia. Independence restored on May 20, 2002.
Alsace-Lorraine – Republic of Alsace-Lorraine November 10, 1918 November 22, 1918 12 days German Empire French Third Republic The state was proclaimed when the sovereignty of the region was being transferred.
Connacht – Provisional Government of the Province of Connacht August 27, 1798 September 8, 1798 12 days Kingdom of Ireland Recognized only by the French First Republic.
Western Bosnia – Republic of Western Bosnia July 26, 1995 August 7, 1995 12 days Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Louisiana – Republic of Louisiana December 29, 1860 February 8, 1861 13 days United States Confederate States
 Banat Republic November 1, 1918 November 15, 1918 14 days Austria-Hungary Kingdom of Romania Recognized only by Hungary.
Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
Georgia – Republic of Georgia January 19, 1861 February 4, 1861 16 days United States Confederate States
Soviet Slovakia June 16, 1919 July 7, 1919 21 days Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Puppet state of the Hungarian Soviet Republic
Hungarian Soviet Republic
Republic of Kuwait[4] August 4, 1990 August 28, 1990 24 days Kuwait Ba'athist Iraq Puppet state of Ba'athist Iraq.
California Republic June 14, 1846 July 9, 1846 25 days Mexico United States
Bavarian Soviet Republic April 6, 1919 May 3, 1919 27 days Weimar Republic
Alabama – Alabama Republic January 11, 1861 February 8, 1861 28 days United States Confederate States
Florida – Republic of Florida January 10, 1861 29 days
Texas – Republic of Texas February 1, 1861 March 2, 1861 29 days
Mississippi – Republic of Mississippi January 9, 1861 February 8, 1861 30 days
State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs October 29, 1918 December 1, 1918 33 days Austria-Hungary Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
West Florida – Republic of West Florida September 23, 1810 October 27, 1810 34 days Spanish West Florida United States
Transcaucasian Federation – Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic April 22, 1918 May 28, 1918 36 days Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic First Republic of Armenia
Azerbaijan Democratic Republic
Democratic Republic of Georgia
 Labin Republic March 2, 1921 April 8, 1921 37 days Kingdom of Italy
Biak-na-Bato – Republic of the Philippines November 1, 1897 December 15, 1897 44 days Spanish East Indies
Sovereign Tagalog Nation First Philippine Republic
Democratic Republic of Yemen May 21, 1994 July 7, 1994 47 days  Yemen
Palmetto Republic – Republic of South Carolina December 20, 1860 February 8, 1861 50 days United States Confederate States
Saskatchewan – Provisional Government of Saskatchewan March 19, 1885 May 20, 1885 62 days Canada
Bangsamoro Republik – United Federated States of Bangsamoro Republik July 27, 2013 September 28, 2013 64 days  Philippines
Spanish Haiti – Republic of Spanish Haiti November 30, 1821 February 9, 1822 71 days Santo Domingo Ozama and the Cibao
 Ras al-Khaimah – Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah December 1, 1971 February 11, 1972 72 days Trucial States  United Arab Emirates
Lower California – Republic of Baja California November 3, 1853 January 21, 1854 79 days Mexico Republic of Sonora
Komancza Republic November 4, 1918 January 23, 1919 80 days  Austria-Hungary Second Polish Republic
Vemerana – Republic of Vemerana May 28, 1980 September 1, 1980 96 days New Hebrides  Vanuatu Recognized only by France.
Azawad – Independent State of Azawad April 6, 2012 July 12, 2012 97 days  Mali
Tanna – Nation of Tanna May 24, 1974 June 29, 1974 97 days New Hebrides
Finland – Finnish Democratic Republic December 1, 1939 March 12, 1940 102 days  Finland  Soviet Union Recognized only by the Soviet Union.

Incorporated in 1940 as the Karelo-Finnish Soviet Socialist Republic.

