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    Azerbaijan (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan) is a country located between Western Asia and Eastern Europe. They border Armenia, Georgia, Russia, and Iran.

    Description[edit | edit source]

    Appearance[edit | edit source]

    They are usually portrayed as male. Azerbaijan is usually seen wearing causal clothing (shades of yellow, blue, black or gray). They can be seen wearing traditional clothing or formal casual (in similar colors to the casual)

    Personality[edit | edit source]

    Azerbaijan is a pretty happy person- they do hide their sadness well, so they always seem pretty chill and merry. They can easily go from hysterical laughter to sober seriousness in an instant. They are very family and religion oriented; one of their defining traits is that they always honour their elders.

    Azerbaijan can seem like a parental figure at times- love sharing knowledge, (especially family history and religion) very protective of friends/family and people just generally look up to them. They cherish all their relationships and is afraid of being left out or alone.

    Nicknames[edit | edit source]

    • Azer
    • The Land of Fire
    • Siblings (By Turkey)

    Preferences[edit | edit source]

    Likes[edit | edit source]

    Dislikes[edit | edit source]

    Flag Meaning[edit | edit source]

    Color, meaning HEX RGB
    The bright blue Azerbaijan's Turkic heritage #00b5e2 0, 181, 226
    The red represents progress (or Europe) #ef3340 239, 51, 64
    The green represents Islam #509e2f 80, 158, 47
    • The crescent is also an Islamic symbol while the eight-pointed star symbolises the different Turkic-speaking groups of people in the country

    Other Symbols[edit | edit source]

    Etymology[edit | edit source]

    According to a modern etymology, the term Azerbaijan derives from that of Atropates, a Persian satrap under the Achaemenid Empire, who was later reinstated as the satrap of Media under Alexander the Great. The original etymology of this name is thought to have its roots in the once-dominant Zoroastrianism.

    Origin of languages[edit | edit source]

    The primary and official language of Azerbaijan is Azerbaijani, Azeri, a Turkic language closely related to and partially mutually intelligible with Modern Turkish.

    Geography[edit | edit source]

    Azerbaijan is characterized by a variety of landscapes. More than two-fifths of its territory is lowlands, while areas above 5,000 ft (1,500 m) occupy some one-tenth of the total area. The central part of the country is a plain through which flows the Kura River and its tributaries, including the Aras, whose upper course forms part of the boundary with Iran. The Caspian Sea serves Baku as a trade outlet.

    History[edit | edit source]

    Ancient Atropatene[edit | edit source]

    In 331 BC, during the Battle of Gaugamela between the Achaemenid ruler Darius III and Alexander the Great, Medes, Albans, Sakasens, Cadusians fought alongside the army of the Achaemenid Great King in the army of Atropates. After this war, which resulted in the victory of Alexander the Great and the fall of the Achaemenid Empire, Atropates expressed his loyalty to Alexander. In 328-327 BC, Alexander appointed him governor of Media. Following the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC, the Macedonian's conquests were divided amongst the diadochi at the Partition of Babylon. The former Achaemenid satrapy of Media was divided into two states: The greater (southern) part – Media Magna was assigned to Peithon, one of Alexander's bodyguards.

    The smaller (northern) region, which had been the sub-satrapy of Matiene, became Media Atropatene under Atropates, the former Achaemenid governor of all Media, who had by then become father-in-law of Perdiccas, regent of Alexander's designated successor. Shortly thereafter, Atropates refused to pay allegiance to Seleucus, and made Media Atropatene an independent kingdom. Antiochus III (223-187 B.C.) came to power in the State of Seleucids which was one of the states that emerged in the east after the death of Alexander the Great. In 223 B.C. attack toward Atropatene resulted in victory.

    Consequently, the king of Atropatene, Artabazan, accepted the ascendency of Seleucids and became dependent on it, on the other hand, interior independence was preserved... At the same time, the Roman Empire came into sight in the Mediterranean basin and was trying to spread its power in the East and at the battle of Magnesia Seleucids were defeated by Romans in 190 B.C. Then, Parthia and Atropatene considered Rome a threat to their independence and therefore allied themselves in the struggle against Rome.

