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Kuwundi is an African nation that borders Angola and Namibia. It is considered to be the wealthiest, cleanest, safest and most developed nation in Africa.

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Located on the banks of the Van der Loop River, Johannestad serves as the capital for the Kuwunderlaner culture. The Kuwunderlaners are descendents of the original Dutch settlers and through Kuwundi's turbulant history they have managed to keep their language and culture alive through the establishment of learning programs, festivals and museums.

Johannstad was named after the captain of one of the first ships to arrive on the shores of Kuwundi, Johann de Vries. Following the German takeover those who decided to stay in Kuwundi fled inland to establish a settlement where they could maintain their Dutch culture. The settlers aimed to build a town that would model one in the Netherlands as many of the Dutch settlers had become homesick. After years of work Johannstad was established.

Over the years through trade, friendships and marriage with local tribes and foreign merchants, the original Dutch culture began to evolve into a new culture that became a mix of Tsuwu, Kuusa, Dutch, German and French influences and as a result the Kuwunderlaans language and culture was born.

Below are some common Kuwunderlaans phrases.

Hello: Haloot

Goodbye: Vaartsoot

Good Morning: Goet Matin

Good Afternoon: Goet Mittoog

Good Night: Goet Nowut

Thanks: Danku

You're welcome: Ty nim seku

How are you: Hoe ir ty?

I'm fine, thanks!: Imu goet, danku!

How much is...?: Hoeveel ke dis...?

My name is...: Minu laangu dis...

I speak a little Kuwunderlaans: Ik sprech a biet'jo Kuwunderlaans

Where is...?: Wou dis...?

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Aerial view of Johannstad

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Typical colonial architecture

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The majority of the building in Johannstad were built in the Dutch style.

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Looking out of place in the middle of the Kuwundan jungle, these canal houses were built with materials shipped from the Netherlands. The majority of visitors to Johannstad often say that if it weren't for the sun, humidity and palm trees, one would think they were in Holland.

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As part of the 100th anniversary of Johannstad this windmill was sent piece by piece from the Netherlands as a gift to the Kuwunderlaner people.

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Johannstad Sentraal-Polizeistaasie (Johannstad Central Police Station)

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The ruins of the Sint Elisabeth Monastery. The monastery was one of the first buildings constructed by the Dutch settlers. In 1952, a large fire broke out and left the building in ruin.

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Sint Willem Cathedral was built in 1920

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A small fishing village located across the river from Johannstad.

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Located at the entrance of the Mwasungu River Delta, Frenchport is a quiet town with a laid back, European atmosphere. Originally settled by French colonists, Frenchport is now a major port for ships travelling down the Mwasungu River to the Atlantic. The town's quaint cobblestoned streets and little sidewalk cafe's give Frenchport a very European feel.

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Place de Guillaume Gnutumi is Frenchport's main shopping area and is a meeting point for the town's citizens.

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Gare du Frenchport is the town's central train station

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Colonial style houses by the town's harbour

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Place du Paix. Considered to be the town centre, Place du Paix also doubles as a roundabout for the town's two major avenues, Boulevard du France and Boulevard Kwabaka Niguma. The statue in the roundabout is of Michel Thierry, a French Kuwundan who played a major role in advocating for free healthcare, education and preventing poverty in Kuwundi.

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Frenchport City Hall is a beautiful structure built in the late 1800's.

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Aerial view of Frenchport

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Cargo ships docked at Frenchport. Shipping is a major source of income and employment for the town.

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Located on the Angolan-Kuwundan border, the city of Macaró has long been a place of refuge for refugees coming from war-torn Angola. As a result the town became predominantly Portuguese and has maintained a sense of autonomy from the rest of Kuwundi. During the brief Angola-Kuwundi Conflict in 1992 in which a dispute over the city came to a head, Macaró was controlled by joint United Nations-Kuwundan forces and a number of military bases and installments were constructed throughout the city. Today, Macaró is a rapidly growing city that is well known for its Portuguese architecture and excellent Portuguese cuisine.

