Countries with NO Military

Name the countries of the world that have no standing army according to Wikipedia.
Some of these countries have small paramilitary forces, usually under control of the police.
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Last updated: December 1, 2019
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Population
Country
77,000
Andorra
5,067,000
Costa Rica
72,000
Dominica
105,000
F. S. Micronesia
112,000
Grenada
340,000
Iceland
118,000
Kiribati
38,000
Liechtenstein
59,000
Marshall Islands
1,271,000
Mauritius
39,000
Monaco
Population
Country
11,000
Nauru
18,000
Palau
4,275,000
Panama
183,000
St. Lucia
111,000
St. Vincent and the
Grenadines
198,000
Samoa
677,000
Solomon Islands
12,000
Tuvalu
303,000
Vanuatu
1,000
Vatican City
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Level 82
Jan 21, 2013
Panama? Really? Was that imposed by the US after Noriega?
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Level 17
Mar 21, 2013
Actually, I know absolutely nothing about the military whatsoever, so I have no idea who Noriega is.
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Level 85
Dec 1, 2019
@Kalbahamut: Probably,seeing as he was General Manuel Noriega.

@CR7isthebest: He was the leader of Panama who was taken by the Americans and thrown in a U.S. prison deep in the middle of the country. He was kept in prison until he died.

If you're a puppet working against your own country, you will eventually be betrayed and scapegoated by the puppeteer; it's inevitable.

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Level 79
Dec 3, 2019
Miami is deep in the middle of the USA?
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Level 81
Dec 4, 2019
Mmm... while the short answer is "No", many would say "yes".

Guillermo Endara, the president after Noriega's downfall, took many steps to distance Panama from Noriega's shadow. One of them was transforming the military forces into police forces (in order to purge Noriega loyalist from power), to the point that the military was abolished in 1994.

The issue with the "US did that" thing is that Endara was sworn president at a US base in Panama. He was refuged there after the military forces under Noriega attacked him. So, many would say "He did all under US influence."

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Level 68
Feb 8, 2020
Yeah after US invaded Panama, they disbanded the entire police and military force of Panama (because these police and military forces cooperated with Noriega according to the US), and the Government following Noriega's failed to deal with the public security crisis caused by that. So the trading companies in Panama employed the ex-military personnels as security forces, and Panama runs without a military to this date...
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Level 49
Mar 21, 2013
Vatican city has the biggest army in the world compared to overall population of country!
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Level 29
Aug 30, 2013
It doesn't have an army at all, it uses Swiss army to defend the country.
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Level 79
Dec 3, 2019
It's not the Swiss army. It's Vatican's own force, but only Swiss Catholics are eligible.
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Level 84
Dec 1, 2019
If ever the San Marino, St. Kitts, and Maldivian armies ever get together, the world had better watch out!
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Level 67
Feb 2, 2020
Well only if sao tome joins them obviously
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Level 64
Feb 3, 2020
And Tonga
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Level 39
Feb 14, 2020
And Cape Verde
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Level 76
Sep 13, 2020
And Antigua and Barbuda.
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Level 51
Jan 11, 2021
and the U.S.A
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Level 53
Jan 20, 2021
How dare you even begin to compare the USA's weakling army to the likes of that of Antigua and Barbuda! Next you'll be comparing Russia and the Marshall Islands!
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Level 56
Jul 25, 2021
I'll have you know that Antigua and Barbuda's Military is the largest and most powerful in the world! People dare not speak of it because it is so powerful ;)
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Level 82
Sep 8, 2021
Sadly, as if to prove his point, BigGeographyGuy disappeared July 26th and hasn't been seen since. But not before letting us all in on the secret of you-know-who's you-know-what. Hang on, somebody's at the door....
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Level 34
Sep 8, 2021
Actually it is only partly true. Antigua and Barbuda surely has larger military capacities than US and Russia combined, but it just falls second to Barbados. How could forget?
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Level 67
Sep 10, 2021
Wake up sheeple, don’t be fooled by the Occidentalist, anti-counter-contrarywise imperialist pig-dogs and their propaganda. The real enemy would love you to believe Antigua and Barbuda and Barbados are the real big boys. Their plan is to sow mistrust and hostility between them until their inevitable descent into full blown, apocalyptic Bananageddon. Only then will the great Satan reveal itself: NARNIA will sweep into the breach and declare Earth a slave colony. No one can see them coming. Except the Swedes. They will be spared the horror to come because of their secret deal to sell you all the wardrobes that will lead to your downfall! I feel like I should be using a big letter Q, so there’s that also!

