Member states of the United Nations (UN), as defined by the UN.
The Hittite version of the Treaty of Kadesh, among the earliest extant examples of an international agreement.
De facto map of control of the world, May 2019

Diplomatic recognition in international law is a unilateral declarative political act of a state that acknowledges an act or status of another state or government in control of a state (may be also a recognized state).

- Diplomatic recognition

According to the declarative theory of statehood, a sovereign state can exist without being recognised by other sovereign states.

- Sovereign state
Member states of the United Nations (UN), as defined by the UN.

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