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     Guatemala, officially the Republic of Guatemala (Spanish), is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the  north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean to the east, and Honduras  and El Salvador to the southeast.

      A representative democracy, its capital is Guatemala de la Asunción, also known as Guatemala City. Guatemala's  abundance of biologically significant and unique ecosystems contributes to Mesoamerica's designation as a  biodiversity hotspot.

      The former Mayan civilization was a Mesoamerican civilization, which continued throughout  the Post-Classic period until the arrival Guatemala became independent from Spain in 1821, joining the Mexican Empire. After it became an independent  country in its own right, it was ruled by a series of dictators, assisted by the United Fruit Company.

      The late 20th  century saw Guatemala embroiled in a 36-year-long civil war. Following the war, Guatemala has witnessed both  economic growth and successful democratic elections. In the most recent election, held in 2011, Otto Pérez Molina of  the Patriotic Party won the presidency.



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