| دولت شاهنشاهی بابخا|
Dowlat-e Shâhanshâhi-ye Babkhâ
Kingdom of Babkha
|Motto: Babkhâ zindabad|
|Anthem: Ey Eura (unofficial)|
| 3.5.0 - 6.8.5; 12.1 - 13.9.8;|
14.2.4 - present
|Capital|| Kamalshahr (de jure)|
Raspur (de facto)
|- Adjective||Babkhan, Babkhi|
|- First Shâhanshâh||Babak Shah the Great|
|- Last Shâhanshâh||Gozar Shahanshah|
|Establishment||12 October 2000|
|Currency|| Babkhan rial (primary)|
|National forum||Bastion Union|
Babkha (Farsi: بابخا Babkhâ), officially the Kingdom of Babkha (Farsi: دولت شاهنشاهی بابخا Dowlat-e Shâhanshâhi-ye Babkhâ) was a nation occupying most of Eura. It was bordered by Ashkenatzi Mahoz HaSephardim to the northwest, and the Alexandrian colony of Luthoria to the southeast where New Berlin partially occupied the Babkhan historical and de jure capital of Kamalshahr.
Babkha was among the oldest nations in the sector, having been founded in the Autumn of 2000. It had spent the majority of its long history as a major power in the sector; even at its weakest times the wise knew not to underestimate Babkha, and the naïve learned quickly. Babkha also had a long history of being a melting pot for the community - many prominent micronationalists had their first micronational citizenship in Babkha, and Babkha has had an unspoken tradition of having given many other talented micronationalists their first dual citizenship.
- 1 History
- 2 The Harmonious Society
- 3 Government and politics
- 4 Foreign relations
- 5 Military
- 6 Economy
- 7 Culture
- 8 Geography
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
Babkha was founded on October 12 2000, as the Kingdom of Babkha. In the beginning it merely had a simple website and a humble declaration of micronationhood, as well as its founder's hope to turn his boyhood dream into reality. Titled Shah Babak XXVI, The young Shah, would later drop his Europeanised title in favor of the Persian title of Babak Kapav Mehr, "Babak, Light of Kapav". Kapav was the old name of the Province of Kapitalia, where mythically, Babak The Great ruled and went on to conquer the other Babkhan kingdoms to unite and found a single Babkhan nation.
Babkha had very humble beginnings, a small, simple website to announce its existence and a document, its first constitution that outlined the Shah's ambition to create a large, politically vibrant social and cultural experiment. The first people to become Babkhan citizens are notable, the very first was named Raqshid Hamdollayi, who would later change his name to Fath Ali Nouradin and be etched in Babkhan folklore with tales from his exploits in the Treesian war. Another significant Babkhan to join early on was the very first online citizen to be approved, a Finnish man with a self confessed love of the middle east adopted the name Tahmaseb Farshbaf and was soon appointed Vizier of Foreign Affairs, a post he would hold for close to two years.
Babkha grew in fame and notoriety, as its distinct culture started to evolve, and soon, within a month, on September 13th, the enigmatic Shah acquired a territory to the new Babkhan Empire. A deal was struck with Thomas Mountian, and Bathland was acquired as an "Autonomous Babkhan Territory". Babkha would go on to be one of the earliest micronations to join a new and dynamic organisation that had sprung up in the vacuum left by a nearly defunct LoSS. The League of Micronations was founded and would in the future become a fierce battle ground between Babkha and her adversaries, most notably the Rasinate of Qattera Macussia.
Initially founded as a Despotism, the Shah soon granted the growing citizenry of Babkha a parliament and permitted the formation of Political Parties. The Parliament was named the "Majlis-i-Satrapan", and was initially a direct democracy. The founding parties were the Babkhan Liberal Centre Party, the Socialist Taj Party and the Conservative Party.
