Lubosi Lewanika I (left) and Lubosi Imwiko II (bottom-right)
BAROTSELAND: Located between Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Angola, Barotseland is home to a unified group of diverse tribes.
Historically, the region used to be an independent nation, but was incorporated into Zambia in 1964.
Its current claim for independence comes from the idea that it was incorporated into Zambia under false pretenses, as the 1964 treaty between the two peoples had promised autonomy to Barotseland that it did not receive. Instead, Barotseland was just treated like any other province.
After years of rising tensions, the Barotseland National Council retaliated by declaring its independence from Zambia in March 2012. If it were to become internationally recognized, this would make Barotseland the world’s youngest nation state.
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