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Macaró from above

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The Angola-Kuwundi Border Crossing

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The São Vicente Refugee Camp has drastically decreased in size from when it was constructed by UN forces in 1992 but still houses a number of displaced Angolan refugees

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The São Domingo Bus Station in the city centre connects Macaró with Angola and the rest of Kuwundi

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The Museu de Macaró is a prime example of Portuguese architecture and houses a number of artifacts showcasing the city's Portuguese/Angolan heritage

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Constructed in 1992 by United Nations/Kuwundan Forces, the Regwesumbe Miltary Base was once the centre of peacekeeping operations during the Angola-Kuwundi Conflict and again during the Kuwundan Civil War. It is now one of the largest military bases in Kuwundi and serves as a major training centre for the National Kuwundan Army

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The Miguel F. Da Silva International Airport is one of the country's newest airports and offers a handful of domestic and short-haul international flights.

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Located in the middle of the Swahali Desert, Wombosa is a city that has evaded the influence of the Dutch, German and French colonizers. Inhabited primarily by the Sundé tribe (A mainly Muslim group who live primarily in the Swahali Desert. They are believed to be distant descendants of the Bedouin tribe in North Africa) the city is a prime example of indiginous architecture and culture. However, in 1998 the Kuwundan Liberation Forces (Dictator Marcel Antonbasa's personal army) invaded Wombosa in search of oil and in the process severely damaged the city and killed over a thousand Sundé's. After a short battle between the Sundé's and the KLF, Antonbasa forced the Sundé population to construct an oil pipeline and a refinery. However, as Antonbasa's iron rule over the country began to deteriorate he was forced to return to Malako to deal with other issues where he was later assasinated.

Today, Wombosa has been largely rebuilt and a number of laws have been put in place which prevent any modern structures from being built in order to preserve the city's cultural and architectural uniqueness.

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Wombosa's ancient walled city

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The Al-Harari Mosque, Almost 80% of Sundé's are Muslim

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A view of buildings around the city walls. In the upper right is the residence of the Royal Sundé Family. The palace also houses the Musée Swahali (Swahali Museum) which showcases cultural and historical artifacts of the Swahali Region and the Sundé people.

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Although over 80% of Sundé's are Muslim, a small minority (10%) are Catholic. The Église de Sainte Anne was built in 1802.

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The now abandoned Fort Kwssundé was built in the 1500's to serve as a defensive fort in case of an invasion. However, its walls were no match for the powerful weaponary and manpower of the Kuwundan Liberation Forces

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The Sszingawé Oasis was is one of the few sources of fresh water in the Swahali Desert and its existence was the reason why Wombosa was established

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A legacy of the Antonbasa era, the Nwasumba Oil Refinery and pipeline has left a scar on the city. However, in recent years a fair trade company has turned the refinery into a source of income for Wombosa and much of the oil it produces is sent via pipeline to Frenchport where it is loaded onto freighters and exported.

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In order to house workers, Antonbasa also ordered the construction of prefab apartments like these as well as a hotel (In back) to house foreign businessmen. There are plans to tear down the apartments in order to rebuild traditional Sundé style buildings.

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Turquoise water, white sand beaches, lush palm trees and lively nightlife give the city of Masuwu nicknames like "The Kuwundan Riviera" and "Africa's Ocean Playground". Masuwu was originally a quiet Kuwundan fishing village and it wasn't until the French arrived that the city began to rapidly develop into a major tourist destination. Today, Masuwu is a popular getaway for both Kuwundans and foreigners alike. The city is also well known for its upscale gambling and shopping scene and five star resorts.

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A few of Masuwu's many hotels and resorts

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Masuwu Station has daily train service to Macaró, Malako, Mobano and Frenchport via high speed train.

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Club Liverpool was founded by a British expat in 2002 and has become Masuwu's most popular nightlife sport and it is common to see crowds of people lining up for blocks trying to get into the club on some nights.

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A suburb made up of Kuwundan style houses and apartments.

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During the communist era, President Antonbasa constructed this huge mansion on a private island off Masuwu's coast and named the island Ile de la Révolution to serve as his summer home during a time when most of his people were starving or imprisoned. Falling his death the mansion was ransacked and abandoned. It was recently bought by a French expat who has turned the mansion into a luxury hotel.

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A small farming village north of Masuwu

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Rural Kuwundi

Although a large majority of Kuwundans live in urban centres, many others live in the country's remote interior. The majority work in agriculture, foresting and mineral extraction and many native Kuwundan tribes such as the Tsuwus and Xolas inhabit rural Kuwundi.

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A village on the banks of the Sambwasi River.

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Despite its distance from the coast, European settlers still built settlements far inland due to the presence of natural resources and fertile land. These house are in the small town of Ngounga, not far from the town of St. Pieter.

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Colonial houses and the St. Jérôme Church in Ngounga.

