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Dependent areas are territories governed by a sovereign state but they are not part of the motherland or mainland and they often have a certain degree of autonomy represented by a local government, but they do not possess full political independence or sovereignty as a state. For various reasons many dependencies have democratically elected to maintain their territorial status, and rejected independence.
 
Keywords: Overseas Territories, Overseas Possessions, Department, Special Administrative Regions, Disputed Territories, Crown Dependency, British Indian Ocean Territory , Non-Self-Governing Territories, Dependencies and Areas of Special Sovereignty, non-self-determining areas
 
  
Country Territory/Dependency Status
Australia
Ashmore and Cartier Islands
Territory of Australia
Christmas Island Territory of Australia
Cocos (Keeling) Islands Territory of Australia
Coral Sea Islands Territory of Australia
Heard and McDonald Islands Territory of Australia
Norfolk Island Territory of Australia
China
Hong Kong
Special administrative regions of China (SAR)
Macau
Denmark
Faroe Islands
Self-governing overseas administrative divisions of Denmark
Greenland
France
Bassas da India
Possession of France, administered from Réunion, claimed by Madagascar.
Clipperton Island Possession of France
Europa Island Possession of France, administered from Réunion, claimed by Madagascar (no permanent population).
French Guiana Overseas Department of France
French Polynesia Overseas Lands of France
French Southern and Antarctic Lands Overseas territory of France
Glorioso Islands Possession of France, administered from Réunion, claimed by Madagascar.
Guadeloupe Overseas Department of France
Juan de Nova Island Possession of France, administered from Réunion, claimed by Madagascar.
Martinique Overseas Department of France
Mayotte Territorial Collectivity of France
New Caledonia Overseas territory of France
Réunion Overseas Department of France
Saint Pierre and Miquelon Self-governing Territorial Collectivity of France
Tromelin Island Possession of France, Possession of France, claimed by Mauritius.
Wallis and Futuna Overseas territory of France
Netherlands
Aruba A constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
CuraƧao is since 10 October 2010 a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Sint Maarten Constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Before 10 October 2010, Sint Maarten was known as the Island Territory of Sint Maarten (Dutch: Eilandgebied Sint Maarten), and was one of five island territories (Eilandgebieden) that constituted the Netherlands Antilles.
Netherlands Antilles Until 10 October 2010 an autonomous Caribbean country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
New Zealand
Cook Islands Self-governing in free association with New Zealand.
Niue Self-governing in free association with New Zealand.
Tokelau Self-administering territory of New Zealand.
Norway
Bouvet Island Territory of Norway (uninhabited)
Jan Mayen (Isl) Territory of Norway
Svalbard (Isl) Territory of Norway
United Kingdom
Akrotiri (British Forces) Overseas territory of UK on Cyprus
Anguilla Overseas territory of the UK
Bermuda Overseas territory of the UK
British Indian Ocean Territory Overseas territory of the UK
British Virgin Islands (BVI) Internal self-governing Overseas territory of the UK.
Cayman Islands Overseas territory of the UK
Dhekelia (British Forces) Overseas territory of UK on Cyprus.
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Overseas territory of the UK; also claimed by Argentina.
Gibraltar Overseas territory of the UK, also claimed by Spain.
Guernsey (Channel Island) Crown dependency
Isle of Man Crown dependency
Jersey (Channel Island) Crown dependency
Montserrat Overseas territory of the UK
Pitcairn Islands Overseas territory of the UK
Saint Helena Overseas territory of the UK
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Overseas territory of the UK, also claimed by Argentina.
Turks and Caicos Islands Overseas territory of the UK
United States
American Samoa Unincorporated and unorganized territory of the US.
Baker Island Unincorporated territory of the US
Guam Organized, unincorporated territory of the US
Howland Island Unincorporated territory of the US
Jarvis Island Unincorporated territory of the US
Johnston Atoll Unincorporated territory of the US
Kingman Reef Unincorporated territory of the US
Midway Islands Unincorporated territory of the US
Navassa Island Unincorporated territory of the US
Northern Mariana Islands Commonwealth in political union with the US.
Palmyra Atoll privately owned incorporated territory of the US
Puerto Rico Commonwealth associated with the US
Virgin Islands U.S. Organized, unincorporated territory of the US
Wake Island Unincorporated territory of the US
Disputed Territories Antarctica claims by Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom, the legal status of which remains in suspense under the terms of the Antarctic Treaty of 1959.
Paracel Islands Occupied by PR China, claimed by Taiwan and Viet Nam
Spratly Islands claimed by PR China, Taiwan, and Viet Nam; portions claimed by Malaysia, and the Philippines, administered by various countries)
West Bank Israeli-occupied, Palestinian Authority
Western Sahara claimed and administered by Morocco
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