The political and legal landscape of Babkha would soon be changed dramatically however. A Czech judge named George Nantell became a Babkhan citizen and immediately drafted a constitution granting the Majlis equal power to the Shah and was appointed Minister of Justice to oversee the construction of a Judicial Branch of government. Within a month, a new constitution was passed through the Majlis and the position of Grand Vizier (Prime Minister) was created, initially, the Shah had the right to appoint the Grand Vizier, and it was Tahmaseb Farshbaf who was chosen for the Job. The new constitution had also created a Judiciary, with a Constitutional Tribunal, a Magistrates Court and a Supreme Court, Nantell was appointed Chief Justice and President of the Constitutional Tribunal.
The Political life of Babkha was taking shape at this point too, the BLCP grew to become a strong party, while the Socialist Taj was abandoned. At this time, a host of new citizens had arrived and a new political ideology had sprung up from the new citizens. The Rastakhiz movement, a political party, founded by and led by Ramin Qajar aimed for a Babkhan renaissance, and quickly established itself as a right wing nationalist party. One of the most devout followers of Qajar and the Rastakhiz movement, was a fresh military man named Ataxerxes.
At the same time, another ideology had found a home in Babkha, the Socialist movement brought in by former Reunion citizen Juan Pablo Var and El Doessen (who later adopted the Babkhan name of Mirza Malkom Khan) quickly gained ground in Babkha and Var was appointed Grand Vizier. The Socialist Peoples Party was quickly founded and in a move that led to mass sectarian violence, the SPP aligned itself with an aggressive international Communist movement, the Peoples Revolutionary Party. Babkha was rocked by riots between Rastakhizis and the SPP, with tensions climaxing with the PRP's decision to base itself in Kamalshahr, Babkha. Right wing pressure eventually forced the SPP to cut its ties with the PRP and caused the SPP itself to splinter, with Fath Ali Nouradin defecting and forming his own Islamic Front of Babkha Party, which would later be renamed to the Azadegan Party.
The Shah, forced to act to calm a volatile situation dissolved the Majlis and discharged the government. Fresh elections were called, and the Rastakhiz, now led by Ardashir Khan were tipped to take an easy victory. The Liberal Centre Party, quiet throughout the Socialist/Nationalist troubles had rebuilt itself unbeknownst to its rivals and had elected another new citizen as its leader. Pascale Dufoix, the first Babkhan woman to hold such a high position took the leadership and began campaigning immediately. In what is regarded as the most incredible election ever held in Babkha, the Majlis was split even down the middle with the BLCP surprisingly receiving the most votes and taking 2 seats in the Majlis, and the Rastakhiz taking 2 seats, with the IFB taking the fifth. The Socialist Peoples Party, demoralised and discredited by consistent Rastakhiz pressure disintegrated and failed to gain a single seat.
Babkha after Babak
A period of great peace and harmony existed in Babkha, with the BLCP and Rastakhiz in coalition government under the leadership of the first female Grand Vizier of Babkha, Pascale Dufoix, Babkha's political system was riding on its crest.
However, surprisingly and to the shock, sadness and surprise of the micronational community, Babkha's founder and much loved Shah abdicated the throne. Citing real life duties the Shah made a rare sacrifice and allowed the Kingdom to live on, hand picking his closest advisor and Military Chief, Ardashir Khan (Ataxerxes) to be his successor. The transition of power, rarely seen in micronationalism was one of the smoothest and celebrated events in Babkhan history. The end of one great dynasty gave way to the beginning of another. The Kapav Era had ended and in its place Ardashir was crowned as the first Shah of the Osmani dynasty. On January 2003, Babkha saw another succession of the throne whereby the Shah of the Osmani - a curious mix of writer, politician and soldier - who secretly had only intended to rule for the length of time needed to secure the continuation of the Kingdom, abdicated to be replaced by another hand picked successor, former Grand Vizier Tahmaseb Farshbaf, who started the Abakhtari line of the Radiant Throne.
