• Tonga becomes a protected British state, but isn't formally colonized.

  • Tonga gains more autonomy from Britain.

  • Tonga ceases to be a British protectorate and gains full independence within the British Commonwealth.

  • Financial scandal rocks the islands after $26 million of state money is lost in investments made by the king's official court jester, a US businessman.

  • Tonga gains admission to the World Trade Organization, and also begins to reconstruct their business district with the help of foreign aid.


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