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A cargo ship docks at Kiwali Island on the Sambwasi River to deliver supplies to the local villagers.

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Lac Mardi is a small freshwater lake near the town of Sesangwé. Many locals rely on the lake for fishing.

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A view of Kiwali Island and the surrounding landscape.

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Originally founded as the town of Poort Nederland by the Dutch, Malako has grown from a small trading town to a bustling metropolis. Malako is an incredible mix of old and new, poor and rich, East and West and has been ranked by many as Africa's most beautiful cities. In recent years, the city invested in a new transit system which includes bus, tram, subway and elevated rail lines. Malako has also seen a growth in foreign investment and as a result new skyscrapers and building are constantly being built around the city. Lets discover the gateway to Kuwundi.

uSTGF.jpgThe National Parliament of Kuwundi

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Malako's city centre.

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Contrasting with the city's modern skyscrapers and wealthy neighbourhoods is the Mswundu Slum. Making up much of Malako's southern districts, Mswundu is home to almost half of Malako's population.

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Unlike the southern part of the city, much of Malako's city centre is made up of beautiful townhouses such as the ones above. When the French made Kuwundi a colony they made it a priority to rebuild the badly damaged city that the Kuwundans had left. Urban planners were brought to Kuwundi to design broad avenues bordered by beautiful townhouses in a way that would mimic the cityscape of Paris. Today the townhouses not only provide housing but also serve as offices and stores.

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Place de la République is the starting point for Malako's main roads and boulevards. The French originally designed the square to serve as a market but after President Antonbasa came to power he ordered the construction of a massive monument dedicated to the Kuwundan people. After the fall of communist rule many Kuwundans were tempted to destroy the monument since its construction was financed through blood diamonds and slave labour. However, the new Kuwundan government decided to keep the monument and rededicate it to all those who lost their lives at the hands of colonialism, war and communism.

jcnmy.jpgThe Église Saint-Julien was originally constructed by the Dutch and is one of Kuwundi's oldest buildings.

9SUqg.jpgThe Université du Kuwundie is one of Africa's most prestigious universities. The university offers programs in Law, Finance, Business, Technology, Social Studies, Math and Science. The original university (behind the large blue tower) was constructed by the Dutch and was called the Universiteit van Nederlands-Afrika and was established in 1861. The large blue tower is known as Tour de la Liberté and was designed to represent Kuwundi's move towards the future. It currently houses offices, university residences, a hotel and private apartments and is one of Africa's tallest buildings.

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Basic Facts

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Capital City: Malako

Major Cities: Lanos, Mobano, Wombosa, Kwatunga, Frenchport, Masuwu, Fort d'Afrique, Johannstad, Macaró

Official Language: French, Kuwunderlaans, Tsuwu, Kuusa

Other Languages: German, Dutch, Xola, Sundé, Portuguese (Spoken in Macaró)

Population: 5 552 232

Highest Point: Mount Mungabe

Religion: Catholicism, Tribal Religions

Independence (from the Netherlands ): September 20 1911

(From Germany): November 23 1918

(From France): August 12 1983

Government: Presidential Republic

President: Fréderique Monbosi

Prime Minister: Antoine DuGaul

Major Exports: Bananas,Coffee,Gold,Wine,Palms,Diamonds, Silver, Oil,Seafood

Major Imports: Cars,Electronics,Consumer Goods,Machinery

National Anthem: L'Unité Pour Tous (Unity for All)

Currency: Kuwundan Franc

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Kuwundi's Major Cities

MALAKO: The country's capital and largest city.

MOBANO: Considered to by Kuwundi's economic centre, Mobano is a mainly working class city and is the country's second largest.

LANOS: Located on the shores of Lake Jomée the city of Lanos is a bustling city which is considered to be the typical image of an African city; dusty streets, busy markets, endless slums and constant traffic epitomize this inland city.

WOMBOSA: Kuwundi's fourth largest city is one of the country's most "African" cities due to the fact that Wombosa had remained isolated from Dutch, German and French influence. Its buildings are mainly constructed of mud bricks and due to its location near the Swahali Desert it is known for its hot climate.

KWATUNGA: Kuwundi's fifth largest city looks more like a quiet town. Located on the banks of the Sembwasi River, Kwatunga's economy is reliant on fishing, foresting and tourism. Many tourists use Kwatunga as a base point for exploring the surrounding jungle.

