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6th Mar '18 5:35:06 PM Wariolander
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The Union of the Comoros ('''Comorian:''' ''Udzima wa Komori'', '''French:''' ''Union des Comores'', '''Arabic:''' ''الاتحاد القمري al-Ittiḥād al-Qumurī'') is a small East African country composed of a few islands between Mozambique and Madagascar, the largest three of which are, arranged in a northwest-southeast orientation: Grande Comore (Njazidja), Mohéli (Mwali), and Anjouan (Nzwani). There is one other large island, '''Mayotte (Maore)''', a point of contention and a definite BerserkButton for the Comorians, detailed below.

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The Union of the Comoros ('''Comorian:''' ''Udzima wa Komori'', '''French:''' ''Union des Comores'', '''Arabic:''' ''الاتحاد القمري al-Ittiḥād al-Qumurī'') is a small East African country composed of a few islands between Mozambique and Madagascar, the largest three of which are, arranged in a northwest-southeast orientation: Grande Comore (Njazidja), Mohéli (Mwali), and Anjouan (Nzwani). There is one other large island, '''Mayotte '''UsefulNotes/{{Mayotte}} (Maore)''', a point of contention and a definite BerserkButton for the Comorians, detailed below.
2nd Dec '17 2:35:41 AM Wariolander
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The Union of the Comoros ('''Comorian:''' ''Udzima wa Komori'', '''French:''' ''Union des Comores'', '''Arabic:''' ''الاتحاد القمري al-Ittiḥād al-Qumurī'') is a small African country composed of a few islands between Mozambique and Madagascar, the largest three of which are, arranged in a northwest-southeast orientation: Grande Comore (Njazidja), Mohéli (Mwali), and Anjouan (Nzwani). There is one other large island, '''Mayotte (Maore)''', a point of contention and a definite BerserkButton for the Comorians, detailed below.

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The Union of the Comoros ('''Comorian:''' ''Udzima wa Komori'', '''French:''' ''Union des Comores'', '''Arabic:''' ''الاتحاد القمري al-Ittiḥād al-Qumurī'') is a small East African country composed of a few islands between Mozambique and Madagascar, the largest three of which are, arranged in a northwest-southeast orientation: Grande Comore (Njazidja), Mohéli (Mwali), and Anjouan (Nzwani). There is one other large island, '''Mayotte (Maore)''', a point of contention and a definite BerserkButton for the Comorians, detailed below.
6th Jun '16 4:16:02 AM Doug86
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The islands, along with Madagascar, fell control to Vichy France for three years during WorldWarII, but were taken by the British, who held them until 1946. Afterward, France upgraded the status of the colony to overseas territory.

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The islands, along with Madagascar, fell control to Vichy France for three years during WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, but were taken by the British, who held them until 1946. Afterward, France upgraded the status of the colony to overseas territory.
3rd Apr '16 10:57:28 PM Dimas28
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The Union of the Comoros is a small African country composed of a few islands between Mozambique and Madagascar, the largest three of which are, arranged in a northwest-southeast orientation: Grande Comore (Njazidja), Mohéli (Mwali), and Anjouan (Nzwani). There is one other large island, '''Mayotte (Maore)''', a point of contention and a definite BerserkButton for the Comorians, detailed below.

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The Union of the Comoros ('''Comorian:''' ''Udzima wa Komori'', '''French:''' ''Union des Comores'', '''Arabic:''' ''الاتحاد القمري al-Ittiḥād al-Qumurī'') is a small African country composed of a few islands between Mozambique and Madagascar, the largest three of which are, arranged in a northwest-southeast orientation: Grande Comore (Njazidja), Mohéli (Mwali), and Anjouan (Nzwani). There is one other large island, '''Mayotte (Maore)''', a point of contention and a definite BerserkButton for the Comorians, detailed below.
5th Feb '16 4:47:40 AM Dimas28
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The Union of the Comoros is a small African country composed of a few islands between Mozambique and Madagascar, the largest three of which are, arranged in a northwest-southeast orientation: Grande Comore (Njazidja), Mohéli (Mwali), and Anjouan (Nzwani). There is one other large island, '''Mayotte (Maori)''', a point of contention and a definite BerserkButton for the Comorians, detailed below.

