Which colonies other than British India, Palestine, Ireland, and Algeria could have realistically gotten partitioned at the time of decolonization?

Futurist

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British India and Palestine were partitioned in real life into independent Muslim and non-Muslim countries and Ireland was partitioned in real life between the Catholic south and the Protestant north. Algeria could have also realistically been partitioned but wasn't in real life; such a partition would have resulted in an independent country for the Muslim Algerians and also in a relatively small independent pied-noir state--probably in and around Oran.

Anyway, which colonies other than these four could have realistically gotten partitioned at the time of decolonization? Any thoughts on this?
 

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Cyprus which was later partitioned after the Turkish invasion. Singapore was ill advisedly included in Malaysia on independence, but soon left to be independent. Nigeria should really have been carved up into three states based on religious and ethnic lines--a lot of bloodshed would have been avoided, likewise the Sudan and Somalia---both of which have partitioned themselves decades after independence.
The purpose of partition has been to separate peoples who have fundamental and intractable differences--but during the winding down of the Empire the main objective was to create viable territories.
 
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Futurist

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Cyprus which was later partitioned after the Turkish invasion. Singapore was ill advisedly included in Malaysia on independence, but soon left to be independent. Nigeria should really have been carved up into three states based on religious and ethnic lines--a lot of bloodshed would have been avoided, likewise the Sudan and Somalia---both of which have partitioned themselves decades after independence.
The purpose of partition has been to separate peoples who have fundamental and intractable differences--but during the winding down of the Empire the main objective was to create viable territories.
Could there have been any other examples that would have worked for this?
 
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Aside from the several mentioned by you and Ancientgeezer:
New Foundland almost was a separate colony from Canada.
Belgian Congo easily could have been partitioned into smaller countries.
Most of French Sahara could have been partitioned along ethnic lines.
Zanzibar could have been independent of Tanzania.
Burma could have been partitioned along ethnic lines.
Sabah and Sarawak could have been granted separate independence from Malaya.
Indonesia could have been partitioned along religious/island basis (west new Guinea was going to be its own state).
Iraq could have been partitioned into three states.
The UAE could have been divided into the individual emirates.
Trinidad and Tobaga could be separate states.
 
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Futurist

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Aside from the several mentioned by you and Ancientgeezer:
New Foundland almost was a separate colony from Canada.
Would it have become independent or joined the US?

Belgian Congo easily could have been partitioned into smaller countries.
On ethnic lines?

Most of French Sahara could have been partitioned along ethnic lines.
Would the Arab Sahara state(s) have actually been viable unless they would have joined a North African country (such as Algeria), though?

Zanzibar could have been independent of Tanzania.
Burma could have been partitioned along ethnic lines.
Sabah and Sarawak could have been granted separate independence from Malaya.
Makes sense.

Indonesia could have been partitioned along religious/island basis (west new Guinea was going to be its own state).
Is it only a two-way split or more than that?

Iraq could have been partitioned into three states.
Would Sunnistan have subsequently joined Syria, Jordan, or Saudi Arabia or would it have remained independent? AFAIK, Sunnistan doesn't actually have a lot of natural resources.

The UAE could have been divided into the individual emirates.
Trinidad and Tobaga could be separate states.
Agreed.
 
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Would it have become independent or joined the US?

On ethnic lines?

Would the Arab Sahara state(s) have actually been viable unless they would have joined a North African country (such as Algeria), though?

Makes sense.

Is it only a two-way split or more than that?

Would Sunnistan have subsequently joined Syria, Jordan, or Saudi Arabia or would it have remained independent? AFAIK, Sunnistan doesn't actually have a lot of natural resources.

Agreed.
Both were discussed.
Or geographic.
Not really, which is why it was drawn the way it was.
Bali is hindu, south Maluku is Christian, Aceh has its own culture, Borneo has its own culture, the lesser sunda islands have their own culture and several others.
The mosul oil fields could have been included in "Sunnistan." No it wouldn't have joined the others.
 
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That, or simply a division where the Italian-heavy parts end up an independent country while the rest of Libya becomes another independent country.
The Italian population was primarily in Tripoli and Benghazi, which are on opposite sides of the country. Even there, they were only around a third of the population at their peak. Separating them from the arab dominate parts would be pointless. As for separating the east/west, it would be problematic due to the sparse/low population.
 
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