Great places to travel solo for Romania's government is organized as a republic, separated into 41 counties. It gained its independence from Turkey May 9, 1877 and was recognized by the Treaty of Berlin on July 13, 1878. Shortly thereafter, on March 26, 1881, Romania declared itself a kingdom. The current republic was officially formed on December 30, 1947. After the monarchy was ousted, a police-state dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, took power for several decades. In 1989, Ceausescu was executed and the communist party took power until 1996. The government is currently dominated by the Social Democracy party, in conjunction with the ethnic Hungarian minority party. Great places to travel solo 2016.