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Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani flag
Full Name Republic of Azerbaijan
Common Name Azerbaijan
Motto Bir kərə yüksələn bayraq bir daha enməz (the Flag Once Raised Will Never Fall)
Anthem Azərbaycan marşı
Official Languages Azerbaijani
Capital Baku
Government Structure Semi-presidential republic
Head of State Rajib Kulbenzhian
Head of Government Suleyman Rustam
Currency Azerbaijani Manat
Established May 28, 1918
Area (excluding colonies) 86,600 km²
Population (excluding colonies) 3,000,000

Azerbaijan is a country in East Europe / West Asia. It is bordered by the Don-Kuban Union to the north, the Caspian Sea to the east, Persia to the south and Armenia and Georgia to the west.

History

Azerbaijan is generally regarded as 'just another' of the small Caucasian states to rise out of the ruins of the Russian Empire. Since then the small nation has only managed to maintain her independence by carefully balancing its political and economic links with both Russia and the Ottomans - ensuring that neither can gain hegemony over them. With neither Great Power able to secure dominance, Azerbaijan has seen a stable, but precarious, regime in the form of a secular and technocratic dictatorship (which by regional standards, is fairly 'mild' and tolerant), and as a result, economic prosperity has followed.

Thanks to foreign investment in the exploitation of the vast Baku oil fields, Azerbaijan has become the largest oil producer in the region - and rival even to Ploesti. However, this very prosperity may in fact be the country's undoing. In an age in which the consumption of oil is becoming the dominant need of both industrial society and modern warfare, Azerbaijan is increasingly finding herself the battleground of both foreign corporate and national interests.

Politics

President: Rajib Kulbenzhian

Prime Minister: Suleyman Rustam

Foreign Minister: Arash Bubul

Minister of Armament: Rajib Kulbenzhian

Minister of Security: Rasul Reza

Minister of Intelligence: Soultanov Khosrov Ebk

Mammad Amin Rasulzade

Mammad Amin Rasulzade during his tenure as Speaker of the Republic in 1918

Chief of Staff and Navy: Samed Bey Mehmandarov

Army of Azerbaijan in 1918

Officers of the Azerbaijan army, 1918

Mehmandarov

Chief of staff and Navy, Samed Bey Mehmandarov

Chief of Army: Marmud Nuri Berkoz

Chief of Air Force: Kambiz Krasnoshapka

Military

Army

The Azerbaijani National Army is a small but determined army, composed exclusively of infantry division trained for the defence of the country. The Chief of Staff Samed Bey Mehmandarov is responsible for their training.

Navy

Air Force

The air force is almost non-existent with only one fighter stolen from Armenia in 1918.

Culture

Ever since it's split from the Russian empire, Azeri literature and music have flourished, the composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov (Who also wrote the national anthem) is known for his great music which is always sponsored by the government.Writers like Huseyn Cavid and Mikayil Mushfig are constantly writing new poems and plays which are widely enjoyed by the population.the Capital Baku is a mix of both eastern and western architecture known for having some of the east's finest theatres.The influence of religion has greatly diminished during the 20th century,especially after Independence with woman having the right to vote.

Foreign Relations

Azerbaijan has,

Despite the good relations with Persia, Azerbaijan claims the province of Tabriz, now a Persian region.

See also

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