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Carib Indians occupied the islands for hundreds of years before the British began settlement in 1623. The islands became an associated state of the UK with full internal autonomy in 1967. The island of Anguilla rebelled and was allowed to secede in 1971. Saint Kitts and Nevis achieved independence in 1983. In 1998, a vote in Nevis on a referendum to separate from Saint Kitts fell short of the two-thirds majority needed. Nevis continues in its efforts to separate from Saint Kitts.


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Military

Military branches
Royal Saint Kitts and Nevis Defense Force (includes Coast Guard), Royal Saint Kitts and Nevis Police Force; for national security, Saint Kitts and Nevis relies on the Regional Security System, headquartered in Barbados (2010)

Military service age and obligation
18 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription (2012)

Manpower available for military service
Males age 16-49 13,506
Females age 16-49 13,089 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
Males age 16-49 10,742
Females age 16-49 10,923 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Male 380
Female 422 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures
NA


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Saint Kitts And Nevis (Basseterre):
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GPS points from Saint Kitts And Nevis (Basseterre)

square Saint Mary Cayon Saint Mary Cayon

square Huggins Bay Saint Kitts And Nevis (general)

square Majors Bluff Saint Kitts And Nevis (general)

square Fothergill's Saint George Gingerland

square Cranstouns Saint Paul Capesterre

square Trant Saint Paul Capesterre

square Booby Island Saint George Basseterre

square New River Estate Saint George Gingerland




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