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Union of Zorasani Irfanic Republics
اتحاد جماهیرعرفانی زرصانی
Ettehād-ye Jamaheer-ye Erfāni-ye Zorasāni
الاتحاد الجمهوريات العرفانية الكرصانية
al-Ittiḥād al-Jumhūrīyyat al-Irfānīyyah al-Kurṣāniyyah
Zorasan in green, Coius in dark-grey.
and largest city
|Recognised regional languages||Kexri|
|Ethnic groups||See Ethnicity|
Federal Sattarist parliamentary republic
Federal Sattarist dominant party parliamentary republic
|Mahrdad Ali Sattari|
|31 October 1953|
• Constitution adopted
|4 November 1953|
• Treaty of Unification
|22 May 1956|
|6 April 1979|
• Current constitution
|10 May 1984|
|2,098,131 km2 (810,093 sq mi)|
• Water (%)
• 2018 estimate
• 2012 census
|179.60/km2 (465.2/sq mi)|
• Per capita
• Per capita
The Union of Zorasani Irfanic Repulics (Pasdani: اتحاد جماهیرعرفانی زرصانی; Ettehād-ye Jamaheer-ye Erfāni-ye Zorasāni; Arabic: الاتحاد الجمهوريات العرفانية الكرصانية; al-Ittiḥād al-Jumhūrīyyat al-Irfānīyyah al-Kurṣāniyyah), commonly called the Zorasani Union, Zorasan or the UZIR, is a federal non-partisan parliamentary republic located in northern Coius. The UZIR is bordered by Xiaodong and Kumuso to the south, Karzaristan and Kituk to the west, Tsabara to the east and the Solarian Sea to the north and Mazdan Sea to the north-west. The UZIR is home to diverse ethnic groups, with Arta Irfan as the majority and XXX as the largest minority, it also includes XX, Yazidis, XX and a tiny minority of Abburites. Its two largest ethnic groups are Pardarians and Arabs. With a population of 173.1 million it is the Xth largest country in the world and and Xth largest in Coius, it has a total area of 963,827 km2 (372,136 sq mi), making it the Xth largest in Coius and the Xth largest in the world.
Zorasan is home to some of the world's oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Asirani and Galdian kingdoms in the fourth millennium BCE. Both the Pardarian and Badawiyan civilisations would be united under the former through the Barzanid Empire. The Sorsanid Empire would establish the tradition of Pardarian rule from the 4th century BCE until the 19th century, often with deep levels of Badawiyan integration. The Arasanid Empire would emerge in the 3rd century CE as a world leading power, with territory stretching from Hydana to southern Bahia. The Arasanid Empire would be in regular conflict with both the Solarian and Verliquioan empires, until the emergence of Irfan in 620 CE and the Tagemes invasion .
The rise of Irfan between 620 and 690 succeeded the devastation of the Tagemes invasions, the fledgling religion overthrew the Arasanid Empire in the Emshab-ye Amorzesh, in which the Shah and his family were killed by rebels under Ardashir Fereydun. The empire was replaced with the First Heavenly Dominion, which rapidly expanded across northern Coius and Bahia in what became known as the Irfanic Conquests. From 690 CE to 1100 CE, much of northern Coius would be ruled under successive Heavenly Dominions sparking the Irfanic Golden Age, until the Fourth Heavenly Dominion transitioned to a monarchy under the Gorsanid dynasty.
For much of its history, the Gorsanid Empire would be a leading world power until it fell technologically and economically behind its Euclean rivals. Successive rebellions and crises would ultimately lead to the Gorsanid collapse and the eventual conquest of its territory by Euclean powers. In 1863, much of modern day Zorasan was colonised by Etruria and was subsequently divided into numerous colonial possessions, though the monarchy survived through the Etrurian-dominated Shahdom of Pardaran. During the first half of the 20th century Zorasan was dominated by numerous rebellions and uprisings against Etrurian rule which coincided with both the Great War (1928-1936) and Solarian War (1943-1946). Independence followed with Zorasan being divided into a series of unstable states along ethnic lines, where ideological extremism dominated politics. In 1949, Pardaran was unified following a short civil war under Mahrdad Ali Sattari, who's pan-Zorasani ideology led to a similar revolution in Khazestan in 1950 and the two nations merger. Over the next twenty years, conflict, terrorism and revolution would ultimately lead to Zorasani unification in wake of the Irvadistan War in 1979. Between 1979 and 1980, the new union reformed into a parliamentary non-partisan federation. Economic reforms led to significant economic growth and rapid development.
The UZIR is a member of the Community of Nations, GIFA, NAC and the ITO and a founding member of the Rongzhuo Strategic Protocol Organisation. It is recognised as a regional to middle power by international commentators; some have claimed that it is a potential superpower in the event of further economic development. The UNIR has the largest proven oil reserves and is the world's largest producer of oil and natural gas, leading it to be considered an energy superpower.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Pre-history
- 1.2 Sorsanid Empire (350 BCE-300 CE)
- 1.3 Arasanid Empire (300-620)
- 1.4 Rise of Irfan (620-690)
- 1.5 Heavenly Dominions (690-1100)
- 1.6 Gorsanid Empire (1100-1700)
- 1.7 Gorsanid collapse (1700-1880)
- 1.8 Colonial Zorasan (1880-1946)
- 1.9 Independence and Civil War (1946-1950)
- 1.10 Unification of Zorasan (1950-1979)
- 1.11 Union of Zorasani Irfanic Republics (1979-present)
- 2 Geography
- 3 Government and politics
- 4 Economy
- 5 Demographics
- 6 Culture
The earliest attested archaeological artifacts in Zorasan, like those excavated at Dorshad and Zarashfud, confirm a human presence in both Khazestan and Pardaran since 300,000 BC. Pardaran's Neanderthal artifacts from the Middle Paleolithic have been found mainly in the Miran region. From the 10th to the seventh millennium BC, early agricultural communities began to flourish in and around the Miran region in eastern Pardaran.
