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In 1949, indonesia achieved independence from the Netherlands with the help of the United Nations (UN). The years following that event have been filled with poverty, terrorism, corruption, colonial revolts, shifting political alliances, and major natural and environmental disasters. In addition to these problems, the government has been forced to deal with separatist movements in Aceh and Papua. Indonesia's substantial oil resources have begun to decline, and the government was forced to import oil in 2005. This move led to a fuel price increase of 126 percent. In response to several terrorism incidents, the tourist industry also began to decline.

With a per capita income of $3,700, Indonesia ranks as the 150th wealthiest nation in the world. Indonesian income is unevenly distributed, with the wealthiest 10 ...

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