Hi everyone,

welcome to the March 2023 edition of #fridaygeotrivia, our a social media geotrivia contest. The March 2023 edition took place on Friday, the 31st of March, at 17:00 Berlin time, 4pm London time, 11am New York time. See below for how to play.

The March 2023 geotrivia question:

Name countries that are monarchies, but not kingdoms (the monarch does not have the title of King or Queen).

Remember: to get the points you need the #fridaygeotrivia hashtag AND the emoji flag of the country. And only one answer per response.

The #fridaygeotrivia Mastodon thread:


#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 winner

Well done to this month’s winner: Colin Angus, who managed to defend his title. Second place goes to Amanda McCann.

This month’s geotrivia answer:

Country (monarch)
  • Andorra (Co-princes)
  • Brunei (Sultan)
  • Isle of Man (Lord of Mann)
  • Japan (Emperor)
  • Kuwait (Emir)
  • Liechtenstein (Prince)
  • Luxembourg (Grand Duke)
  • Malaysia (Sultan / Yang di-Pertuan Agong)
  • Monaco (Prince)
  • Oman (Sultan)
  • Qatar (Emir)
  • UAE (Emir)
  • Vatican (Pope, in his role as Bishop of Rome)
We also gave a point for
  • North Korea (Supreme Leader)

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,