|The Empire of Yahel
|Motto: “United under one front”|
|Official languages||Arabic, Egyptian, English|
|Recognised national languages||Swahili, Indian, Filipino|
|GDP (nominal)||1989 estimate|
|Time zone||Arabia Standard Time (AST)|
|Drives on the||right side|
Yahel is a country in Western Asia occupying almost the entirety of The Arabian Peninsula. Yahel is bordered by Salamut to the west, Habesha to the south, as well as Izmir and Samarra to the north. Yahel is the current owner of Jerusalem and stakes claim the entirety of the red sea. Although claiming ownership of the red sea, Yahel only owns the Suez, whilst Habesha own The Gulf of Aden.
Yahel is currently the largest exporter of oil. Although second place for oil reserves, Antes must deal with extracting the sand of the oil sands of Alberta, and San Cristobal must deal with underdevelopment. This allows for Yahel to stay the #1 producer of oil.
Yahel dates back to 1427 AD when the holy prophet Lahdine gained enough influence with the people and with several military divisions to launched an independence war against its parent nation. With the help of several nobles and some hired mercenaries, the war ended in Lahdine's favour and thus led to Yahel occupying the northern Arabian Peninsula. The next hundred years were spent removing the rest of the parent nations influence from the remainder of northern and central Arabia. Once their presence was removed Yahel focused on uniting the rest of Arabia. Most independent Arabian states refused but in 1503 AD Yahels former parent nation foolishly attacked. The resulting war was brutal. Both metaphorically and literally. Next to no Yahel prisoners were taken. Women and children were slaughtered. Once word of this brutality made it to southern Arabia, it seemed that the independent states were ready to unite against a common enemy. The added strength of a united Arabia was enough to push back enemy forces and launch a counter-offensive into enemy territory. Yahel had its eyes set on one target. The holy land. After the war ended yet again in Yahels favour, things seemed perfect, but that was far from the truth. The annexation of the holy land only gave an even larger intensive to attack Yahel. The holy land switched hands what seemed constantly. Yahel repeatedly threw all of its forces at reclaiming Jerusalem every time it was taken. Several states saw each emperors obsession with the holy land and broke away from the weakened empire when they had the chances. More often than not the next emperor would come along and reclaim the lost states, but several still lay outside of Yahel hands to this day. Around the 18th century Yahel gave up trying to permanently own Jerusalem and that was how it stayed until world war 1. During world war 1 Yahel was able to annex Jerusalem as well as Suez.
On November Sixth, 1989, Yahel saw a large swing in ideology. The Yahelans began embracing the socialist ideology from the north and many Socialist groups began emerging. The emperor did little to stop it which let them build up momentum. Eventually, a referendum was called to discuss this large scale conversion. The referendum posed the question of whether or not Yahel should remain an absolute monarchy. It was voted on and monarchy remained in Yahel. In addition to this event, Emperor Haldune III was removed from his position of emperor and a new monarch took his place. The new emperor cracked down on the socialist movements, censoring their message, ending their protests and oppressing their people. At this time a reporter was dispatched to report on the rising tensions between the socialists and the government but went missing after entering a royal guard protected zone. It was later found out that the reporter was killed by the order of the emperor. This is what led to what is known as the Yahelian Socialist Movement. The YSM (Which the war is named after) was the largest Socialist group on Yahel. During the time of rising tensions, the YSM began stockpiling food, meds, and general supplies. In addition, they were also importing weapons from under the radar suppliers. After the reporter was found out dead, the YSM militarised and launched an offensive against Jerusalem. The YSM took this point due to the fact that the Royal guard would never invade and risk the destruction of the holy land. After several skirmishes, the YSM was recognized as the legitimate government on Yahel by several nations. With their support, the monarchy surrendered to the YSM, allowing them to take control of the nation, ushering in the new Yahelian government.
Yahel is located in the Arabian subcontinent, which lays upon the Arabian plate. The most prominent feature of Yahel is desert, but in the southwest, there are mountain ranges, which receive greater rainfall than the rest of Yahel. Harrat ash Shaam is a large volcanic field that extends from northwestern Yahel onward. Most of Yahel is unsuited to agriculture, making irrigation and land reclamation projects essential. The narrow coastal plain and isolated oases, amounting to less than 1% of the land area, are used to cultivate grains, coffee, and tropical fruits. Goat, sheep, and camel husbandry is widespread elsewhere throughout the rest of the nation.
Politics and Government
(Outdated) Yahel is and has been under an absolute monarchy since its independence in 1427 AD. The royal family has stayed of the same dynasty for the entire time and has not been usurped, although has come close several times. Although absolute monarchy allows for direct control of the nation, the emperor often delegates power to powerful vassals in order to reduce the stress on their position. Vassals are divided into 3 classes. Kings, Dukes, and Counts. There are 6 dukes and two kings. The two king titles are the kingdom of Arabia and Jerusalem. The Kingdom of Arabia is always in possession of the emperor whilst the kingdom of Jerusalem is gifted to the most powerful religious head once the current king becomes deceased.
