Democratic Republic of the Congo
Democratic Republic of the Congo.png
Continent: Africa
Capital: Kinshasa
National Language: French (four other national languages regonized)
Government: Unitary semi-presidential republic under an authoritarian dictatorship
Status in OTL: Active

The Democratic Republic of the Congo also often referred to as DR Congo, DRC, RDC, East Congo or formerly as Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, The Congo, Congo-Leopoldville, Congo-Kinshasa, and Zaïre), is the second largest country by area on the African continent, bordering the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Angola. The country's western corridor has a small Atlantic coast.

The name Democratic Republic of the Congo was adopted in 1997. The land was formerly, in chronological order, the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Congo-Léopoldville, Congo-Kinshasa, and Zaire. In most Harry Turtledove works, the DR Congo is still the Belgian Congo.

Democratic Republic of the Congo in "Les Mortes d'Arthur"[]

Flag of Zaire

The Republic of Zaire was not a wealthy country, and could afford to send only a small team to Saturn's moon Mimas for the Sixty-sixth Winter Games.[1]

Literary comment[]

Zaire was the country's current name at time of publication, so its appearance in a future setting is not an inconsistency.

Democratic Republic of the Congo in Southern Victory[]

Flag of the Belgian Congo

The Belgian Congo was Belgium's only colony prior to the Great War. Following the conquest of Belgium by Germany, the Congo became another one of Germany's African colonies. Though the Belgians had been cruel in their oppression of the native Congolese, the Germans were worse.[2]


  1. See, e.g., Departures, pg. 258, HC.
  2. The Grapple, pg. 310, TPB.