Placemarks do not claim the territory it is pointing is a country or is independent. Nor do the collection claim it is containing ALL the territories on the Earth. They are just derived from their existences in files of UN, EU, UNICEF, and CIA web sites.
Updates will cover reorganizing the collection with more respect to dependencies and will include sub-national/-state territories. ...and will be bound to UN records, instead of CIA's.
The file attached is generated from the said sources, combined and processed in xls2kml and is NOT a copy of the collections attached in the old GEC (by ink_polaroid, zmarties, Herrminator, and other lesser files). Thanks for the efforts and letting us enjoy their work in times.