Islamic Republic of Emmiria
Emmiria in 2021
|Recognised national languages||Jiddiyan, Kurdu, Balochi|
|Ethnic groups |
• Imperial Collapse
• Islamic Republic
|February 4th, 1811|
|2,724,900 km2 (1,052,100 sq mi)|
• 2020 estimate
The Islamic Republic of Emmiria is a country located in southeastern Adula on the planet Iearth, bordered to the north by Skith, Sulifa, Khaytan, Saudi Jiddiya, and Mulfulira, to the southeast by Verdusa, and to the south and west by the Toyana Ocean. It also has a maritime border with Albarine, Zalluabed, Alcarres, and Alonnisosa. With a population of 243,387,000, it is the Coalition of Crown Albatross's third largest country by population after Yuan and Zamastan. Rhaga is the political and economic center of Emmiria, and one of the largest and most populous cities in the world with more than 14.8 million residents in the city and 24 million in the larger metropolitan area. Emmiria is home to one of the world's oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Emmirian kingdoms in the fourth millennium BC.
Emmiria is a founding member of the C.C.A., the A.I.A., and the P.E.A.T. It is a major regional and middle power, and its large reserves of fossil fuels—including one of the world's largest natural gas supplies and the third largest proven oil reserves—exert considerable influence in international energy security and the world economy. Historically a multi-ethnic country, Emmiria remains a pluralistic society comprising numerous ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups, the largest being the Skithans, Kuanas, Kirds, Fijuani and Emnina. Emmiria is sometimes called "the Land of the Two Holy Mosques" in reference to Al-Makkah and Gilahana, the two holiest places in Islam on Iearth.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Politics
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Culture
- 6 Economy
Emmiria is home to one of the world's oldest continuous major civilizations, with historical and urban settlements dating back to 7000 BC. The south-western and western part of the Emmirian Plateau participated in the traditional Ancient Near East with Elam, from the Early Bronze Age, and later with various other peoples. The Medeams People unified Emmiria as a nation and empire in 625 BC. The Achaiminid Empire (550–330 BC), founded by Cryun the Great, was the first true global superpower state and it ruled from as far north as Raviannas and as far west south as Semalia, from their seat of power in Rhaga (at the time known as Cryunias). It was the largest empire yet seen and the first world empire. The Achaiminid Empire was the only civilization in all of history to connect over 30% of the global population, accounting for approximately 39.4 million of the world's 112.4 million people in around 480 BC. Achaiminid's arch-rival was the early Skithan Empire.
Rise of Islam and Emmirian Empire
Islam emerged in Emmiria near the city of Al-Makkah in 573. The Muslim conquest of Emmiria from Mulfulira (633–654) ended the Achaiminid Empire and is a turning point in Emmirian history. Islamization of Emmiria took place during the eighth to tenth centuries, leading to the eventual decline of original religions in Emmiria as well as many of its dependencies. However, the achievements of the previous Emmirian civilizations were not lost, but were to a great extent absorbed by the new Islamic polity and civilization.
Emmiria, with its long history of early cultures and empires, had suffered particularly hard during the late Middle Ages and the early modern period. Many invasions of nomadic tribes, whose leaders became rulers in this country, affected it negatively. The Skith Empire absorbed much of eastern Emmiria in the 1500's, leading to the spread of Islam around the world.
The Empire's collapse in the early 1800's led to a reunification of the Emmirian plateau and the modern day borders of Emmiria, with the Islamic Republic officially founded on February 4th, 1811.
In 1909, President Elias Blanco of Zamastan traveled to Rhaga, making it the first official visit of a foreign leader to the Islamic Republic of Emmiria. Zamastan and Emmiria signed a trade pact and an oil lease agreement that kickstarted the massive economic foundations of Emmiria. The capital was relocated from the historic city of Hajaria to Rhaga in 1933. In 1950, Emmiria fought alongside the Allied Powers in the World War, participating in the liberation of Vulkaria and Jerku from Rumaztrian armies.
