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Indonesia (the Republic of Indonesia), located in Southeast Asia between the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, is the largest archipelago in the world. Among its most well-known islands are Sumatra, Java, and Bali. Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country, with a population of more than 254 million (2014 estimate). Its capital is Jakarta.

Indonesia has a civilian government and yet, to varying degrees throughout its history, a large number of military personnel have been involved in the day-to-day control of natural resources, industry, and civil governance. Such positions include ambassadorial work, acting as provisional governors or district heads, or managing of state-owned industry. The presence of the military in matters of state has lessened somewhat due to a series of reforms beginning in ...

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