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The Union of the Comoros is a small African country composed of a few islands between Mozambique and Madagascar, the largest three of which are, arranged in a northwest-southeast orientation: Grande Comore (Njazidja), Mohéli (Mwali), and Anjouan (Nzwani). There is one other large island, '''Mayotte (Maori)''', (Maore)''', a point of contention and a definite BerserkButton for the Comorians, detailed below.



The first Europeans who came, the Portuguese, weren't interested and passed on, so the islands were to remain independent until the French arrived in Mayotte and purchased it from the sultan in 1841. Around 1870s, the French annexed the entire archipelago and established "Mayotte and the dependencies", included within their wider Madagascar colony.

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The first Europeans who came, the Portuguese, weren't interested and passed on, so the islands were to remain remained independent until the French arrived in Mayotte and purchased it from the sultan in 1841. Around 1870s, the French Madagascar (then an independent kingdom) annexed the entire archipelago and established archipelago. France purchased Mayotte in 1841, then the rest of the islands in the 1870s, forming "Mayotte and the dependencies", dependencies" included within their wider Madagascar colony.
colony.



Even after all of these, [[CrapsackWorld situations didn't improve much better]]. Mohéli and Anjouan had said enough and seceded from the union, allegedly because of mistreatment and because they wanted to follow in Mayotte's footsteps and rejoin France. [[YankTheDogsChain Their attempts were suppressed viciously]]. All this to add the still-troubled central government, which witnessed many generals attempting to stage coups to [[ItsAllAboutMe take power for themselves, unaware of the plight of the people they supposedly represent]].

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Even after all of these, [[CrapsackWorld situations didn't improve much better]]. Mohéli and Anjouan had said enough and seceded from the union, allegedly apparently because of mistreatment and because they wanted to follow in Mayotte's footsteps and rejoin France. [[YankTheDogsChain Their attempts were suppressed viciously]]. All this to add the still-troubled central government, which witnessed many generals attempting to stage coups to [[ItsAllAboutMe take power for themselves, unaware of the plight of the people they supposedly represent]].



By the way, as noted above, it is a Muslim country, something you wouldn't expect considering how far south the islands are (its closest neighbours are Christian-majority Mozambique and Madagascar). Indeed, it is the southernmost Muslim majority country.

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By the way, as noted above, it is a Muslim country, something you wouldn't expect considering how far south the islands are (its closest neighbours are Christian-majority Mozambique and Madagascar). Indeed, it is the southernmost Muslim majority country. \n In addition, as the country is a member of the Arab League, it is also technically an Arab country, if only nominally (Arabic is only really used in religious schools and discourses, even though being a part of the League necessitates its use as an official language).



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4th Feb '16 4:51:14 AM Dimas28
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Riding along the winds of change, the French were pressured, both by the Comorian and the international community, to give Comoros independence as soon as possible. The French tried to hold out for as long as they could until they gave in, promising to restore independence on 1978, but were preceded by the Comorian unilaterally declaring independence by themselves. The French recognized the declaration as valid on all islands except for Mayotte. They held a few more referendums which showed that the other islands voted for independence...[[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers except for Mayotte]]. [[EtTuBrute You can guess]] [[UnstoppableRage what happened afterwards]].

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Riding along the winds of change, the French were pressured, both by the Comorian and the international community, to give Comoros independence as soon as possible. The French tried to hold out for as long as they could until they gave in, promising to restore independence on 1978, but were preceded by the Comorian unilaterally declaring independence by themselves.independence. The French recognized the declaration as valid on all islands except for Mayotte. They held a few more referendums which showed that all of the other islands voted for independence...[[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers except for Mayotte]]. [[EtTuBrute You can guess]] [[UnstoppableRage what happened afterwards]].



Now, we move on to the whole mess that is Mayotte. So, the French kept a sliver of the Comorian territory, but it was ''after'' referendums; unlike Algeria, the Mahorians, as the French call them, really did want to become a part of France (though completely confirming it might steer this a bit into YMMV). Reasons vary, but it was probably because the island was annexed a good 30 years before the others did, not to mention becoming the center of the colony for the first few years of colonization. Regardless, the Comorians were not happy, and so did the UN, who voted on a resolution for France to give in. (Un)luckily, France realized that it is a permanent member of the Security Council, and [[SarcasmMode warmingly]] vetoed the resolution (to this day, the question of Mayotte's sovereignty is the only time when France exercised its right to veto as a permanent member of the UN Security Council). Since then, the Mahorians have carved a different path of life from their Comorian brethren; they still speak Comorian, adopt their fishing culture, and are (mostly) Muslims, but they are more likely to identify themselves as French nowadays, even more when one accounts that their standard of living, while still below that of the Metropolitan French, are ''way'' higher than the ordinary Comorians. With the promotion of the territory into a department, the French language is also enforced in all aspects of society, so the elderly and not-so-few Comorians are wary that the French is trying to further erode the Mahorians' culture and distance their claims...maybe. Take this with a grain of salt.

