How dating has changed since 1940
East Timor gains independence from the Portuguese Republic as the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.
East Timor was occupied by Indonesia in 1975, and was placed under United Nations administration in 1999. The Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic gain full independence with the dissolution of the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic (Czechoslovakia).
The Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic secedes from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics as the Republic of Moldova. Moldova claims Transnistria as part of its sovereign territory.
The Republic of Somaliland declares independence from the Federal Republic of Somalia. The international community considers Somaliland to be part of Somalia's sovereign territory.
The Republic of Crimea was annexed by the Russian Federation as two separate federal entities: the Republic of Crimea and the city of federal significance Sevastopol.
Ukraine itself and much of the international community maintain that Crimea is illegally occupied by Russia and legally remains an integral region of Ukraine.
The Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija declares its independence from the Republic of Serbia as the Republic of Kosovo. Serbia maintains that Kosovo remains a part of Serbia.
The Russian Federation recognizes the independence of the Republic of South Ossetia and the Republic of Abkhazia from Georgia.
Georgia and much of the international community maintain that they are both were illegally occupied by Russia during Russo-Georgian War and legally remain integral regions of Georgia.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland changes the title of each of its British Dependent Territories to that of a British Overseas Territory.
The citizens of each British Overseas Territory gain full British citizenship.
The United States of America dissolves the Panama Canal Zone and returns sovereignty to the Republic of Panama.