Pardarian development ran almost concurrently to the emergence of civilisations in the Asirani valley, in neighboring modern Khazestan. In Khazestan, the early Galdian civilisation became the source of what is debated to be the world's first writing system and recorded history itself were born. The Galdians are also argued to be the first to harness the wheel and create City States, and whose writings record the first evidence of Mathematics, Astronomy, Astrology, Written Law, Medicine and Organised religion. Writing systems also emerged in eastern Pardaran, with similar systems of cuneform to that of the Galdians.
Sorsanid Empire (350 BCE-300 CE)
Arasanid Empire (300-620)
Rise of Irfan (620-690)
Heavenly Dominions (690-1100)
Gorsanid Empire (1100-1700)
Gorsanid collapse (1700-1880)
Colonial Zorasan (1880-1946)
Independence and Civil War (1946-1950)
Following the end of the Solarian War, the Treaty of Ashcombe restored independence to Etruria’s colonial possessions, establishing the independent states of Pardaran, Khazestan, Riyadha, Ninevah and Irvadistan. The use of the 1889 Treaty of Verlois to establish the borders, alongside the lack of legitimacy of the new governments resulted in the collapse of authority and government across swathes of Zorasan, and the emergence of warlord cliques, small statelets and two rival governments in Pardaran.
The Shahdom under Ahmad Reza Shah failed to establish control over the internationally recognised borders of Pardaran, owing to the Shahdom’s history as a compliant protectorate of Etruria since 1869. This allowed two military cliques and a nascent democratic republic to emerge in the north-west, while the Xiaodong-backed Pardarian Revolutionary Resistance Command; which had dominated the resistance movement during the Zorasani Uprising (1936-1946) coalesced in the far-south. Competing ambitions eventually led to a multifaceted civil war that ultimately led to a PRRC victory over its rivals and the establishment of the Free Zorasani Republic in 1950.
In the Badawiyan east of Zorasan, the Kingdoms of Khazestan and Irvadistan stabilised relatively quickly, with King Hussein I of Khazestan and King Said Ali of Irvadistan cooperating in confronting restive Badawiyan tribes in the Al-Hizan region. Both kingdoms restored order and stability within their mandated borders by 1948. However, the Sultanate of Ninevah collapsed into ethnic conflict as the Yazardi and Kurani peoples clashed over disputed lands, establishing separate statelets, this ethnic conflict would continue until 1954. The Emirate of Riyadha was the only state to stabilise immediately upon independence, under the pro-Euclean Emir Rafiq Ali. Riyadha became a prominent safe haven for refugees and exiled writers, political thinkers and activists, who fled Pardaran toward the end of the civil war.
By 1950, the states forged by the Treaty of Ashcombe had established themselves, though the instability and anarchy of the four-year period produced a climate of intense revolutionary activity, ideological entrenchment and a deep divided between Pan-Zorasanism and nationalism. This divide would form the basis for the process of Zorasani Unification, as Pardaran and its Sattarist ideology expanded across Zorasan through revolution, coups and war.
Unification of Zorasan (1950-1979)
The situation in Zorasan by 1950, though mostly stabilised politically, was still stricken by extensive war-time devastation, economic collapse, famine and shortages. The civil war in Pardaran saw extensive use of propaganda and radio by the PRRC leader, Mahrdad Ali Sattari who broadcasted daily, messages of republicanism, socialism, pan-Zorasanism and the threat of renewed colonialism. This broadcast were made across Zorasan, which led to the emergence of mass Sattarist movements in the Badawiyan states. The failure by the new states to immediately confront the devastation caused by the Great and Solarian Wars had profound effects on their internal stability.
The PRRC during the civil war had regularly vowed to unify Zorasan in order to birth a “renaissance” and to ensure that colonialism would never return to suppress the Zorasani peoples. The PRRC’s conflation of colonial exploitation with monarchism led to further agitation among the starving masses toward their monarchs in Khazestan and Irvadistan. The PRRC’s renewed focus on unification in wake of its victory in the Pardarian Civil War swiftly led conflict with its Badawiyan neighbours.
Between 1950 and 1952, Khazestan was racked by mass bread riots, strikes and the continued effects of its collapsed infrastructure. King Hussein’s restoring to authoritarianism and often excessive violence to maintain control was capitalised by the Sattarist movement in Khazestan and its patron in Pardaran. On July 8 1952, a bread riot in the capital of Faidah escalated into a full-blow revolution, which coincided with a Pardarian military invasion. King Hussein was overthrown and executed, while Khazestan formally merged with Pardaran to form the Union of Khazestan-Pardaran, with Ali Sattari as Supreme Leader.
Union of Zorasani Irfanic Republics (1979-present)
Following the formal accession of Irvadistan as a Union Republic in early 1979, the Arduous Revolution was declared complete and Zorasan finally a united, cohesive sovereign nation. Between January and May, the primary focus of the Jahandar-Frangieh government was to consolidate control over Irvadistan, this mostly involved the mass arrest of opponents, critics and key individuals listed prior to the war.
Debate exists around the number of Irvadis arrested, disappeared or executed following accession, though it is believed to number between 5,000 and 15,000. Mass reconstruction of the country also began, aided by the high oil and gas prices, ostensibly caused by the Irvadi War. However, low level resistance continued throughout rural Irvadistan, which would eventually spill over into the other Union Republics throughout the 1980s.
