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Christians, who account for under two-fifths of the total Lebanese population, include the Maronites (the most numerous and the most powerful) at 22 percent, the Eastern Orthodox at 10 percent; Melkites (Greek Catholics) and Armenians, each at 6 percent, and Protestants at 2.5 percent.
Through Lebanon's unwritten National Pact of 1943, political power was apportioned between Christians and Muslims.
Lebanon is named for the major mountain range that runs north to south through the middle of the country.
The Cedars of Lebanon, famous since Biblical times, are now protected in a few mountain groves.
England assumed control of what became Palestine and Jordan, and France took over what became Syria and Lebanon.
At this time, France divided Mount Lebanon from Syria and, adding the coastal area, created an entity called "The State of Greater Lebanon." In 1926 the Republics of Lebanon and Syria were created, but it was not until 1941 that each gained full independence, and the last French troops did not depart until 1946.
Various government offices are still reserved for specific sects: the prime minister is always a Sunni Muslim; the president is always a Maronite, and the speaker of the house is always a Shiite.
From 1516 until 1916, when the Ottoman Empire was dismembered by the victors of World War I, the area that is now Lebanon was part of the Ottoman province of Greater Syria.
Originally, the ratio was six to five, Christian to Muslim.
Since 1992, power has been shared equally by both groups.
A succession of peoples, including Persians, Greeks, and Romans, challenged Phoenician power.
With the rise of Islam in the East, the population adopted Arabic culture but also maintained its multi-religious character as the mountains of Lebanon became a haven for various religious sects.