Creating a Millennium PAO System without any codification gave me the amazing opportunity to combine useful information like the Periodic Table of Elements or a simple and beautiful list of food with 3-digit numbers. A long neglected task of mine was memorizing the countries of the world. With round about 200 countries in the world I can fill two more lists of 100 items for my set of 1.000 objects.
America, Europe and the Middle East
This is the first of two lists with 100 countries of the world. It is ordered from North to South and West to East. The purpose of this so-called memory wardrobe is a practical use at memory competitions but learning useful information at the same time. I have to admit that these memory pegs are pretty unusual and often more a whole location rather than an object. But I am optimistic that I can reduce their complexity in my mental images to their basics and use them like any other object with some practise. It might be difficult to defferntiate between some of them like all the statues or the towers. But it is possible to find their uniqueness and focus on that. More background knowledge might be beneficial.
I could have used easier symbols like a four leaved clover for Ireland for example. But I tried to avoid that to keep the logic clear and use more general images. Each country is represented by some kind of famous object related to that country like monuments, statues, buildings, places or sometimes just symbolic ones. It was very difficult to come up with that list and I hope I was able to keep all countries dignity. I am sure that there are many other options for all the countries which might suit them better but I can only rely on what I found online on the fly. With more time spend into the research this list can surely improve a lot. I am eager to listen to your suggestions for better images.System for Asia, Oceania and Africa
The logic of the Country System
This is no mnemonic technique like for example the Major System and therfore needs another memory system to learn. It also doesn’t include the names of the countries. At first you will only know a list of famous sights all around the world which you can only partially associate to country names. That knowledge will be established over time with the help of further mnemonics if neccessary but is only of secondary importance. Since this system is meant to be used at memory championships it must be quick and clear. And actually I prefer a list like this over alternatives to learn the countries like the Method of Loci because know I am able to handle an actual object for each country instead of an idea or a just a funny little mnemonic.
The order of the countries in this list is the following:
- North America (01-10)
- South America (11-22)
- Carribean (23-35)
- West Europe (36-58)
- East Europe (59-81)
- Middle East (82-99)
Neither the order nor the objects are meant to imply any political meaning or believe system. I used Wikipedia to gather all of these more or less souvereign countries.