Nation Name (long): The Yekenesk Republic of Askaraban
Nation Name (short): Askaraban
Motto: “The blood of our brethren will never be forgotten.”
National Animal: Golden Eagle
National Flower/Plant: Askarabi Lily
National Anthem: Our Prayers to Askaraban
Largest City: Abrashk
Language: Askareyen Haqen (Haqmi)
Government type: Unitary Theocratic Republic
Leader(s): Qrmuhin Maryem Kocharyan
Legislature: Hall of Marzpats
Total GDP: 300 billion
GDP per capita: 19480.08
Currency: Askarabi Daren
Calling Code: 683
ISO 3166 code: AKB
Internet TLD: .ab
Historical Summary: The city-state of Abrashk has existed since the second century BCE. Though it was surprisingly stable, it fell to the Kingdom of Aparapat in the fifth century.
Before we get to the good stuff, we need to understand how the Kingdom of Aparapat worked pre-1229. The Kingdom had two major (and related) families that held the most authority: the Vardanyan family was the de jure ruler of Aparapat, and their cousins, the Kocharyans, held the most political influence, especially in the region that became Askaraban. They disagreed a lot, but still had mutual respect for one another.
Onto the actual history: In 1229, Aparapat was sieged by the Emirate of Sayyed, under the request of Aren Vardanyan, who wished to take the Aparapaten throne. Whilst the siege of most of Aparapat was successful, the region that became Askaraban refused to become part of the Emirate (and therefore forming the Republic of Askaraban), which the Emir respected. However, this respect didn’t last long.
Sayyed and Askarabn are known for their very tense history. Pre-20th century wars were bloody and full of losses on both ends. Though fighting stopped in the 1980s, the effects still ring out clear today.