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The Naharine Republic
𒈾𒄩𒊑𒅔
Naḫaroḫḫeneš Jumuḫurneš
National Emblem
Flag Emblem
Motto: "Šukī Taršuwani
There is one mankind
Anthem: Elami ōmīnīfe
Oath of the Nation
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Capital
and largest city
Pabani
Official languages Naharine
Ethnic groups 89% Naharine
11% Other
Demonym Naharine
Government Parliamentary constitutional monarchy
 -  Šarru-ebri Priyamazdha II
 -  Grand Vizier Atal-s'en IV
Formation
Population
 -  2017 estimate 57,972,129
 -  2016 census 56,236,742
GDP (PPP) estimate
 -  Total 563 Billion
 -  Per capita $9,721
Gininegative increase 45.8
medium
HDI Increase 0.643
medium
Currency Šimigi (NHS)
Drives on the left
Internet TLD .nh

Naharin, (Naharine: 𒈾𒄩𒊑𒅔), officially the Naharine Republic, is a nation in Majula bordered by BLANKS. Naharin has an estimated population of 57,972,129, making it one of the larger nations in the subregion. It is a presidential republic, in which the Šarru-ebri is able to exercise its authority based on constitutional limitations, and a federal state divided into sixteen provinces. The capital city of Naharin is Pabani, which is also the larest city in the nation.

One of the oldest continuously-established states in Aeia, Naharin traces its history back to the Šuḫni civilisation that arose in modern day Naharin in around 1500 bce. The Šuḫni empire grew to become one of the strongest nations of the era, before an unknown catastrophe believed to be an eruption destroyed much of the civilisation in 700 bce. Šuḫni was replaced by Hattani, which was heavily influenced by neighbouring Majulan peoples. Irsad arrived at around 1000 ce, at the dawn of the new milennium, facing resistance from much of the Hattanite royalty. Despite this, the faith spread until it commanded the majority of the population. This resulted in a palace coup by one of the noble families, who had converted to Irsad, sparking a 42-year-long civil war which was eventually won by the Irsadic faction. They established a new state, called Naharin after the Naharine word for river. A period of stability followed as the economy thrived due to trade, until 1959 when the Naharine economy collapsed. Student-led protests called for a revolution and the establishment of a communist republic, while more moderate demonstraters called for an end to the absolute monarchy. Faced with unrest, the Šarru-ebri Tis'ata VII created a legislative parliament and created the Constitution of Limitation, becoming little more than a figurehead. In 2017, following controversial remarks and fears that the current Šarru-ebri, Priyamazdha II, was going to reclaim full control a combination of protests and military action deposed the monarchy.

The economy of Naharin has historically depended on its location on several key trade routes alongside industries such as rug-making, metallurgy silk and {{wp|agriculture}]. With the advent of industrialisation, many of these jobs were destroyed by automation. This led to the development of mining and other primary industries, as well as manufacturing of domestic products. Naharin maintains a mixed economy, which allows much freedom to market forces while maintaining state influence through regulation and taxation. State programs such as welfare, healthcare and education are provided by the government. Despite this, wealth inequality and poverty are widespread across the nation, as is corruption. This has led to Naharin's classification as a developing nation, renowned for its conservative stance on social issues and authoritarian democracy with moderate civil rights.

History

Prehistory

Ancient Naharin

The history of Naharin begins in full within the Tarmen era, which lasted from 4000 BC to 3100 BC. During this time period, several Galgemešic cities were established in the Galgemeš Valley and early pictographic writing was first discovered. Little remains from these city-states save for scraps of pottery and several smaller engravings found in the Ker'en Tomb.

A carving, c. 1600 BC from the Šuḫni city of Kermetta, celebrating victory over Galgemeš.

Naharin is sometimes referred to as the "Cradle of Civilisation", as it was home to the first true civilisation, the Šuḫni, who arose in the fertile deltas of the Muš River and spread to the southern seaboard. It was the Šuḫni who first utilised the writing system of Cunieform, which was one of the earliest proper scripts, as well as the wheel. The writings from this period record Astrology, Organised religion, Medicine, Mathematics and Astronomy.

The Šuḫni dominated the coastline, where the land was more fertile and able to be farmed. They did not expand far north, where they clashed with the remnants of the Galgemešic peoples. Their trade routes expanded to other areas, bringing their new ideas and technology and advancements to other nations. Though the Šuḫni eventually gave way to the Hattani following a still-unexplained collapse sometime between 500-300 BCE, their legacy has been heavily felt on the region and on the civilisations which followed.

past bc

  • empire shite
  • Irsad
  • Silk road

Medieval

  • Trading power or something

Naharine Empire

Naharine ships defeat the Aquidish navy off the coast of Sidi Synnia at the battle of Harmet, September 1636.

