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Ultimate Geography

Geography flashcard deck for Anki featuring:

  • the world's 206 sovereign states (824 cards)
  • 59 territories, world regions, and other entities (105 cards)
  • 39 oceans and seas (39 cards, maps only)
  • 7 continents (7 cards, maps only)
  • for a total of 311 unique notes, 975 cards, 222 flags and 311 maps.

The deck is available in English, German, Spanish, French, Norwegian Bokmรฅl, Czech, Russian, Dutch and Swedish.


Table of contents

Features

The standard version of the deck comes with four note templates: Country - Capital, Capital - Country, Flag - Country, and Map - Country. An extended version is also available, with two additional note templates: Country - Flag and Country - Map.

Flag - Country
Front Back
Map - Country
Front Back
Country - Capital
Front Back
Capital - Country
Front Back

Supplementary information

To help with memorisation and provide context while learning, most notes include extra information:

  • similar flags - e.g. Iceland = Norway (red background, blue cross)
  • governance information - e.g. Cayman Islands = Overseas territory of the United Kingdom
  • alternative and former country names - e.g. East Timor = Also known as Timor-Leste
  • additional capitals - e.g. Sucre, Bolivia = While Sucre is the constitutional capital, La Paz is the seat of government.
  • statehood information - e.g. Transnistria = Independent state claimed by Moldova.

Custom study

Anki's search feature, coupled with the deck's comprehensive tag structure, allows for the creation of filtered decks covering a wide range of learning goals and abilities. Here are some search queries you can use:

  • card:"Flag - Country" to learn flags and nothing else;
  • tag:UG::Sovereign_State to focus on sovereign states and exclude dependent territories, water bodies and continents;
  • -tag:"UG::Oceans+Seas" (with "-" in front of the filter) to learn everything except oceans, seas and other water bodies;
  • card:"Map - Country" tag:UG::Sovereign_State tag:UG::Europe to learn the location of Europe's sovereign states;
  • (card:"Country - Capital" or card:"Capital - Country") tag:UG::Sovereign_State to learn the capitals of the world's sovereign states;
  • tag:UG::North_America -tag:UG::Caribbean to focus on the countries in North America, but not in the Caribbean (i.e. those in Northern and Central America).

Getting started

First-time here? Welcome! ๐Ÿ‘‹

In order to install and later upgrade Ultimate Geography you'll need to first install an Anki add-on called CrowdAnki:

  1. Open Anki on your computer, go to the Tools menu and select Add-ons.
  2. In the dialog box, click on Get Add-ons... and paste in the code provided on this page.
  3. Click on OK to install the add-on, and then restart Anki.

You're now ready to install Ultimate Geography:

  1. Go to the Releases page.
  2. In the latest release's Downloads section, download the ZIP archive of the version of the deck you'd like to use. You can choose between a standard and an extended version in a number of languages -- for instance, if you're after the standard German deck, download Ultimate_Geography_v[...]_DE.zip.
  3. Extract the content of the archive on your computer.
  4. Open Anki and make sure your devices are all synchronised.
  5. In the File menu, select CrowdAnki: Import from disk.
  6. Browse for and select the folder you extracted from the archive, which contains the deck's JSON file and media folder -- e.g. Ultimate Geography [DE].
  7. Don't change anything in the CrowdAnki Import Settings dialog box that opens -- just press OK to start the import. A dialog box should then confirm that the import was successful.

๐Ÿ‘‰ To stay informed of new releases, make sure to watch this repository's releases.

Upgrading

The upgrade process is typically the same as the installation process explained in the previous section. However, some situations require extra care. As a general rule, always read the release notes carefully; they will likely tell you what to do or point you to a page that does.

First upgrade after APKG import

You may have initially installed Ultimate Geography by importing an APKG file. You may have downloaded such a file from this repository or from the deck's page on AnkiWeb, as this used to be the recommended installation process.

If you're in this situation and wish to upgrade, proceed as follows:

  1. Perform the Getting started steps exactly.
  2. You should end up with two decks: your original deck called "Ultimate Geography" and a new, duplicated deck called "Ultimate Geography_2". Unless you created some notes of your own, every card in your original deck should have moved automatically to the new deck and your original deck should now be empty. You can verify this in Anki's card browser.
  3. To get back to having a single deck, move any of your own cards out of the original deck and delete it. Then, rename the new deck to "Ultimate Geography". From here on, future upgrades will be seamless.

Keeping deck customisations

If you've made, or are thinking of making, any changes to your Ultimate Geography deck, check the Customising the deck section below to see what will happen to them the next time you upgrade, and whether you need to take any steps to preserve them.

Levelling up from standard to extended

Importing an extended deck on top of a standard deck is tricky and needs care. You may instead consider learning the extended deck from scratch. To do so, either:

  • remove the standard deck first by following the instructions in the Major version section below, or
  • import the extended deck in a separate Anki profile.

If you'd rather keep your progress, proceed as follows:

  1. Perform the Getting started steps exactly.
  2. Instead of a dialog box confirming that the import was successful, you'll see another dialog box titled Change Note Type. In the Cards section, set Change Flag - Country to: to "Flag - Country" (instead of "Country - Flag"), and set Change Map - Country to: to "Map - Country" (instead of "Flag - Country").
  3. Check that the other cards and fields map correctly and click on OK to start the import.

Major version

Major versions (e.g. v3.0) typically indicate that upgrading may lead to a significant loss of progress, or to the loss of some of the customisations you may have made to the deck that would normally be preserved. This can occur, for instance, when significant changes are made to the structure of the deck.