FRENCHPORT: Located near the Mwasungu River Delta, Frenchport is a quaint town with small shops lining faded brick streets. The town is renowned for its ever changing climate and laid back atmosphere.

MASUWU: White sand beaches, turquoise waters and lush palm trees describe the town of Masuwu. Popular with tourists seeking to relax in the sun, Masuwu's beaches are lined with five star resorts and hotels. The town is also a major port.

FORT D'AFRIQUE: Located off the mainland on the island of Ile Saint Jean, Fort d'Afrique was originally founded as a defensive fort by the French to protect the colony from attack. However, today the town is a quiet retreat for those looking to learn about Kuwundi's colourful history and see one of the best preserved forts in Africa.

JOHANNSTAD: This small town is home to a large portion of Kuwunderlaaners (descendents of Dutch settlers). After the Netherlands left Kuwundi to the Germans many Dutch settlers who remained in Kuwundi decided to move inland and build a town. Today, the inhabitants of Johannstad are determined to keep the Kuwunderlaans language and traditions alive through learning programs, festivals and parades.

MACARÓ: Located near the Angolan border, Macaró has long been a Portuguese enclave. Although the Portuguese have never colonized

Kuwundi, many Portuguese settlers in Angola fled over the border during times of civil war and economic uncertainty. At first Macaró was eastablished as a temporary refugee camp but over time those who fled Angola have made Macaró their home. Today, the small town boasts many fine examples of Portuguese colonial architecture and is renowned for its excellent Portuguese cuisine and festivals.

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A brief history

1856: Dutch sailors land on what is know Kuwundi and establish a Dutch colony called Dutch Afrika.

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Flag of Dutch Afrika

1859: The Dutch construct a town on the coast to serve as the colony's main port and call it Poort Nederland.

1872: Dutch Afrika prospers under Dutch rule and attracts over 200,000 Dutch settlers who are lured by the promise of fertile land and endless natural resources.

1886: The Dutch move inland and establish a number of small farming towns.

1887: The Dutch make their first contact with the native population. Many natives are taken back to Poort Nederland to work as slaves. This enrages the native population.

1888: During the night of January 5th, Poort Nederland and a number of other towns are attacked during the night by the natives.

1888-1891: A civil war breaks out between the Dutch and the native population. The war ends after a treaty is signed between the Dutch and the natives which states that the Dutch can not move into Native territory and the Dutch must relinquish any natives they took as slaves.

1891-1909: The Dutch and native population co-exist peacefully and establish a trading system.

1910-1911: Dutch Afrika is invaded by Germany. The Germans are quickly losing control over German South-West Africa and decide to turn Dutch Afrika into a new German colony. After a bitter battle between the Dutch and the Germans, the Dutch eventually flee.

1911-1918: Dutch Afrika is disbanded and the Germans rename Dutch Afrika as German Afrika. The Germans also rename all towns, cities, natural landmarks, rivers and lakes with German names. Poort Nederland becomes Afrika-Stadt. The German rule proves to be difficult for the native population who discover that the treaty they signed with the Dutch is no longer valid and as a result the Germans move inland pillaging the land of its natural resources and shipping them back to Germany. German-Native relations become bitter and many natives go into hiding in the jungle.

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Flag of German Afrika

1918: Due to Germany's economic collapse following World War 2 they are forced to relinquish the colony.

1918-1925: For the first time in its history the colony becomes an independent nation. The native population take control of the former colony. Those who are well educated became government leaders. German Afrika is renamed Kuwunda which in the native Tsuwu dialect means "where the rivers end". However, due to inexperience and disorganization Kuwunda's infrastructure and economy collapse and the country becomes a poor nation. Corruption, crime and violence become rampant and tribal clashes break out. In addition to this, deforestation by the Germans has caused much of the country's land to become dry and infertile. In 1923, a disease outbreak causes the deaths of over 100,000.

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Flag of the newly independent Kuwunda

1925: After many years of hardship, the Kuwundans decide that it might be better if they became a colony again (a thought which was rare in Africa during a time when most colonies were fighting to become independent). A group of Kuwundans head off to Europe to see if any country would be willing to make them a colony. After being rejected by Belgium, the Netherlands and Great Britain they eventually turn to France who agree to form a French colony in Kuwunda in order to maintain their disappearing empire. After much discussion of how to use Kuwunda as a colony in a way that would promise economic, political and cultural equality for native Kuwundans as well as the French an agreement is finally drawn up and France takes possession of the ravaged country.

