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Autonomous Region of Bougainville
The Autonomous Region of Bougainville, an autonomous region in Papua New Guinea, comprises Bougainville Island, Buka Island and some outlying islands and atolls.
In late 2019, a non-binding independence referendum was held with 98% voting for independence.
Location Pacific Capital Port Moresby Main Religion Christianity Main Language English, Pidgin History The Australian UN Trust Territory of New Guinea merged with the Australian dependency of Papua into the independent state of Papua New Guinea in 1975.
In late 2019, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville voted for independence in a a non-binding referendum.
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(1) Jim Fox/Picture by Greg Gibson
(2) Picture by Andrew Brown