Right then, half a dozen Ambien and a lie down for me then. Remember to sign up to the newsletter at www.definitelytrueconspiracywebbiz.zzzzzzzxxx

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Level 66
Dec 2, 2019
Most of these have another country responsible for defense. If someone messes with Palau, the US gets involved.
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Level 72
Dec 2, 2019
I'm surprised how low Costa Rica and Iceland are in % guessed. I always thought of them as the well-known "major" countries without a military.
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Level 81
Dec 5, 2019
I share your surprise. Those were the first two that popped to mind.
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Level 49
Jun 22, 2020
I was surprised to find Iceland on the list because I hadn't read the subtitle. The title is "NO military", but it turns out all that means is no standing army. As if nothing can be military other than a standing army... Iceland clearly does have some military capability, just not a standing army.
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Level 82
Dec 3, 2019
Good oceans make good neighbors.
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Level 77
Dec 4, 2019
Oceania is ripe for the taking
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Level 81
Dec 4, 2019
Many of them have agreements with the US for their defense, so... no, Oceania's not quite ripe for the taking.
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Level 66
Feb 8, 2020
Yeah, but that leaves those countries at the mercy of American whims. When you have a president who is desperate to placate tyrants and dictators, it doesn't inspire a lot of confidence that he will intercede on behalf of countries that don't have much power, which is all he cares about.
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Level 65
Sep 8, 2021
And now you have a president who will 'forget' these islands even exist
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Level 68
Sep 8, 2021
Glad I wasn't the only one who briefly considered invading the Pacific while taking this quiz!
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Level 67
Feb 2, 2020
Only missed costa rica and panama, surprised they were on here.
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Level 59
Feb 8, 2020
Costa Rica is actually pretty famous for doing away with its military. Some say it's how it avoided a military coup like in many other Latin American nations
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Level 50
Feb 7, 2020
Happy there are so many. I hope more countries follow suit.
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Level 71
Feb 8, 2020
Kibibati, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu are British Commonwealth Countries and the whole of the Commonwealth would support these countries if under duress, likewise the same goes for Mauritius, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent.
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Level 51
Feb 9, 2020
The Commonwealth is a loosely associated group of countries with not much in common except formerly being part of the British Empire. It's not a defensive alliance.
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Level 68
Sep 8, 2021
What Carrow said. I don’t recall other Commonwealth countries getting involved when the US invaded Grenada, except for the ones that were allied with the invaders!
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Level 65
Feb 8, 2020
Mauritius and Panama surprise me the most out of this list.

Also surprising are some of the countries not included here, like St. Kitts and Nevis & Antigua and Barbuda.

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Level 58
Feb 8, 2020
Mauritius: It's an island nation, like many with no army, as the ocean is a good natural protection. They have no close neighbors which could be a potential harm (closest island is La Réunion which is part of France, then you have Madagascar and the Seychelles. Not very aggressive neighbors). And since a few decades they have an effective policy of peaceful development based on business and tourism. If there were a big danger, French army would give a help, I imagine.

Panama: It was a puppet state of the US, led by a general, so militaries aren't exactly a good memory for Panama people and like Costa Rica they don't really need an army. Everyone needs Panama to be let in peace, because everyone needs to use the canal. Their only potential threat would be Colombia if they wanted to take back Panama, but Colombia surprisingly doesn't want a war with the US, which is what annexing Panama would mean...

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Level 52
Feb 8, 2020
Surprised about panama. Easy quiz tho
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Level 63
Feb 9, 2020
That's right folks, they're all there for the taking!

I was really surprised at Panama. I was also sure Grenada had a military. Didn't Clint Eastwood and a rag tag band of marines invade there. I was sure they met with some military resistance.

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Level 59
Jun 8, 2020
Yup, armed with AK47s, popular weapon of their enemies with a characteristic sound. :-)

But that was in the 80's, no military since then.

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Level 59
Feb 10, 2020
Is it Tonga time? I think it's Tonga time.
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Level 67
Mar 23, 2020
r/unexpectedbillwurtz
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Level 51
Feb 24, 2021
(colonizing the pacific ocean)
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Level 38
May 18, 2020
Didn't Liechtenstein use to have a military?
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Level 49
Jun 22, 2020
Could I suggest that the title is changed? The source is quite clear about distinguishing between countries with NO military and those which simply don't have a standing army. There's a lot more to the military than just the army.

And yes, yes, I know I should have read the subtitle, but one doesn't expect the subtitle to contradict the title.

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Level 53
Aug 20, 2020
Whatever happened to Tonga the friendly islands?
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Level 53
Feb 26, 2021
Who wants to steal panama with me?
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Level 51
Mar 24, 2021
Wait- SWITZERLAND ACTUALLY HAS AN ARMY?!
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Level 47
Apr 22, 2021
yes and apparently san marino DOES
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Level 55
Aug 24, 2021
Neutral means they're not dependant from other countries so they have their own army to protect themselves.
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Level 82
Sep 8, 2021
Why else would they have those cool knives?
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Level 46
Sep 8, 2021
They have mandatory conscription even.

It's a rather militarised country, extensively fortified too.

It's interesting that they maintain this attitude despite being surrounded by friendly countries.

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Level 45
Sep 8, 2021
Wow Panama? I got everything except it and Vanuatu.

I just forgot about Vanuatu.

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Level 54
Sep 8, 2021
Missed Costa Rica, Grenada, Mauritius, Panama