Once again the face of Babkha changed, new citizens poured in as old ones left, and new political powers emerged. The Azadegan Party, traditionally on the fringe of politics somehow came to the forefront of the political establishment with its leader, Umra Khan a new citizen and fierce advocate of Islamic Socialism took the helm. Within months, elections were held and contested by the BLCP and Azadegan, the Islamists gained their highest number of seats ever, taking two while the Liberals took charge of government. Surprisingly the Azadegan eventually faded from the limelight and by the next elections, a new political power came into being; the Behsaz or Renaissance Party. The Behsaz Party was the the largest party in Babkha and held the majority of the seats in the Majlis i-Mellat.
However, with the relaxation of rules on dual-citizenship, the Babkhan Left began a new resurgence under the former PRP activist Kuralyov and Hanoverian citizen Kevin Hood [Abbas Madani] who between them founded the Qermez Party, a secular replacement for the Islamist Azadegan, and gained a large following in a short space of time. Meanwhile a conservative mood had overtaken the Behsaz Party, which looked upon the successes of the first Behsaz administration as the pinnacle of the Babkhan achievement. Not everyone in Babkha shared this view. Indeed the Qermez railed against what it viewed as a lethargic and reactionary administration. Matters came to a head with the revival of the Babkhan Liberal Centre Party under Rakesh Ackbar, who decided to end cooperation with the Grand Vizierate of Ardashir Khan Osmani and moved the BLCP to a centre left platform. When the Shahanshah called elections in August 2003 the BLCP and Qermez quickly resolved to form a coalition to attempt to force the Behsazis out of government. The election was one of the hardest fought in Babkhan history, with both sides making inflammatory speeches and intense use of propaganda. In the end, in spite of the overall vote being too close to call, the Behsaz gained four of the five seats on the Majlis-i-Mellat. Magnanimously, Ardashir Khan Osmani offered government positions to his defeated rivals who for the most part accepted.
The Grand Commonwealth
In January 2004, Ardashir opted to resign his commission leading to a short lived administration headed by Hesam Jahandar. In the mean time, the alliance between Qermez and BLCP lead to a merger platform named the Rastakhiz Party. Hesam's successor Rakesh Ackbar formed a successful minority administration that lasted from March 2004 to Decmber 2005, when Rakesh was replaced after a short period of absence by Darius Rugahi, who basically continued the administration until the February 2005 elections. Influx of a few more conservative minded citizens and stagnation in the Rastakhiz Party led to an overwhelming victory for the Behsaz and a government under Rashid Arsalani was formed. During his administration the Grand Commonwealth came to life, a cooperation, yet not a complete merger between the micronations of Treesia, Aerlig, Babkha, Lemuria and Alteria. From now on the foreign affairs and military policies would be handled on the level of the Commonwealth, everything else on national level. Rashid tried to launch a set of badly needed reforms in Babkha, but due to absence of people in key positions (mainly in the Majlis) and due to bureaucracy, the reforms never took off.
With the formation of the Grand Commonwealth, Tahmaseb Shah was appointed as Shahan-Ri of the Grand Commonwealth. He decided it wouldn't be right to hold both the position of Shah in Babkha and that of Shahan-Ri in the Commonwealth, so he handed the position of Shah of Babkha back to Ardashir Khan. Ardashir later abdicated again, on 28 June 2007, in favor of Rashid Arsalani, who would reign over a dynamic rebirth of Babkha.
After the Grand Commonwealth
Following the return of past citizens, and the heightened interest of new citizens, the Kingdom of Babkha seceded from the Grand Commonwealth on 31 July 2007, following a vote in which nine of eleven citizens supported secession. Unlike the United Baronies of Aerlig and Treesia, which had seceded from the Commonwealth two days prior, Babkha did not seek the approval of the Commonwealth's Majlis-i-Dharma for its secession. Instead, the Kingdom legitimized its declaration of independence on the basis that the Grand Commonwealth Charter was a nationally-ratified law, and could thus be repealed at that level without having to go through the Commonwealth's internal mechanisms for secession.
