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Ivory Coast is a republic in West Africa sharing a boundary with the Atlantic Ocean, as well as being located between Ghana to the West, Banfora and Mali to the North, as well as Guinea and the warring factions in Liberia to the West.
Ivory Coast, although not hit by any nuclear warheads during the events of Doomsday, had seen a major drop in the sale of diamonds as well as some of its biggest products cacao and coffee. The country saw a 60% decline in production. However, as it was a former Francophone nation, thousands of French citizens who had survived the nuclear bombings sought residence in the Ivory Coast. Many of these French immigrants entered the skilled workforce, and the Ivory Coast benefited from it.
However, in 1984, the country was dealt with droughts unrelated to the ongoing nuclear summer, which destroyed 400,000 hectares of forest and 250,000 hectares of cocoa and coffee plants. This devastated the economy of the Ivory Coast. Traders and producers of the products refused to negotiate prices on cocoa and coffee. By the end of the year, the Ivory Coast was enveloped in a major financial crisis. Exacerbated by the loss of trade with other nations, the poverty line rose from 11% to 35% from 1985 to 1993. Opposition movements to the current president Félix Houphouët-Boigny had grown stronger, and the army had mutinied in 1990 and 1992. Democratization and reforms were made in response, and a multi-party system had been established.
Civil War (1995-1999)
In 1990, although the leader of the opposition, Laurent Gbagbo, had been allowed to run against Houphouët, the now 80 to 90-year-old president won re-election once again, despite belief he would not survive another term. 3 years later, on December 7, 1993, the incumbent president had died and a new power vacuum left in his stead. Gbagbo had not been slow to assume the power of the government during a coup weeks following the president's death, also ousting Alassane Ouattara, who had been acting as the de-facto president while Felix had been ill. Alassane represented much of the poor working class and Muslim Ivorians in the north and began gathering supporters to re-assume control of the country. The conflict began in March 1995, when negotiations deteriorated between both Gbagbo and Ouattara. Ouattara had rallied 10,000 rebels to launch coordinated attacks against Gbagbo's government. Lacking momentum or support, Outtara's rebels failed to gain traction in the south of the country. It had only been with the aid of Nigeria and Senegal that Outtara ousted Gbagbo in 1999.
Government under Ouattara
Ouattara had begun reforms to improve the country's economy. He had also wished to strengthen ties with other West African states by helping to found the West African Union. Ivory Coast steadily improved under his administration.