All this makes for a devastatingly sad illustration of human nature, but it gets worse. In one of the world’s poorest countries, with the world’s smallest and most completely pointless army, the military staged a coup anyway, expelling their king in 1990, letting him come back as an ordinary citizen in 1992, then reinstating him as king in 1995 – his son having been made king in the meanwhile, and then abdicating in favour of his father. After which a mutiny within the military gave the South Africans the excuse to invade in 1998, and since then it has been political mayhem from polling station to polling station, with no less than eighteen political parties fighting it out for the right to rule emptiness, to govern wilderness, to hold sway over the permanently unemployed, and to administer nihil.
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