1925-1939: Kuwunda is renamed Kuwundie Francaise (French Kuwundi) and the former city of Afrika-Stadt is completely rebuilt and renamed Malako. Malako becomes one of the cleanest and most beautiful cities in Africa. The French also rebuild a number of crumbling towns around the country and give them Kuwundan or French names. Due to the large number of Dutch descendents living in Kuwundi, the French allow towns with large Dutch populations to retain the Dutch name. The French also keep the Dutch name of the Van der Loop River in respect to the many Dutch-Kuwundans who live along its banks. After only a few years, Kuwundi encounters rapid growth

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Flag of French Kuwundi.

1939-1945: During World War 2, over 150,000 Kuwundans head to Europe to fight alongside France. The French also use the many resources in Kuwundi to construct supplies for the war effort. During the war, a massive influx of immigrants enters Kuwundi, mainly European Jews wanting to escape persecution in Europe. By the end of the war over 400,000 immigrants come to Kuwundi.

1945-1978: Following World War 2, Kuwundi continues to prosper and its towns and cities continue to grow and develop. Kuwundi also becomes more and more multicultural due to the large number of immigrants who arrived during and after World War 2. Following the war, a number of French companies such as, Renault, Citroen and Air France establish a presence in Kuwundi. In addition to this, the French government transforms the Kuwundan transportation network by extending rail lines, building new stations and airports and constructing an extensive highway network.

1978-1983: On July 16th 1978 a number of bombings take place in major cities and towns around the country including Malako, Fort d'Afrique, Lanos, Frenchport and Kwatunga. The bombings kill over 130 people and were committed by a Kuwundan nationalist group known as the Kuwundan Liberation Front. Following the bombings, the French and Kuwundan people launch an attack on the group which rapidly escalates into a civil war. During the war, Malako becomes a war zone and a large portion of the country is controlled by guerilla fighters. On April 6th 1983, the French finally drive the KLF out of Kuwundi. However, following the war the French government decides that it can no longer afford to keep Kuwundi as a colony due to rising costs to the government and an increase in violence and ethnic tensions. After a week long meeting between French and Kuwundan officials, French Kuwundi is given independence and becomes the Republic of Kuwundi on August 12th 1983.

1983-1985: Following the declaration of independence, the country goes into a state of chaos. Fearing that the equality and wealth that existed under French rule will disappear, a number of Kuwundans flee Kuwundi to France, the Netherlands, South Africa and North America. The most notable group to leave during the exodus were the Whites. Many Whites believed that they would be treated as minorities and persecuted by the government of the newly independent Kuwundi. Since all Kuwundans were given French citizenship many decided that it would be better to head to France rather than take the risk of staying in Kuwundi. Others believed that a civil war might break out between the various ethnic groups while others chose to stay. During the mass exodus period, over 1.2 million Kuwundans flee the country.

1985-2000: Like many had feared, Kuwundi begins to go downhill politically, economically and culturally. For the first time since Dutch rule, racism, violence and discrimination towards people of other ethnic backgrounds, especially the Whites increases rapidly. As a result many Whites continue to flee Kuwundi while others head inland to live in smaller, isolated towns and villages in order to try and live a peaceful life. After a long election campaign, Kuwundi elects Marcel Antonbasa as president. For a short time it seems that Antonbasa would calm tensions in Kuwundi and return the country to the way it was during French rule. However, after a year in power President Antonbasa slowly turns Kuwundi into a communist state. During this time President Antonbasa puts a freeze on all Kuwundan and French travel documents in order to prevent anymore people from leaving the country. He then begins using money to expand the country's army. After a few years, President Antonbasa rules Kuwundi with an iron fist. Statues of him are erected around the country and he personally renames countless buildings, squares and parks after himself. The Republic of Kuwundi becomes isolated from the rest of the world and the country soon falls into a state of despair.

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Flag of Kuwundi under communist rule

2000-Present: After 15 years of communist rule President Antonbasa is assasinated by a group of freedom fighters.After a week long attack on government buildings, a group known as the Kuwundan Freedom Fighters seize the Kuwundan government. The leader of the group, Pierre Sanwatu is elected as president in the country's first democratic elections in 15 years. Following Sanwatu's election, Kuwundi has slowly restored its status as the wealthiest, cleanest, safest and most developed country in Africa. Today, the president of Kuwundi is now Fréderique Monbosi and is leading Kuwundi into the future.

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Kuwundi's current flag

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