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2018 Military Strength Ranking


The complete Global Firepower list for 2018 puts the military powers of the world into full perspective.

The finalized Global Firepower ranking relies on over 55 individual factors to determine a given nation's PowerIndex ('PwrIndx') score. Our unique formula allows for smaller, more technologically-advanced, nations to compete with larger, lesser-developed, ones. Modifiers (in the form of bonuses and penalties) are added to further refine the list. Some qualities to observe in regards to the finalized ranking:

+ Ranking does not rely solely on the total number of weapons available to any one country (though it is a factor) but rather focuses on weapon diversity within the number totals to provide a better balance of firepower available. For example, fielding 100 minesweepers does not equal the strategic / tactical value of fielding 10 aircraft carriers.
+ Nuclear stockpiles are NOT taken into account but recognized / suspected nuclear powers do receive a bonus.
+ First World, Second World, and Third World statuses are taken into account.
+ Geographical factors, logistical flexibility, natural resources, and local industry influence the final ranking.
+ Available manpower is a key consideration; nations with large populations tend to rank higher due to the availability of personnel for supporting both war and industry.
+ Land-locked nations are NOT penalized for lack of a navy, however, naval powers ARE penalized for lack of diversity in available assets. For example, 100 patrol boats does not equate the same advantage that fielding 4 guided-missile frigates and 2 nuclear-attack submarines does.
+ NATO allies receive a slight bonus due to the theoretical sharing of resources should one of the members commit to war.
+ Financial stability / strength is taken into account as finances represent one of several important factors in running a successful campaign.
+ Current political / military leadership is NOT taken into account as this can be highly subjective and not necessarily influence in-the-field indivudal combat performance.

For 2018 there are a total of 136 countries included in the GFP database. New to 2018 are Ireland, Montenegro, and Liberia.

Arrow graphics correspond to each nation's placement against the previous year's list. Green Arrows indicate an increase in rank whilst Red Arrows reflect a decline. Gray 'Double Arrows' reflect no change in ranking; this does not necessarily indicate that no changes occurred across individual values but more so that changes were not great enough to affect year-over-year ranking. Increases/declines are based on many factors and can be related to attrition, financial instability, population fluxes and the like.

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  United States


  PwrIndx: 0.0818, GFP Affiliations: North America; NATO; Apacific
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  Russia


  PwrIndx: 0.0841, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; EasternEuro; Asia
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  China


  PwrIndx: 0.0852, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Asia
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  India


  PwrIndx: 0.1417, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Asia
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  France


  PwrIndx: 0.1869, GFP Affiliations: Europe; NATO; European Union
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  United Kingdom


  PwrIndx: 0.1917, GFP Affiliations: Europe; NATO; European Union
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  South Korea


  PwrIndx: 0.2001, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Asia
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  Japan


  PwrIndx: 0.2107, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Asia
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  Turkey


  PwrIndx: 0.2216, GFP Affiliations: Middle East; NATO; Balkan; Asia
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  Germany


  PwrIndx: 0.2461, GFP Affiliations: Europe; NATO; European Union
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  Italy


  PwrIndx: 0.2565, GFP Affiliations: Europe; NATO; European Union
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  Egypt


  PwrIndx: 0.2751, GFP Affiliations: Africa; Middle East
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  Iran


  PwrIndx: 0.3131, GFP Affiliations: Middle East; Asia
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  Brazil


  PwrIndx: 0.3198, GFP Affiliations: South America; Latin America
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  Indonesia


  PwrIndx: 0.3266, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Southeast; Asia
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  Israel


  PwrIndx: 0.3444, GFP Affiliations: Middle East; Asia
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  Pakistan


  PwrIndx: 0.3689, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Asia
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  North Korea


  PwrIndx: 0.3876, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Asia
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  Spain


  PwrIndx: 0.4079, GFP Affiliations: Europe; NATO; European Union
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  Vietnam


  PwrIndx: 0.4098, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Southeast; Asia
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  Australia


  PwrIndx: 0.4203, GFP Affiliations: Apacific
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  Poland


  PwrIndx: 0.4276, GFP Affiliations: Europe; NATO; European Union; EasternEuro
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  Algeria


  PwrIndx: 0.4296, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Taiwan


  PwrIndx: 0.4331, GFP Affiliations: Asia
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  Canada


  PwrIndx: 0.4356, GFP Affiliations: North America; NATO; Apacific
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  Saudi Arabia


  PwrIndx: 0.4636, GFP Affiliations: Middle East; Asia
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  Thailand


  PwrIndx: 0.4735, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Southeast; Asia
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  Greece


