"On 16th of February 1918 Lithuania reinstated its independence. At the end of World War 1 The Council of Lithuania signed The Act of Reinstating Independence of Lithuania. This would restore the nation of Lithuania governed by democratic principles. It had taken a long time to get to this point. Lithuania had been annexed by the Russian Empire and then had to deal with the power of the German Empire as it invaded parts of western Russian dominated lands during WW1..."