How does one access Kosovo in the natural earth ne_10m_admin_subunits shapefile? It seems to lack the "XK" code needed to access it.

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From an inspection of the file it appears that Natural Earth doesn't assign an ISO code for Kosovo (-99 is used). You could find it using any of the following key/value pairs

adm0_a3_us  KOS
sov_a3      KOS
adm0_a3     KOS
gu_a3       KOS

I suspect it is related to the note Self admin.; Claimed by Serbia and the there is further discussion at http://www.naturalearthdata.com/downloads/10m-cultural-vectors/10m-admin-0-details/

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