Official Name: Malta
Population: 379.563 (1996)
Other important cities: Rabat
Official language: Maltese, English
Other languages: Lingua Franca, Sicilian, Italiot
Malta is a small island in the Mediterranean, long administered by the Knights Hospitallers of St. John. In the mid 19th century, external matters have been assumed by the Federated Kingdoms, leaving internal governance to the Knights. Malta is known for its ancient ruins and is a thriving tourist destination. It served honorably during the Second Great War as an airbase for Royal Navy dirigible fleets that harrassed Europe from the south and Africa from the north.