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Emperor of Central Africa

Emperor of Central Africa
Imperial
Bokassa I
Details
Style His Imperial Majesty
First monarch Bokassa I
Last monarch Bokassa I
Formation 4 December 1976
Abolition 21 September 1979
Pretender(s) Jean-Bédel Bokassa

The Emperor of Central Africa (French: Empereur de Centrafrique) was the ruler of the Central African Empire from 1976 to 1979. President Jean-Bédel Bokassa proclaimed himself Emperor Bokassa I on 4 December 1976, and was crowned emperor on 4 December 1977 in a lavish coronation ceremony that was estimated to cost his country roughly $20 million USD. Although nominally a constitutional monarch, in practice Bokassa ruled with absolute power. For all intents and purposes, the country was still a military dictatorship, as had been the case since Bokassa took power in 1966.

Bokassa I attempted to justify his actions by claiming that creating a monarchy would help Central Africa "stand out" from the rest of the continent, and earn the world's respect. The coronation consumed one third of the nation's annual budget and all of the French aid that year, but despite generous invitations, no foreign leaders attended the event. Many thought Bokassa was insane, and compared his egotistical extravagance with that of Africa's other well-known eccentric dictator, Idi Amin.

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Imperial Standard of Bokassa I

Bokassa I

His Imperial Majesty Bokassa the First, Emperor of Central Africa by the Will of the Central African People, United within the National Political Party, the MESAN

Emperor of Central Africa (1976–1979)

Name
Lifespan
Reign start
Reign end
Notes
Family
Image
Bokassa I
(1921-02-22)22 February 1921 – 3 November 1996(1996-11-03) (aged 75) 4 December 1976 21 September 1979
(deposed)
Bokassa Bokassa I of Central Africa

Pretenders to the Throne of Central Africa (1979–Present)

Name
Lifespan
Reign start
Reign end
Notes
Family
Image
Bokassa I
(1921-02-22)22 February 1921 – 3 November 1996(1996-11-03) (aged 75) 21 September 1979 3 November 1996 Bokassa Bokassa I of Central Africa
Jean-Bédel Bokassa II
(1973-11-02) 2 November 1973 3 November 1996 Incumbent Son of Bokassa I Bokassa Bokassa II of Central Africa

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