The Philippines, another amazing disappearing country
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Inspired by a similar GeekList about New Zealand, and noticing the absence of another country in the Pacific region, I decided to launch this list regarding the presence (or lack thereof) of my parents' homeland, the Philippines.

It's surprising how the Philippines weren't included in a lot of these U.S.-made games, seeing how intimately tied Filipino history is to that of the U.S. And we could've been a major economic contender, if not for a man named Marcos.

Fellow Filipinos (or Filipino sympathizers, or even Filipino-philes), feel free to add any other games you know of that lack our 7,000-island archipelago.
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1. Board Game: History of the World [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:606]
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It's plausible that the board depicts a map from before the Philippines were discovered, but Magellan got there in 1521. Dutchman Willem Janszoon came to Australia in 1606, nearly a century later.

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2. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:14685]
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We're on this vintage map from 1968:

I'm sorry to say the same isn't true for New Zealand, though.

But we are noticeably absent from this newer edition:
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3. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1054]
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At least we're represented in this WW2 game. Unfortunately, we're already conquered by the Imperial Japanese Army.


However, in the offshoot Axis & Allies: Pacific, we've got an American garrison (and I would like to think some Filipino volunteers alongside them).


(I know this doesn't accurately depict the initial setup, but I think it conveys my point.)
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4. Board Game: War on Terror [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:3435]
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I guess I should be glad we're absent from such a controversial war, even though we are home to Abu Sayyaf, a significant militant Islamic group. Geographically speaking, though, it seems the Philippines has sunk beneath the waves from all those WMDs, and Japan has slowly drifted southward to fill in the gap.

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5. Board Game: Risk 2210 A.D. [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1031]
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After the destruction wrought during the great War on Terror, the great engineers, geologists, and oceanographers of the world figured out a way to raise the Philippines out of the deep trenches of the Pacific, for we are present again for the thermonuclear conflict that is the basis of this game.

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6. Board Game: Power Grid: China/Korea [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
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You can see the Philippines on the China part of Power Grid's China/Korea map, barely.

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7. Board Game: Pirate and Traveler [Average Rating:5.21 Overall Rank:14011]
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This game has been through many editions in 98 years. The original 1911 board (left) has a land space in Manila, as did many editions includingthe 1960s edition of my youth. But in this map, you sail between the islands and never land:


In this one you don't even sail through, but at least Philippines is distinctly colored:


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