Islands are cool.
I like geography. It bugs me that I hear island clusters mentioned, and don’t know where they are or if they’re part of another nation. So I made myself a cheat sheet, and thought it worth sharing.
- Azores: off the coast of Portugal, their parent
- Falklands: near Argentina, but claimed by Great Britain
- Seychelles: off eastern coast of Africa, independent
- Canary Islands: west of Africa, territory of Spain like Ibiza
- Crete: big Mediterranean island belonging to Greece
- Malta: sovereign island nation south of Sicily
- Faroe islands: between Norway and Iceland, run by Denmark
- Bermuda: British territory, further north and closer to USA than I would have guessed
- Maldives: independent chain southwest of India
There are plenty more in the Caribbean of various nationalities, but those names are a bit more familiar. Maybe I’ll catalog a chunk of that region, and Asia/Oceania are interesting. I skipped some that seem obvious to me, like Madagascar and Sri Lanka.
Greenland is somewhat unique, being so huge and in the new world but belonging to Denmark. There’s always the strange land grabs of Antarctica, but I doubt they’ll ever have a meaningful population. It would make a good place for space colony experiments, though.