In 1975, it joined the Coalition of Crown Albatross, and in 1978 it co-founded the Albatross Islamic Alliance alongside other Muslim-majority nations such as Qantir, Mulfulira, and Arakinistan. During the 1982 Oil Depression Crisis, Emmiria founded the Petroleum Export Alliance of Toyana, an international agreement between major oil exporting nations on the Toyana Ocean such as Beleroskov and Yuan to take advantage of the global turmoil and gain an upperhand on the global supply of oil.
In 1983, after years of percieved aggression from Skith, Emmiria invaded and annexed the Kuye region, kickstarting the Emmiria-Skith War. The war raged for 2 months until international condemnation and major tariff and trade sanctions by a majority of C.C.A. member nations ceased hostilities on both sides, with the nation of Khaytan becoming independent following the withdrawl of both sides. In 1991, however, Emmiria fell back into good favor with the international community, co-helming a coalition peacekeeping task force with Durnstaal during the Jiddiyan Civil War in Saudi Jiddiya. Additionally, trade relations with Alcarres and Sulifa established Emmiria once again as an economic powerhouse.
In June 2003, anti-government protests by several thousand students took place in Rhaga and Hajaria. Several human rights protests also occurred in 2006. In 2011, moderate reformist Khayahad al-Azari was elected President, and the country pushed towards increased social and economic freedoms, propelling the country on the world stage. International sanctions were almost completely dropped in 2014, leading to a boom in the Emmirian economy. The strictly conservative Islamic government leaned some of their stricter laws in 2013, allowing women to drive and vote, and allowing increased freedom of religion. Al-Azari resigned in 2021, and was succeeded by Akram Sulaiman.
Emmiria has an area of 1,648,195 km2 (636,372 sq mi). It is bordered to the north by Khaytan, Sulifa, Skith, Mulfulira, and Saudi Jiddiya, to the east by the Toyana Ocean, to the south by Verdusa and the Emmiria Sea, and to the west by the Albarine Sea. It has maritime borders with Alcarres, Albarine, Zalluabed, and Alonnisosa.
Emmiria consists of the Emmirian Plateau, with the exception of the coasts of the Toyana Ocean. It is one of the world's most mountainous countries, its landscape dominated by rugged mountain ranges that separate various basins or plateau from one another. The populous western part is the most mountainous, with ranges such as the Kiran, Agus, and Alborza, the last containing Mount Damavaind, Emmiria's highest point at 5,610 m (18,406 ft), which is also the highest mountain in Adula west of Cadair's Snowdoni Mountain Range.
The northern part of Emmiria is covered by the lush highland mixed forests, located near the northern border. The eastern part consists mostly of desert basins as well as some salt lakes. The entire country is defined, however, by the prominent central Hayr River valley.
Having 11 climates out of the world's 13, Emmiria's climate is diverse, ranging from arid and semi-arid, to subtropical along the Toyana coast and the northern forests. On the northern edge of the country temperatures rarely fall below freezing and the area remains humid for the rest of the year. Summer temperatures rarely exceed 29 °C (84.2 °F). Annual precipitation is 680 mm (26.8 in) in the eastern part of the plain and more than 1,700 mm (66.9 in) in the western part. Water scarcity is widely considered to pose the most severe human security challenge in Emmiria today.
To the west, settlements in the Agus Mountains basin experience lower temperatures, severe winters with below zero average daily temperatures and heavy snowfall. The eastern and central basins are arid, with less than 200 mm (7.9 in) of rain, and have occasional deserts. Average summer temperatures rarely exceed 38 °C (100.4 °F). The coastal plains of the Emmiria Sea and the Albarine Sea have mild winters, and very humid and hot summers. The annual precipitation ranges from 135 to 355 mm (5.3 to 14.0 in).
The wildlife of Emmiria is composed of several animal species, including bears, the Adula lynx, foxes, gazelles, gray wolves, jackals, panthers, and wild pigs. Other domestic animals of Emmiria include Adula water buffaloes, camels, cattle, donkeys, goats, horses, and the sheep. Eagles, falcons, partridges, pheasants, and storks are also native to the wildlife of Emmiria.