    After the battle between Rome and the Parthians in 38 BC, the Romans won and the Roman general Antony attacked Fraaspa (36 BC), one of the central cities of Atropatene. The city was surrounded by strong defenses. After a long blockade, Antony receded, losing approximately thirty-five thousand soldiers. In the face of Parthian attempts to annex Atropatene, Atropatene began to draw closer to Rome, thus, Ariobarzan II, who came to power in Atropatene in 20 BC, lived in Rome for about ten years. The dynasty Atropates founded would rule the kingdom for several centuries, first independently, then as vassals of the Arsacids (who called it 'Aturpatakan'). It was later supplanted by a line of the Arsacids.

    During the late Parthian era, the empire was declining, resulting in the weakening of hold over western Iran. The Iranologist Touraj Daryaee argues that the reign of the Parthian monarch Vologases V (r. 191–208) was "the turning point in Arsacid history, in that the dynasty lost much of its prestige." The people of Atropatene (both nobility and peasantry) allied themselves with the Persian Sasanian prince Ardashir I (r. 224–242) during his wars against Vologases V's son and second successor Artabanus IV (r. 216–224). In 226, Atropatene submitted with little resistance to Ardashir I after he had defeated and killed Artabanus IV at the Battle of Hormozdgan. Ardashir I and his son and heir Shapur I (r. 240–270) are depicted in a rock relief near Salmas, possibly a testimonial to the Sasanian conquest of Atropatene. The nobility of Atropatene most likely allied themselves the Sasanians due to a desire for a strong state capable of maintaining order. The priesthood, who may have felt alienated by the easy-going Arsacids, probably also supported the Sasanian family, due to its association with Zoroastrianism.

    Ancient Albania and Rome relations[edit | edit source]

    There was an enduring relation of Albania with Ancient Rome.

    The Latin rock inscription close to Boyukdash mountain in Gobustan, Baku, which mentions Legio XII Fulminata, is the world's easternmost Roman evidence known. In Albania, Romans reached the Caspian Sea for the first time.

    The Roman coins circulated in Caucasian Albania till the end of the 3rd century AD. Two denarii, which were unearthed in the 2nd-century BC layer, were minted by Clodius and Caesar. The coins of Augustus are ubiquitous. The Qabala treasures revealed the denarii of Otho, Vespasian, Trajan and Hadrian.

    In 69-68 BC Lucullus, having overcome Armenian ruler Tigranes II, approached the borders of Caucasian Albania and was succeeded by Pompey.

    After the 66-65 BC wintering Pompey launched the Iberian campaign. It is reported by Strabo upon the account of Theophanes of Mytilene who participated in it. As testified by Kamilla Trever, Pompey reached the Albanian border at modern Qazakh District of Azerbaijan. Igrar Aliyev showed that this region called Cambysene was inhabited mainly by stock-breeders at the time. When fording the Alazan river, he was attacked by forces of Oroezes, King of Albania, and eventually defeated them. According to Plutarch, Albanians "were led by a brother of the king, named Cosis, who as soon as the fighting was at close quarters, rushed upon Pompey himself and smote him with a javelin on the fold of his breastplate; but Pompey ran him through the body and killed him". Plutarch also reported that "after the battle, Pompey set out to march to the Caspian Sea, but was turned back by a multitude of deadly reptiles when he was only three days march distant, and withdrew into Lesser Armenia". The first kings of Albania were certainly the representatives of the local tribal nobility, to which attest their non-Armenian and non-Iranian names (Oroezes, Cosis and Zober in Greek sources).

    The population of Caucasian Albania of the Roman period is believed to have belonged to either the Northeast Caucasian peoples or the South Caucasian peoples. According to Strabo, the Albanians were a group of 26 tribes which lived to the north of the Kura river and each of them had its own king and language. Sometime before the 1st century BC they federated into one state and were ruled by one king.

    Strabo wrote of the Caucasian Albanians in the 1st century BC:

    Caucasian Albania was a vassal of the Roman Empire around 300 AD

    Albania is also mentioned by Dionysius Periegetes (2nd or 3rd century AD) who describes Albanians as a nation of warriors, living by the Iberians and the Georgians.

