Hi everyone,

welcome to the June 2024 edition of #fridaygeotrivia, our a social media geotrivia contest. We play on the final Friday of every month.

The game will be played on Friday, 28th of June, at 17:00 Berlin time, 4pm London time, 11am New York time.

See how to play below.

The June 2024 geotrivia question:

Today’s question is a bit different - name informal multi-national groupings that are used in everyday speech.

  • Must include the name and emoji flags of at least 3 countries that are considered part of the region.

  • We don’t mean formal groupings like the European Union, or NATO.

The question is intentionally a bit ambiguous. Have fun with it.

An example - The BeNeLux countries: Belgium 🇧🇪, Netherlands 🇳🇱, and Luxembourg 🇱🇺

"The BeNeLux countries"

As always:

  • Only one answer per toot

  • You must include the hashtag #fridaygeotrivia and the emoji flag of the countries

Prizes

#fridaygeotrivia is a game with two prizes:

  1. the sheer joy of geographic knowledge and pedantry.

  2. the bragging rights of getting the answer first.

The #fridaygeotrivia Mastodon thread:

The winner

Congrats to SK53! Second place was a tie between Ciarán Ferrie and @antonia. Well done to all of you.

This month’s geotrivia answer:

  • The Asian Tigers
  • The Balkans
  • The Baltics
  • The Benelux countries
  • The BRICS
  • The British Isles
  • The Caucasus
  • Central America
  • Eastern Europe
  • The Far East
  • The Greater Antilles
  • The Guianas
  • The Horn of Africa
  • Indochina
  • Latin America
  • The Nordics
  • The Mahgreb
  • Macaronesia
  • Melanesia
  • The micro states
  • Micronesia
  • The Middle East
  • The PIGS
  • Polynesia
  • The Sahel
  • Scandinavia
  • The Southern Cone countries
  • The 'stans
  • The Windward Isles
  • The West Indies

How to play

Anyone can join in, you just need a Mastodon account.

  • Follow us on Mastodon, our account is @opencage@en.osm.town

  • When the game starts we will post the question here on the blog and on Mastodon, and will embed the Mastodon question here. We highly recommend using a mastodon client you feel comfortable with. We’ve made the switch to the Elk client and are loving it, but use whatever works for you.

  • Reply to the question thread on Mastodon (it will be embedded above) using the hashtag #fridaygeotrivia in your answer.

  • Only one answer per response (don’t stuff multiple answers into a single reply).

  • Our definition of “country” is usually (it depends on the question) any place with an ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code. Read more background about ISO and country codes in our guide.

  • To get full points for an answer it is good form not just to name the relevant country but (if possible) to include the emoji flags of the country.

  • While you can use a map, please do NOT use the internet to just search for an answer. That is cheating and will lead to seriously bad geokarma.

Some people have complained that the format is a bit chaotic and hard to follow. Yes. The mad chaos is part of the fun. Embrace it. The goal is just to have fun and learn. We win by playing

Thanks for playing,

Ed