|Emperor||Bokassa II (Robert)|
|Other religions||Catholicism, Islam|
|Independence||15 August 1960 (from France)|
Former French colony of Ubangi-Chari, part of French Central Africa. (Borders roughly as those *here* of Central African Republic).
After the colony gained independence on 15 August 1960 as the Centrafrican Republic, David Dacko was elected president. Dacko was overthrown in 1966 by the commander-in-chief of the army, Jean-Bédel Bokassa. In 1972, Bokassa was declared president-for-life, and in 1977 he was crowned emperor, in a ceremony that used up a quarter of the country's GNP.
In 1979, there was a failed coup attempt.
Bokassa died in 1996, and was succeeded to the throne by his son, Robert.