Established as a territory of the UK in 1965, a number of the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) islands were transferred to the Seychelles when it attained independence in 1976. Subsequently, BIOT has consisted only of the six main island groups comprising the Chagos Archipelago. The largest and most southerly of the islands, Diego Garcia, contains a joint UK-US naval support facility. All of the remaining islands are uninhabited. Former agricultural workers, earlier residents in the islands, were relocated primarily to Mauritius but also to the Seychelles, between 1967 and 1973. In 2000, a British High Court ruling invalidated the local immigration order that had excluded them from the archipelago, but upheld the special military status of Diego Garcia.
Features map and brief descriptions of the geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military and transnational issues.
Information about the living languages of the country including population, region, classification, dialects and alternate names.
Helping the native inhabitants of the Chagos Archipelago. Includes information about the islands, the Chagossians, the social committee and the refugees group.
Hyperlinked encyclopedia article covers the country's history, government and politics, economy, geography and communications.
Review of the country's history, politics, leaders and international organizations and treaties. Includes map, constitution, national anthem and pictures of historical flags.
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