Armed forces in a certain country or territory are very important for the peace and order of the place. When there is a declaration of war, armed forces will be the protector of the people and the country itself as well. However, there are countries that do not have armed forces. Can you believe it so? Well then, here are 10 countries that don’t have their own armed forces:
10. Solomon Islands
In 1893, the United Kingdom was the protector of this small country. In fact, during the World War II, the British defense forces were the ones who protected this country from the enemies. Nowadays, Solomon Islands is paying the Australian defense forces for the country’s protection.
9. Costa Rica
Jose Figueres Ferrer was the President of Costa Rica who forced to abolish the armed forces in the country. It happened on December 1, 1948. It was due to the civil war happened in Costa Rica that killed around 2,000 people. However, Costa Rica is under the protection of 21 countries since it’s a member of Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance of 1947.
Ever since, Samoa has no armed forces. It only has Samoa Police Force, which is not enough when there is a declaration of war. They only rely on other countries that Samoa has developed friendship with. Such country can call New Zealand defense forces if there is war. It is under the two countries’ friendship treaty that is made in 1962.
In protecting the civilians, Palau National Police forces are there to handle the task. However, this country can do nothing during war times. It’s because they don’t have military forces or the so-called armed forces. They only rely on the defense forces of the United States.
This small country only have Andorra National Police forces that are only made up of limited men. Even so, there are 3 protectors of this 181 sq. mi. country when there is war. These protectors are the NATO forces, armed forces of Frances, and armed forces of Spain.
This is another country that doesn’t have armed forces that will protect its territories. It only has Regional Security System and the Royal Grenada Police Force. Its biggest protector during war is the armed forces of the United States.
4. Marshall Islands
Marshall Islands is a sovereign nation, declared under the 1983 Compact of Free Association. This country is actually United States’ associate state. Since this country has not established official military force, the United States of America is responsible for its defense and security against enemies.
This country used to have a military force, but the government itself was forced to abolish it since they don’t have enough funds for it. The Principality of Liechtenstein in National Police is the only protector of the country. During war, they depend on the armed forces of Switzerland.
This country is the smallest one in the world. Since it has no enough funds for a military force, it only depends on the armed forces of Australia. Such country maintains peace and order within its territory through the Nauru Police Force.
1. Vatican City
This country used to have military forces like the Palatine Guard and the Noble Guard. But in the year 1970, Pope Paul VI decided to abolish it. The protector of this holy land nowadays is the armed forces of Italy.
These are the 10 countries in the world that don’t have armed forces. However, this doesn’t mean that these countries have less to offer compared to others.