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After a brief war in 1992, it became independent, although no UN member has recognized its independence.
The country is a parliamentary democracy with a president as head of state and a prime minister as head of government.
Over the 19th century, the Russian authorities World War I brought in a rise in political and cultural (ethnic) awareness among the locals, as 300,000 Bessarabians were drafted into the Russian Army formed in 1917; within bigger units several "Moldavian Soldiers' Committees" were formed.
Following the Russian Revolution of 1917, a Bessarabian parliament, 1918, in presence of the Romanian army that entered the region to counter a Bolshevik coup attempt in early January, Sfatul Ţării decided with 86 votes for, 3 against and 36 abstaining, to unite with the Kingdom of Romania, conditional upon the fulfilment of the agrarian reform, local autonomy, and respect for universal human rights.
In Antiquity Moldova's territory was inhabited by Dacian tribes.
Between the 1st and 7th centuries CE, the south was intermittently under the Roman, then Byzantine Empires.
In 1812, the eastern part of this principality was annexed by the Russian Empire and became known as Bessarabia.
The origin of the name of the river is still not completely clarified.
There is an account (a legend) of prince Dragoş's naming the river after hunting an aurochs: After the chase, his exhausted hound During the Neolithic stone age era Moldova's territory was the center of the vast Cucuteni-Trypillian culture that stretched east beyond the Dniester River in Ukraine, and west up to and beyond the Carpathian Mountains in Romania.
In 1940, Bessarabia was occupied by the Soviet Union, and was split between the Ukrainian SSR and the newly created Moldavian SSR.
After changing hands in 19 during World War II, the territory of the modern country was subsumed by the Soviet Union until its independence on August 27, 1991.