The seventeenth century was a strong era in Naharine history. The Naharine state, with its position on the international silk roads, was able to grow rich off trade concessions and the export of valuable goods from Catai to Asura. Once sea trade grew, the Šarru-Ebri at the time felt that Naharin's prominence in the world was slipping away. The Šarru-Ebri, Amakatta II, decided to expand Naharin's influence overseas. In 1636 Naharine sailors arrived in modern day Sidi Synnia, which was at the time under the influence of Aquidneck. After a war that lasted several months, the Naharine forces won a crucial victory at the Battle of NAME HERE and routed the Aquidish forces.

The Naharine empire expanded eastwards as well, taking Saitsiu in 1649, Vijaydesh in 1657 and ADD FUTURE COLONIES. Both of these colonies were strategically placed, allowing Naharin to maintain its importance in both land and sea trade with Catai for the next two hundred years. They also expanded their land borders, becoming a regional power. With these great riches came a period of prosperity for Naharin, leading to a flourishing within the arts and scientific knowledge.

1800s

  • Slow industrialism, Colonialism

1900s

  • IDEK

Cold War

  • Commie Killer
  • Democracy
  • Independence for Sidi Synnia

Modern Era

  • Peronism
  • Other fun

Geography

Pabani, showing the mountains that characterize the north.

The Naharine State is a coastal nation located in the West Catai region of Aeia. It covers an area of 438,078.409 square kilometres. The north of the nation is often referred to as the Naharine plateau and is heavily mountainous, with the Karsad and Mehetik mountain ranges dividing up much of the area. Nearer the coast, the terrain is far more gentle and fertile. There are several rivers which run down from the northern mountains to the sea, the biggest of which is the Muš River. The coastal seaboard borders the Kagal Sea and is the most densely populated area in Naharin due to its more habitable terrain. The largest lake in Naharin is Lake Pilšu, on the border with Olycadon.

Climate

The climate of Naharin depends on the region within the nation. The northern highlands are temperate, with cold snowy winters and hot summers. The southern seaboard is far more humid, with a wet-dry season cycle. The highlands are classified as a Cold semi-arid climate on the Aerh climate classification, while the coastal areas are a Tropical savanna climate. The median temperature varies based on region as well, but overall temperatures range from -14 to 29 in the north and 12 to 45 in the south.

Environment

Politics and Government

Priyamazhda II, exiled Šarru-Ebri of Naharin
Šaušastar, President of Naharin

The Naharine State is best described as an Authoritarian prepublic, where the president wields large amounts of power and is dominant over the democratically elected government. The leader of Naharin is the President, a newly created position following the declaration of the Republic in 2018. The President is the head of state of Naharin, and is responsible for representing the Naharine State in foreign relations. They are also able to dissolve the legislature and declare a state of emergency with the approval of the Grand Vizier, and serve as the head of the Naharine military and commander of the Republican Guard. The current President is Šaušastar, who has ruled since the beginning of the Republic.

The Grand Vizier is the second highest official in Naharin, appointed by the President. They have the power to appoint and regulate the civil service; allocate and reallocate portfolios; regulate government business; create cabinet committees; reorganise central government; confer honours; make treaties and declare war. The current Grand Vizier is Prayamanda of the People's Party.

Military

Naharine soldiers from the Naharine Army training.

The Naharine State has two types of military forces; the regular forces of the Naharine Sovereign Defence Forces which are further divided into an Army, Navy and Air Force, and the Naharine Republican Guard. These forces together come to 572,000 active duty forces, with another 260,000 in reserve, totalling to 832,000 trained soldiers. Both forces come under the control of the President, but while the Naharine Sovereign Defence Forces are subject to oversight from the legislature and are commanded by the General Staff of Naharin, the Naharine Republican Guard are under his direct control and are subject to no oversight. Both organisations rely heavily on foreign import for military equipment but much of their equipment is highly outdated, having been purchased during the cold war due to Naharin's anti-communist position. There is no national policy of conscription in Naharin, though militarism has historically been a part of the nation's culture and national psyche.

Foreign Relations

The foreign policy of Naharin has, throughout its history, focused on ideological partnerships to strengthen the ruling regime and gain allies against internal and external threats. To this end, they have entered into alliances such as the Global Trade and Security Accord with like-minded nations. Close ties were maintained with Kodesh, another Irsadic monarchy with similar values, and several other regional powers. Relations with Asuran nations were often fraught, as the regime was highly authoritarian and illiberal. However, the Naharine Republican Uprising has radically changed this. Outcast by its neighbours and with its membership in the GTSA in jeopardy, the Republican government has had to reach out to Asuran nations for support. In particular, a working relationship has been built with Aquidneck where oil exports and promised democratic reforms are used as bargaining chips in exchange for recognition and support.

Economy

A farmer in northern Samatar governorate.

