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Hi! I would like to add new international film festival to IMDB, but i cant find a country code Abhazia. How i can do this?
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Vincent Fournols

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Hi Berchenko,


Do you mean Abkhazia? I do not think it can be considered as an independent territory and therefore should be hosted under Georgia.


Quebec and Catalunya have a strong cinema presence, both in production and festivals, but are registered under Canada and Spain respectively.
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Berchenko

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Hi, Vincent Fournols. Yes, i mean Abkhazia. This country  won its independence during the war of 1992-93. Other countries also recognize the independence of Abkhazia. On the other hand, there is Kosovo in the list of countries, whose independence is recognized by only half of the UN countries. Let us balance the rights of countries that seek state independence.
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Vincent Fournols

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Hi IMDb,

IMDb is no place for political stances, only the internationally acknowledged situations prevail. Kosovo is recognized by the UN, when only 7 countries have recognized Abkhazia (Russia, Syria, Venezuela, Tuvalu, Nauru, Nicaragua and Vanuatu; check Wikipedia).

There is also the case of the Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is recognized only by Turkey...

This is only my 2 cents, as I am no IMDb staff. So I will let them decide over your request.
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Jeorj Euler

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Interesting. This would probably boil down to whether or not both the United States and United Kingdom recognize Abkhazia as a sovereign nation, even if informally.
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Vincent Fournols

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The current geopolitics does not makes it plausible in the years to come...
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Hi Berchenko -

Thanks for your report, I have forwarded your new country request to the applicable team for review.  Please know that there are system challenges that make adding these new additions more complicated, so these requests are not reviewed instantly but are reviewed periodically, so we appreciate your patience!
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Vincent Fournols

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Michelle,

In due time, it would be interesting to know whether IMDb consider Abkhazia as a rightful territory and worth appearing as such in the country list. (Then, will Crimea be considered Russian or Ukrainian? ;)

I would appreciate if you can let us know the outcome, whenever decision is reached.
Thanks in advance.
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Berchenko

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Vincent, your point of view looks like political biased. Is it bad that 200 000 people will know that their first film festival will be added on IMDB? These people live alone (not like a part of Georgia) 25 years. 
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Vincent Fournols

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Well, I will not get into an argument on who is more politically biased :)
I just state that IMDb is no place for political stances, we are dealing here with data issues and policies (not political!) discussions about IMDb.
Let IMDb define and implement its policy on this matter.
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Berchenko

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culture are out of politics
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Vincent Fournols

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I do not subscribe to that :)
But once again, it is off topic for this forum.
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Jeorj Euler

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Does Abkhazia even have a "country code"?
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Vincent Fournols

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Nope, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_3166-1
Neither have Kosovo and Northern Cyprus...

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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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McMuffincan?
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Berchenko

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Hello!  What is about my question?
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Jeorj Euler

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The whole thread is about your question, Berchenko.
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Hi, Berchenko.

I see no news for you in the database where all the country codes, if any exists, are open for search:
https://www.iso.org/obp/ui/#search
Those codes must be provided by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization having the Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.

If the above search engine is not comfortable for you, please be assured that the same information about codes seems to be fast mirrored on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_3166-1#Current_codes

IMDb keeps factual data about movies, films, and when someone is going to contribute an additional information about countries those countries go into the base with code and they must, at least, exist. 
For your further understanding, a country is a region that is identified as a distinct entity in political geography. Somehow, any country is the result of political processes. But IMDb does not act as a political entity, that's why IMDb may only rely on the above mentioned sources and similar trustful ones to check if a country exists. Otherwise, IMDb should begin its own political activity, but this is against the fundamental principles of IMDb.

In view of all the above, please inform us (common users) here if the new country codes may be checked for existence.

Thank you in advance.