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There is something peculiar about the current Japanese political system: it is a democratic system which was imposed upon Japan by an invading foreign country (USA, in this case) which remained as a democracy even after the departure of the invasion forces. Furthermore (unlike, say, West Germany after the end of World War II), in the past Japan had only known a very limited form of democracy (for instance, little more than 1% of the population could vote for the parliament).

So, my question is:

Is there any other example in history (other than Japan) of a country which had never been a democracy before, or which had only known a very limited form of democracy, and which became one because a foreign country (or several foreign countries) imposed democracy on them, and which remained a democracy long after the invading country (or countries) has left?

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    – MCW
    Sep 6 at 16:08
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Your question has several criteria:

  1. Country is invaded by a foreign power
  2. A "democratic" system is imposed upon the people who live there by the foreign power
  3. After the foreign power leaves a "democracy" remains.

Examples of this are legion. Here are a non-complete list of countries that experienced this:

  • Canada
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Maylasia
  • South Korea
  • Botswana
  • Mauritius
  • Cape Verde
  • Senegal
  • Ghana
  • Nigeria
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Benin
  • Jamaica
  • Germany
  • Italy

There are probably a lot more. I put democracy in quotes because it's not really an objectively definable thing.

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  • Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat.
    – MCW
    Sep 6 at 16:08
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    This answer explicitely ignores the OPs constraints. It seems you missed: "a country which had never been a democracy before"
    – nvoigt
    Sep 6 at 17:55
  • @nvoigt Please read the "moved to chat" comments.
    – axsvl77
    Sep 6 at 18:40

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