Read the release notes carefully to know if the loss of progress/customisation actually concerns you. If it does, the release notes will tell you how best to upgrade and may even offer you ways to preserve or mitigate your losses. Worst-case scenario, you may have no other choice but to accept the losses and perform a "clean import" as follows:

  1. Open Anki and make sure your devices are all synchronised.
  2. Delete the Ultimate Geography deck.
  3. In the Tools menu, select Manage Note Types, then delete the Ultimate Geography note type.
  4. In the Tools menu, select Check Database.
  5. Sync the changes with AnkiWeb and with all your devices.
  6. You can now follow the steps of the Getting started section to install the major version.

Deck structure

The notes are based on a note type called Ultimate Geography, which defines eight fields: Country, Country info, Capital, Capital info, Capital hint, Flag, Flag similarity and Map.

The cards are generated by Anki on import based on four templates: Country - Capital, Capital - Country, Flag - Country and Map - Country. The extended version of the deck includes two additional templates: Country - Flag and Country - Map.

The appearance of the cards is controlled solely with CSS; the content of the notes is free from HTML markup.

Every note is tagged. The tags, which are listed below by category, are prefixed with UG:: so they don't conflict with other decks. They can be used to create filtered decks for custom study.

  • Type - UG::Sovereign_State, UG::Oceans+Seas, UG::Continents
  • Continent - UG::Africa, UG::Asia, UG::Europe, UG::North_America, UG::Oceania, UG::South_America
  • Region - UG::Caribbean, UG::Middle_East, UG::Southeast_Asia, UG::European_Union, UG::Mediterranean, UG::East_Africa, UG::West_Africa

Customising the deck

Interested in making changes to the deck in Anki? Here's what you need to know.

Changes that are or can be preserved ๐Ÿ’–

  • Adding your own cards and media files

    Go wild. ๐ŸŒŠ Upgrading will not affect any new cards you create, or any new media files you add to the newly added cards.

    If a duplicated deck is created on import, your own cards will stay in their original deck.

  • Moving cards into another deck

    Some people prefer to combine multiple decks into one to review them together.

    By default, CrowdAnki will move all the cards back into the Ultimate Geography deck on import. To prevent this behaviour and update the existing cards in place, make sure to tick the Do Not Move Existing Cards checkbox in the CrowdAnki Import Settings dialog box, when following the steps in the Getting started section.

    Note that if you had previously deleted the Ultimate Geography deck, it will be recreated and may contain new cards.

  • Changing the deck's options

    Deck options are, for instance, the number of new cards per day, the maximum number of reviews per day, etc.

    When importing the deck for the first time, CrowdAnki creates a new "option group" called Ultimate Geography (unless it already exists). If you've made any changes to this group's options, they will be reverted on import.

    To avoid losing your options, create your own option group and give it a distinctive name. After you upgrade, you'll just have to switch the deck back to this option group.

  • Customising the templates and styles

    Any edits you make to the built-in templates of the Ultimate Geography note type will be reverted on upgrade. Same goes with the CSS styles that are shared by all the templates.

    One way to workaround this and preserve your changes is to first clone the note type and switch all the cards to the new note type in the Anki browser. You can then make your template and style changes in the cloned note type without affecting the original note type. The next time you upgrade, all the cards will switch back to the original note type, but you can easily switch them back to your customised note type in the Anki browser.

    Note that you may have to update your custom templates and styles afterwards to stay in line with the built-in templates.

    A word of caution โš ๏ธ: the above workaround is not guaranteed to work, so you may want to back up your local deck before upgrading by first exporting it with CrowdAnki.

Changes that get reverted ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

The changes listed below will be lost the next time you upgrade and there's no other solution than to make the changes again manually after the upgrade.

  • Renaming the deck or changing its description

    Upgrading always restores the deck's default name and description.

  • Editing the content of a note

    Examples:

    • adding a link to Wikipedia in the Country info field of Curaรงao;
    • adding your own memoization hint to the Flag similarity field of Poland;
    • adding or removing a tag from a note;
    • renaming a tag.

    If you correct a typo or a mistake, don't forget to open an issue or a Pull Request so you don't lose your correction the next time you upgrade. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Deleting a card

    Upgrading will bring the card back. If you don't want to learn a card at all or if you want to delay learning it, consider:

    • suspending or burying the card;
    • creating a filtered deck that doesn't include the card;
    • moving the card into an "icebox" deck and ticking the Do Not Move Existing Cards the next time you upgrade, as explained in the previous section, under Moving cards into another deck.
  • Adding or removing a template

    If you add your own template to the Ultimate Geography note type, you will lose it and all the cards created from it when you upgrade. During the upgrade, you will see a dialog box asking you to match your current templates to the deck's built-in templates. (This same dialog box appears when importing the extended deck on top of the standard deck.) Unfortunately, you will have not choice but to map your extra template to "Nothing". You can re-add it again after the upgrade, to recreate the cards, but your progress on those cards will be lost.

    If you remove a template, you will see the same dialog box when you upgrade. The template and its associated cards will then be recreated. You can easily remove the template again after the upgrade, if you so wish.

Changes that prevent upgrading โ›”

  • Adding a new field (population, currency, etc.)

    Adding a new field to the Ultimate Geography note type will prevent you from upgrading the deck entirely. When you'll try to import it again, Anki will likely error and you'll risk losing your entire progress. Hopefully Anki, CrowdAnki, Brain Brew, and UG will one day find a way to make this possible.

    Note that the technique of cloning the note type explained under Customising the templates and styles will not work here. If you've added a new field and are wanting to upgrade, you have no choice but to first remove the field from the note type.

    If you really know what you're doing, you could try exporting your deck with CrowdAnki, carefully merging the JSON file of the new version of the deck into your exported deck's JSON file, and then importing your deck back into Anki ... but if you're capable of this, your skills would be put to much better use contributing to CrowdAnki and Brain Brew! ๐Ÿ˜


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