The Republic of Equatorial Kundu (REK) is a fictional West African country in The West Wing.
Kundu's location, when depicted on maps, is roughly that of Equatorial Guinea, although in Inauguration: Part I Leo describes it as being near the Ivory Coast, which is much further to the west. The capital city is Bitanga. Kundu is viewed by the Bartlet administration, at least under its rightful president, as an important ally in the region.(Inauguration (Part I))
- President Nimbala (In This White House)
- President Nzele (The California 47th)
- Ambassador Tiki (The California 47th)
Kundu first mentioned in the season two episode "In This White House" when President Nimbala, representing the African Union, meets with Josh and Toby to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to get free or discounted HIV/AIDS medication for Kundunese citizens. At the end of the episode President Bartlet informs Nimbala that there had been a coup d'état in Kundu and urges him to accept asylum in the United States. However Nimbala feels that he must return to Kundu, where he is summarily executed in the airport parking lot as soon as he arrives.
Ethnic cleansing of the Induye minority by the Arkuto majority, with many similarities to the real-life Rwandan Genocide, takes place in 2003. (Inauguration (Part I)) Intelligence reports put the death toll at close to 25,000.
The government used radio broadcasts to direct mobs to kill groups of Induye citizens. One such broadcast directed a group to a church where a bishop was sheltering 800. Neighbors were swapping family members for the night.
Bartlet dispatches US troops to Kundu to act as a peacekeeping force. (Inauguration: Over There (Part II)) He informs the Ambassador Tiki of Kundu that he has taken the airport and gives the Kundunese governement 36 hours to give the command for troops to hand over their weapons to the US military before he takes Bitanga. However three US soldiers are taken hostage, and Nzele demands immunity and $500m for their safe return. (The California 47th) They are later rescued. (Red Haven's on Fire)
A number of US troops were killed in friendly fire in Kundu. (Angel Maintenance)