After the Yahelian Socialist Movement, Yahel changed from an absolute monarchy to a workers council. The leader/chancellor is chosen by a council of 20, which represent the 20 largest labour unions, which are made up by the people.
Yahels military is relatively small but on the decently trained side. Totalling at ~100k military personnel, only around 40-50% is direct infantry. In an attempt to reduce military casualty's Yahel focuses on long distance engagements as well as clever tactics to deploy as little infantry as possible.
The largest centers of energy production come from the crude oil industry. With the capacity to refine oil locally, Yahel is able to consume its own oil to power the entire nation. In addition, Natural gasses heavily contribute to the production of energy and certain corporations have looked into harvesting one of Yahel's largest flow resources, the Red Sea. Hydroelectric facilities have began surveying coastal areas of the Red Sea in order to set up generators in order to focus the most amount of oil on exports instead of consumption. Yahel's 3 largest electricity corporations are Arabian Electric INC, Spark Flow International, and Broad Motors.
The main industry of Yahel is its oil industry. Having the second largest oil reserves in the world and being the #1 exporter. Its full list of major industry's is as follows; Crude oil production petroleum refining petrochemicals ammonia industrial gases sodium hydroxide cement fertilizer plastics metals ship repair aircraft repair construction
Yahel's infrastructure is lacking behind other average nations. With such a large concentration of deserts, infrastructure can be a hardship. Some areas of Yahel still remain barren and without any infrastructure. The government attempted to breach those areas in 1920, but progress has been slow.
Yahel is Islamic and follows Islam.
Music and Art
Yahelian cuisine is the cuisine of the Arabs, defined as the various regional cuisines spanning the Arab world, from the Maghreb to the Fertile Crescent and the Arabian Peninsula. The cuisines are often centuries old and reflect the culture of great trading in spices, herbs, and foods. The three main regions, also known as the Maghreb, the Fertile Crescent, and the Arabian Peninsula have many similarities, but also many unique traditions. These kitchens have been influenced by the climate, cultivating possibilities, as well as trading possibilities. The kitchens of the Maghreb and Levant are relatively young kitchens that were developed over the past centuries. The kitchen from the Khaleej region is a very old kitchen. The kitchens can be divided into the urban and rural kitchens.
The Yahelian cuisine uses specific and sometimes unique foods and spices. Some of those foods are:
Meat: lamb and chicken are the most used, with beef, goat. Other poultry is used in some regions, and fish is used in coastal areas including the Mediterranean sea, Atlantic Ocean or the Red Sea. Pork is completely prohibited for Muslim Arabs, being both a cultural and religious taboo (Haram) and prohibited under Islamic law, whereas many Christian Arabs do eat and enjoy pork products, especially in Lebanon and Egypt, where cold cuts of ham are frequently consumed in Christian neighborhoods.
Dairy products: dairy products are widely used, especially yogurt, Buttermilk, and white cheese. Butter and cream are also used extensively. Herbs and spices: The amounts and types used generally varies from region to region. Some of the included herbs and spices are sesame, saffron, Black pepper, Allspice, turmeric, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, Parsley, Coriander and sumac. Spice mixtures include baharat, Ras el hanout, Za'atar, Harissa.
Beverages: hot beverages are served more than cold, coffee being at the top of the list in the Middle-eastern countries and tea at top of the Maghreb countries. In Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, some parts of Syria, Morocco, and Algeria, tea is much more important as a beverage. Other Arabic drinks include Andalucian Horchata and Maghrebi avocado smoothie.
Grains: rice is the staple and is used for most dishes; wheat is the main source for bread. Bulgur and semolina are also used extensively.
Legumes: lentils are widely used in all colors, as well as fava beans, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), scarlet runner beans, green peas, lupini beans, white beans, and brown beans. vegetables: Arab cuisine favors vegetables such as carrots, eggplant (aubergine), zucchini (courgette), artichokes, okra, onions, and Olives. Potatoes are also eaten as vegetables in Arab culture.
Fruits: Arab cuisine favors fruits such as Pomegranate, Dates, Figs, oranges, citruses, watermelons, Cantaloupe, Honeydew melon, grapes, peaches, and nectarines.
Nuts: Almonds, peanuts, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts are often included in dishes or eaten as snacks.
Greens: Parsley, Coriander, and mint are popular as seasonings in many dishes, while spinach and mulukhiyah (leaves from the plant of the Corchorus genus) are used in cooked dishes.
Dressings and sauces: The most popular dressings include various combinations of olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, or garlic, as well as tahini (sesame paste). Labaneh (strained yogurt) is often seasoned with mint, onion, or garlic, and served as a sauce with various dishes.