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Middle East variant

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    As the main route of passage between the Orient and Europe, the Middle East has seen its fair share of trade, culture and conflict. The Middle East was in many ways the birthplace of civilization, with societies in Babylon, Mesopotamia and Persia creating many advances in mathematics and science that still exist today. It has also spawned the three Abrahamic religions; Judaism, Christianity and Islam and a set of unique and diverse cultures. The region continues to be a source of wealth and power to those who control it thanks to its rich oil reserves and geographical location.

    Turkey: As the land bridge between East and West, Turkey has always been at the epicentre of change, from the battle of Troy depicted in Homer's Iliad to its later Hellenization under Alexander the Great. It was the powerhouse capital behind the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires before gradually turning Islamic during the 12th century and becoming Turkey - land of the Turks. The Republic of Turkey was established by legendary Mustafa "Ataturk" following the Turkish War of Independence in 1922 and since then has the nation has grown into an independent economic and military power with both European and Arabic influences and cultures.

    Egypt: Ancient Egypt is well known in popular culture as one of the earliest epic civilisations and an empire with many great constructions and achievements. Following Alexander the Great's conquest it became the Ptolemaic Kingdom. Its capital, Alexandria, possessed the world's greatest library, which was burned down by Romans under the command of Julius Caesar in 30B.C. The Islamic Caliphate controlled Egypt for six centuries until it was conquered by Ottoman Turks in 1517. Egypt was notably invaded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1798. The Egyptian republic was established in 1953 and has since been involved in regular military conflict with the state of Israel, losing control of the Gaza strip and briefly Sinai during the Yom Kippur War. Since then the country has fallen into turmoil stemming from internal disorder and the influence of extreme Islamism.

    Israel: Known in Hebrew as "Eretz Yisrael" (Land of Israel), Israel's history stretches back as far as the 11th century BCE. The Romans took over this land in 63 B.C., with it being the notable location of the Jewish-Roman wars and the birth of Jesus Christ, who was executed on the orders of Pontius Pilate around 35 A.D. The State of Israel was established in 1948 in the region of British-mandate Palestine as a Jewish state following the Second World War. Following their victory over joint Arab forces in the Yom Kippur War, Israel has gained control of the Gaza Strip and expanded into Palestine, with the West Bank being occupied by Jewish settlers seeking their divinely ordained home. Israel has often been criticised for its treatment of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, and its position as the only Jewish state in the world surrounded by Islamic nations means that the situation is always tense between it and its neighbours.

    Saudi Arabia: Arabia is a desert region which was largely populated by nomadic tribes and coastal trading settlements for most of its early history. In the 7th century, the prophet Muhammad conquered Mecca and the rest of Arabia uniting the region under the rule of his religion, Islam. Muslim armies defeated the Byzantine Empire and fought their way all the way to India; the culture and practices of Islam would continue to dominate the Middle East to the present day. Although partially conquered by the Ottoman Empire, Arabia revolted with the help of the British in 1918 and by 1932 the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had been formed. The discovery of vast oil deposits in the mid-20th century resulted in vast wealth to the nation, although only a tiny elite would actually profit from trade with Europe and the United States. Saudi Arabia has maintained amiable relations with the Western world despite its opposition to Israel and close ties to Islamic extremism.

    Iran: Iran was civilised as early as 3000BCE, and the Persian Empire formed by Cyrus the Great in 550 B.C. contained most of the ancient world from the Balkans to India. Following its defeat to Alexander the Great in 330 B.C. , it transformed into the Parthian Empire, and finally became Islamic during the 7th century. Iran was the hub of the Islamic Golden Age of science and philosophy, but was largely destroyed by Ghengis Khan who is estimated to have killed over a million Persian males in the 13th century. The region swapped hands and bore multiple empires in the middle ages. A pivotal location in the Cold War, Iran's government was overthrown by the UK and the U.S. in 1953; the autocratic government they instated was in turn relinquished by Ayatollah Khomeini during the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Attacked by Iraq in 1980 for its oil reserves, Iran has since focused on its development to become a nuclear power and has often spoken out about U.S.-Israeli plans to invade Iran for crude oil.

    Iraq: Iraq was the cradle of civilisation; at least 8000 years ago the Sumerians ruled this land until the rise of Assyria and Babylonia in the 2nd and 3rd millennia B.C. Babylon was the home of many tenets of language and trade, after which it was conquered repeatedly; first by Cyrus the Great and then by Alexander and emperor Trajan. After the rise of Islam, migration from Arabia resulted in the construction of Basrah and Baghdad, which was one of the hubs of Islamic intellectualism. In 1258 Ghengis Khan sacked Baghdad, killing hundreds of thousands and devastating the Islamic world. Following this Iraq came under the control of the Ottomans in 1533 and Britain in 1917. Independence was achieved in 1932, and in 1945 Iraq joined the United Nations and founded the Arab League. Iraq has been decimated by warfare, following several military coups Saddam Hussein led Iraq into wars with Iran and Kuwait leading to United States intervention in 2003. Iraq was occupied by American and British forces until 2011.

    Various factions compete for supremacy in the Middle East. They are divided not only by religion but by history, money and politics. Caught in the crossfire are the many civilian castes such as the Kurds, Christians, Marsh Arabs and Yazidis whose cultures characterize the diversity and significance of the Middle East.

    Movement Rules

    Fleets can move from the Black Sea to the Sea of Crete through Istanbul and vice versa. Armies and Fleets can cross from Cairo to North Sinai, Suez to South Sinai and from North Sinai to Gaza and South Sinai to Tabouk. Armies only can move from North Sinai to Hebron. Fleets can enter South Sinai from the Red Sea and can thus move to the Mediterranean from North Sinai. It is also possible for Fleets to move into Cairo and Suez in order to move into the Red Sea or vice versa. A sea lane allows Fleets to travel to and from the Persian Gulf via Arabia, and coastal territories function as normal around the Arabian Sea. There are two occupied neutral territories: Cyprus (Turkey) and Gaza (Israel). These can be captured as a normal supply center. Remember that hundreds of people are killed or displaced by violence in the Middle East every day. Please role-play responsibly.