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PASSED | Application | Islamic Republic of Charoupia

on Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:45 am
Islamic Republic of Charoupia
Kayrubistan İslam Cumhuriyeti








Area: 25,112 sq. km.
Capital: Defne
Population: 11,507,431
HDI: 0.714
Type of government: Unitary Islamic presidential republic
President: Ahmet Rıza Kuruş
Vice President: Bülent Ağırbaşlıoğlu
GDP (nominal): $84 billion
GDP (PPP): $221 billion
Official language: Turkish (Charoupian)
Major spoken language: Greek
Demonym: Charoupian
Exports: $24 billion
Major export partners: Turkey, Iran, Germany, Russia
Imports: $31 billion
Major import partners: Russia, Turkey, China, Iran
FDI: $1.7 billion
Currency: Charoupian Lira (KL)
Ethnic composition: 87% Turkic Charoupian, 9% Greek, 4% other
Religion: 79% Sunni Islam, 9% Shia Islam, 5% other Islamic schools, 4% Christian, 1% non-religious, 2% other
Climate: Mediterranean

Social issues:
Charoupia in the present day grapples with substantial economic inequality, where the top 10 percent of the population controls approximately 70 percent of the national wealth. Alcoholism is a resurging problem as the lifting of religious restrictions against alcohol consumption has led to heavy consumption of alcohol among the population. Approximately 45 percent of the Charoupian population is overweight and nearly 15 percent of Charoupians are clinically obese.

Historical background:
Controlled for centuries by the Roman and later Byzantine and Venetian empires, Charoupia was conquered by Ottoman forces in 1611 and became the Sanjak of Kayrub under the direct control of the Ottoman Empire. Large numbers of Ottoman merchants and families moved to Charoupia to establish new trading ports on the Mediterranean coast and benefit from the newly-opened markets on the island. At the same time, much of the existing population on the island converted to Islam to gain social mobility privileges as well as avoiding the payment of additional tributes required from non-Muslims. In 1738, Charoupia gained autonomy and became a Beylik in its own right after a series of uprisings occurred as the population believed that it was being unreasonably taxed by Istanbul due to its perceived status as a remote colony. Charoupia remained an autonomous Beylik until the early 20th century. In 1912, Italian forces captured all of Charoupia during the Italo-Turkish War. Charoupia was subsequently annexed by Italy and an anti-Italian guerrilla war began almost immediately after. During the First World War, Turkish forces transferred arms to Charoupian rebels to sabotage Italian bases on the island being used to launch attacks against mainland Turkey. The guerrilla war in Charoupia collapsed in 1918 after the Central Powers signed the armistice with the Allies, ending the Turkish weapons support to the rebels. In the 1920s, the anti-Italian war resumed as Turkey won an independence war against the Allies and began to arm Charoupians again in addition to Mussolini's fascist regime escalating the suppression of independence activists. Charoupian partisan attacks on Italian forces were followed by Italian reprisals against entire villages and urban neighborhoods. In the 1930s, the war reached its peak in violence as Italy pursued a "pacification" campaign similar to Libya where thousands were placed indefinitely in concentration camps. Italy also used chemical weapons against villages accused of harboring rebels. When Italy entered the Second World War in 1940, the United Kingdom and France began to arm Charoupian rebels with relative success, enabling Charoupians to conduct more destructive acts of sabotage. In 1943, after Mussolini was arrested and Italy collapsed into civil war, German forces occupied Charoupia and remained until they surrendered in May 1945. Charoupia was subsequently occupied by the Allies until it gained full independence in 1948 as the Kingdom of Charoupia, ruled by the royal family which had reigned in the Beylik era.

The first constitution of Charoupia came into effect in 1949 and the country officially adopted the modernized alphabet and language of Turkey. The National Democratic Front won the first parliamentary elections and formed a government with Muharrem Fidahi as its leader. Fidahi's cabinet worked to modernize the country and implemented key legislation such as a mandated minimum wage, free primary school education, agricultural subsidies and a national health insurance system. With the overwhelming success of these programs, Fidahi won the elections of 1954 and continued to fund subsidies and social programs. More controversially, Fidahi accepted substantial Soviet economic assistance in early 1955 which was met with significant opposition. The U.S. and Britain were hostile to this decision and reduced their economic assistance to Charoupia in response. In September of 1955, the military placed Fidahi under house arrest and overthrew his government. It was revealed through an investigation decades later that the U.S. embassy in Defne had instructed the actions of the military. Regent Murat II approved of the putsch and abolished all political parties, enabling the formation of a military junta. The military suppressed the NDF and extrajudicially detained and killed many of its cadre as "communist propagandists". Military rule persisted for over two decades, during which the NDF's legislation was reversed and state corruption and inequality increased significantly. The military promoted Islamic education in schools but the social and economic policies of the regime were largely secular and liberal, such as the continued sale of alcohol and tobacco in the country, no requirements on headwear for women, and few redistributive social programs. This inconsistency and the rampant inequality in the country motivated the formation of the People's Green Movement in the 1970s, a conservative Islamic movement demanding economic protections and religious social policy. The movement rapidly gained popularity in mosques, universities, businesses and the military. The suspicious detention and death of a member of the movement in police custody in March 1976 initiated months of unrest. Large-scale demonstrations and clashes with police culminated in pro-movement forces in the military overthrowing the junta in what is considered the Charoupian Islamic Revolution in December and the royal family fleeing the country. The Islamic Republic of Charoupia was established on December 18th, 1976. Counter-demonstrations by secular, monarchist and leftist forces led to an insurgency beginning weeks later in northern Charoupia. Western countries quickly severed relations with and imposed sanctions on Charoupia.

