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The Sultanate of Brunei's influence peaked between the 15th and 17th centuries when its control extended over coastal areas of northwest Borneo and the southern Philippines. Brunei subsequently entered a period of decline brought on by internal strife over royal succession, colonial expansion of European powers, and piracy. In 1888, Brunei became a British protectorate; independence was achieved in 1984. The same family has ruled Brunei for over six centuries. Brunei benefits from extensive petroleum and natural gas fields, the source of one of the highest per capita GDPs in Asia.


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Military

Military branches
Royal Brunei Armed Forces: Royal Brunei Land Forces, Royal Brunei Navy, Royal Brunei Air Force (Tentera Udara Diraja Brunei) (2012)

Military service age and obligation
18 years of age (est.) for voluntary military service; non-Malays are ineligible to serve; recruits from the army, navy, and air force all undergo 43-week initial training (2012)

Manpower available for military service
Males age 16-49 112,688
Females age 16-49 117,536 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
Males age 16-49 95,141
Females age 16-49 99,386 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Male 3,572
Female 3,465 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures World Ranking: 20
4.5% of GDP (2006)


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  Brunei (Bandar Seri Begawan):


  GPS points from Brunei (Bandar Seri Begawan)

Sungai Putit Brunei (general)

Sungai Butir Brunei (general)

Kampong Empat Setengah Brunei (general)

Sungai Kutang Brunei (general)

Salayan Brunei (general)

Bukit Melintang Brunei (general)

Sungai Baran Brunei (general)

Bukit Lutut Brunei (general)




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