Zanzibar – People's Republic of Zanzibar and Pemba January 12, 1964 April 26, 1964 104 days Sultanate of Zanzibar  Tanzania Recognized by most Eastern Bloc states.
Juliana Republic July 24, 1839 November 15, 1839 114 days Empire of Brazil
Moldavian Republic – Moldavian Democratic Republic December 15, 1917 April 9, 1918 115 days Russian Republic Kingdom of Romania
Sonora – Republic of Sonora January 10, 1854 May 8, 1854 118 days Lower California Mexico
Mexico
Hungary – Hungarian People's Republic November 16, 1918 March 21, 1919 125 days Hungarian Kingdom Hungarian Soviet Republic
Mirdita – Republic of Mirdita July 17, 1921 November 20, 1921 126 days Principality of Albania Recognized only by the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
Soviet Hungary – Hungarian Soviet Republic March 21, 1919 August 1, 1919 133 days Hungarian People's Republic
Texas – Republic of Texas April 6, 1813 August 18, 1813 134 days New Spain
Syria – Arab Kingdom of Syria March 8, 1920 July 24, 1920 138 days  Occupied Enemy Territory Administration State of Aleppo
State of Damascus
Jabal Druze State
Ezo – Republic of Ezo January 27, 1869 June 27, 1869 151 days Tokugawa Shogunate Empire of Japan Recognized by France and the United Kingdom.
Formosa – Democratic State of Taiwan May 23, 1895 October 21, 1895 151 days Qing Dynasty Empire of Japan
 Hutsul Republic January 8, 1919 June 11, 1919 154 days Austria-Hungary Czechoslovakia
West Ukrainian People's Republic
Cabinda – Republique du Kabinda August 1, 1975 January 4, 1976 156 days Cabinda Province  Angola
Arab Federation January 1, 1958 July 30, 1958 169 days Kingdom of Iraq Iraqi Republic
 Jordan
Zimbabwe Rhodesia – Republic of Zimbabwe Rhodesia June 1, 1979 December 12, 1979 194 days Rhodesia Southern Rhodesia
Hungary – Hungarian Republic August 8, 1919 February 29, 1920 205 days Hungarian People's Republic Kingdom of Hungary
SSR Abkhazia – Socialist Soviet Republic of Abkhazia May 21, 1921 December 16, 1921 209 days Democratic Republic of Georgia  Soviet Union
Tafea – Tafea Nation February 14, 1958 August 2, 1958 211 days New Hebrides  Vanuatu
Genoa – Republic of Genoa April 26, 1814 January 7, 1815 211 days First French Empire Kingdom of Sardinia
Ukrainian State April 29, 1918 December 14, 1918 249 days Ukrainian People's Republic Directorate of Ukraine
Duchy of Courland and Semigallia March 3, 1918 November 18, 1918 260 days German Empire Latvian Provisional Government Client state of the German Empire
Russian Republic
Lithuania – Kingdom of Lithuania February 16, 1918 November 9, 1918 266 days German Empire Lithuania Client state of the German Empire
Russian Republic
West Ukraine – West Ukrainian People's Republic October 18, 1918 July 17, 1919 272 days Austria-Hungary First Czechoslovak Republic
Second Polish Republic
Kingdom of Romania
Ukrainian People's Republic
Goshen – State of Goshen October 24, 1882 August 6, 1883 286 days No predecessor United States of Stellaland
White Ruthenian Democratic Republic – Belarusian People's Republic March 25, 1918 January 5, 1919 286 days Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Lithuanian–Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic The Rada of the BDR is the oldest existing government in exile.
Second Polish Republic
Ukrainian People's Republic
Acre – Third Republic of Acre January 27, 1903 November 11, 1903 288 days  Bolivia  Brazil
Rio Grande – Republic of the Río Grande January 17, 1840 November 6, 1840 294 days  Mexico  Mexico
Republic of Texas
United States of Belgium January 11, 1790 December 2, 1790 325 days Habsburg Monarchy
North Solomons – Republic of the North Solomons September 1, 1975 August 7, 1976 341 days Papua & New Guinea  Papua New Guinea
Iranian Azerbaijan – Azerbaijan People's Government November 1945 November 1946 ~1 year Pahlavi dynasty Puppet state of the Soviet Union
Stellaland – Republic of Stellaland July 26, 1882 August 6, 1883 1 year and 11 days No predecessor United States of Stellaland

States used for comparison[edit]

Short and formal names Declared Lifespan Predecessors
 South Sudan – Republic of South Sudan July 9, 2011 3 years, 85 days  Sudan
 Niue October 19, 1974[citation needed] 39 years, 348 days  New Zealand
 Kosovo – Republic of Kosovo February 17, 2008 6 years, 227 days  Serbia
 Somaliland – Republic of Somaliland May 18, 1991 23 years, 137 days  Somalia

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/status-of-crimea-under-existing-constitution-of-ukraine/
  2. ^ "Putin Reclaims Crimea for Russia and Bitterly Denounces the West". The New York Times. March 18, 2014. Retrieved March 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ "State Duma adopts documents on Crimea’s joining the Russian Federation". ITAR-Tass. March 20, 2014. Retrieved March 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Schofield, Clive. The Middle East And Africa. p. 147.