For much of the remainder of the reign of Rashid Shah, Hesam Jahandar once again served as head of government and Babkha was the preeminent superpower of Micras. Babkha looked to new avenues of development at this time, too. It was during this period that Vizier of National Development Kufukhaf Iskander Khan, who had initially joined Babkha back in August 2002, began work on the Babkhi language project, which eventually earned him a FNORD award. Also during this time, Grand Vizier Jahandar made the enterpising step of proposing a 3D chat; while the idea didn't really pan out in Babkha, its was mention to King Alexander of Hanover provided the inspiration for Hanover's foray onto Second Life in New Bergen. The Hanoverians never gave Jahandar credit for the inspiration.
Rashid Shah abdicated on 28 June 2008, giving the throne to Hesam Jahandar. The reign of Hesam Shah saw further development of cultural projects such as the Babkhi language. However, this period was also marked by increased apathy in Babkha as toward micronationalism. Babkha began planning a change in direction, away from being a micronation and towards being a community. As part of these changes, the Kingdom gave parts of the norther provinces of Alkhiva and Báatharz to Ashkenatza as a gift. Following Babkha's participation in the Amokolian War against Ocia, Babkha ceased to participate in the micronational community.
On 19 October 2009, Hesam Shah requested Babkha's removal from Micras. Five days later, he was replaced as Shah by Cyrus Namvari Shahanshah, who would lead the new Villainous Order of Babkhan Blackfriars. However, several things became clear during this era in Babkhan history. The VOBB gradually began to stagnate, as some established citizens, such as Kufukhaf Iskander Khan for an example, were less interested in such a community than a micronation. Without a purpose for existing, the title of Shah became more or less superfluous. Finally, the combination of the inactivity of the Shah, the appearance of slight instability in intermicronational relations and the renewal of several Babkhans' interest in micronationalism led to the re-emergence of the Babkhan micronation, now called the Imperial State of Babkha, on 4 August 2010. In the absence of the Shah, Kufukhaf Iskander Khan (who was renamed Truvus Roshnâm Slôbôvi on August 16) was declared Imperial Padishah Regent and Grand Vizier of Babkha and set out to form a government.
On 9 September 2010, Truvus Roshnâm Slôbôvi became the eighth Shah of Babkha after a Durbar of Emirs formally ruled that Cyrus Namvari Shahanshah had been deposed. Shortly before his ascension to the throne, Truvus Roshnâm Shâh appointed Ardashir Khan Osmani to be the first Grand Vizier of his reign.
The Harmonious Society
See also: Khanism
Government and politics
Over the course of its long history, Babkha's government evolved from a liberal constitutional monarchy into a totalitarian state, known as the Harmonious Society, which sacrificed most civil liberties and much in the way of economic prosperity and development in the pursuit of a ruthless twin-track policy of industrialisation and militarisation.
The foreign relations of Babkha were characterised by shifting alliances with the other great powers of its historical era. Typically Babkha would seek to build grand coalitions to contain or frustrate the geopolitical ambitions of its rivals, such as Attera or Tymaria in its early history, or Ashkenatza towards the end of its existence.
One of the most noteworthy alliances in Babkhan history was the Mango-Camel Pact with Shireroth which formed the basis of a complex and occasionally torturous relationship between the two powers, where Babkhan migration was matched with Babkhan subversion and the Babkhano-Treesian Grand Commonwealth almost caused a complete breakdown in relations.
As a consequence of the pattern of rise and fall which can be observed in Babkha's territorial holdings on the continent of Eura the need to control all or as much as possible of that continent was a priority, bordering on a fixation, for the Kingdom. This was particularly true when, after 2009, its ancient capital, Kamalshahr, fell outside of the revived Kingdom. Initially Babkha tried to pursue a diplomatic path to reclaim the so-called lost lands, achieving some success through a series of land-swaps whereby foreign powers with Euran colonies received overseas Babkhan colonies in return for vacating their holdings. When, however, this approach failed to dislodge the Ashkenatzism and Alexandrians from Alkhiva (Mahoz HaSephardim) and Kapitalia (Luthoria) and indeed the two formed a close, mutually supportive, alliance, the official Babkhan attitude changed from former cordiality to rabid hostility, which ultimately gave rise to the Euran Cold War which continued until the final downfall of the Kingdom.
