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African Countries Ranked by Military Power (2014)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 4/21/2014

For centuries, the African continent has been beset with fighting, political upheaval and oppression.

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The GFP ranking makes use of over 40 factors to determine each nation's Power Index ("PwrIndx") score. From this score, the finalized ranking is generated. The factors are set within our algorithm which attempts to provide a fair canvas that allows smaller, yet technologically-advanced powers to compete with larger, lesser-developed ones. Additionally, various bonuses and penalties are added for final refinement. In the end, we hope it presents an unbiased ranking and realistic outlook on the conventional military firepower and strength of a given country for a given year. At the very least, this list can be used to stir healthy debate amongst visitors to GFP.


There are a total of 22 countries of the African Theater in the GFP database.

1
Egypt
PwrIndx: 0.6122
2
Algeria
PwrIndx: 1.1698
3
Ethiopia
PwrIndx: 1.3229
4
South Africa
PwrIndx: 1.3467
5
Nigeria
PwrIndx: 1.5261
6
Kenya
PwrIndx: 1.7689
7
Morocco
PwrIndx: 1.8499
8
Tunisia
PwrIndx: 1.8635
9
Angola
PwrIndx: 2.2599
10
Libya
PwrIndx: 2.3353
11
Sudan
PwrIndx: 2.3465
12
Democratic Republic of the Congo
PwrIndx: 2.6642
13
Uganda
PwrIndx: 2.6895
14
South Sudan
PwrIndx: 2.7689
15
Ghana
PwrIndx: 2.9726
16
Zimbabwe
PwrIndx: 3.0955
17
Cameroon
PwrIndx: 3.3009
18
Zambia
PwrIndx: 3.5013
19
Somalia
PwrIndx: 3.5462
20
Mozambique
PwrIndx: 4.1026
21
Madagascar
PwrIndx: 4.2547
22
Tanzania
PwrIndx: 4.3423

Partial Sources: CIA.gov, CIA World Factbook, wikipedia.com, public domain print and media sources and user contributions. Some values may be estimated when official sources are lacking.

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