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Kurdistan, known officially as the Kurdish Republic, is a state created after the nuclear war in what was Eastern Turkey by Mustafa Barzani, leader of the Kurd revolution and first President of Kurdistan.
The history of the Kurds is long and various, being mainly dominated and suppressed by foreign forces for much of their history. They used the instability caused by the Great Nuclear War to re-establish a free and independent Kurdistan.
When the nuclear war ended, five Turkish cities were hit by the Soviets, all in Western Turkey, which created a radioactive wall between west and east, with only few methods for go into the other side. The Kurds started a series of armed revolts in the south-east part of the Turkey, mainly around the city of Van, but this revolution was without a leader, so in winter, Mustafa Barzani came for help the rebels with at least 5000 Peshmerga warriors from Iran.
At Van, the revolutionary force lead by various Kurdish parties decided in a common assembly the declaration of the Kumara Kurd in the nation day of the Kurds, the 11th of March, 1963. While the state controlled a little portion of Eastern Turkey, it was still the most stable nation in the zone, in other parts, fighting started between generals and warlords who came into power and controlled a certain strategic area. The most powerful of these post-war states was the Republic of Trabzon, for its presence on the sea and for its stability, other states included the State of Erzurum, a authoritarian republic founded by a group of officials, and the Eastern Anatolian Republic, which was founded while southeast Turkey wasn't under control of anyone.
A New Hope
The objective of the Peshmerga was the capture of the city of Ganziantep, no resistance was found in their way, most of the villages and cities with a Kurdish majority had already liberated themselves because many Turks had fled or simply cooperated with each other. While this was happening, the Kurds encountered small packs of Syrian patrols with the task to protect the new governorate of Hataly and of give assistance to the refugees. With a contact from the outside, Kurdistan attempted to start relations with Syria, and they officially recognized the Kurdish Republic as the legitimate state of the Kurds and as a sovereign state, with this they was able to start relations with other countries.
After these events, the president decided to rebuild what the nuclear war damaged and used the bases and equipment of the Turkish military forces for the Kurdish Defense Forces, with the help of Syria for equipment and military gear.
By the end of the 1965, the Kurds held all of south-eastern Turkey under their control, and they had become a threat to the other Turkish states in the north, who were still searching for contact with Turkey or at least its most legitimate successor state. All three states were at war with each other for the control of the areas of Northern Turkey, so the Kurdish Army was stationed at the northern border to wait until the end of the wars to take Erzurum and Malatya.
In the 1970, the Kurdish Army advanced faster in both states, with a superior equipment and a better morale, captured the strategically important Erzurum, which was the historical capital of Turkish Kurdistan. It was officially made the capital the 1st of June, 1970, and was modernised to fit its new role.
In the 70s, the Trabzon Republic, fearing the Kurds, decided to become a part of Kurdistan, and on the 1st of April, 1975 Kurdistan would gain access to the port of Trabzon with the possibility to grow their economy with the commerce and the naval industries.
Old Enemies & New Friends
With access to the sea, the Kurds were able to create a navy from the remains of the old Turkish navy, as well as from buying new ships from other countries. From the Black Sea, they started relations with the Caucasian and the European states, but also with other states, creating embassy and consulate around the world, with most recognising Kurdistan as an independent sovereign state. The republic not recognised by Turkey and Iran, both states closed their access to Kurdistan and Turkey even created an armed border to negate the access of the Kurds, which continued until 2001.
Thanks to relations and commerce with the other nations in the world, Kurdistan has been able to have a stable and growing economy for decades, as so became the most democratic and free nation in the Middle East, with a good economy.