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Myanmar was a British colony for some 6 decades, during which time Burma, as Myanmar was then known, became a province of British India. As such, large numbers of Indians were brought in as civil servants. Chinese immigration was also encouraged, to stimulate trade. Railways and ports were built, and during that period the country was rich, with rubies, oil, and timber. However, after its independence in 1948, political changes and civil strife led to the country becoming for most of that period one of the poorest nations in the world. Although since 2011 there has been a move towards a liberal democracy and an opening up of the country to the rest of the world, the income gap remains one of the largest in the world.