The Naharine economy maintains a combination of both state control and free market principles in which many core national industries such as oil and transport are entirely state run while other sectors of the economy receive almost no regulation. Corporate tax rates and regulations are very low, allowing companies to operate with impunity without fear of union resistance or legal issues. This has resulted in the Naharine economy growing at a very fast rate, but has also produced a high rate of poverty and income inequality. Many foreign companies operate in Naharin, taking advantage of these laws. The main exports of Naharin are textiles, light industry, agricultural produce, fossil fuels and spices. Naharine economic growth has been concentrated on the capital city Pabani and in several other key cities, which are full of high rise buildings and other symbols of modernity, while the mountainous highlands and other rural areas live in relative poverty and many live traditional pastoral lifestyles.

Energy

Tarmani Nuclear Plant in central Naharin

As a developing nation, demand for energy and electricity in Naharin is smaller than in more developed Asuran nations. This demand is increasing, however, thanks to the rising urban population and economic growth. The energy sector of the Naharine economy is very large, with exports of both Oil and Coal making up a large portion of the total export value of Naharin in 2017. Much of these fossil fuels make their way to Asura and Vestrim. Domestically, the majority of Naharin's energy is generated by the exploitation of petroleum and coal in large plants, which has resulted in smog buildups in most major urban areas. Naharin also makes extensive use of Nuclear power, with three nuclear reactors in active use and several more under construction. The push for nuclear power came in the 1990s, with protests against the environmental effects that the burning of fossil fuels for electricity was having. Despite this, the green movement in Naharin is smaller than in other nations due to the importance of the fossil fuel industry to the national economy. Renewable sources such as solar power and wind power are underdeveloped, making up just 6% of the total energy output in Naharin.

Industry

The Economy of Naharin has been industrialised since the early twentieth century when massive industrial reforms were put into place to account for the severe discrepancies in power between Naharin and its Asuran rivals of the time. While much of this was damaged during the Second Great War and further in the civil war of the 1950s, Naharin remains an industrial nation. The industrial sector of the Naharine economy is the second largest sector after fossil fuel exports, with the majority of industry of industrial production in Naharin being concentrated in a variety of light and heavy fields. This includes steel, arms manufacturing and light vehicle manufacturing, as well as light industrial fields such as textiles. High-tech industries are less well developed, with a small operation manufacturing smartphones outside Pabani.

Transport

A freight train on the Pabani-Šehdi Railway
The Naharine transport system is moderately developed. The main methods of transport within the nation are by road, rail and by air. Of these, the road network is most developed. Paved highways link all of the major cities in Naharin and there has been work to upgrade these routes in recent years, in particular through the creation of tunnels instead of the use of treacherous mountain passages which are longer and more dangerous. Away from main routes, the road quality of Naharin varies between easily drivable paved roads and dirt tracks in the provincial areas. The rail network is also developed, with similar lines linking major cities to economic areas and ports. While the rail network is mainly tailed towards freight traffic, long-range passenger travel is possible. Most famous of these journeys is the Transnational Route, which starts in the north of the country near the border with Dayganistan and can link to lines there before trailing through Pabani and to the coast, which it clings to and traverses the entire country. This line takes over a day to complete. Domestic air travel is rarer, with only provincial capitals receiving regular flights from airlines. Most international air travel takes place through Pabani.

Demographics

Education

Education has been a priority of the Naharine government for years, with high-profile literacy campaigns and increased investment in educational facilities. Despite this, conservative Irsadic social attitudes have resulted in large gaps between gender education. For example, the literacy rate for males is 91.7%, but only 74.9% for females. There are five men in secondary education for every three women, and one woman for every four in post-secondary education. The Naharine education system is perceived internationally to be of poor quality, with long school days and low teacher wages meaning standards have slipped. There is a tradition of Irsadic education in Naharin, which was prominent throughout the monarchy. However, this has all but ended under the Republican regime. The oldest tertiary institution is the University of Pabani, which was established with royal patronage in 243 BCE.

Religion

The majority religion of Naharin is Irsad, which is practiced by around 93% of the population. Irsad came to the nation in the eighth century, through traders from the caliphate. It spread quickly, helped by the perceived corruption of the traditional Šuhuri faith which had previously dominated the region. In particular, the faith was spread by disciples of Ibn Muadh fleeing persecution in Malufi-doninated nations. While initially resisted by the upper classes, the faith eventually managed to take control and a family claiming descendence from the Prophet began to rule in Naharin. The Muadhi school comprises of 67% of Naharine Muridin, with the rest following Malufi doctrine. The remaining population are split between irreligion (5%) and Alydianism (2%).

Culture

Music and Art

Cuisine

Popular Naharine food, from left to right: 1. Lamb grilled kebab (Šeek kabab); 2. Pabani Pelav and salad; 3. Tadri chicken; and 4. Mante (dumplings).

The cuisine of Naharin is diverse, with regional differences based around regional staple crops and cultural values. It is largely based around crops such as maize and wheat, with large amounts of meat also being consumed. Popular dishes include rich stews served with rice, breads such as Naan, fragrant curries and meat kebabs. Spices play a prominent role in Naharine cuisine, helped by Naharin's position on the silk road.

Sports