In the summer of 1979, the Jahandar-Frangieh government announced plans to end the single-party system and establish an “Irfanic Democracy” to unite the new state. This was met by immediate resistance among ideologues and key power bases in the ruling Zorasani Revolutionary Union Party, this was followed by a series of power struggles and purges led by First Minister Abdul Frangieh. By the winter, State President Jahandar had presented preliminary plans to the ZRUP’s Revolutionary Command and secured backing from the party. The process was withheld from the public owing to fears of protests or extensive demands.
On February 11 1980, the government revealed to the general populace the new system of government. In a preliminary constitution published that month, details of a federal union, with a non-partisan elected parliamentary government, coordinated by a series of institutions comprised solely of military officers and Irfanic clerics was met with celebration by the general public. On February 15, the ZRUP announced that it would shut down a week before campaigning the first democratic election in Zorasani history. Although plans for a democratic state were announced, the government did not lift censorship or a ban on non-ZRUP media until the election, maintaining control over details of the process.
On June 1, the new constitution was formally adopted and it was declared that August 1 would be the day of the election. Over 25,000 people applied as candidates for all three levels of government, for a total of 7,543 seats. The campaign was marked by the emergence of democratic reformist candidates, competing with traditionalist ideologues, leading to the race being described as a “fight between more reform and consolidation of reforms made.” The election resulted in an even split between the two camps in the lower house, while the military and clergy maintained control of the upper-house through their appointments of the two-third allocation. Owing to his popularity, Javad Jahandar was elected First Minister by the lower-house, while Abdul Frangieh became State President. With Jahandar in the most powerful post, he would continue to lead reforms until his retirement in 1990.
The success of the election provided Jahandar the cover to initiate further reforms. The nee state loosened governmental control over citizens' personal lives, and the communes were gradually disbanded in favor of working contracted to households. This marked Zorasan’s transition from a planned economy to a mixed economy with an increasingly open-market environment. This also coincided with the mass use of oil revenues to promote diversification over a bloated welfare system. The 1980s saw a wave of terrorism and violence by disaffected minorities, which left over 4,500 people dead. In 1988, Supreme Custodian Mahmoud Ardakani was assassinated in an explosion that killed 36 others. By 1990 the terrorist wave had been overcome through military and police action.
X and X led the nation in the 1990s, sparking what is known as the Saffron Period. Under their administration, Zorasan’s economic performance pulled an estimated 70 million peasants out of poverty and sustained an average annual gross domestic product growth rate of 10.5%. The administration also initiated political reforms that greatly expanded democratisation and weakened the role of the military and clergy. The country joined the International Trade Organisation in 1999, and maintained its high rate of economic growth under X and X leadership in the 2000s. However, their political reforms sparked controversy and opposition and the 2005 global recession resulted in their defeat in the year’s election. Economic growth would rebound and remain strong under X and X who governed from 2005 to 2015.
From 2005 onward, democratisation was rolled back under the X-X government who rebuilt the military and clergy’s power and influence. Considerable resources were allocated for military expansion and modernisation, while repression of minorities was resumed. The X and X’s government elected in 2015 announced major structural reforms to the economy while seeking a greater international role for Zorasan. Political polarisation and increased repression have emerged as series issues since.
The land area of Zorasan is XX square miles (XX km2). Pardaran is the largest state at XXXX square miles (XXXX km2). Aramand, is the smallest at is XXXXX square miles (XXX km2) in area. In Irvadistan the Ruqqad Highlands; which is home to Irvadistan's highest point, Mount Hajar Asud (2,814 m; 9,232 ft), divide the western coastal plain from the al-Ramal al-Wusta Desert, while directly south, the Khazi coast is divided from the Dasht-e-Aftab by the Yafā'Aswad highlands. The Dasht-e-Aftab covers roughly 36% of the Khazi-Pardarian central region. The Tinnin Plateau divides the Aftab from the northern Pardarian coastline, these mountains also aided the creation of the Aftab, by blocking oceaniac rain-clouds from heading southward. The Pasdani south is one of the world's most mountainous regions, its landscape dominated by rugged mountain ranges that separate various basins or plateaux from one another. The south-west is dominated by the Exri and Soban; the last contains Zorasan's highest point, Mount Fereydun at 5,610 m (18,406 ft). To the south of the north-west and the Aftab are highlands that protect the southern plains from the desert and arid north. The southern Pasdani region varies between open flat plains to rolling yet fertile hills and valleys.
Irvadistan's interior is arid desert, but is punctuated by two fertile zones, from the north to south runs the Khabur and from the north to the east runs the Khanzir, these two rivers are vital for the country's agricultural regions and are the primary locations of the population. Both stripes of fertile ground are flanked by arid desert.
The UZIR, with its large size and geographic variety, includes most climate types. Having 11 climates out of the world's 13, Zorasan's climate is diverse, ranging from arid or semiarid, to subtropical along the Pardarian coast and the southern forests. On the southern edge of the country, on the shores of Lake Sharezan (the Sharezan Plain) 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 considered to be the biggest threat to Pardaran, Khazestan and Ninejah and Zorasan at large.
To the west, settlements in the Soban 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 Irvadistan in south-western Pardaran have mild winters, and very humid and hot summers. The annual precipitation ranges from 135 to 355 mm (5.3 to 14.0 in).
Government and politics
Zorasan is a federal, Sattarist, parliamentary republic. Zorasan’s political system operates under a framework laid out in the 1983 constitution known as the Treaty of Ascension (Ertegha-Peyman). Amendments generally require a two-thirds majority of both the Popular Council and the Superior Council; the fundamental principles of the constitution, as expressed in the articles guaranteeing human dignity, the role of Irfan, the federal structure, and the rule of law are valid in perpetuity.
The Rayis Jomhur-katee (state president), Evren Volkan (19 March 2015–present), is the head of state and invested primarily with representative responsibilities and powers. He is elected by the Superior Council as one of two candidates presented by the Popular Council. The second-highest official in the Zorasani order of precedence is the Avval A’Zam (First Minister), the head of government, who is appointed by the Rayis-Jomhur-katee after being elected by the Popular Council. The third-highest ranking official is the Rayisol-Vozara (President of the Council), who is elected by the Popular Council and responsible for overseeing the daily sessions of the body.
