The Republic of Costa Rica is a republic in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. Unlike some of its neighbors Costa Rica has been an exemplar of stability, peace, and democratic governance. Since the minor civil war of the late 1940s that brought President Josť Figueres Ferrer to power the country has been free of violent political conflict. In fact, Costa Rica has no military only a domestic police force. The capital is San Josť.