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    Invader Zimbabweball is a rich landlocked countryball which per people has 1 gazillion dollars, located in Southern Africa between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers. Its capital and largest cityball is Harareball. It also is linguistically diverse, with 16 official languages.

    It is also the last country when sorted by alphabetical order.

    History

    Zimbabweball is a descendent of 8ball and has a very rich history, but unfortunately, they didn't keep written historical records. Much of what is known of their history is through written accounts by Portugueseballs and archaeological research. The Kingdom of Mapungubweball that occupied south Zimbabweball and South Africaball, is thought to predate the period of Great Zimbabwe. It features the same architecture.

    Around 2,000 years ago Bantuballs moved into the region introducing Iron which made their pots. Cave drawings can trace back to these Bantuballs. Kingdom of Zimbabweball was the largest empire in Sub-Saharan Africa, this around 1200 to 1500 AD. People could argue whatever it was either a kingdom, a settlement, or just a really really really big city. Because the kingdom was a neighbor of Sofalaball and it had trade hub routes with Zanzibarball, Kilwaball and several African Swahili cites near the coast, these routes had connections to a lot of places like Chinaball, Indiaball, and Saudi Arabiaball (plus southeastern nations of Malaysiaball and Indonesiaball. Copper, ivory, and gold made Great Zimbabwe the richest kingdom in Southern Africa for being right next to a good trading hub.

    The kingdom started to decline due to a lack of these resources as the population grew bigger, plant crops started to deteriorate and the conditions sucked so its leaders moved in the conquest of new lands toward the north. They founded the Kingdom of Mutapaball (Mutapa means conqueror in the Shona language), establishing the biggest empire to ever exist in Southern Africa that occupied the territories of current Zimbabweball, Mozambiqueball, Zambiaball and South Africaball.

    The state was conquered by Kingdom of Portugalball in the 17th century, they installed a puppet king to serve their interests. A series of invasions and civil wars happened after that, and the kingdom was taken by rebels who founded the Rozwi Empireball, which covered much of present-day Zimbabweball and was centered around the region of Butwa. They also defeated Kingdom of Portugalball. Rozwi Empireball once started to build a tower toward the moon, as they wanted to take the moon from space and make it the King’s treasure.

    Rozwi Empireball collapsed in the 19th century out of invasion attempts and civil wars, it was succeeded by tribal kingdoms such as Mthwakazi of the Ndebeles, which were closely related to Zulu Kingdomball. Mthwakazi and other tribal kingdoms would all be conquered later by UKball, then named Rhodesia, after Cecil Rhodes, the famed colonizer, and advocate of British imperialism. It would be divided into Northern Rhodesiaball and Southern Rhodesiaball.

    UKball violently took most fertile lands from the natives to be used for its projects, such as tobacco growing, they later incentivized the immigration of Europeans by offering them some of these stolen lands because of the apartheid laws they brought with them. By the way, Rhodesiaball was not ruled by UKball itself till 1924, rather by its corporate state worker File:BSAC-icon.png British South Africa Companyball, similar to how Belgiumball's monarch ruled Congo Free Stateball.

    In the 50s, UKball united Northern Rhodesiaball, Nyasalandball and Southern Rhodesiaball into a federation to "boost" its economic capacity. As African nationalism saw a rise and opposition to the federation grew, it ended 1963. Shortly after the dissolution, Northern Rhodesiaball and Nyasalandball became independent as Zambiaball and Malawiball.

    Southern Rhodesiaball was the only one that didn't become independent under majority rule, as it was dominated by its white minority, who ran the colony themselves instead of by people sent by UKball, with its own armed forces and police. As such, besides being the richest out of its previous history, it had the most oppressive and racist government toward the natives. Therefore, Southern Rhodesiaball unilaterally declared independence from the UKball in 1965 and became the state of Rhodesiaball.

    As another apartheid-like system emerged in an ex-colony of UKball in Southern Africa, just like Union of South Africaball, which had its political system internationally condemned by UNball, plus being the reason behind the fall of the federation. UKball didn't want to have to deal with more problems related to it and didn't recognize Rhodesiaball. UNball later approved sanctions against Rhodesiaball that were never actually implemented by most Western countryballs, with USAball bypassing it several times.

    Receiving weapons and support from Mozambiqueball, Zambiaball, Chinaball, Soviet Unionball, Yugoslaviaball, SR Romaniaball, East Germanyball, North Koreaball, Dergball and Libyan Arab Jamahiriyaball, the African population took up arms against Rhodesiaball white-minority rule in the 1970s. Rhodesiaball was backed mainly by Israelcube and South Africaball, but as was said before USAball bypassed international sanctions in an attempt to help it and prevent the revolutionaries from taking power.