The First Minister, Farzad Akbari (20 March 2015–present), is the head of government and exercises executive power through their State Council, similar to the role of a Prime Minister in other parliamentary democracies. Federal legislative power is vested in the parliament consisting of the Majlis-Mee (Popular Council) and Majlis-Ala (Superior Council) , which together form the legislative body. The Majlis-Mee is elected through direct elections, by first-past-the-post. The members of the Majlis-Ala are divided between those who represent the governments of seven federated states, elected through direct elections by first-past-the-post and those (two-thirds majority), who are appointed by the military.
Since 1983, the entire political system of Zorasani has been constitutionally mandated as non-partisan, with no formal political party, movement or club being permitted to exist within the federal, state or local levels of government. However, the federal level does see several informal blocs or groupings of politicians. The three most prominent blocs are the Zorasani Alliance of the Great Journey, the League of Revolutionary Pioneers and the Civic and Just Association.
Zorasan's three branches of government are poorly defined by the Constitution. The State President, who appoints the First Minister, is elected by the Superior Council. The First Minister is appointed by the State President after receiving the confidence of the Popular Council through an open-ballot election. The head of the Supreme Judicial Council is appointed by the Popular Council with the backing of the Joint Commission for Political Stability.
The relationship between the State President and the First Minister is often disputed. According to convention the State President plays a mostly ceremonial role outside of appointing the First Minister, coordinating between the federal and state governments, acting as commander-in-chief of the armed forces and representing the Union in diplomatic affairs. The State President is elected in an direct election by the Superior Council. Meanwhile the First Minister officially acts as the head of government appointing and leading the executive (the State Council of Ministers) which heads several government departments. Whilst the First Minister is appointed by the State President, they must commanded the confidence of the Popular Council. Whilst the Constitution implies that the First Ministers' power outstrips that of the State President, a capable State President with greater influence over individual parliamentarians may allow the State President to exercise power and influence over the First Minister. Since 1998, the State President has been allowed to sit on cabinet meetings and request roles and duties outside of the constitution from the First Minister.
As of 2015, the Union has been governed by two members of the Zorasani Alliance for the Great Journey, with Evren Volkan as State President and Farzad Akbari as First Minister. It has been known that both worked jointly in 2015 to secure their respective positions, and share power.
The government is also believed to be beholden to the military and clergy, due to the two cabinet-level positions of First and Second State Councillor, with one of each going to the military and clergy. The State Councillors are appointed by the Joint Commission for Political Stability and act as mediators and overseers for the JCPS and government. The military is also guaranteed three positions within the cabinet, Minister of National Defence, Minister of National Security and the Minister of Media and Information.
The legislature of Zorasan, known as the Popular and National Council, is a bicameral body, and is comprised of a 108-member Superior Council (upper house) and a 580-member Popular Council (lower house), the Popular Council is the sovereign national body. Members of the Popular Council are elected through the first-past-the-post system under universal adult suffrage, representing electoral districts known as Popular constituencies, all members serve for four-year terms. All candidates are vetted by the Joint Commission for Political Stability, a body comprised of senior figures from the military and clergy.
The Superior Council has one-third (36 members) elected from the seven constituent states and two union territories (each providing 4 members), the remaining 72 are appointed by the National Commission for Governance and Unity, a military run-body. The official role of the Superior Council is to equalise the power and representation of the seven states and ensure that all legislation works for the benefit of all states of the union.
A third body, though not constitutionally recognised as part of the legislature is the National Arbitration Council which is comprised of six jurists and seven military officers (nominally the most senior in the union). The Council interprets the constitution and may veto the Parliament. If a law is deemed incompatible with the constitution or Esafkar (Irfanic law), it is referred back to the Parliament for revision.
The legislature of the union is unique in that both houses are formally non-partisan. However, the legislature since 1979 has been identifiable by loose groups defined by common political positions, known colloquially known as "factions" (Ferghah). These factions have no formal structure, leadership or rules based membership, but are known to foster innate cooperation within its membership. Though these factions change composition dependent upon the situation or topic of debate, they are generally fixed in size and composition through a term.
The generally accepted factions are known as the Leftist faction, Center, Centre-right, Principalists and Independents. The Leftist faction is a loose caucus of Zorasani socialists, social democrats and agrarians. The Center is comprised mostly of reformist minded liberals and secularists. The Centre-Right includes social conservatives and reformists moderates. The Principalists are mostly nationalists, Sattarists hardliners and pro-military MPs. The Independents are parliamentarians who vote with any other faction dependent on the situation.
The Union comprises seven federal states which are collectively referred to as Union Republics (Ettehād-ye Jamaheer). Each state has its own state constitution, and is largely autonomous in regard to its internal organisation. Further to the seven states is the single Union Territory (Ettehād-ye Azar), in the form of the Zahedan Union Capital Territory, which is the self-governing national capital. The Union is also comprised of two municipalities (bāladiyyeh), the holy cities of Ardakan and Namrin, which hold some autonomy from the federal government. Every administrative division is led by an elected governor (ostāndār), who is appointed by the divion's legislature.
Despite the differences in size and population of the union republics, each is divided in 24 provinces (ostān), there are 168 provinces in the Union. The provinces are divided into counties (šahrestān), and subdivided into districts (baxš) and sub-districts (dehestān).
The official goal of the government of Zorosan is to establish a new world order based on world peace, global collective security, and international equality. Since the time of the Irvadistan War, Zorasan's foreign relations have often been portrayed as being based on four strategic principles; eliminating outside influences in the immediate region, maintaining Zorasan as the leading power of northern Coius, securing Zorasani unification and pursuing extensive diplomatic contacts with developing and non-aligned countries, primarily in wider Coius-Bahia.
