My wife and I went on a World trip. We started visiting countries in this order:

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For a while we were stuck, but in December 2022 we could finally continue our trip and visited these countries:

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Which country did we visit next?


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The next country visited was:


Flag of Brazil

This will also (for now, anyway) be the last stop on your world tour. Why? Because:

The flags shown (in order) are those of Australia, England, France, Argentina, and Italy.

This is a sequence based on the number of men's FIFA World Cup wins:

Australia - 0 wins
England - 1 win
France - 2 wins
Argentina - 3 wins
Italy - 4 wins

So continuing the sequence, the next stop on your tour will be the only country that has won 5 World Cups: Brazil!

Note that this also explains the remark about being able to continue your tour last December...

As until Argentina won the Qatar tournament at the end of 2022, there was no country who had won the World Cup exactly 3 times!

  • $\begingroup$ You are absolutely right and nicely explained! $\endgroup$ Jan 13, 2023 at 13:29
  • $\begingroup$ I went on a wild goose chase of taking their FIFA rankings, A1Z26ing them, and using the cute Merriam-Webster Unabridged Cryptogram feature to get “Aruban”. Good job! +1 $\endgroup$
    – user79541
    Jan 13, 2023 at 13:30
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    $\begingroup$ @DmitryKamenetsky I was already partway through my write-up when you modified the question to add the December remark, so it wasn't essential for the solve but it does add a nice extra element to the story and explanation :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Jan 13, 2023 at 13:31
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah I figured the December remark makes a better story and also helps in solving it. $\endgroup$ Jan 13, 2023 at 13:40

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