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Now, we move on to the whole mess that is Mayotte. So, the French kept keeps a sliver of the Comorian territory, but it was ''after'' referendums; unlike Algeria, the Mahorians, as the French call them, really did want to become a part of France (though completely confirming it might steer this a bit into YMMV). Reasons vary, but it was probably because the island was annexed a good 30 years before the others did, not to mention becoming the center of the colony for the first few years of colonization. Regardless, the Comorians were not happy, and so did the UN, who voted on a resolution for France to give in. (Un)luckily, France realized that it is a permanent member of the Security Council, and [[SarcasmMode warmingly]] vetoed the resolution (to this day, the question of Mayotte's sovereignty is the only time when France exercised its right to veto as a permanent member of the UN Security Council). Since then, the Mahorians have carved a different path of life from their Comorian brethren; they still speak Comorian, adopt their fishing culture, and are (mostly) Muslims, but they are more likely to identify themselves as French nowadays, even more when one accounts that their standard of living, while still below that of the Metropolitan French, are ''way'' higher than the ordinary Comorians. Comorian. With the promotion of the territory into a department, the French language is also enforced in all aspects of society, so the elderly and not-so-few Comorians are wary that the French is are trying to further erode the Mahorians' culture and distance their claims...maybe. Take this with a grain of salt.
4th Feb '16 4:12:56 AM Dimas28
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Now, we move on to the whole mess that is Mayotte. So, the French kept a sliver of the Comorian territory, but it was ''after'' referendums; unlike Algeria, the Mahorians, as the French call them, really did want to become a part of France (though completely confirming it might steer this a bit into YMMV). Reasons vary, but it was probably because the island was annexed a good 30 years before the others did, not to mention becoming the center of the colony for the first few years of colonization. Regardless, the Comorians were not happy, and so did the UN, who voted on a resolution for France to give in. (Un)luckily, France realized that it is a permanent member of the Security Council, and [[SarcasmMode warmingly]] vetoed the resolution (to this day, the question of Mayotte's sovereignty is the only time when France exercised its right to veto as a permanent member of the UN Security Council). Since then, the Mahorians have carved a different path of life from their Comorian brethren; they still speak Comorian, adopt their fishing culture, and are (mostly) Muslims, but they are more likely to identify themselves as French nowadays, even more when one accounts that their standard of living, while still below that of the Metropolitan French, are ''way'' higher than the ordinary Comorians. With the promotion of the territory into a department, French is also enforced in all aspects of society, so the elderly and not-so-few Comorians are wary that the French is trying to further erode the Maori's culture and distance their claims...maybe. Take this with a grain of salt.

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Now, we move on to the whole mess that is Mayotte. So, the French kept a sliver of the Comorian territory, but it was ''after'' referendums; unlike Algeria, the Mahorians, as the French call them, really did want to become a part of France (though completely confirming it might steer this a bit into YMMV). Reasons vary, but it was probably because the island was annexed a good 30 years before the others did, not to mention becoming the center of the colony for the first few years of colonization. Regardless, the Comorians were not happy, and so did the UN, who voted on a resolution for France to give in. (Un)luckily, France realized that it is a permanent member of the Security Council, and [[SarcasmMode warmingly]] vetoed the resolution (to this day, the question of Mayotte's sovereignty is the only time when France exercised its right to veto as a permanent member of the UN Security Council). Since then, the Mahorians have carved a different path of life from their Comorian brethren; they still speak Comorian, adopt their fishing culture, and are (mostly) Muslims, but they are more likely to identify themselves as French nowadays, even more when one accounts that their standard of living, while still below that of the Metropolitan French, are ''way'' higher than the ordinary Comorians. With the promotion of the territory into a department, the French language is also enforced in all aspects of society, so the elderly and not-so-few Comorians are wary that the French is trying to further erode the Maori's Mahorians' culture and distance their claims...maybe. Take this with a grain of salt.
4th Feb '16 4:10:16 AM Dimas28
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The Union of the Comoros is a small African country composed of a few islands between Mozambique and Madagascar, the largest three of which are, arranged in a northwest-southeast orientation: Grande Comore (Njazidja), Mohéli (Mwali), and Anjouan (Nzwani). There is one other large island, '''Mayotte (Maori)''', a point of contention and a definite BerserkButton for Comorians, detailed below.

