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Jean-Bedel Bokassa ruled over the Central African Republic as President until 1976. That year, he decided to rename the country the Central African Empire, and declare himself Emperor Bokassa the First. His coronation was based on that of another soldier turned autocrat – Napoleon. The coronation cost a quarter of the country’s budget for the year, and was designed to proclaim the Emperor’s greatness to the world. Unfortunately for the self-esteem of Bokassa, no world leaders attended the coronation. The “Empire” collapsed, only two years after the coronation.

Jean-Bedel Bokassa ruled over the Central African Republic as President until 1976. That year, he decided to rename the country the Central African Empire, and declare himself Emperor Bokassa the First. His coronation was based on that of another soldier turned autocrat – Napoleon. The coronation cost a quarter of the country’s budget for the year, and was designed to proclaim the Emperor’s greatness to the world. Unfortunately for the self-esteem of Bokassa, no world leaders attended the coronation. The “Empire” collapsed, only two years after the coronation.

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