Zorasan's closest relations are with Xiaodong, although the nature of these close relations differ. In regards to Xiaodong, following the Corrective Revolution when XXX met Mahrdad Ali Sattari in 1957 both countries began to foster close political and economic ties as both countries were ruled by one-party governments intent on regional hegemony. Close cooperation between both governments became more prominent under Sun Yuting and Ghassan Ali Ghaddar, and have since Evren Volkan and Yuan Xiannian held office seen a dramatic revival of ties. The government of Xi Yao-tong has furthered this policy, signing significant trade deals with Zorasan in 2016 and 2017, and an increase in military cooperation. Zorasan meanwhile has provided military and technological cooperation with Xiaodong, most prominently during the Third Duljunese-Xiaodongese War. The extremely close and friendly relations between Xiaodong and Zorasan has been called the Rongzhuo-Zahedan Axis.
The Zorasani Irfanic Revolutionary Army (Arteš-e Enghelâb-e Zorasāni-e Erfāni) consists of the Land Forces, the Navy and the Air Force. The fifth branch exists, which is held by the National Protection Force which exists as a mostly paramilitary force. The Zorasani Irfanic Revolutionary Army currently has around 3,712,000 troops overall (761,000 active, 2,951,000 in reserve, including 367,664 paramilitary soldiers), making it overall the Xth largest in the world
The State President of the Union is the commander-in-chief of the Zorasani Irfanic Revolutionary Army, which answers to the State Council of Ministers via Ministry of National Defence (MoND), which is headed always, by the Chief of Staff of the Zorasani Irfanic Revolutionary Army. Military affairs are primarily handled by the Supreme Revolutionary Military Command, a forum of military commanders who nominally subordinate to the State Council of Ministers. Since the Arduous Revolution, the military has played a significant and domineering role in national politics.
The coast guard and gendarmerie and police forces take on military functions - in the event of war, but are subordinate to the Ministry of State Security. The main intelligence unit, the General Intelligence Directorate (Resat-e Ejmal-e Ettela'at; RESAT), also is officially part of the military structure however they report directly to the government via the Ministry of National Defence. Despite its role as the military intelligence agency, it enjoys a significantly greater role in federal intelligence activities than the State Security Service (Ta'min-e Ejbaree-e Dowlat; TEJDO).
The Zorasani Irfanic Revolutionary Army has gone through numerous periods of modernisation and reform to maintain a dominant position within northern Coius; known as the Union First (Ebteda'Ettehād) policy, allowing it remain relatively as the most disciplined, well armed and capable forces in Coius; this has meant either great efforts being made in domestic R&D or the purchase of quality equipment and systems from foreign producers.
It is widely accepted that Zorasan operates an extensive chemical weapons arsenal, with an estimated combined total of over 14,000 tons of chemical agents in storage.
Conscription - known as "Patriotic and Revolutionary Duty" (Takleef Enghelabee-parast) is currently enforced for all male citizens between the ages of 18-21 for a period of a year to three years, dependent on education and job location. Zorasan does not recognise conscientious objection and does not offer a civilian alternative to military service, many conscientious objectors are either imprisoned under charges of "conspiring against the state" or press-ganged into four year service.
The armed forces are subject to controversial accusations of abuse and harsh treatment of trainee soldiers; with the use of beatings, caning and lashing in punishment of poor behaviour, low enthusiasm and slow progress in improvements. The IRA is also known to train its forces in "Isolated Desert Deployment"; in that units of troops are airdropped into the desert, with limited food and water to develop resilience in the event of being trapped or stranded in hostile environments seen in Coius.
Zorasan has been consistently criticised internally and abroad, with human right monitoring organisations such as the International Council for Democracy as of 2017 ranking the Union as unfree. The ICD stated "Zorasan remains a fundamentally flawed parliamentary democracy, with overbearing control by the unaccountable and unelected clergy and military controlled bodies. The mass surveillance and censorship system remains in place and undermines freedom of speech and the press. The excessive use of capital punishment, torture, rape and false imprisonment also remains rampant."
Zorasan's situation is unique in that the systematic abuses of human rights is conducted outside government control and oversight. The ICD has noted that much of the repressive policies and activities are conducted by the military, rather than the federal government. The military's oversized control of state media and the use of the General Intelligence Directorate (RESAT) to pursue activists, civil rights lawyers and critics of the state, led the ICD and the Euclean Community in 2018 to note, "without confrontation of the deep-state within the UZIR, it is unlikely that human rights will improve in the medium to long term."
Zorasan's economy is a mixture of state ownership of oil and other large enterprises, village agriculture, and small to medium-scale private trading and service ventures. In 2017, GDP was $1.290 trillion ($2.077 trillion trillion at PPP), or $12,002 at PPP per capita. Zorasan is the Xth largest economy in Coius and XXth in the world. Zorasan is ranked as an upper-middle income economy by the Global Institute for Fiscal Affairs. 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 Union is responsible for developing and maintaining the Zorasani toman, which serves as the country's currency. The government doesn't recognize trade unions other than those under the Labour Union of Workers and Farmers, which are subject to the approval of employers and the military. The minimum wage as of August 2017 was 2,331 toman a month ($434). Unemployment as of August 2017 was 5.45%, youth unemployment stands at 10.5%, aided by the Bandegee-ye Ashkhas (People's Service) a government run, but charity funded employment scheme that offers young people short-term contracted work.
In 2017, about 45% of the government's budget came from oil and natural gas revenues, and 31% came from taxes and fees. As of 2017 it is estimated, oil and natural gas contributed 30% whilst taxes and fees increased to 45%; as the federal government maintained its policies of diversification of the economy. Since 1980, Zorasan has operated the economic policy known as "Oil to Factory", in that oil revenues would be used as capital to fund industrialisation and diversification, over an extensive welfare state.