The islands were first settled by the Bantu peoples from mainland Africa, who mixed in with the Malagasy people from neighboring Madagascar. To this day, the people here mainly speak a Swahili dialect known as Comorian, with a minority speaking Malagasy. These two communities were joined by the Arab traders from Yemen who bring their culture and religion with them, resulting in the islands becoming ruled by sultans by the time the Europeans first arrived in the 16th century.

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The Union of the Comoros is a small African country composed of a few islands between Mozambique and Madagascar, the largest three of which are, arranged in a northwest-southeast orientation: Grande Comore (Njazidja), Mohéli (Mwali), and Anjouan (Nzwani). There is one other large island, '''Mayotte (Maori)''', a point of contention and a definite BerserkButton for the Comorians, detailed below.

The islands were first settled by the Bantu peoples from mainland Africa, who mixed in with the Malagasy people from neighboring Madagascar. To this day, the people here mainly speak a Swahili dialect known as Comorian, with a minority speaking Malagasy. These two communities were joined by the Arab traders from Yemen who bring brought their culture and religion with them, resulting in the islands becoming ruled by sultans by the time the Europeans first arrived in the 16th century.



Now, we move on to the whole mess that is Mayotte. So, the French kept a sliver of the Comorian territory, but it was ''after'' referendums; unlike Algeria, the Mahorians, as the French call them, really did want to become a part of France (though completely confirming it might steer this a bit into YMMV). Reasons vary, but it was probably because the island was annexed a good 30 years before the others did, not to mention becoming the center of the colony for the first few years of colonization. Regardless, the Comorians were not happy, and so did the UN, who voted on a resolution for France to give in. (Un)luckily, France realized that it is a permanent member of the Security Council, and [[SarcasmMode warmingly]] vetoed the resolution (to this day, the question of Mayotte's sovereignty is the only time when France exercised its right to veto as a permanent member of the UN Security Council). Since then, the Mahorians have carved a different path of life from their Comorian brethren; they still speak Comorian, adopt their fishing culture, and are (mostly) Muslims, but they are more likely to identify themselves as French nowadays, even more when one accounts that their standard of living, while still below that of the Metropolitan French, are ''way'' higher than the ordinary Comorians.

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Now, we move on to the whole mess that is Mayotte. So, the French kept a sliver of the Comorian territory, but it was ''after'' referendums; unlike Algeria, the Mahorians, as the French call them, really did want to become a part of France (though completely confirming it might steer this a bit into YMMV). Reasons vary, but it was probably because the island was annexed a good 30 years before the others did, not to mention becoming the center of the colony for the first few years of colonization. Regardless, the Comorians were not happy, and so did the UN, who voted on a resolution for France to give in. (Un)luckily, France realized that it is a permanent member of the Security Council, and [[SarcasmMode warmingly]] vetoed the resolution (to this day, the question of Mayotte's sovereignty is the only time when France exercised its right to veto as a permanent member of the UN Security Council). Since then, the Mahorians have carved a different path of life from their Comorian brethren; they still speak Comorian, adopt their fishing culture, and are (mostly) Muslims, but they are more likely to identify themselves as French nowadays, even more when one accounts that their standard of living, while still below that of the Metropolitan French, are ''way'' higher than the ordinary Comorians.
Comorians. With the promotion of the territory into a department, French is also enforced in all aspects of society, so the elderly and not-so-few Comorians are wary that the French is trying to further erode the Maori's culture and distance their claims...maybe. Take this with a grain of salt.
4th Feb '16 3:52:41 AM Dimas28
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The Union of the Comoros is a small African country composed of a few islands between Mozambique and Madagascar, the largest three of which are, arranged in a northwest-southeast orientation: Grande Comore (Njazidja), Mohéli (Mwali), and Anjouan (Nzwani). There is one other large island, '''Mayotte''', a point of contention and a definite BerserkButton for Comorians, detailed below.

