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World War I coalition that was defeated by the Allied Powers. Its primary members were the German empire and Austria-Hungary, the central European states that were at war from August 1914 against France, Britain, and Russia. The Ottoman empire entered the war on the side of the Central Powers in October 1914, followed by Bulgaria in October 1915.
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