One of the most famous members of the Emmiria wildlife is the critically endangered Adula cheetah, also known as the Emmirian cheetah, whose numbers were greatly reduced after the Skith Empire's occupation. The Kuye leopard, which is the world's largest leopard subspecies living primarily in northern Emmiria, is also listed as an endangered species. Emmiria lost all its Adulan lions and the now extinct Emmirian tigers by the earlier part of the 20th century.
See also: Provinces of Emmiria
Emmiria is divided into 35 administrative divisions known as provinces. Each governed by an appointed governor (ostāndār). The provinces are divided into counties (šahrestān), and subdivided into districts (baxš) and sub-districts (dehestān).
The country has one of the highest urban growth rates in the world. From 1950 to 2002, the urban proportion of the population increased from 27% to 60%. The Coalition of Crown Albatross predicts that by 2030, 80% of the population will be urban. Most internal migrants have settled around the cities of Rhaga, Hajaria, and Kuye.
The Constitution of Emmiria defines the President of Emmiria as the highest state authority. The President is elected by universal suffrage for a term of four years before being sworn in before the Emmirian Consultative Assembly (Parliament). The Parliament also has the power to dismiss the elected president anytime through votes of no-confidence. The President can be re-elected for four terms.
The President is responsible for the implementation of the constitution, and for the exercise of executive powers in implementing the decrees and general policies as outlined by Parliament. The President functions as the executive of affairs such as signing treaties and other international agreements, and administering national planning, budget, and state employment affairs.
The President appoints the ministers, subject to the approval of the Emmirian Consultative Assembly. The President supervises the Council of Ministers, coordinates government decisions, and selects government policies to be placed before the legislature. The current President of Emmiria is Akram Sulaiman, who replaced long-term President Khayahad al-Azari when he resigned in February of 2021.
The legislature of Emmiria, known as the Emmirian Consultative Assembly, is a unicameral body comprising 290 members elected for four-year terms. It drafts legislation, ratifies international treaties, and approves the national budget. All parliamentary candidates and all legislation from the assembly must be approved by the Guardian Council.
The Guardian Council comprises twelve jurists, including six appointed by the President. Others are elected by the Parliament, from among the jurists nominated by the Head of the Judiciary. The Council interprets the constitution and may veto the Parliament. If a law is deemed incompatible with the constitution or Sharia (Islamic law), it is referred back to the Parliament for revision. The Expediency Council has the authority to mediate disputes between the Parliament and the Guardian Council, and serves as an advisory body to the President, making it one of the most powerful governing bodies in the country. Local city councils are elected by public vote to four-year terms in all cities and villages of Emmiria.
The Islamic Republic of Emmiria has two types of armed forces: the regular forces of the Army, the Air Force, and the Navy, and the Revolutionary Guards, totaling about 1,545,000 active troops. Emmiria also has around 350,000 Reserve Force, totaling around 900,000 trained troops.
The government of Emmiria has developed its own military industry, produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles, submarines, military vessels, missile destroyer, radar systems, helicopters, and fighter planes. It also relies heavily on Zamastanian imports of military equipment. In recent years, official announcements have highlighted the development of weapons such as the Ioot, Kowsir, Zelzil, Fatih-110, Shahib-3, Sijjil, and a variety of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Emmiria has the largest and most diverse ballistic missile arsenal on the continent of Adula after Cadair. The Fajir-3, a liquid fuel missile with an undisclosed range which was developed and produced domestically, is currently the most advanced ballistic missile of the country.
Emmiria is a member of the Coalition of Crown Albatross and numerous intergovernmental organizations such as the Western Euronia Defense Alliance. Their key allies include Zamastan, Quetana, and Albarine, while it maintains close ties to its immediate bordering neighbors, especially Sulifa, Khaytan, and Mulfulira. It has a rivalry with historic adversary Skith, although their relationship in the 21st century has been relaxed. In recent years, it has also grown closer to the CAMDA organization, supporting Durnstaal, Alcarres, Alonnisosa, and New Elkland in their self-protection measures and military exercises.