The islands were first settled by Bantu peoples from mainland Africa, who mixed in with Malagasy people from neighboring Madagascar. To this day, the people here mainly speak a Swahili dialect known as Comorian, with a minority speaking Malagasy. These two communities are joined by Arab traders from Yemen who bring their culture and religion with them, resulting in the islands becoming ruled by sultans by the time the Europeans arrived in the 16th century.

The first Europeans who came, the Portuguese, weren't interested and passed on, so the islands were to remain independent until the French arrived in Mayotte and purchased it from the sultan in 1841. Around 1870s, the French annexed the entire archipelago and established "Mayotte and the dependencies" included within their wider Madagascar colony.

The islands, along with Madagascar, fell control to the Vichy France for three years during WorldWarII, but were taken by the British, who held them until 1946. Afterwards, France upgraded the status of the colony to overseas territories.

Riding along the winds of change, the French were pressured, both by the Comorian and the international government, to give Comoros independence as soon as possible. The French tried to hold out for as long as they could until they gave in, promising to restore independence on 1978, but were preceded by the Comorian unilaterally declaring independence by themselves. The French recognized the declaration as valid on all islands except for Mayotte. They started a few more referendums which showed that the other islands voted for independence...[[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers except for Mayotte]]. [[EtTuBrute You can guess]] [[UnstoppableRage what happened afterwards]].

Independence, however, wasn't a real happy ending for the Comorians. Shortly after the first president, who was a staunch right-wing, came in power, he was deposed by an extreme left-wing ''atheist'' (in a country where observing your faith is practically a part of your body and soul). He was deposed not long afterward with the help of a French mercenary known as Bob Denard, who took control and installed the first president again as a figurehead. For almost 20 years, the country became a sort of a mini Apartheid-era South Africa by having its black population ruled by a white minority; in fact, Denard allowed South Africa to bypass their sanctions from the international government through the archipelago and also install listening posts on Tanzania and Zambia. Their rule became so bad that the Comorians eventually kicked him out, but he returned with a vengeance years later, ''even when the French already talked him not to intervene''. The French assisted the Comorian government to detain and imprison him personally back in France.

Even after all of these, [[CrapsackWorld situations didn't improve much better]]. Mohéli and Anjouan had said enough and seceded from Grande Comore, allegedly because of mistreatment and because they wanted to rejoin France. [[YankTheDogsChain Their attempts were suppressed viciously]]. All this to add a still-troubled mainland government, which witnessed many generals attempting to stage coups to [[ItsAllAboutMe take power for themselves, unaware of the plight of the people they supposedly represent]].

Now we move on to the whole mess that is Mayotte. So, the French kept a sliver of the Comorian territory, but it was ''after'' referendums; unlike Algeria, the Mahorians, as the French call them, really did want to become a part of France (though completely confirming it might steer this a bit into YMMV). Reasons vary, but it were probably because the French annexed the island first, which became the center of the colony for the first few years of colonization. Regardless, the Comorians were not happy, and so did the UN, who voted on a resolution for France to give in. (Un)luckily, France realized that it is a permanent member of the Security Council, and [[SarcasmMode warmingly]] vetoed the resolution (to this day, the question of Mayotte's sovereignty is the only time when France exercised its right to veto as a permanent member of the UN Security Council). Since then, Mahorians have carved a different path of life from their Comorian brethren; they still speak Comorian, adopt their fishing culture, and are (mostly) Muslims, but they are more likely to identify themselves as French, even more when one accounts that their standard of living, while still below that of Mainland Frenchmen, are ''way'' higher than ordinary Comorians.

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The Union of the Comoros is a small African country composed of a few islands between Mozambique and Madagascar, the largest three of which are, arranged in a northwest-southeast orientation: Grande Comore (Njazidja), Mohéli (Mwali), and Anjouan (Nzwani). There is one other large island, '''Mayotte''', '''Mayotte (Maori)''', a point of contention and a definite BerserkButton for Comorians, detailed below.

The islands were first settled by the Bantu peoples from mainland Africa, who mixed in with the Malagasy people from neighboring Madagascar. To this day, the people here mainly speak a Swahili dialect known as Comorian, with a minority speaking Malagasy. These two communities are were joined by the Arab traders from Yemen who bring their culture and religion with them, resulting in the islands becoming ruled by sultans by the time the Europeans first arrived in the 16th century.

