There are 193 official members of the United Nations, which is where the low end of this estimate comes from. Building from that number, people might add "unofficial" countries such as the Republic of Kosovo, the State of Palestine, and Taiwan. Other places consider themselves countries even if the world hasn't given them recognition, such as Somaliland.
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There are currently 193 members of the United Nations. 00:22
In 1971, the UN General Assembly voted to replace the Republic of China (AKA Taiwan) with the People's Republic of China (AKA China) as China's sole representative. 07:01
The term for a country within a country is "constituent country." 10:47