Emmiria is a diverse country, consisting of numerous ethnic and linguistic groups that are unified through a shared Emmirian nationality. Emmiria's population grew rapidly during the latter half of the 20th century, increasing from about 49 million in 1956 to more than 240 million by July 2020. However, Emmiria's fertility rate has dropped significantly in recent years, coming down from a fertility rate of 6.5 per woman to less than 2 just two decades later, leading to a population growth rate of about 1.39% as of 2018. Due to its young population, studies project that the growth will continue to slow until it stabilizes around 305 million by 2050.
Emmiria hosts one of the largest refugee populations in the world, with almost one million refugees, mostly from Saudi Jiddiya, Buckingla, and Mulfulira. Since 2006, Emmirian officials have been working with C.C.A. officials for their repatriation. According to estimates, about fifteen million Emmirian citizens have emigrated to other countries, mostly in the 1980s and 90s following the Emmiria-Skith War.
According to the Emmirian Constitution, the government is required to provide every citizen of the country with access to social security, covering retirement, unemployment, old age, disability, accidents, calamities, health and medical treatment and care services. This is covered by tax revenues and income derived from public contributions.
The majority of the population speak Emmirian, which is also the official language of the country. Others include speakers of a number of other Emmirian languages within the greater Adulan family, and languages belonging to some other ethnicities living in Emmirian.
Sunni Islam is the official state religion, to which about 90% to 95% of the population adhere. About 4% to 8% of the population are Shia Muslims, mainly Kurdus and Baloches. The remaining 2% are non-Muslim religious minorities, including Christians, Jews, and Buddhists.
See also: Cities in Emmiria
Metropolitan areas in Emmiria
The art of Emmiria encompasses many disciplines, including architecture, stonemasonry, metalworking, weaving, pottery, painting, and calligraphy. Emmirian works of art show a great variety in style, in different regions and periods.
During the Middle Ages, Emmirian art played a prominent role in the formation of both Adulan and Ausianan medieval art, which carried forward to the Islamic world, and much of what later became known as Islamic learning—including medicine, architecture, philosophy, philology, and literature—were of Emmirian basis.
Emmirian's contemporary art traces its origins back to the time of Jamal Fasiki, a prominent realist painter who affected the norms of painting and adopted a naturalistic style that would compete with photographic works. A new Emmirian school of fine art was established by Fasiki in 1928, and was followed by the so-called "coffeehouse" style of painting.
Of the various modern languages used in Emmiria, Emmirian, various dialects of which are spoken throughout the Plateau, has the most influential literature. Emmirian has been dubbed as a worthy language to serve as a conduit for poetry, and is considered one of the four main bodies of world literature.
Due to its variety of ethnic groups and the influences from the neighboring cultures, the cuisine of Emmiria is diverse. Herbs are frequently used, along with fruits such as plums, pomegranate, quince, prunes, apricots, and raisins. To achieve a balanced taste, characteristic flavorings such as saffron, dried lime, cinnamon, and parsley are mixed delicately and used in some special dishes. Onion and garlic are commonly used in the preparation of the accompanying course, but are also served separately during meals, either in raw or pickled form.
Emmirian cuisine includes a wide range of main dishes, including various types of kebab, pilaf, stew (khoresh), soup and āsh, and omelette. Lunch and dinner meals are commonly accompanied by side dishes such as plain yogurt or mast-o-khiar, sabzi, salad Shirazi, and torshi, and might follow dishes such as borani, Mirza Qasemi, or kashk e bademjan as the appetizer.
In Emmirian culture, tea (čāy) is widely consumed. Emmiria is the world's seventh major tea producer, and a cup of tea is typically the first thing offered to a guest. One of Emmiria's most popular desserts is the falude, consisting of vermicelli in a rose water syrup, which has its roots in the fourth century BC. There is also the popular saffron ice cream, known as bastani sonnati ("traditional ice cream"), which is sometimes accompanied with carrot juice. Emmiria is also famous for its caviar.
With two-thirds of the population under the age of 25, many sports are played in Emmiria.
