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.
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
Chief of Staff and Navy: Samed Bey Mehmandarov
Chief of Army: Marmud Nuri Berkoz
Chief of Air Force: Kambiz Krasnoshapka
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.
The air force is almost non-existent with only one fighter stolen from Armenia in 1918.
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.
- Very good relations with its ruler, the Ottoman Empire.
Despite the good relations with Persia, Azerbaijan claims the province of Tabriz, now a Persian region.