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The UK established a protectorate over the Solomon Islands in the 1890s. Some of the most bitter fighting of World War II occurred on this archipelago. Self-government was achieved in 1976 and independence two years later. Ethnic violence, government malfeasance, and endemic crime have undermined stability and civil society. In June 2003, then Prime Minister Sir Allan KEMAKEZA sought the assistance of Australia in reestablishing law and order; the following month, an Australian-led multinational force arrived to restore peace and disarm ethnic militias. The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has generally been effective in restoring law and order and rebuilding government institutions.


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Military

Military branches
No regular military forces; Solomon Islands Police Force (2009)

Manpower available for military service
Males age 16-49 142,913 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
Males age 16-49 118,921
Females age 16-49 118,164 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Male 6,483
Female 6,098 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures World Ranking: 45
3% of GDP (2006)


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Solomon Islands (Honiara):


GPS points from Solomon Islands (Honiara)

Motulu Island Solomon Islands (general)

Ato Solomon Islands (general)

Fafa'ikafo Makira-ulawa Province

Haipe Reef Solomon Islands (general)

Sanggasere Solomon Islands (general)

Ziluzilu Rocks Solomon Islands (general)

Hiruhove Point Solomon Islands (general)

Maniota Solomon Islands (general)




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