    In 1899 a silver plate featuring Roman toreutics was excavated near Azerbaijani village of Qalagah. The rock inscription near the south-eastern part of Boyukdash's foot (70 km from Baku) was discovered on June 2, 1948 by Azerbaijani archaeologist Ishag Jafarzadeh. The legend is IMPDOMITIANO CAESARE·AVG GERMANIC L·IVLIVS MAXIMVS> LEG XII·FVL. According to Domitian's titles in it, the related march took place between 84 and 96. The inscription was studied by Russian expert Yevgeni Pakhomov, who assumed that the associated campaign was launched to control the Derbent Gate and that the XII Fulminata has marched out either from Melitene, its permanent base, or Armenia, where it might have moved from before. Pakhomov supposed that the legion proceeded to the spot continually along the Aras River. The later version, published in 1956, states that the legion was stationing in Cappadocia by that time whereas the centurion might have been in Albania with some diplomatic mission because for the talks with the Eastern rulers the Roman commanders were usually sending centurions.

    Most residents are of Turkic origin, dating from the 11th century. Later migrations during the Seljūq period brought further groups, including some speaking Persian; Russians are a decreasing minority. By the 9th century CE it had come under Turkish influence, and in ensuing centuries it was fought over by Arabs, Mongols, Turks, and Iranians. Russia acquired what is now independent Azerbaijan in the early 19th century. After the Russian Revolution of 1917, Azerbaijan declared its independence, but it was subdued by the Red Army in 1920 and was incorporated into the Soviet Union.

    Creation of modern Azerbaijan[edit | edit source]

    It declared independence from the collapsing Soviet Union in 1991. Azerbaijan has two geographic peculiarities. The exclave Naxçivan (Nakhichevan) is separated from the rest of Azerbaijan by Armenian territory. Nagorno-Karabakh, which lies within Azerbaijan and is administered by it, has a Christian Armenian majority. Azerbaijan and Armenia went to war over both territories in the 1990s, causing many deaths and great economic disruption. Though attempts at mediation were made, the political situation remained unresolved.

    Modern Azerbaijan was formed as a result of the collapse of the USSR. On August 30, 1991, the Supreme Council of Azerbaijan adopted a declaration “On the restoration of state independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan”, and on October 18, a constitutional act “On the state independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan” was adopted, which laid the foundations for the state, political and economic structure of independent Azerbaijan.

    On June 7, 1992, presidential elections were held, the victory of which was won by the leader of the nationalist Popular Front of Azerbaijan Abulfaz Elchibey, gaining 59.4% of the vote. The failures during the military confrontation and the incompetence of the government formed by the Popular Front caused a crisis of power, as a result of which the rebellion of Colonel Suret Huseynov broke out in Ganja on June 4, 1993.

    To avoid a civil war, Elchibey invited Heydar Aliyev to Baku.

    During these events, a group of Talysh officers led by Colonel Alakram Gummatov proclaimed the Talysh-Mugan Autonomous Republic in Azerbaijan as a part of Lankaran. Aliyev did not recognize Talysh autonomy; on August 23, the rebellion was crushed.

    In late 1991 - early 1992, an armed conflict broke out between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic over control of Nagorno-Karabakh and some surrounding areas. At the same time, part of the territory of Armenia came under the control of Azerbaijan, part of the territory of Azerbaijan - under the control of Armenia.

    In May 1994, with the mediation of a group of CIS countries, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic signed a ceasefire. During the Karabakh war, Azerbaijanis ousted Armenians from a number of territories of the former Azerbaijan SSR, where they previously made up the majority.

    According to the official data of the Azerbaijani authorities, one million people became refugees and internally displaced persons in Azerbaijan. Attempts to resolve the conflict so far have not been successful.

    On September 20, 1994, an agreement was concluded in Baku in the Gulistan Palace, which, due to its great importance, was called the “Contract of the Century”. The contract of the century was included in the list of the largest agreements, both in terms of the amount of hydrocarbon reserves and the total volume of proposed investments.

    According to calculations, the presence of 730 million tons of oil was shown, and in connection with this, the volume of investments necessary for the development of fields was set at $ 11.5 billion. Under the Contract of the Century, 80% of the total net profit goes to Azerbaijan, and the remaining 20% ​​to investment companies.

    Since the implementation of the Contract of the Century, a turning point has occurred in the economy of Azerbaijan, and enormous work has begun.