  PwrIndx: 0.5255, GFP Affiliations: Europe; NATO; European Union; Balkan
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  Ukraine


  PwrIndx: 0.5383, GFP Affiliations: Europe; EasternEuro
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  Czech Republic


  PwrIndx: 0.5969, GFP Affiliations: Europe; NATO; European Union; EasternEuro
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  Sweden


  PwrIndx: 0.6071, GFP Affiliations: Scandanavia; European Union
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  Mexico


  PwrIndx: 0.6289, GFP Affiliations: North America; Latin America
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  South Africa


  PwrIndx: 0.6445, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Switzerland


  PwrIndx: 0.6634, GFP Affiliations: Europe
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  Myanmar


  PwrIndx: 0.6648, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Southeast; Asia
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  Norway


  PwrIndx: 0.6784, GFP Affiliations: Scandanavia; NATO
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  Argentina


  PwrIndx: 0.7056, GFP Affiliations: South America; Latin America
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  Netherlands


  PwrIndx: 0.7113, GFP Affiliations: Europe; NATO; European Union
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  Uzbekistan


  PwrIndx: 0.7185, GFP Affiliations: Asia
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  Romania


  PwrIndx: 0.7205, GFP Affiliations: Europe; NATO; European Union; EasternEuro; Balkan
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  Belarus


  PwrIndx: 0.7315, GFP Affiliations: Europe; EasternEuro
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  Peru


  PwrIndx: 0.7354, GFP Affiliations: South America; Apacific; Latin America
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  Nigeria


  PwrIndx: 0.7509, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Malaysia


  PwrIndx: 0.7683, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Southeast; Asia
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  Colombia


  PwrIndx: 0.7775, GFP Affiliations: South America; Latin America
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  Venezuela


  PwrIndx: 0.7876, GFP Affiliations: South America; Latin America
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  Iraq


  PwrIndx: 0.8234, GFP Affiliations: Middle East; Asia
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  Angola


  PwrIndx: 0.8266, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Syria


  PwrIndx: 0.8276, GFP Affiliations: Middle East; Asia
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  Kazakhstan


  PwrIndx: 0.8599, GFP Affiliations: Asia
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  Ethiopia


  PwrIndx: 0.8771, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Philippines


  PwrIndx: 0.8978, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Southeast; Asia
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  Azerbaijan


  PwrIndx: 0.9009, GFP Affiliations: Asia
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  Denmark


  PwrIndx: 0.9084, GFP Affiliations: Scandanavia; Europe; NATO; European Union
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  Morocco


  PwrIndx: 0.9125, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Bangladesh


  PwrIndx: 0.9133, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Asia
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  Hungary


  PwrIndx: 0.9153, GFP Affiliations: Europe; NATO; European Union; EasternEuro
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  Chile


  PwrIndx: 0.9417, GFP Affiliations: South America; Latin America; Apacific
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  Finland


  PwrIndx: 0.9687, GFP Affiliations: Scandanavia; European Union
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  Bulgaria


  PwrIndx: 0.9839, GFP Affiliations: Europe; NATO; European Union; EasternEuro; Balkan
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  Austria


  PwrIndx: 0.9953, GFP Affiliations: Europe; European Union
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  Slovakia


  PwrIndx: 0.9998, GFP Affiliations: Europe; NATO; European Union; EasternEuro
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  Portugal


  PwrIndx: 1.0035, GFP Affiliations: Europe; NATO; European Union
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  Bolivia


  PwrIndx: 1.0045, GFP Affiliations: South America; Latin America
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  United Arab Emirates


  PwrIndx: 1.0157, GFP Affiliations: Middle East; Asia
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  Yemen


  PwrIndx: 1.0434, GFP Affiliations: Middle East; Asia
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  Singapore


  PwrIndx: 1.0873, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Southeast; Asia
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  Belgium


  PwrIndx: 1.0885, GFP Affiliations: Europe; NATO; European Union
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  Ecuador


  PwrIndx: 1.1531, GFP Affiliations: South America; Latin America
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  Sudan


  PwrIndx: 1.1592, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Afghanistan


  PwrIndx: 1.2023, GFP Affiliations: Asia
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  Croatia


  PwrIndx: 1.2108, GFP Affiliations: Europe; NATO; European Union; Balkan
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  Cuba


  PwrIndx: 1.2289, GFP Affiliations: Latin America
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  Libya


  PwrIndx: 1.2558, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Democratic Republic of the Congo


  PwrIndx: 1.3651, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Jordan


  PwrIndx: 1.4414, GFP Affiliations: Middle East; Asia
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  Tunisia


  PwrIndx: 1.4581, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Serbia


  PwrIndx: 1.5566, GFP Affiliations: Europe; Balkan
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  Oman


