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A tyobrien riddle inspired by Ébe Isaac's.

With two, I'm a city
With three, I'm a town
With four, I'm a village
With all five, I'm a country

Edit: There are multiple possible correct answers.

For the one I am thinking of, here are a few hints:

With two, I was conquered by Israelites


With three, I sound like a dessert


With four, my population is 14 ᵃˢ ᵒᶠ ²⁰⁰⁶


With five, my area is over 500000 km²

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    $\begingroup$ In tyobrien's original riddle, "with two" means specifically the first two letters, etc.; both answers posted so far allow their substrings to lie anywhere within the country name. Would you like to clarify which way you meant it? $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Mar 2 at 17:43
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    $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan Rot13(Gur yrggref ner nqwnprag, ohg abg arprffnevyl ng gur ortvaavat.) $\endgroup$ – DenverCoder1 Mar 2 at 18:02
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With the hints, it is now clear that the actual answer is

Spain

With two, I'm a city

Ai

With three, I'm a town

Pai

With four, I'm a village

Pain

With all five, I'm a country

Spain

Original Answer

Haiti

With two, I'm a city

Ai

With three, I'm a town

Ait

With four, I'm a village

Hait

With all five, I'm a country

Haiti

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  • $\begingroup$ A valid solution, but not the one I had in mind. $\endgroup$ – DenverCoder1 Mar 2 at 18:05
  • $\begingroup$ (Your city is the same as mine but the other three are different) $\endgroup$ – DenverCoder1 Mar 2 at 18:42
  • $\begingroup$ Your second answer is the one I had in mind. Very good! $\endgroup$ – DenverCoder1 Mar 2 at 21:55
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Are you:

Palau?

With two, I'm a city

L.A. (Los Angeles, California)

With three, I'm a town

Lau, Town in Nigeria (and others)

With four, I'm a village

Pala, Village in Estonia (and others)

With all five, I'm a country

Palau

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    $\begingroup$ A valid solution, but not the one I had in mind. $\endgroup$ – DenverCoder1 Mar 2 at 18:05
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Maybe you had in mind the country

Spain

With two, I'm a city

AI city in Ohio

With three, I'm a town

Pai town in Thailand

With four, I'm a village

(Talwandi) Pain village in India

With all five, I'm a country

Spain

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  • $\begingroup$ Correct! This is the answer I had in mind. $\endgroup$ – DenverCoder1 Mar 2 at 21:53

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