The Imperial Babkhan Armed Forces (IBAF) were a complex hierarchical military force, that was largely mechanised and predominantly equipped with weapons and vehicles of domestic manufacture (and sometimes variable quality accordingly).
At the top level the IBAF consisted of four Parcham or Banners. Underneath the banners the IBAF was grouped into Corps, including the service arms as conventionally understood. Accordingly these comprised:
- Artesh-e Parcham Narenji (Command & Control, Intel, Security)
- General Headquarters (GHQ)
- Komiteh Polis
- Royal Gendarmes Regiment
- Signals Corps
- Artesh-e Parcham Zardi (Strategic & Special Forces)
- Gârd e Jâvidân (Immortals)
- Imperial Babkhan Air Force
- Imperial Babkhan Navy
- Artesh-e Parcham Sabzi (Territorial Defence, Regular Forces)
- Imperial Babkhan Army
- Artesh-e Parcham Ghermezi (Support Services, Auxiliary Forces)
- Corps of Engineers
- Imperial Army Reserve
- Imperial Labour Reserve
- Royal Babkhan Camel Corps
In peacetime the units (Lashkar / Takvar / HM Ship & etc) of the various Corps would be assigned to regular garrisons (Ansar or Tip (Brigade) / MilZig Garrison / IBAF Depot) distributed territorially and by function in order to prevent the formation of conspiracies and to prevent dissension spreading through the ranks.
For operations, units would be mobilised and assigned to a specific Drafsh-e Lashkar (Banner Group) with a specific wartime function or objective. Objectives typically were orientated towards the operational and strategic war plans prepared by the GHQ and Komiteh Polis with a view to liberating the occupied territories in the Satrapies (provinces) of Alkhiva and Kapitalia. There were, in all, thirty Banner Groups envisaged in the IBAF wartime order of battle, these being:
- BG-1 Lashkar-e Shomal (I Expeditionary)
- BG-2 Lashkar-e Vanguard (II Expeditionary)
- BG-3 Lashkar-e Namvari (III Expeditionary)
- BG-4 Lashkar-e Zemestun
- BG-5 Lashkar-e Anausha
- BG-6 Lashkar-e Šeherzada
- BG-7 Lashkar-e Asabara
- BG-8 Lashkar-e Ushabari
- BG-9 Lashkar-e Shapur
- BG-10 Lashkar-e Noruz
- BG-11 Lashkar-e Sændbād
- BG-12 Lashkar-e Shir-Zan
- BG-13 Lashkar-e Zurvānzāde
- BG-14 Lashkar-e Shahbaz (II Tactical Air)
- BG-15 Lashkar-e Simurgh (III Tactical Air)
- BG-16 Lashkar-e Timar
- BG-17 Lashkar-e Hadhayosh (Air Logistics)
- BG-18 Lashkar-e Martyaxwar
- BG-19 Jund e Shahanshah (I Palace)
- BG-20 Lashkar-e Shahryar (II Palace)
- BG-21 Lashkar-e Zāhedān
- BG-22 Lashkar-e Gorgan
- BG-23 Lashkar-e Arghan
- BG-24 Lashkar-e Eranistan
- BG-25 Lashkar-e Euramehr
- BG-26 Lashkar-e Sathrati (IV Expeditionary)
- BG-27 Lashkar-e Pegaz (IV Tactical Air)
- BG-28 Lashkar-e Kaveh
- BG-29 Lashkar-e Sraosha (I Panopticon)
- BG-30 Lashkar-e Aeshma (II Panopticon)
It is an indication of Babkhan priorities that of the 30 banner groups only 4 were dedicated to expeditionary (i.e. overseas) warfare. The overwhelming majority of the IBAF was organised, trained and geared towards a large-scale conventional land war on the Euran continent.
The Babkhan economy was mostly concerned with providing the materials necessary for its vast armed forces and for keeping its Category A Citizens and Emirs in the comfort and luxury to which they were accustomed. As such the Kingdom was notorious for its income inequalities. To a large extent the Kingdom was kept afloat by its vast oil reserves and the revenues gained via exports to the energy hungry markets of Benacia and Tapfer.