The Union's economy has consistently registered growth since 1979, due to its persistent economic reform plan in operation since 1980, which aims to completely diversify the economy from over-reliance on petrochemicals, whilst at the same time greatly expanding the sector's production capacity. As a result, Zorasan maintains a strong biotechnology, nanotechnology, and pharmaceuticals industry, as well as a manufacturing economy leading in the fields of car-manufacture and transportation, construction materials, home appliances, food and agricultural goods, armaments, pharmaceuticals, information technology, power and petrochemicals. Zorasan has a sizeable automotive industry, which produced over a million and a half motor vehicles in 2017, ranking as the fourth largest producer in Coius. Shipyards have 15 floating docks of different sizes and two dry docks. In 2017, there were ten active shipyards in Zorasan, with another 50 being built at the start of 2018. Zorasani shipyards are highly regarded both for the production of chemical and oil tankers up to 10,000 dwt and also for their mega yachts. National brands like Tava and Varan are among the largest producers of consumer electronics and home appliances in Coius and invest a substantial amount of funds for research and development in new technologies related to these fields.
Other key sectors of the national economy are Irfanic banking, construction, home appliances, electronics, textiles, food, mining, iron and steel, and machine industry. As of 2018, the agricultural sector accounted for 11 percent of GDP, while the industrial sector accounted for 25 percent and the services sector for 62 percent. However, agriculture still accounts for a quarter of employment.
Zorasan has the largest proved gas reserves in the world, with 38.6 trillion cubic metres, and is the largest gas producer. It also ranks first in oil reserves with an estimated 313,600,000,000 barrels. Many consider Zorasan to be the premier energy superpower, unlike other oil producers in Coius and elsewhere, Zorasan does not import fuel products due to high regulation on use and tough laws regarding contraband. Since the 1980s, the UNIR has used the high energy prices to fund exploration of other untapped fields and the modernisation of old production facilities.
The addition of new hydroelectric stations and the streamlining of conventional coal and oil-fired stations increased installed capacity to 33,000 megawatts. Of that amount, about 75% was based on natural gas, 18% on oil, and 7% on hydroelectric power. In 2017, Zorasan announced plans to construct a further eight large solar and wind farms in its desert regions, to decrease its carbon footprint, while two tidal power plants are also to be built. Zorasan also announced plans to construct two major damns on the Khazehabad and Azani Rivers in Pardaran.
Zorasan has maintained manufacturing as one of the biggest recipients of oil revenues through the process known as "Oil to Factory"; which began under State President Javad Jahandar in 1980. The country's continued use of the Oil to Factory scheme has seen greater investment and returns, due to the high levels of oil and gas production. However, the official position was declared early to be focusing on "high-tech industries", in a move towards an electronic and IT based industrial sector.
Zorasan's major manufactured products are petrochemicals, steel and copper products. Other important manufactures include automobiles, home and electric appliances, telecommunications equipment, cement and industrial machinery. Zorasan operates the largest operational population of industrial robots in northern Coius. Other products include paper, rubber products, processed foods, leather products and pharmaceuticals. In 2017, textile mills, using domestic cotton and wool such as Zahedan Patou and Borazjan Termeh employed around 570,000 people around Borazjan, Zahedan, Qufeira and along the Golden coast. Zorasan remains one of the largest producers of heavy vehicles, including trucks, buses, construction vehicles and locomotives that are sold to Coian markets mostly.
In 2016, the government announced an extension to the Oil to Factory programme, which will see government grants and subsidies focus on the expansion of high quality products including computers, smartphones and other information technology.
As of August 2017, Zorasan is the world's largest producer of hazelnuts, cherries, figs, apricots, quinces and pomegranates; the second largest producer of watermelons, cucumbers and chickpeas; the third largest producer of tomatoes, eggplants, green peppers, lentils and pistachios; the fourth largest producer of onions and olives and the fifth largest producer of sugar beet. The country has been self-sufficient in food production since 1984.
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According to the Statistical Centre of the Union (Markaz-e Amar-e Ettehād), the country's population was 171.9 million people in 2012, nearly 70% of whom lived in towns and cities. According to the 2018 estimate, the population is increasing by 1.55 percent each year. Zorasan has an average population density of XX people per km². People within the 15–64 age group constitute 67.4 percent of the total population; the 0–14 age group corresponds to 25.3 percent; while senior citizens aged 65 years or older make up 7.3 percent. In 1980, when the first official census was recorded in the Union (following the annexation of Irvadistan), the population was 63.6 million. The largest city in the union, Zahedan, is also Xth largest in population and size in Coius.
Article 18 of the Union Constitution defines a "Zorasani" as "anyone who is bound to the Zorasani union-state through the bond of citizenship"; therefore, the legal use of the term "Zorasani" as a citizen of the Union is different from the ethnic definition. However, the majority of the Zorasani population are of Pardarian ethnicity and approximately 55-60 per cent of the country's citizens identify themselves as Pardarian. It is estimated that there are at least 17 ethnic groups represented in Zorasan.
Reliable data on the ethnic mix of the population is not available, because federal census figures do not include statistics on ethnicity. Arabs are the largest non-Pardarian ethnicity at anywhere from 25-29 per cent of the population, Turkics are also included. Statisticians have been known to use pre-1979 studies, finding that in 1928, Pardarians represented 48% of the population, while Arabs formed 35%, alongside 10% for the Turkics. In a 2013 study, Bahram Azidi wrote, "it is more likely that the Pardarians collectively form 53% of the national population, Arabs standing at 41% and various minorities standing at 6%. More often than not, many reject ideas of ethnicity in support of the state's aims of unifying all Zorasani peoples as one harmonious group."
