Republic of Zaire
Republik Zaires
Timeline: Austria and others

OTL equivalent: Democratic Republic of Congo
Flag of Congo Free State No coa
Flag Coat of Arms
Capital Kinshasa
Largest city Kinshasa
Other cities Lubumbashi, Mbuji-Mayi, Kananga, Kisangani
  others Lingala, Kikongo, Shwaili, Tshiluba
Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, Vulpine paganism
  others Animism, Islamism
Demonym Zairian
Government Parliamentary republic
President Josef Kabila
Prime-Minister Patrice Lumumba
Area 2,345,409 km²
Population 35,000,000 
Established 1950
Independence from United States of Greater Austria
  declared 1950
  recognized 1950
Currency Zairian krone
The Republic of Zaire (German: Republik Zaires), commonly known as Zaire, is a nation located in Central Africa, with a short Atlantic coastline (37 km) shared with the Kingdom of Kongo. It is the second-largest country in Africa by area.

It borders the Central African Republic and Sudan to the north; Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi in the east; Zambia and Angola to the south; the Atlantic Ocean, the Republic of Congo and the Kingdom of Kongo to the west; and is separated from Tanganyika by Lake Tanganyika in the east. The country has access to the ocean through a 40-km (25 mi) stretch of Atlantic coastline at Muanda and the roughly nine-km-wide mouth of the Congo River which opens into the Gulf of Guinea.

The Zaire was formerly, in chronological order, the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Austrian Congo and Congo-Kinshasa. Though it is located in the Central African UN subregion, the nation is economically and regionally affiliated with Southern Africa as a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

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