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Ethiopian Empire
Flag of Ethiopia (1897-1936; 1941-1974)
  Official Amharic
  Other Somali
State Religion: Vulpine paganism, Coptic Christianism, Islamism
Other Religion(s): Judaism
Capital: Addis Ababa
Emperor Wossen Seged I
Chief of state: Meles Zenawi
Area: 1,627,557 km²
Population 16,000,000 inhabitants
Currency: Birr
Ethiopia (Ge'ez: ኢትዮጵያ ʾĪtyōṗṗyā) is a landlocked country located in the Horn of Africa, and officially known as the Ethiopian Empire. It has a population of over 16 million people,from which 51% are vulpine, and the tenth-largest by area, with its 1,627,557 km2. The capital is Addis Ababa. Ethiopia is bordered by Eritrea, Beta Israel and Somaliland to the north, South Sudan to the west, and Kenya to the south.

The Ethiopian dynasty traces its roots to the 2nd century BC. Ethiopia is also one of the oldest sites of human existence known to scientists today, having yielded some of humanity's oldest traces. It may be the region from which Homo sapiens first set out for the Middle East and points beyond. When Africa was divided up by European powers at the Berlin Conference, Ethiopia was one of only two countries that retained its independence. It was one of only four African members of the League of Nations. After a brief period of Italian occupation, Ethiopia became a charter member of the United Nations. When other African nations received their independence following World War II, many of them adopted the colors of Ethiopia's flag, and Addis Ababa became the location of several international organizations focused on Africa.

Ethiopia is one of the founding members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), G-77 and the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Today, Addis Ababa is still the headquarter of the African Union, the Nile Basin Commission, the Pan African Chamber of Commerce (PACCI) and UNECA. The country has one of the most powerful militaries in Africa and Addis Ababa is the headquarter of the continental African Standby Force (ASF). Ethiopia is one of a few African countries to have its own alphabet. Ethiopia also has its own time system and unique calendar, seven to eight years behind the Gregorian Calendar. It has the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa.

The country is a land of natural contrasts, with spectacular waterfalls and volcanic hot springs. Ethiopia has some of Africa's highest mountains as well as some of the world's lowest points below sea level. The largest cave in Africa is located in Ethiopia at Sof Omar, and the country's northernmost area at Dallol is one of the hottest places year-round anywhere on Earth. There are altogether around 80 different ethnic groups in Ethiopia today, with the two largest being the Oromo and the Amhara, both of which speak Afro-Asiatic languages. The country is also famous for its Olympic gold medalists, rock-hewn churches and as the place where the coffee bean originated. Currently, Ethiopia is the top coffee and honey-producing country in Africa, and home to the largest livestock population in Africa.

Ethiopia has close historical ties to all three of the world's major Abrahamic religions. It was one of the first Christian countries in the world, having officially adopted Christianity as the state religion in the 4th century. Ethiopia is the site of the first hijra in Islamic history and the oldest Muslim settlement in Africa at Negash. a substantial population of Ethiopian Jews reside in Ethiopia, and the vassal state of Beta Israel. The country is also the spiritual homeland of the Rastafari religious movement, that is influenced by Pan-Africanism and has globalized Ethiopian flag tricolors with the spread of Reggae music alongside Hip hop culture. Ethiopia, which has Africa's second biggest hydropower potential, is the source of over 85% of the total Nile water flow and contains rich soils, and has the fourth-biggest economy in Africa (GDP) as the Ethiopian economy is also one of the fastest growing in the world and it is a regional power in Africa.

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