The term "minority" itself remains a sensitive issue in Zorasan, while the federal government is frequently criticised for its treatment of minorities. Although minorities are not recognised, state-run Tasnim Broadcasting broadcasts television and radio programs in minority languages. Also, some minority language classes can be chosen in elementary schools.
Largest cities or towns in Zorasan
Markaz-e Amar-e Ettehād
Historically, Proto-Pardarian religion and the subsequent Zoroastrianism faith was the dominant religion in the Khazi-Pardaran region, while pre-Irfanic polytheism dominated Irvadistan. This changed after the Irfanic conquest of all three countries. Since the 900s CE, Pardaran and Khazistan have been dominated by the Asha sect of Irfan, while Irvadistan saw the emergence of Hasawi Irfan in the 1100s, this sect represents a significant minority of the state. Other faiths such as Zoroastrianism and Yazdânism exist in smaller communities across the country.
Officially the union is "Irfanic" with both Asha and Hasawi being recognised as the state religions, sectarianism against either sect is severely punished and unconstitutional, but no such status exists for the minority religions.
Today, the Asha remains the majority religion of the population, with 91,702,269 adherents which stands as 81.72% of the population. 17.01% of the population are Hasawi Irfanics, with 19,093,508 adherents. Yazdânism stands at 0.67% with 757,592 adherents, Zoroastrianism follows at 0.41% with 460,055 adherents and Yazidism is the smallest with 0.19% of the population and 213,196 adherents.
Yazdânism, Zoroastrianism and Yazidism are officially recognized by the government. But the Bahá'í Faith, which has several thousand adherents along the border with Siphria, is not officially recognized, and has been persecuted during its existence in both Khazistan and Pardaran since the 19th century, this was extended to the federal government upon its creation.
The Zorasani public health system, the Unified Health System (Beham Behbood Nezam), is managed and provided by all levels of government, being one of the largest system of this type in the world. On the other hand, private healthcare systems play a complementary role.
Public health services are universal and offered to all citizens of the country for free. However, the construction and maintenance of health centers and hospitals are financed by taxes, and the country spends about 9% of its GDP on expenditures in the area. In 2012, Zorasan had 1.85 doctors and 2.3 hospital beds for every 1,000 inhabitants.
Despite all the progress made since the creation of the universal health care system in 1988, there are still several public health problems in Zorasan. In 2006, the main points to be solved were the high infant (2.51%) and maternal mortality rates (73.1 deaths per 1000 births). However, since 2015 significant progress has been made in combating infant mortality, reducing it from 2.51% to 1.98%.
The number of deaths from noncommunicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases (151.7 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants) and cancer (72.7 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants), also has a considerable impact on the health of the Nautasian population. Finally, external but preventable factors such as car accidents, violence and suicide caused 10.9% of all deaths in the country.
Responsibility for educational supervision in the union is primarily organised within the individual federal states. The adult literacy rated 94.0% in September 2015, while it had rated 85.0% in 2008, up from 31.5% in 1976.
The requirement to enter into higher education is to have a high school diploma and pass the Federal University Entrance Exam (officially known as konkur (کنکور)). Many students do a 1–2 year course of pre-university (piš-dānešgāh), which is the equivalent of the International Baccalaureate. The completion of the pre-university course earns students the Pre-University Certificate.
Zorasan's higher education is sanctioned by different levels of diplomas, including an associate degree (kārdāni; also known as fowq e diplom) delivered in two years, a bachelor's degree (kāršenāsi; also known as lisāns) delivered in four years, and a master's degree (kāršenāsi e aršad) delivered in two years, after which another exam allows the candidate to pursue a doctoral program (PhD; known as doktorā).
A system of apprenticeship called Dual Learning (Tāšnieh Blāmooz) leads to a skilled qualification which is almost comparable to an academic degree. It allows students in vocational training to learn in a company as well as in a state-run trade school. This has been widely credited for aiding the country's diversification of its economy away from reliance upon petrochemicals, it remains the only Nautasian country to operate the system.
According to some university rankings, the top university in the UNIR is the Rasool Burzafrah Academy, followed by Mahrdad Ali Sattari University and Zahedan Metropolitan University, Mazdavand Technical University and the Central Ekanbat University. However since the 1960s, many military academies have offered their student cadets non-military courses, in the sciences, engineering, mathematics and later IT.
The art of Zorasan encompasses many disciplines, including architecture, stonemasonry, metalworking, weaving, pottery, painting, and calligraphy. Zorasani works of art show a great variety in style, in different regions and periods. The art of the Zataris remains obscure, but has been theoretically attributed to styles elsewhere in northern Coius. The Sorsanids borrowed heavily from the art of their neighboring civilizations, but produced a synthesis of a unique style, with an eclectic architecture remaining at sites such as Sushar and Pasagarad. By the time of the Gorsanids, Pardarian art came across a general renaissance. Although of unclear development, Gorsanid art was highly influential, and spread into far regions. There are several major surviving monuments to the Gorsanid era.
The Arab peoples of Zorasan saw their art highly influenced by the Arasanid and Gorsanid styles with the expansion of Irfan and its corresponding themes.
Zorasan's contemporary art traces its origins back to the time of Ardashir Datartabaei, a prominent realist painter at the court of the Farahid dynasty who affected the norms of painting and adopted a naturalistic style that would compete with photographic works.
Music in Zorasan today is a fusion of numerous types and genres produced by the constituent peoples of the country. Despite sharing some similarities, there remains distinct music forms.
Pardaran is the apparent birthplace of some of the earliest complex instruments, dating back to the third millennium BC. The use of both vertical and horizontal angular harps have been documented at the sites Zoarad and Taq-e-Bastah, with the largest collection of Azaran instruments documented at Taq-e-Bastah. Multiple depictions of horizontal harps were also sculpted in Samrinian palaces, dating back between 870 and 640 BC.