From 1976 until the early 1990s, the Islamic Republic promoted strict religious laws, forbidding the sale and consumption of alcohol and tobacco, mandating dress codes and re-establishing economic subsidies and social programs which were revoked by the military government. In the north, insurgent forces captured several villages and declared the areas captured to be the State of Charoupia. The insurgents, made up of liberal, monarchist and communist groups, declared themselves as the National Independence Front and began to receive support from the United States, Saudi Arabia, France and China. The Islamic Republic received arms support from Libya and later Iran. While initially gaining territory, the unity of the rebels eventually collapsed and infighting began. The Islamic Republican Army subsequently defeated the rebels in several major battles and retook all lost territory by the summer of 1985. Rebel forces then began a second insurgency campaign in 1986 which was comparatively weaker and was largely confined to sabotaging government infrastructure. The communist insurgency, rebranded as the Red Fox Movement, captured most of the resort city of Hazcal in the north in October 1988 while the eastern suburbs of Defne saw the presence of the Islamic Liberation Council there, a rebel group funded by Saudi Arabia. The ILC engaged in skirmishes with police and military units in December 1988 and was quickly defeated by a large-scale government operation, with most of the fighters surrendering or being killed. The government then initiated Operation Foxhunting to defeat the Red Fox insurgents in Hazcal. Besieged army units in Hazcal were relieved by reinforcements from Defne in late March of 1989 and the insurgent forces surrendered. Sporadic insurgent activity has continued to this day. From 1993 to 2000, under heavy internal and external pressure to reform, the Islamic Republic decriminalized many of the religious restrictions that had been enacted after the Islamic Revolution and greatly reduced funding for the Green Militias tasked with enforcing the restrictions. The state gradually transitioned into a more secular social policy while retaining its officially Islamic status. In the 2000s, Charoupia worked to fix and improve its diplomatic relations with the West while maintaining ties with Iran, Syria and Libya. Largely due to concern over color revolutions in other countries, the government enacted political reforms providing increased tolerance for opposition activism in the country. From 2012 onward, Charoupia has begun to focus on exploring sedimentary regions in the north of the country for minerals as well as extracting oil supplies in its economic zone in the Mediterranean.


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Re: PASSED | Application | Islamic Republic of Charoupia

on Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:38 pm
Great application and your history has been well written! My only question is how the government efforts fared through 2011 on-wards. Were there no attempts at launching a revolution in Charoupia and the government was successful at preventing the spread of the Arab Spring to the country?
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Re: PASSED | Application | Islamic Republic of Charoupia

on Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:49 pm
Thank you for the input. The Arab "Spring" in 2011 was for the most part confined to the Arab world, which Charoupia is not a part of as it is not ethnically or linguistically Arab. A major reason for this iirc was that much of the propaganda disseminated by anti-government activists was in Arabic, which is not spoken by most Charoupians. Nevertheless, the Charoupian government is concerned with so-called color revolutions and regime change efforts, but no internal efforts have succeeded yet because the government is generally responsive to the demands of large demonstrations, offering reforms and negotiations if the demands are popular. The U.S. and some of its allies do have sanctions against Charoupia and are opposed to the government, but they have not militarily intervened because Charoupia is integrated into the global economy and has not moved against the USD like Libya, Venezuela or Iraq. Internal anti-government forces in Charoupia like the Red Foxes don't present a major threat as they have been largely defeated in government offensives while foreign-recruited rebels cannot enter Charoupia in the same way as Syria or Libya because the latter have desert borders easy to cross while Charoupia is an island.
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Re: PASSED | Application | Islamic Republic of Charoupia

on Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:52 pm
hammerandcrescent wrote:Thank you for the input. The Arab "Spring" in 2011 was for the most part confined to the Arab world, which Charoupia is not a part of as it is not ethnically or linguistically Arab. A major reason for this iirc was that much of the propaganda disseminated by anti-government activists was in Arabic, which is not spoken by most Charoupians. Nevertheless, the Charoupian government is concerned with so-called color revolutions and regime change efforts, but no internal efforts have succeeded yet because the government is generally responsive to the demands of large demonstrations, offering reforms and negotiations if the demands are popular. The U.S. and some of its allies do have sanctions against Charoupia and are opposed to the government, but they have not militarily intervened because Charoupia is integrated into the global economy and has not moved against the USD like Libya, Venezuela or Iraq. Internal anti-government forces in Charoupia like the Red Foxes don't present a major threat as they have been largely defeated in government offensives while foreign-recruited rebels cannot enter Charoupia in the same way as Syria or Libya because the latter have desert borders easy to cross while Charoupia is an island.

Thank you for the response. I wasn't too aware of the nature of the Arab Spring, as I figured it was a move primarily against Islamist governments in general and not necessarily exclusive to Arab nations, so thank you for clearing that up. The rest of the explanation is acceptable to me Smile
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Re: PASSED | Application | Islamic Republic of Charoupia

on Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:06 am
Well, non-Arab nations did actually see some protests at that time related to the Arab "Spring", and Charoupia would have as well, but these were comparatively small and few of them elicited any response from their respective governments. And the "Spring" wasn't really against religious sectarianism; the two countries that received the worst of it, Libya and Syria, had/have secular governments. If anything, the anti-government forces that used the wave as an opportunity to attempt regime change have often been much more hostile to the Christian and other non-Islamic communities in these countries.
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Re: PASSED | Application | Islamic Republic of Charoupia

on Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:52 pm
For me this application seems to be affixed to me. You have the green light for me. (YES)
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Re: PASSED | Application | Islamic Republic of Charoupia

on Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:11 pm
Charoupia has received a majority of Yes votes during the voting process on forums and Discord and the application has thus passed.

The Islamic Republic of Charoupia is now a member of the IFCP.
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