    As the guerilla warfare developed, seeing that what awaited it was not a brightening future, Rhodesiaball tried to save itself by making an agreement with a few token African natives, turning the country into Zimbabwe Rhodesiaball, but nobody took it seriously and continued to not be internationally recognized. In 1979 the Lancaster House Agreement was signed between UKball, Zimbabwe Rhodesiaball and the revolutionaries, which recognized the independence of Rhodesia as Zimbabweball, getting away with the colonial name. After independence was followed, an electoral period happened, where Robert Mugabe that had been a combatant in the national liberation movement emerged victorious on a socialist platform.

    During its first years, Zimbabweball was doing fine, with UKball even calling Mugabe an exemplary African leader. Zimbabweball during this period expanded education and other programs previously restricted to the white minority to the service of all people, the effects of this program are still visible with the country having a literacy rate of almost 90%. However, the Economic Structural Adjustment Program (ESAP), an austerity program imposed on Zimbabweball by IMFball in the late 80s would be the origin of its problems.

    It was in the period that the calls for land redistribution originated since even with the expanded social programs after independence, most of the population had no fertile land to farm and the austerity program made life worse as prices increased. The Lancaster House Agreement specified that Zimbabweball could not seize white-owned land for ten years. It also asserted that UKball would fund the purchase of land from the white farmers. The situation continued though and in the 90s after more protests, the government decided to start the reforms. The purchase of land was going on well until UKball refused to continue with what was decided in the Lancaster House Agreement, Zimbabweball then refused to compensate white farmers with its own money and started to appropriate land compulsorily and without compensation.

    After that, Zimbabweball started to collapse, not just because of some chaos in this process but because of sanctions imposed by USAball, which didn't allow the country to have access to key agricultural imports needed to make fertilizer, killing the agriculture that the economy relied on its exports. Zimbabweball then cut ties with IMFball and World Bank, also leaving Commonwealthball, the country went into one of the worst inflation ever seen because of that. Even with this, Zimbabweball was able to intervene militarily alongside Namibiaball and Angolaball in the Democratic Republic of the Congoball to support the government against Rwandaball and Ugandaball.

    In 2008, Zimbabweball started to print more money as the supply of food started to be affected out of the farmers not being able to produce proper yield as they lacked the stuff to do so and the people didn't have any money, even printing a 100 trillion dollar bill. As a result, even to buy a loaf of bread, a suitcase full of money was required to be taken. Zimbabweball then issued a higher valued currency, solving the above problem but not the hyperinflation, the crisis continued. Later, a multi-currency system was adopted, with the US Dollar as the main currency and local bond notes.

    In November 2017, after years of internal disputes and accusations of corruption in the government, the military staged coup against the government of Robert Mugabe. As of 2018, the new government abolished the multi-currency system and introduced a new devalued currency called RTG dollars. RTG dollars are basically the same as bond notes except that they have been devalued and their value depends on bank balance fluctuations.

    How to draw

    Drawing Zimbabwe is pretty hard:

    1. Draw a left triangle black border in the basic circle shape
    2. Draw inside it a red star with a yellow bird on it
    3. Divide the rest of the circle into seven stripes
    4. Color them of green, yellow, red, black, red, yellow and green
    5. Draw the eyes and you've finished.

    Flag Colors

    Color Name RGB CMYK HEX
    Dark green 0, 100, 0 C100-M0-Y100-K60 #006400
    Cyber yellow 255, 211, 0 C0-M17-Y100-K0 #FFD300
    Rosso corsa 213, 0, 0 C0-M100-Y100-K16 #D50000
    Black 0, 0, 0 C0-M0-Y0-K100 #000000
    White 255, 255, 255 N/A #FFFFFF

    Relations (Ukama)

    Friends (Shamwari)

    Neutral (Kusarerekera)

    Enemies (Vavengi)

    • Rhodesiaball - Racist impostor who claims to be the real Zimbabwe. Make fun of me all you want, but the people are freed from your tyranny! REMOVE IAN SMITH! REMOVE APARTHEID! RHODESIANS ALWAYS DIE!!
    • USAball - We were friends at the past, but WHY DID YUO PUT SANCTIONS ONTO ME?!?! REMOVE SANCTIONS! Yuo are ruining my economy on purpose!
    • UKball - Stupid parent, YOU RUINED EVERYTHING!! IMPERIALIST BASTARD YUO ARE THE REASON WHY I'M POOR!!!!
    • Rwandaball - It hates me because I supported Democratic Republic of the Congoball during Second Congo War.
    • Vietnamball - It hates me because I rekted it by 6-0.
    • Kosovoball - Yuo is Serbiaball and no more.

    Gallery

    Polandball Wiki has a gallery of artwork, comics, GIFs, and videos of Zimbabweball.

    Click here to see it.

    zh:津巴布韋球 sh:Zimbabve pl:Zimbabweball pt:Zimbábueball

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