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Upon independence in 1960, the former French region of Middle Congo became the Republic of the Congo. A quarter century of experimentation with Marxism was abandoned in 1990 and a democratically elected government took office in 1992. A brief civil war in 1997 restored former Marxist President Denis SASSOU-Nguesso, and ushered in a period of ethnic and political unrest. Southern-based rebel groups agreed to a final peace accord in March 2003, but the calm is tenuous and refugees continue to present a humanitarian crisis. The Republic of Congo was once one of Africa's largest petroleum producers, but with declining production it will need new offshore oil finds to sustain its oil earnings over the long term.


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Military

Military branches
Congolese Armed Forces (Forces Armees Congolaises, FAC): Army (Armee de Terre), Navy, Congolese Air Force (Armee de l'Air Congolaise); Gendarmerie; Special Presidential Security Guard (GSSP) (2011)

Military service age and obligation
18 years of age for voluntary military service; women allowed to serve (2011)

Manpower available for military service
Males age 16-49 928,664
Females age 16-49 914,265 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
Males age 16-49 577,944
Females age 16-49 566,587 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Male 50,000
Female 49,641 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures World Ranking: 142
0.9% of GDP (2009)


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Republic Of The Congo (Brazzaville):


GPS points from Republic Of The Congo (Brazzaville)

Lagune Tchibinde Region Du Kouilou

Bondjodjouala Region De La Cuvette-ouest

Mokongo Region Des Plateaux

Ntokou Aime Region De La Cuvette

Otsini Region Des Plateaux

Kikoukou Region Du Niari

Nkitebe Region Du Pool

Bendza Region De La Cuvette-ouest




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