From the Arasanid period to the rise of Irfan in 980 AD, there was a long-documented use of cohorts of singing women and children at royal courts and as public means of story-telling and teaching the populace of events. According to Khodrow's Life of Zorasan, these traveling singing groups praised their national heroes and ridiculed their rivals. Likewise, Ashrin's Tales of the Land reports that the Pardarian youth were taught songs about "the deeds both of the gods and of the noblest men".
A notable Arab contribution is the rich maqam heritage which has been passed down orally by the masters of the maqam in an unbroken chain of transmission leading up to the present. The maqam al-Khazi is considered to be the most noble and perfect form of maqam. Al-maqam al-Khazi is the collection of sung poems written either in one of the sixteen meters of classical Arabic or in Arab-Zorasani dialect.
Zorasani traditional musical instruments include string instruments such as chang (harp), qanun, santur, rud (oud, barbat), tar, dotar, setar wind instruments such as sorna (zurna, karna) and ney, and percussion instruments such as tompak, kus, daf (dayere), and naqare.
Zorasani pop music has its origins in the early revolutionary-era.It was significantly developed since the 1950s, using indigenous instruments and forms accompanied by electric guitar and other imported characteristics. The emergence of genres such as rock in the 1960s and hip hop in the 2000s also resulted in major movements and influences in Zorasani music. The emergence of trap in the mid-2000s has seen the genre become of the most popular, producing numerous acclaimed artists.
The history of architecture in Zorasan goes back to the seventh millennium BC, with Pardaran. Zorasanis were among the first to use mathematics, geometry and astronomy in architecture. Zorasani architecture displays great variety, both structural and aesthetic, developing gradually and coherently out of earlier traditions and experience. The guiding motif of Zorasani, and mostly Pardarian architecture is its cosmic symbolism, "by which man is brought into touch and sight with the powers of heaven". This theme has not only given unity and continuity to the architecture of Pardaran, but has been a primary source of its emotional character as well.
Architecture in Zorasan is also dominated by the pre-Irfanic Arabic traditions.
The Enqehlab Tower in Zahedan
With two thirds of the population under the age of 25, many sports are played in Zorasan.
Pardaran is considered to be the most likely birthplace of polo, locally known as Čowgān, with its earliest records attributed to the ancient Zataris. Freestyle wrestling is traditionally considered the national sport of Pardaran and the union at large, and the national wrestlers have been world champions on many occasions. Pardaran's traditional wrestling, called Košti e Pahlevāni ("heroic wrestling"), is also immensely popular with the Arab population.
Being a mountainous country, Zorasan is a venue for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, rock climbing, and mountain climbing. It is home to several ski resorts, the most famous being Tanguz, Dajan, and Shemshar, all within one to three hours traveling from the capital city Zahedan. The resort of Tanguz, located in the Soban mountain rage, is the world's fifth-highest ski resort (3,730 m or 12,238 ft at its highest station), and one of the most exclusive in Coius.
Football has been regarded as the most popular sport in Zorasan, with men's national team having won the Coian Cup on five occasions. The national leagues draw immense numbers of supporters and investment, with the sport being shared by all peoples and constituent states.
Cricket, introduced during the colonial period is also a popular support, especially among the Arab population. The country operates a sizeable national league for cricket teams and is considered the second best cricketing nation in Coius.
Water sports such as boat racing, yachting and water polo are also popular.
Due to its variety of ethnic groups and the influences from the neighboring cultures, the cuisine of Zorasan is diverse. Its cuisine today is dominated by Arab, Turkic and Pardarian influences, these include – vegetables such as aubergine, tomato, okra, onion, potato, courgette, garlic, peppers and chilli, cereals such as rice, bulgur wheat and barley, pulses and legumes such as lentils, chickpeas and cannellini, fruits such as dates, raisins, apricots, figs, grapes, melon, pomegranate and citrus fruits, especially lemon and lime.
Zorasani 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 Zorasani culture, tea (čāy) is widely consumed. A cup of tea is typically the first thing offered to a guest, this is a tradition shared with the Arab populace. There is also the popular saffron ice cream, known as bastani sonnati ("traditional ice cream"), which is sometimes accompanied with carrot juice. Zorasan is also famous for its caviar.
Zorasan is one of the countries with the worst freedom of the press situation, with consistent breaches of independence and interference by the state. The Ministry of Culture and Irfanic Guidance is Zorasan's main government department responsible for the cultural policy, including activities regarding communications and information. However, the National Administration for Media and Broadcasting Affairs, operated by the military is charged with overseeing all forms dispensation of information and is charged with censorship. Though, it is noted that some newspapers are permitted full independence as avenues for criticism and opposition.
Zorasan's first newspapers were published during the mid-19th century under colonial authorities, the oldest newspaper, Eftekar began as the Daily Recorder, in the Estmerish controlled port of Mazdavand. Most of the newspapers published in Zorasan are in Pardarian or Arabic, the country's official languages. The country's most widely circulated periodicals are based in Zahedan, among which are Eftekar, Ettehād, Qufeira Muyāwam and Watan. The Zahedan Telegraph, Zorasan Today, and Union Observer are the leading internationally marketed newspapers in Zorasan.
Television was introduced in Zorasan in 1955. Television would expand dramatically following the Irvadistan War and establishment of the current Union of Zorasani Irfanic Republics in 1979. Since 1979, Zorasan's largest media corporation is the Union Broadcasting and Communication Agency (UBCA). Despite the restrictions on non-domestic television, about 75% of the residents of the capital city and about 50 to 60% of the residents outside the capital city access worldwide television channels through satellite dishes, although observers state that the figures are likely to be higher.