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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.

2018 Military Strength Ranking

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

OVERVIEW



The finalized Global Firepower ranking utilizes over 55 individual factors to determine a given nation's PowerIndex ('PwrIndx') score. The unique, in-house formula allows for smaller, more technologically-advanced, nations to compete with larger, though lesser-developed, ones. Modifiers (in the form of bonuses and penalties) are applied to further refine the list. A perfect PwrIndex score is 0.0000 which is realistically unattainable in the scope of the GFP formula.

Some qualities to observe in regards to the finalized ranking:

+ Ranking does not rely solely on total number of weapons available to any one country but rather focuses on weapon diversity.
+ Nuclear stockpiles are NOT taken into account but recognized / suspected nuclear powers are given a bonus.
+ First World, Second World, and Third World statuses are taken into account.
+ Geographical factors, logistical flexibility, natural resources, and local industry are influencers.
+ Total available manpower is a key consideration as it influences available personnel and industry.
+ Land-locked nations are NOT penalized for lack of a standing navy; However, naval powers ARE penalized for lack of diversity in available assets.
+ NATO allies receive a slight bonus due to the theoretical sharing of war-making resources.
+ A nation's financial stability / health is taken into account.
+ Current political / military leadership is NOT taken into account.

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 varying degrees of decline. Gray 'Double Arrows' reflect virtually no change in ranking; this does not necessarily indicate 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 equipment / manpower attrition, financial instability, population / resources 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: 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