The first Europeans who came, the Portuguese, weren't interested and passed on, so the islands were to remain independent until the French arrived in Mayotte and purchased it from the sultan in 1841. Around 1870s, the French annexed the entire archipelago and established "Mayotte and the dependencies" dependencies", included within their wider Madagascar colony.

The islands, along with Madagascar, fell control to the Vichy France for three years during WorldWarII, but were taken by the British, who held them until 1946. Afterwards, Afterward, France upgraded the status of the colony to overseas territories.

territory.

Riding along the winds of change, the French were pressured, both by the Comorian and the international government, community, to give Comoros independence as soon as possible. The French tried to hold out for as long as they could until they gave in, promising to restore independence on 1978, but were preceded by the Comorian unilaterally declaring independence by themselves. The French recognized the declaration as valid on all islands except for Mayotte. They started held a few more referendums which showed that the other islands voted for independence...[[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers except for Mayotte]]. [[EtTuBrute You can guess]] [[UnstoppableRage what happened afterwards]].

Independence, however, wasn't a real happy ending for the Comorians. Shortly after the first president, who was a staunch right-wing, came in power, he was deposed by an extreme left-wing ''atheist'' (in a country where observing your faith is practically a part of your body and soul). He was deposed not long afterward with the help of a French mercenary known as Bob Denard, who took control and installed the first president again as a figurehead. For almost 20 years, the country became a sort of a mini Apartheid-era South Africa by having its black population ruled by a white minority; in fact, Denard allowed South Africa to bypass their sanctions from the international government community through the archipelago and also install listening posts on Tanzania and Zambia. Their rule became so bad that the Comorians eventually kicked him Denard out, but he returned with a vengeance years later, ''even when the French already talked him not to intervene''. The French assisted the Comorian government to detain and imprison him personally back in France.

Even after all of these, [[CrapsackWorld situations didn't improve much better]]. Mohéli and Anjouan had said enough and seceded from Grande Comore, the union, allegedly because of mistreatment and because they wanted to follow in Mayotte's footsteps and rejoin France. [[YankTheDogsChain Their attempts were suppressed viciously]]. All this to add a the still-troubled mainland central government, which witnessed many generals attempting to stage coups to [[ItsAllAboutMe take power for themselves, unaware of the plight of the people they supposedly represent]].

Now Now, we move on to the whole mess that is Mayotte. So, the French kept a sliver of the Comorian territory, but it was ''after'' referendums; unlike Algeria, the Mahorians, as the French call them, really did want to become a part of France (though completely confirming it might steer this a bit into YMMV). Reasons vary, but it were was probably because the French island was annexed a good 30 years before the island first, which became others did, not to mention becoming the center of the colony for the first few years of colonization. Regardless, the Comorians were not happy, and so did the UN, who voted on a resolution for France to give in. (Un)luckily, France realized that it is a permanent member of the Security Council, and [[SarcasmMode warmingly]] vetoed the resolution (to this day, the question of Mayotte's sovereignty is the only time when France exercised its right to veto as a permanent member of the UN Security Council). Since then, the Mahorians have carved a different path of life from their Comorian brethren; they still speak Comorian, adopt their fishing culture, and are (mostly) Muslims, but they are more likely to identify themselves as French, French nowadays, even more when one accounts that their standard of living, while still below that of Mainland Frenchmen, the Metropolitan French, are ''way'' higher than the ordinary Comorians.
4th Feb '16 3:37:50 AM Dimas28
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The Union of the Comoros is a small African country composed of a few islands between Mozambique and Madagascar.

The country declared independence from France in 1975, but since then has endured coup after coup, making its political stability shaky. Nostalgia for the pre-independence days has resulted in the occasional petition from some of the islands to return to French rule… which obviously upsets the military rulers. Tensions are not helped by the fact that the archipelago also contains the island of Mayotte – claimed by Comoros and under its control before and during the colonial period, but still to this day administered by France because (unlike on the other islands) its population has consistently voted to remain French and wants nothing to do with the folks currently running the other islands.

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The Union of the Comoros is a small African country composed of a few islands between Mozambique and Madagascar.

Madagascar, the largest three of which are, arranged in a northwest-southeast orientation: Grande Comore (Njazidja), Mohéli (Mwali), and Anjouan (Nzwani). There is one other large island, '''Mayotte''', a point of contention and a definite BerserkButton for Comorians, detailed below.

