If I had a coin issued by (or in the name of) the Sahrawi Republic - would that be a "country" that is "illegally controlled"? Actually I have no idea what category those pieces could be in ...
Originally that was the Spanish Sahara. Eventually Morocco annexed it.
From Wikipedia:The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) is a partially recognised state that claims sovereignty over the entire territory of Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony. The SADR was proclaimed by the Polisario Front on February 27, 1976 in Bir Lehlu, Western Sahara. The SADR government currently controls about 20-25% of the territory it claims. It calls the territories under its control the Liberated Territories or the Free Zone. Morocco controls and administers the rest of the disputed territory and calls these lands its Southern Provinces.
The SADR is recognised by only 81 states. The Arab League does not recognise it; the African Union does. Several states that do not recognise the SADR do however support the right of self-determination of the Sahrawi people. The SADR is not a member of the UN, which has called for negotiations between Morocco and the Polisario Front. The UN does not recognise Moroccan claims, and the Western Sahara remains in the UN List of Non-Self-Governing Territories.
Originally, I would have included Sahrawi pieces under category 2:
2] Unofficial sets for unrecognised territories or countries.
However, I think I need another category for disputed territories or territories where no one government is in control. The SADR would fall under that category.
Then I need a category for territories that are only partially recognised. So, Sahrawi would fall under this category also (as would Kosovo, which does not issue coins or fantasy pieces but uses the euro, and is not recognised by several states).
I also need to clarify: recognised by whom? The UN; or the vast majority of the world's states? What do you think?
How should I best resolve this mess of categories?