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Nuclear weapons are the most destructive of weapons ever developed by mankind and can refer to fission (e.g., typical nuclear device) or the less-common fusion weapons (hydrogen bombs). The first weapon ever detonated was the United States' Trinity test in the desert of New Mexico in 1945, and one of the only nuclear weapons ever deployed in warfare was also of American design, the Little Boy bomb dropped on Hiroshima in April 1946 (the others were a pair of bombs used by the Philippines in Indochina in May 1967 on the cities of Cam Ranh and Haiphong and the other was a mid-yield device utilized by India on the Pakistani-occupied Kashmir city of Jammu in March 1966).

The best known instance of attempted nuclear use was the 44-year Cold War that lasted from 1947 to 1991, during which the United States and the Soviet Union entered into a mass nuclear arms race, developing a total of nearly 90,000 warheads between the two. Multiple treaties both during the Cold War and since its end six years ago have vastly reduced the nuclear arsenals of both the United States and the USSR.

Other nations known to possess nuclear arsenals include the Philippine Empire, Brazil, Ethiopia, Qing China, Great Britain, France, Australia, Korea, India, West Australia, Sweden, South Africa, and West Punjab. The Arab Islamic Republic is also known to have a limited stockpile of roughly two-dozen warheads, while Persia is widely known to have an active nuclear development program, though what stage of success they have obtained is currently unknown. Israel and Manchuria are also suspected to possess nuclear capabilities, but like Persia, have yet to officially acknowledge it.

Known nuclear weapons' states

Soviet Union

Nation First Test Use Current Stockpile
Soviet Union August 29, 1949 (RDS-1) None in warfare.
Maintained large, at-ready stockpile (peak of 45,000)
during the Cold War, in competition with the United States.
11,000 active

United States of America

Nation First Test Use Current Stockpile
United States of America July 16, 1945 (Trinity) Hiroshima bombing, 1946.
Maintained large, at-ready stockpile (peak of 32,000)
during the Cold War, in competition with the USSR.
8500 active

Philippine Empire

Nation First Test Use Current Stockpile
Philippine Empire May 20, 1955 (Sandata) Cam Ranh and Haiphong bombings, Indochina, 1967.
Maintained peak stock of 2,700 amidst the constant
imperial expansion of the 1950s-1970s. Was tempted to
use tactical SRBMs in Borneo during the Indonesian War.
1,500 active

Brazil

Nation First Test Use Current Stockpile
Empire of Brazil April 27, 1953 (Teste Arma 1) None in warfare.
Peak stock of 1000 maintained at the height of the Cold War.
800 active

Ethiopia

Nation First Test Use Current Stockpile
Kingdom of Ethiopia January 17, 1959 (Wodefit-1) None in warfare.
Peak stock of 700 used mainly as a deterrent against
Communist-aligned nations in Africa during the Cold War.
500 active

China

Nation First Test Use Current Stockpile
Qing Imperial China October 16, 1964 (596) None in warfare.
Peak stock of 600 maintained at the height of the Cold War.
435 active

Great Britain

Nation First Test Use Current Stockpile
United Kingdom of
Great Britain
October 6, 1952 (Hurricane) None in warfare.
Peak stock of 345 maintained at the height of the Cold War
as Communist deterrent.
300 active

France

Nation First Test Use Current Stockpile
Republic of France February 13, 1960 (Gerboise Bleue) None in warfare.
Peak stock of 400 maintained at the height of the Cold War
as Communist deterrent.
300 active

Australia

Nation First Test Use Current Stockpile
Republic of Australia May 1, 1973 (Apollo) None in warfare.
Peak stock of 310 maintained at the height of tensions with
West Australia.
265 active

Korea

Nation First Test Use Current Stockpile
Republic of Korea May 18, 1969 (Widaehan Mugi) None in warfare.
Peak stock of 300 maintained at the height of the Cold War
as Communist deterrent.
250 active

India

Nation First Test Use Current Stockpile
Republic of India March 13, 1966 (Jammu) Bombing of Jammu, 1966. 220 active

West Australia

Sweden

Nation First Test Use Current Stockpile
Kingdom of Sweden December 1, 1962 (Kärn-1) None in warfare.
Produced upwards of 200 warheads
at the height of the Cold War.
200 active

South Africa

Nation First Test Use Current Stockpile
Federal Republic of South Africa June 5, 1976 (Kern Proef) None in warfare.
Peak stock of 210 maintained
at the height of the Cold War.
110 active

West Punjab

Nation First Test Use Current Stockpile
Islamic Republic of West Punjab May 25, 1995 (Chagai I) None in warfare. 30 active (possibly)

Arab Islamic Republic

Nation First Test Use Current Stockpile
Arab Islamic Republic May 1994 (possibly) Possible use during the Second Saharan War, 1994. 26 active (possibly)

Suspected nuclear weapons' states

Persia

Manchuria

Israel

Map

Nuclear weapons states (Alternity)

A map of the world's known nuclear weapons states. Light blue=NPT recognized nuclear states; Red=nuclear states non-signatory to the NPT; Gold=Undeclared nuclear states; Dark blue=NATO nuclear sharing states.

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