Where does one continent begin and the other ends? This is not an entirely trivial question.
Geopolitical division brings two questions together that don’t always align. How many would consider my country to be part of North America? If I were asked for identity, I feel I belong more to the south than the north, though geography might indicate otherwise.
But wait!, there is more. The very land I’m standing on right now was well underwater 12 million years ago; when it surfaced, it did nothing but bridge together two much larger landmasses. A continental shelf argument would say that we belong to the sea. If not for Covid-19, I could travel 100km in either direction and meet the Pacific on one side, or the Caribbean on the other.
So, here is a much more controversial poll to illustrate my point (vote if “yes”):
- Is Mexico a North American country?
- Is Suriname a South American country?
- Is Belize a Caribbean country?
- Does Australia belong to Oceania?
- Does New Zealand belong to Oceania?
- Is Papua-New Guinea part of the Australian continent?
- Is Oceania a continent?
- Is Russia an Asian country?
- Is the nation of Greenland part of the Americas?
- Is Israel an Asian country?
- Is Indonesia an Asian country?
- Is Turkey a European country?
- Is Egypt an Asian country?
- Is Chile transcontinental?
- Is Spain transcontinental?
- Is Armenia an European country?
- Is Azerbaijan landlocked?
- If a country claimed sovereignty over parts of the Moon, would you accept their claim?
- If you have nationality but cannot vote, are you really a citizen?