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Originally announced in 1923, the construction of the base proceeded slowly until the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in 1931.

When completed in 1939, at the very large cost of 0 million, it boasted what was then the largest dry dock in the world, the third-largest floating dock, and having enough fuel tanks to support the entire British navy for six months.

However, the Sultanate was weakened by factional division and Tengku Abdu'r Rahman and his officials were loyal to Tengku Rahman's elder brother Tengku Long who was living in exile in Riau.

Since independence, extensive land reclamation has increased its total size by 23% (130 square kilometres or 50 square miles).He offered to recognize Tengku Long as the rightful Sultan of Johor, given the title of Sultan Hussein and provide him with a yearly payment of 00 and 00 to the Temenggong; in return, Sultan Hussein would grant the British the right to establish a trading post on Singapore.Singapore was not much affected by First World War (1914–18), as the conflict did not spread to Southeast Asia.Singapore is a unitary multiparty parliamentary republic, with a Westminster system of unicameral parliamentary government.The People's Action Party has won every election since self-government in 1959.

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