BRUNEI: The Well-Oiled State

Black oil, bubbling unexpectedly from the bowels of the earth, often begets friction and fire as well as power and progress. But in one small corner of northwest Borneo, thanks to the cooperation of a Britain grown wiser through past mistakes and an Oriental potentate with a social conscience, the discovery of oil has set a tiny nation of some of the world's most primitive people rocketing toward a prosperous future on smoothly lubricated wheels.

A plundering power in Southeast Asia during the 16th century, the Sultanate of

Brunei (pronounced broon-eye) later fell...

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