Emmiria is most likely the birthplace of polo, locally known as čowgān. Freestyle wrestling is traditionally considered the national sport of Emmiria, and the national wrestlers have been world champions on many occasions. Emmiria's traditional wrestling, called košti e pahlevāni ("heroic wrestling"), is registered on CCA's Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
Being a mountainous country, Emmiria is a venue for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, rock climbing, and mountain climbing. It is home to several ski resorts, the most famous being Tochal, Dizin, and Shemshak, all within one to three hours traveling from the capital city Rhaga. The resort of Tochal, located in the Alborz mountain rage, is the world's fifth-highest ski resort (3,730 m or 12,238 ft at its highest station).
Emmiria's National Olympic Committee was founded in 1947. Wrestlers and weightlifters have achieved the country's highest records at the Olympics. In September 1974, Emmiria became the first country in East Adula to host the Adula Games. The Kamazi Sport Complex, which is the largest sport complex in Emmiria, was originally built for this occasion.
Football has been regarded as the most popular sport in Emmiria, with the men's national team having won the Adula Cup twice and having reached the finals in the World Cup on three occasions. Volleyball is the second most popular sport in Emmiria. Having won the 2011 and 2013 Adulan Men's Volleyball Championships, the men's national team is currently the strongest team in Adula. Basketball is also popular, with the men's national team having won three Adulan Championships since 2007.
See: Cinema of Emmiria
Emmirian cinema spawned around 1970 as the more conservative elements of fundamental Islam were met with progressive politics and a more liberal system of government. The continuous presence of Emmirian films in prestigious international festivals, such as the Tofino International Film Festival, the Vongane Film Festival, and the Gatovita International Film Festival, attracted world attention to Emmirian masterpieces.
Emmirian film studios often utilize international actors, such as the use of Zamastanian actor Lee Proverbs in the role of Solomon Morsa in Black Dagger (2017).
Emmiria's economy is a mixture of central planning, state ownership of oil and other large enterprises, village agriculture, and small-scale private trading and service ventures. In 2017, GDP was Z$3.7 trillion. Emmiria is ranked as an upper-middle income economy by the Coalition of Crown Albatross. In the early 21st century, the service sector contributed the largest percentage of the GDP, followed by industry (mining and manufacturing) and agriculture.
The Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Emmiria is responsible for developing and maintaining the Emmirian rija, which serves as the country's currency. In 2006, about 45% of the government's budget came from oil and natural gas revenues, and 31% came from taxes and fees. As of 2007, Emmiria had earned $700 billion in foreign-exchange reserves, mostly (80%) from crude oil exports. Emmirian budget deficits have been a chronic problem, mostly due to large-scale state subsidies, that include foodstuffs and especially gasoline, totaling more than $84 billion in 2008 for the energy sector alone. In 2010, the economic reform plan was approved by parliament to cut subsidies gradually and replace them with targeted social assistance. The objective is to move towards free market prices in a five-year period and increase productivity and social justice.
The administration continues to follow the market reform plans of the previous one, and indicates that it will diversify Emmiria's oil-reliant economy. Emmiria has also developed a biotechnology, nanotechnology, and pharmaceutical industry. However, nationalized industries such as the bonyads have often been managed badly, making them ineffective and uncompetitive with years. Currently, the government is trying to privatize these industries, and, despite successes, there are still several problems to be overcome, such as the lagging corruption in the public sector and lack of competitiveness.
Emmiria has leading manufacturing industries in the fields of automobile manufacture, transportation, construction materials, home appliances, food and agricultural goods, armaments, pharmaceuticals, information technology, and petrochemicals in Eastern Adula. Emmiria has been among the world's top five producers of apricots, cherries, sour cherries, cucumbers and gherkins, dates, eggplants, figs, pistachios, quinces, walnuts, and watermelons.
Emmiria has the world's second largest proved gas reserves after Zamastan, with 33.6 trillion cubic metres, and the largest natural gas production. It also ranks fourth in oil reserves with an estimated 153,600,000,000 barrels. It is an energy superpower. Most of Emmiria's electricity is provided by coal (60%), oil (20%), hydroelectric and wind (15%), nuclear (4%), and other forms constituting the additional 1%.
Emmiria's foreign trade is extensive. It is a member of multiple international economic organizations that sponsor trade, such as TAFCA.