  PwrIndx: 1.5676, GFP Affiliations: Middle East; Asia
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  Turkmenistan


  PwrIndx: 1.5703, GFP Affiliations: Asia
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  Zimbabwe


  PwrIndx: 1.6201, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Georgia


  PwrIndx: 1.6522, GFP Affiliations: Asia
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  Zambia


  PwrIndx: 1.6524, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Armenia


  PwrIndx: 1.6571, GFP Affiliations: Asia
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  Kenya


  PwrIndx: 1.6683, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Albania


  PwrIndx: 1.6778, GFP Affiliations: Europe; NATO; Balkan
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  Mongolia


  PwrIndx: 1.6887, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Asia
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  Kuwait


  PwrIndx: 1.7213, GFP Affiliations: Middle East; Asia
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  Sri Lanka


  PwrIndx: 1.7388, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Asia
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  New Zealand


  PwrIndx: 1.7856, GFP Affiliations: Apacific
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  Kyrgyzstan


  PwrIndx: 1.8163, GFP Affiliations: Asia
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  Slovenia


  PwrIndx: 1.8581, GFP Affiliations: Europe; NATO; European Union; Balkan
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  Uganda


  PwrIndx: 1.8853, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Chad


  PwrIndx: 1.8964, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Lithuania


  PwrIndx: 1.9165, GFP Affiliations: Europe; NATO; European Union
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  Tajikistan


  PwrIndx: 2.0669, GFP Affiliations: Asia
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  Bahrain


  PwrIndx: 2.0764, GFP Affiliations: Middle East; Asia
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  Tanzania


  PwrIndx: 2.0874, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  South Sudan


  PwrIndx: 2.0989, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Qatar


  PwrIndx: 2.1132, GFP Affiliations: Middle East; Asia
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  Nepal


  PwrIndx: 2.1669, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Asia
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  Cambodia


  PwrIndx: 2.2182, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Southeast; Asia
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  Botswana


  PwrIndx: 2.2693, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Guatemala


  PwrIndx: 2.3051, GFP Affiliations: South America; Latin America; Central America
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  Latvia


  PwrIndx: 2.3063, GFP Affiliations: Europe; NATO; European Union
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  Lebanon


  PwrIndx: 2.3362, GFP Affiliations: Middle East; Asia
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  Ghana


  PwrIndx: 2.3525, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Estonia


  PwrIndx: 2.4078, GFP Affiliations: Europe; NATO; European Union
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  Niger


  PwrIndx: 2.4829, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Cameroon


  PwrIndx: 2.4891, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Mozambique


  PwrIndx: 2.5129, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Honduras


  PwrIndx: 2.5341, GFP Affiliations: Central America; Latin America
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  Paraguay


  PwrIndx: 2.5419, GFP Affiliations: South America; Latin America
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  Mali


  PwrIndx: 2.5791, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Uruguay


  PwrIndx: 2.6043, GFP Affiliations: South America; Latin America
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  Ireland


  PwrIndx: 2.6049, GFP Affiliations: Europe; European Union
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  Laos


  PwrIndx: 2.6136, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Southeast; Asia
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  Macedonia


  PwrIndx: 2.6285, GFP Affiliations: Europe; Balkan
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  Ivory Coast


  PwrIndx: 2.7121, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Republic of the Congo


  PwrIndx: 2.9002, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Montenegro


  PwrIndx: 2.9109, GFP Affiliations: NATO; EasternEuro; Europe
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  Nicaragua


  PwrIndx: 2.9577, GFP Affiliations: Central America; Latin America
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  Madagascar


  PwrIndx: 3.0136, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Bosnia and Herzegovina


  PwrIndx: 3.0321, GFP Affiliations: Europe; Balkan
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  Dominican Republic


  PwrIndx: 3.1398, GFP Affiliations: Latin America
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  Gabon


  PwrIndx: 3.2781, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Namibia


  PwrIndx: 3.5442, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Panama


  PwrIndx: 3.7436, GFP Affiliations: Central America; Latin America
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  Mauritania


  PwrIndx: 3.7474, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Central African Republic


  PwrIndx: 3.7667, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  El Salvador


  PwrIndx: 3.7741, GFP Affiliations: Central America; Latin America
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  Somalia


  PwrIndx: 4.0425, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Sierra Leone


  PwrIndx: 4.7266, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Suriname


  PwrIndx: 5.1689, GFP Affiliations: South America
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  Liberia


  PwrIndx: 5.5241, GFP Affiliations: Africa
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  Bhutan


  PwrIndx: 7.5497, GFP Affiliations: Asia