Can You Tell if This Map Is of a Real Place or Game of Thrones?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
Image: Oberyn Martell via youtube / Amazing Places on Our Planet via youtube

About This Quiz

"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die."

The Game of Thrones television series, as well as the book series (A Song of Ice and Fire) that it is based on, have both become immensely popular over the past few years. In fact, the Game of Thrones television series has even broken quite a few records and received numerous accolades. While this is due in part to the gripping story lines and skilled actors and actresses, the fictional world that the Game of Thrones is set in is also a major factor in the show's popularity. 

The Game of Thrones world is not just a set piece that the characters walk around in and live in, it is a vibrant world that has a well thought-out backstory. In fact, one could even say that the continents of Westeros and Essos are two of the main characters in the story themselves! It is no secret that these continents and the other parts of the world of Game of Thrones actually draw inspiration from countries and continents in the real world, so let's see if you can tell the difference between fiction and reality with this quiz! Don't worry, we won't betray you with this quiz, so let's get started!

Denmark is a country that is located in Europe. Denmark consists of over 400 islands and it is the southernmost of the Scandinavian nations as well as a Nordic country.

Dorne is a location that exists in the world of Game of Thrones. Dorne is located at the southernmost part of Westeros and it is one of the nine constituent regions of the Seven Kingdoms

Alaska is one of the 50 states that make up the United States of America. Alaska is the largest state in the United States and the most sparsely populated one as well.

Ib is a location that exists in the world of Game of Thrones. Ib is located off of the northeastern coast of Essos and it is one of the largest islands in the world of Game of Thrones.

Greenland is an autonomous territory that is a part of the Kingdom of Denmark. Greenland is notable for being the largest island in the world; since Australia and Antarctica are generally considered to be continental landmasses rather than islands.

New Zealand is a country that is located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. New Zealand is situated just off of the east coast of Australia.

Florida is one of the 50 states that make up the United States of America. Florida is the 3rd-most populous state in America and also has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States.

The Narrow Sea is a location that exists in the world of Game of Thrones. The Narrow Sea a sea that acts as a separator between Westeros and Essos.

Egypt is a country that is located in the Middle East. Egypt is notable for being a transcontinental country, since it is located in both Africa and Asia.

India is a country that is located in Asia. India is the most populous democracy in the world (the second most populous country overall) and the seventh-largest country in the world.

Nepal is a country that is located in Asia. Nepal is a small landlocked country that is notable for being located primarily in the Himalayas.

The Free Cities is a location that exists in the world of Game of Thrones. The Free Cities is located on the continent of Essos and it is a self-governing region that is made up of nine powerful, independent city-states.

China is a country that is located in Asia. China holds the record for being the most populous country in the world and it is also one of the largest ones as well.

The Westerlands is a location that exists in the world of Game of Thrones. The Westerlands is ruled by House Lannister and it is one of the constituent regions of the Seven Kingdoms. Daenerys' forces have now taken Casterly Rock, though!

Yemen is a country that is located in the Middle East. Yemen is notable for its extensive coastline (over 1000 miles) in relation to its size.

The Crownlands is a location that exists in the world of Game of Thrones. This is (so far in the series) the seat of power, where the Iron Throne is currently occupied by the quite possibly insane Cersei Lannister.

Chile is a country that is located in South America. Chile is geographically unique in that it primarily occupies a narrow strip of land to the west of the Andes mountain.

Turkey is a transcontinental country that is located in both Europe and Asia. Due to its centralized location, Turkey has constantly had significant political and military importance throughout history.

The Valyrian Peninsula is a location that exists in the world of Game of Thrones. It was once a place of great power and mystery, but is now inhabited only the Stonemen, as Tyrion and Ser Jorah discovered.

The Stormlands is a location that exists in the world of Game of Thrones. The Stormlands is one of the regions that makes up the Seven Kingdoms and it is bordered by the Crownlands and Dorne.

Trinidad & Tobago is a country that is located in the Caribbean. Trinidad & Tobago is notable for being a major nesting site for leatherback sea turtles.

The Dothraki Sea is a location that exists in the world of Game of Thrones. The Great Grass Sea is where the Dothraki horse lords held sway until they followed Daenerys across the sea.

The Reach is a location that exists in the world of Game of Thrones. The Reach is one of the regions that makes up the Seven Kingdoms and was ruled by House Tyrell until recently.

Beyond the Wall is a location that exists in the world of Game of Thrones. Mance Rayder led the Wildling army there, but now it's the province of the Army of the Dead and their wight dragon.

Greece is a country that is located in Europe. Greece is often considered by many to be the cradle of Western civilization and it has historically been an important part of several empires.

The Vale of Arryn is a location that exists in the world of Game of Thrones. This is where you'll find the Moon Door, where the late, unlamented Littlefinger disposed of his wife.

Slaver's Bay is a location that exists in the world of Game of Thrones. The practice of slavery in the area was finally ended by Daenerys Targaryen and the area was renamed to the “Bay of Dragons”.

The North is a location that exists in the world of Game of Thrones. The North is one of the regions that makes up the Seven Kingdoms and it is home to the noble Stark family of Winterfell. Watch for Direwolves!

Nigeria is a country that is located in Africa. Nigeria is often referred to as the "Giant of Africa" due to its large economy and its large population.

Sudan is a country that is located in Africa. Sudan is also sometimes referred to as North Sudan, ever since the independence of South Sudan in 2011.

Cuba is a country that is located in the Caribbean. Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and the second most populous island in the Caribbean after Hispaniola.

The Iron Islands is a location that exists in the world of Game of Thrones. Iron Islanders are a tough, criminal-minded sort, preferring to pay the "Iron Price" for things (stealing them, preferably while killing their owners) over regular commerce.

The Riverlands is a location that exists in the world of Game of Thrones. This is where Lady Stark's people come from, and it's been a much fought-over area.

Iceland is a Nordic country that is located in Europe. Iceland is a volcanically active island and is notable for having the smallest population of any NATO member.

Russia is a country that is located in both Europe and Asia. Russia covers more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land, making it the largest country in the world by far.

Spain is a country that is located in Europe. Spain is the sixth largest country in Europe and it is located primarily on the Iberian Peninsula.

Hawaii is one of the 50 United States. Hurry and see it before ALL the volcanoes erupt!

The Red Waste is a location that exists in the world of Game of Thrones. The Red Waste is located in Essos and it is an expanse of desert that is south if the Dothraki Sea.

Canada is a country that is located in North America. Canada is the world's second-largest country by total area and has the longest national land border, which it shares with the United States of America.

Mexico is a country that is located in North America. Mexico is notable for being the country with the largest Spanish-speaking population and it is the eleventh most populous country overall.

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