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Unformatted text preview: nominal tribute, and The British Empire was inclined to act as their patron to protect such things as local trade, policing of the seas, and the Balance of Power . On the whole neither Great Power desired to meddle unbearably. Thus Kuwait's chief worry was negotiations with desert tribes about the proper tolls to be charged. When oil was found in the early twentieth century, it changed Kuwait's economy. For one thing, it made it a more attractive tidbit. Kuwait finally came to the world's attention in 1991 when Saddam Hussein conquered it. This threatened to give Saddam control of the Middle East oil supply. A coalition was formed led by the United States and the invaders were ejected. At the present time Kuwait is recovering from the war. The Al-sabahs monopoly of government function has of late been questioned and there has been talk of modifying the local constitution. The Kuwaiti Flag...
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