Math Is Fun Forum
  Discussion about math, puzzles, games and fun.   Useful symbols: ÷ × ½ √ ∞ ≠ ≤ ≥ ≈ ⇒ ± ∈ Δ θ ∴ ∑ ∫ • π ƒ -¹ ² ³ °

You are not logged in.

#1 2013-06-24 17:15:31

phanthanhtom
Member
Registered: 2012-06-22
Posts: 215

Eurovision Microstates

Hi.
Required knowledge:
+ What is a microstate? (a small independent state recognized by other states universally)
+ What are the ten smallest countries in Europe by land area? (Vatican. Monaco, San Marino, Liechtenstein, Malta, Andorra, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Montenegro, Slovennia)
+ What are the ten smallest countries in Europe by population? (Vatican, Monaco, San Marino, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Iceland, Malta, Luxembourg, Montengro, Cyprus)
So, in the above 2 lists, 9 of them are the same. The only difference is Slovennia/Iceland (in fact Slovennia ranks 12th in population but Iceland ranks 33th, way larger than most countries, though here we don't take territories outside Europe into account so Denmark is smaller than Iceland). But Slovennia is never considered a microstate, though Iceland does.
Vatican, Monaco, San Marino, Liechtenstein and Andorra are for now considered obvious, for their unique history has led to their independence today.
+ Vatican is the ruins of the former larger Papal States of Middle Italy
+ Monaco is a small principality independent since at least 1419, the purchase of Monaco by the House of Grimaldi
+ San Marino has been independent since 301
+ Liechtenstein, lying between Switzerland and Austro-Hungary, is the last surviving member of the Holy Roman Empire (Luxembourg was independent because at the time of German Unification it was ruled by the Dutch king)
+ Andorra has been a co-principality since 1278
The other 5 countries are not irregularities of history - Malta and Cyprus was small because it was islandic, the former Kingdom of Montenegro hold significant powers around the time of the Balkan War in the early 20th century, Luxembourg was always important in Europe since it abandoned neutral policy in 1948, and Iceland was small because of its cold climate. Also the original 5 has always been reluctant to joining organizations, the only exceptions so far have been the UN, WTO, Council of Europe and a few others (in the case of the Vatican, there is no exception at all). However Malta and Cyprus are both members of the EU, Montenegro a candidate of EU and NATO, and Iceland NATO member and EU candidate (Nordic Council is a small regional organisation and excluded), of course Luxembourg member of both.
So in my view there's only 5. What about you?

Offline

#2 2013-06-25 00:39:47

bobbym
Administrator
From: Bumpkinland
Registered: 2009-04-12
Posts: 81,429

Re: Eurovision Microstates

Looks thorough but according to what I read there are really only 3. But I suggest you hand in the report just as you wrote it.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

Offline

#3 2013-06-25 01:36:45

phanthanhtom
Member
Registered: 2012-06-22
Posts: 215

Re: Eurovision Microstates

The requirement for the report is neutral opinion.
What are your 3? Andorra and Liechtenstein excluded?

Offline

#4 2013-06-25 01:41:03

bobbym
Administrator
From: Bumpkinland
Registered: 2009-04-12
Posts: 81,429

Re: Eurovision Microstates

Only the Vatican out of your list.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

Offline

#5 2013-06-25 02:12:19

phanthanhtom
Member
Registered: 2012-06-22
Posts: 215

Re: Eurovision Microstates

Now I understand. The title was a ridiculous mistake. Of we were saying Eurovision Microstates then Liechtenstein has to be excluded too.

Offline

#6 2013-06-25 03:06:21

bobbym
Administrator
From: Bumpkinland
Registered: 2009-04-12
Posts: 81,429

Re: Eurovision Microstates

You can pick any combination of your ten and be okay. I would leave out the Vatican because I would not consider it a microstate.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

Offline

Board footer

Powered by FluxBB