The country declared islands were first settled by Bantu peoples from mainland Africa, who mixed in with Malagasy people from neighboring Madagascar. To this day, the people here mainly speak a Swahili dialect known as Comorian, with a minority speaking Malagasy. These two communities are joined by Arab traders from Yemen who bring their culture and religion with them, resulting in the islands becoming ruled by sultans by the time the Europeans arrived in the 16th century.

The first Europeans who came, the Portuguese, weren't interested and passed on, so the islands were to remain independent until the French arrived in Mayotte and purchased it from the sultan in 1841. Around 1870s, the French annexed the entire archipelago and established "Mayotte and the dependencies" included within their wider Madagascar colony.

The islands, along with Madagascar, fell control to the Vichy France for three years during WorldWarII, but were taken by the British, who held them until 1946. Afterwards, France upgraded the status of the colony to overseas territories.

Riding along the winds of change, the French were pressured, both by the Comorian and the international government, to give Comoros
independence from France in 1975, as soon as possible. The French tried to hold out for as long as they could until they gave in, promising to restore independence on 1978, but since then has endured coup after coup, making its political stability shaky. Nostalgia were preceded by the Comorian unilaterally declaring independence by themselves. The French recognized the declaration as valid on all islands except for Mayotte. They started a few more referendums which showed that the other islands voted for independence...[[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers except for Mayotte]]. [[EtTuBrute You can guess]] [[UnstoppableRage what happened afterwards]].

Independence, however, wasn't a real happy ending
for the pre-independence days has resulted in Comorians. Shortly after the occasional petition from some first president, who was a staunch right-wing, came in power, he was deposed by an extreme left-wing ''atheist'' (in a country where observing your faith is practically a part of your body and soul). He was deposed not long afterward with the islands to return to help of a French rule… which obviously upsets mercenary known as Bob Denard, who took control and installed the military rulers. Tensions are not helped by first president again as a figurehead. For almost 20 years, the fact that country became a sort of a mini Apartheid-era South Africa by having its black population ruled by a white minority; in fact, Denard allowed South Africa to bypass their sanctions from the international government through the archipelago and also contains install listening posts on Tanzania and Zambia. Their rule became so bad that the Comorians eventually kicked him out, but he returned with a vengeance years later, ''even when the French already talked him not to intervene''. The French assisted the Comorian government to detain and imprison him personally back in France.

Even after all of these, [[CrapsackWorld situations didn't improve much better]]. Mohéli and Anjouan had said enough and seceded from Grande Comore, allegedly because of mistreatment and because they wanted to rejoin France. [[YankTheDogsChain Their attempts were suppressed viciously]]. All this to add a still-troubled mainland government, which witnessed many generals attempting to stage coups to [[ItsAllAboutMe take power for themselves, unaware of the plight of the people they supposedly represent]].

Now we move on to the whole mess that is Mayotte. So, the French kept a sliver of the Comorian territory, but it was ''after'' referendums; unlike Algeria, the Mahorians, as the French call them, really did want to become a part of France (though completely confirming it might steer this a bit into YMMV). Reasons vary, but it were probably because the French annexed
the island first, which became the center of Mayotte – claimed by Comoros the colony for the first few years of colonization. Regardless, the Comorians were not happy, and under its control before and during so did the colonial period, but still to this day administered by UN, who voted on a resolution for France because (unlike on to give in. (Un)luckily, France realized that it is a permanent member of the other islands) Security Council, and [[SarcasmMode warmingly]] vetoed the resolution (to this day, the question of Mayotte's sovereignty is the only time when France exercised its population has consistently voted right to remain French veto as a permanent member of the UN Security Council). Since then, Mahorians have carved a different path of life from their Comorian brethren; they still speak Comorian, adopt their fishing culture, and wants nothing are (mostly) Muslims, but they are more likely to do with the folks currently running the other islands.
identify themselves as French, even more when one accounts that their standard of living, while still below that of Mainland Frenchmen, are ''way'' higher than ordinary Comorians.



By the way, it is a Muslim country, something you wouldn't expect considering how far south the islands are (its closest neighbours are Christian-majority Mozambique and Madagascar). Indeed, it is the southernmost Muslim majority country. The religion probably came via traders from Yemen.

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By the way, as noted above, it is a Muslim country, something you wouldn't expect considering how far south the islands are (its closest neighbours are Christian-majority Mozambique and Madagascar). Indeed, it is the southernmost Muslim majority country. The religion probably came via traders from Yemen.\n
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