The Republic of Cameroon is a country in Central Africa. It is bounded by Nigeria, Chad, the Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and the Republic of the Congo. A total of 23.4 million people live in Cameroon. The official languages are French and English.
Before the First World War, the vast majority of the country was a German colony, known as Kamerun. After the defeat of Germany, the country became a League of Nations mandate territory and was split into French Cameroons and British Cameroons in 1919. On January 1, 1960, Cameroon became an independent republic. The country was officially named the United Republic of Cameroon in 1972, and the Republic of Cameroon in 1984.
The military has a territorial army, a navy and air force and currently has around 23,100 soldiers on duty.
The Order of Valour is the highest title and was conferred upon Cameroonian citizens for meritorious services rendered to the nation. Members of the Order are required to have served for a minimum of 20 years as a civil servant, or for 25 years as a professional with exceptional contributions in the fields of arts, science, agriculture, commerce, or industry.
“Les ordres nationaux du Cameroun.” Centerblog. Published on May 12, 2014. http://rjcpatriote.centerblog.net/1581-les-ordres-nationaux-du-cameroun.
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