Paraskevas Renesis and Fabien Antoine sent me links to sources  and , showing that South Sudan is getting 28 new states. The sources list the counties composing each of the new states. Comparing those lists to the counties I already knew about, I find that at least nine new counties have been created. All but three of the existing counties have been assigned to the new states. Those three include one each in the states of Jungoli, Upper Nile, and West Bahr-al-Ghazal. In other words, all of the known counties in the other seven old states have been reassigned to new states. Is there anything left of the seven old states? To add to the confusion, around the end of 2014, rebel leader Riek Machar proclaimed the dissolution of the ten states and the formation of twenty-one new ones, and appointed governors for the 21. This change was apparently never officially recognized. I will wait until the situation clarifies before making an update.
ISO 3166-2 Newsletter II-3 is dated 2011-12-15. It assigns new two-letter codes to the states of South Sudan. For the two-digit codes they had when they were part of Sudan, see the Sudan article.
On 2011-09-02, the government of South Sudan announced that the capital would be moved from Juba to Ramciel, in Lakes state. A federal territory will probably be created around it, separate from Lakes. The move is expected to take several years.
Update 5 to Geopolitical Entities and Codes, the successor to FIPS PUB 10-4, was issued on 2011-08-31. It has codes for the states, based on their new country code. Update 3 was issued on 2011-02-28. It changes the spelling of a state name.
Newsletter VI-10 is an update to ISO 3166-1, dated 2011-08-09. It assigns country code SS to South Sudan.
Abyei is still under dispute. At present writing, it is still part of Southern Kordofan in Sudan. If it becomes part of South Sudan, it will probably merge with Warap.
|Short name||SOUTH SUDAN|
South Sudan split from Sudan in 2011. For its previous history, see the Sudan article.
southern part of Sudan
South Sudan is divided into 10 wilayat (states).
|Lakes||695,730||40,235||15,535||Rumbek||Bahr el Ghazal|
|North Bahr-al-Ghazal||720,898||33,558||12,957||Awil||Bahr el Ghazal|
|Upper Nile||964,353||77,773||30,028||Malakal||Upper Nile|
|Warap||972,928||31,027||11,980||Kuacjok||Bahr el Ghazal|
|West Bahr-al-Ghazal||333,431||93,900||36,255||Wau||Bahr el Ghazal|
See the Counties of South Sudan page.
The states are subdivided into counties. The regions (a.k.a. divisions) are still recognized, although not functional now.
There is a triangle adjacent to the Kenya border that is administered by Kenya but part of South Sudan (Eastern Equatoria state).
The UN LOCODE page for South Sudan lists locations in the country, some of them with their latitudes and longitudes, some with their ISO 3166-2 codes for their subdivisions. This information can be put together to approximate the territorial extent of subdivisions.
The article al is sometimes transliterated el. Before certain consonants, it is usually assimilated, as in Ash Shamaliyah (instead of Al Shamaliyah).
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