    In 2003, Heydar Aliyev, who died as president of Azerbaijan as a result of the election, was replaced by his son, Ilham Aliyev.

    Over time, Ilham Aliyev began to get rid of the representatives of the old guard - his father’s comrades-in-arms. In particular, at the end of 2005, shortly before the next parliamentary elections, several senior officials lost their posts and were arrested on suspicion of preparing a coup.

    In 2010, two villages of the Magaramkent district of Dagestan moved to the Khachmas region of Azerbaijan. In addition, the drain of the Samur River was divided. In May 2013, three plots of pasture land of the Dokuzparinsky district of Dagestan were transferred to Azerbaijan.

    Politics[edit | edit source]

    Government[edit | edit source]

    Agriculture, petroleum refining, and light manufacturing are economically important. Azerbaijan is a unitary multiparty republic with one legislative body; its head of state and government is the president, assisted by the prime minister. Azerbaijan adjoins the Iranian region of the same name, and the origin of their respective inhabitants is the same.

    Diplomacy[edit | edit source]

    Organizations and Affiliations[edit | edit source]

    Relationships[edit | edit source]

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    Friends[edit | edit source]

    • Georgia - "Is one of my best friends and also my closest neighbor. Their kebabs are also very tasty!"
    • Pakistan - "We have good relations, humanitarian cooperation and other ties.
    • Kazakhstan - "Is a Turkic Siblings who proposed the idea of ​​creating the Turkic Council!"
    • Moldova
    • Türkiye — "Best friends forever big Siblings"
    • Ukraine
    • United States

    Neutral[edit | edit source]

    Enemies[edit | edit source]

    • ISIS - "Is a terrorist!"
    • Nagorno-Karabakh - "Is a false country that wants to go to Armenia! Soon you will be completely gone!"
    • Armenia - "You created and supported Nagorno-Karabakh! Do you think they will leave for you? Only over my dead body!"
    • Talyshstan - "I hate you! You won't get my territories!"
    • Iran

    Former Enemies[edit | edit source]

    Past Versions[edit | edit source]

    • Azerbaijan SSR

    Opinions[edit | edit source]

    Türkiye[edit | edit source]

    THEY ARE MY BEST FRIEND FOREVER AND ALSO MY ETHNIC SIBLINGS. WE ARE 1 NATION, 2 STATES!

    Azerbaijan's thoughts about Türkiye

    Gallery[edit | edit source]

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    Flags/Symbols[edit | edit source]

    States[edit | edit source]

    Trivia[edit | edit source]

    • Azerbaijan want to united with Türkiye.
    • Azerbaijan loves pancakes.
    • In the lowest reaches of Azokh Cave in western Azerbaijan, archaeologists have found tools and remains dating back 1.5 million years. The six chambers of the cave complex hold a bounty of prehistoric remains, and it’s thought that the caverns were occupied for nearly two million years.
    • When families are matchmaking, the tea tray gives a good indication of how arrangements are progressing. If it’s served without sugar, more negotiating needs to be done; if it’s sweet, a wedding is definitely on the cards.
    • The karabakh horse renowned for its effortless speed, intelligence and endurance is the national animal of Azerbaijan. They are endemic to the country, and one of the oldest breeds in the world. Horsemeat was once widely eaten in Azerbaijan, but now it has fallen out of favour; you’ll find lamb and beef on the menu instead.
    • It’s roughly the same size as neighbouring Armenia and Georgia, but is dwarfed by Türkiye, Iran and Russia, who it also shares borders with. At 86,600 km², Azerbaijan is roughly four times the size of Wales.
    • Azerbaijan is sometimes considered a transcontinental country. Despite this, they are often classified as being an Asian country.
    • The Azerbaijani city of Neft Daşları (meaning Oil Rocks) was built on stilts above the Caspian Sea and is the world’s oldest offshore oil platform. The city, located 55km (34mi) from the coast, was built by the Soviets in 1949 to drill for oil and is still in use today as a functioning town that includes hotels, hostels, a bakery, a power station and separate ‘islands’ connected by more than 200km (124mi) of trestle bridges, all supported on metal stilts.
    • Chovqan, a traditional horse-riding game, is played in Azerbaijan. The game is interspersed with instrumental folk music called janghi.

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