The Seychelles archipelago is the least populated nation in Africa. For a while it was a French colony along with Mauritius
(they were administrated as one entity), but when the British took the islands in the Treaty of Paris
, they turned the archipelago and Mauritius into separate colonies.
The Seychelles were declared independent in 1976 as a republic within the Commonwealth. However, almost a year later a coup deposed the President and the Prime Minister assumed full power, turning the country into a one-party state and a Soviet satellite until The Great Politics Mess-Up
. As of 2013, it has the highest Human Development Index
The main attractions of the country are the Scenery Porn
and the biodiversity (several unique, endemic species of flora and fauna). However, while visiting, you should be wary of the rather high crime rate in the country.
The Seychellois flag
The flag combines the red/white/green colors of the socialist People's Party, which ran the islands from 1977 to 1991, with the blue/white of the Democratic Party, which briefly ran Seychelles in 1976, and the green/yellow of the liberal National Party, and their diagonal orientation symbolizes the islands' progressive outlook. The individual colors also have their own symbolism — blue for the sky and the Indian Ocean; yellow for the sun; red for the people; white for justice; and green for the land.