Babkha has always been centred around a Persian cultural theme, albeit many people who don't recognise the differences between the various Middle Eastern cultures make the error of acting as if the theme is Arabic (which is nevertheless not totally untrue, as certain regions within Babkha do indeed have Arabic themes to them). Manifestations of this theme include the employment of Farsi titles, Persian names, etc., as well as some memes centering around people's perception of the middle east, such as the Babkhan Sandworm and the pronounced employment of camels.
Babkha has also developed some elements that were not derived from the theme. Examples of these include a dark, often perverse (some might call it degenerate) sense of humour, an unavoidable sense of pride in Babkha's historical achievements, a high propensity for alcohol use, a love of controversy and intrigue, and a high valuation of severity and volition.
Babkha occupies the continent of Eura and has, at times within its lengthy history, controlled the entire landmass. Eura has a predominantly desert climate which varies in the northern and southern extremes of the continent. In the north, towards the Micran equator, the continent becomes more Mediterranean, especially in the area known as Baatharz. In the far south, the island nears the Antarctic of Micras, and is generally a colder area with isolated patches of dense forest, mostly in mountainous areas where water is concentrated. Otherwise, the southern portion of Eura is typified by permafrost.
The continent is punctuated by two large rivers connecting to two lakes, respectively. It's eastern and western shorelines are indented by large bays that contain small islands. The entire continent is surrounded by a number of small islands.
The Lion was traditionally the national animal of the Persian Empire, and was adopted as such by Babak Kapav Mehr as national animal for Babkha in the early days. Due to the rising popularity of the camel and the absence of mentioning the lion anywhere but the coat of arms, the role of the lion was forgotten over the course of the years. In 2007 the lion was formally replaced by the camel as national animal.
The desert environment of Babkha made the camel a natural choice for local fauna. The popularity of the camel started as a joke between Malkom Khan and Ardashir Khan in 2002, who created the first camel accounts (The Squatting Camel of Babkha and the Camel Liberation Organization). These inspired more people to adopt camel alter egos, with increasing frivolity (Royal Babkhan Camel Corps, The Dead Camel of Babkha, The Flying Camel of Babkha, The Exploding Camel of Babkha). The fauna insurgence got confined to the Shah Abbas Harem bar by the Babkha authorities soon after. A further manifestation of the camel in Babkhan culture was the development of the camel race game by Trevon Andarosel. In 2007 the camel replaced the lion as national animal of Babkha.
The manifestation of the sheep in Babkhan tradition was inspired by the presence and pose of a sheep in the flag of the province Parestan. When Tahmaseb Farshbaf was appointed satrap of Parestan, a joke was made about a mutual affection between the Satrap and the sheep on his province's flag. This joke started a tradition still present today.
The desert-like geography of Babkha inspired Trevon Andarosel to introduce the sandworm (from Frank Herbert's Dune novels) to Babkha in the wake of the camel insurgence. During the height of micronational bardom as lead by Ari Rahikkala, the Babkhan Sandworm became a rival to the Yardistani Annexation Corps, eating (instead of annexing) everything that came in its path. At a later stage the sandworm was more formally incorporated in Babkhan culture when Amir Shervanis began a breeding program of sandworms in Baatharz, and later a sandworm reserve in his development of the province Zsharra. See also Sandworms of Dune.
Main article: Baatharz
Baatharz is the northernmost region of Babkha and is presently occupied by Antica, Ashkenatza, and Babkha. Baatharz began its life as a small micronation known as the Republic of Bathland, founded by one Thomas Mountain (also spelled Mountian) circa 2001. Mountain joined Babkha as one of its earliest citizens, and soon allowed Bathland to become a protectorate. By 2002 Mountain had departed from Babkha but Bathland remained a protectorate, first under the leadership of George Nantell, and later Umra Khan, where it became a center of Islamic Socialism. Under the reign of Shah Ardashir Khan Osmani, Bathland was annexed outright to the kingdom and became a satrapy. After this, Bathland fell into a state of inactivity and was all but forgotten save as a rural province of Babkha. In August of 2003, Amir Shervanis joined Babkha upon the invitation of the Shah and was appointed Satrap of Bathland. Shervanis immediately undertook a vast reorganization of the state and laid out a cultural framework that continues to exist today. Bathland was first officially made an Arabic state, a stark contrast to the rest of Persian Babkha, and even today the only Arab portion of the kingdom. It was also at this time that its name was changed from Bathland to the Arabic equivalent we now know as Baatharz (Baath meaning Renaissance + arz meaning land). This was indeed fitting considering that Baatharz did undertake a cultural renaissance. The arts prospered, and Shervanis became head of Babkha's grand cultural institution, the Dar Al Fanun, which was relocated to Baathshahr. Baatharz continued contributing to Babkhan culture, establishing education centers, developing graphic arts, breeding sandworms, and numerous other developments. Baatharz also spearheaded Babkha's membership in the Micronational Cartography Society and was a key player in the re-conquest of the south-western lands that would eventually become Zsharra.
After the collapse of the Babkhan kingdom, portions of Eura were claimed and settled by foreign powers. Among these was Antica, which proceeded to lay claim to a considerable portion of former Baatharzi territory. With the return to normality of the Babkhan monarchy and its re-assertion of control over most of Eura, Baatharz was left as only a small fragment along the Antican colony's southern border. The Shervanis dynasty has since re-located to Zsharra where they have become Emirs over that state and now manage the remnants of Baatharz with the long-term objective of eventually restoring the state to its former glory. In October of 2010, Antica voted to grant Baatharz (known in Antica as Eranistan) independence, whereupon it was formally annexed to Babkha and much of Baatharz's former lands regained. The Shervanis dynasty has since returned from Zsharra to Baathshahr in order to lead the reconstruction of the Emirate.
The province Kelestan is situated on a peninsula in the north-east of Eura, with a rugged coastline giving way to gently rolling hills. The surrounding sea gives it a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. Kelestan has been part of Babkha since the country's foundation, although parts of its territory are currently occupied by Alexandria. The first Satrap appointed to Kelestan, Jafar Farzani, was a strong supporter of the BLCP party. The BLCP tradition was kept when Kelestan was granted to the current satrap Darius Rugahi as successor of Jafar in 2004, after winner the world championship micronational football in 2004, hosted in the German nation Ratelon. Darius was manager of hugely succefull MN Football team "Vayelon Firewolves", which won the third season of the KAFL league in the German nation Anelka, and consecutively the superior cup of the German sector, as well as being a strong competitor in the leagues of the EIFA. Another institution of Kelestan, the Museum of Modern Babkhan Art (MOMBA) was not quite as succesful, but hosted three exhibitions nonetheless.
Zsharra originated during the re-conquest of southwestern Eura from the anarchic tribes formed by the remnants of two micronations, Arkania and Northworthy. The name itself was a corruption of a term applied by Amir Shervanis, who led part of the re-conquest, when he was dictating a report in Arabic to one of his aides, who spoke Farsi and was ill-trained in Arabic translation. In trying to denote the area as desert (sahra in Arabic) the aide misinterpreted this as the name of the region and further misspelled it as Zsharra. The report made its way back to Kamalshahr and was officially recorded, thus setting in stone the name of the emirate.
The Anglo-Saxon population of Northworthy settled in the far southwestern corner of Eura, in an area known for its ice deserts and marked by large swaths of permafrost along with isolated pockets of coniferous forests. Arkania was Middle Eastern but had no defined culture save for being fervently communist, and was located directly north of Northworthy. The Arkanians also came into ownership of a colony founded by Mediterranea, Miditaranya Nuwo, located at the western extreme of the southern coast of Eura's western bay. With the collapse of both these states into anarchy, coupled with Babkha's anti-communist policies of the time, these factors set the stage for a multi-faceted re-conquest of the region.