The Republic of Greater Patnos, also known as the Patnosi Republic, is a post-Doomsday Turkish survivor state in the southern area of the Eastern Turkish Wasteland.
In ancient times, the area around Patnos was the center of the Kingdom of Urartu, an iron age kingdom centered around Lake Van. Eventually, the area was conquered by an early Armenian dynasty. During the following centuries, the area passed under Assyrian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Persian, Arab, Mongol, and finally Turkish control. The area was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire by Selim I after his defeat of Persia. Ever since then, the area has been a part of modern Turkey.
On September 25, 1983, nuclear explosions suddenly ripped across the world, an event now known as Doomsday. As with the rest of the world, the event came swiftly and shocked the inhabitants of eastern Turkey. Western Turkey, the heartland of the Turkish Republic, was devastated and contact was slowly lost with many of the western provinces. In eastern Turkey, only Erzurum and Diyarbakir were destroyed. However, the Soviets invaded and the Turkish military was forced to confront their invasion. Chaos erupted across the region as order began to break down and mass panic ensued. Millions were dead and as supplies became scare and the fighting intensified many feared for their future.
In the chaos after Doomsday, the Turkish military was attempting to combat the dual threat of societal collapse and Soviet invasion. Much of the Turkish military was deployed to the Soviet border while only police units remained to deal with maintaining order in the cities. Several months after Doomsday, much of the fighting with the Soviets had begun to die down. This is when the Kurdish separatists, led by the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), saw their opportunity. With the Soviets no longer a threat and the Turkish military scattered and weakened, they launched an all-out popular uprising against Turkish rule across southeast Turkey. Ironically, the revolt began in Kurdish-majority city of Van, headquarters of the 10th Infantry Division, on March 23, 1984. Before the Turkish military knew what was happening, the Kurdish population of the region, which composed a majority of the population, had risen up and seized control of small villages and towns, along with important buildings in major cities, across southeast Turkey. While the Kurds made major initial gains, the Turkish Army units still attempted to crush the rebellion. After nearly six months of exhausting warfare, the Kurds were able to drive the Turkish Armed Forces north and established the Republic of Kurdistan, the first independent Kurdish state, in what was southeast Turkey.
After their defeat by the Kurds, the remains of the Turkish Armed Forces moved northward and occupied towns along what was now the Kurdish border. Many of the officers and several military units relocated to Patnos, which was just a few km north of Lake Van and the new Kurdish capital of Van. Unwilling to flee further from the Kurds, Patnos was quickly transformed into a fortress and a new command center for the local military forces. Meanwhile, Turkish Army units rapidly secured control of the territory just north of the new Kurdish state. After several months of securing the territory, the officer core gathered in Patnos and established the Republic, a military state devoted to the reincorporation of Kurdistan into Turkey.
As with the rest of the world, Patnos suffered greatly during the early years after Doomsday. Millions had died from the nuclear blast and following firestorm in Diyarbakir. Thousands more perished in the famine, chaos, and radioactive fallout that followed. However, it was the Kurdish uprising that took the greatest toll on the population. Between the urban combat and mass evacuation, thousands died and thousands more fled from their homes to Patnosi territory. As a result, a great strain was placed on Patnosi resources and the initial years after Doomsday were spent re-establishing order and providing for the population.
The Patnosi military was somewhat more prepared than others in addressing this crisis. They were forced to take over governance in southeast Turkey before Kurdistan was established and had already begun to establish the rudimentary basis of a post-Doomsday economy and government. All usable arable land, along with all green spaces in cities, were devoted to agriculture until the food supply could be stabilized. The military took over all industry in the region and devoted it to producing supplies necessary for the survival and military equipment to restock the reserves.
Despite these strides towards stabilization, the Patnosi military was simply not strong enough to hold the entirety of eastern Turkey. Many areas to the west and north, which began under loose Patnosi control, either became independent or were abandoned. As a result, Patnosi territory shrank considerably, which also eased the burden on the military. Slowly, stability was re-established and by 1990, the nation was once again strong and able to support itself.
The Wasteland was at war with itself. All the states constantly fought each other in competition for the few resources in the area and to unify the area under their rule. While few conquests were made by Patnos, due to the threat of Kurdistan, they stood above most states as one of the strongest in the region. As a result, they became a target of the Trabzonian Empire, which was arguably the strongest state in the Wasteland. Led by Emperor Altan I, Trabzon cut its way through states bordering Patnos in the northeast and invaded the country. After crossing the border and occupying a few towns, the Trabzonian army held firm, seeking reinforcements. Northern border defenses were somewhat weak due to the doubtfulness of any major invasion from the north. However, the Patnosi military quickly deployed to confront this new threat. Using their superior air power and well trained army, the Patnosi military battled with the Trabzonians for two months on the northeast border. Due to stretched supply lines and rebellions within the states through which the Trabzonians crossed to reach Patnos, the Empire of Trabzon was forced to withdraw. This conflict, though short, was one of the bloodiest and hardest fought in the history of the Wasteland. As a result, Greater Patnos and Trabzon became the two counterweights who dominated the region.
The political landscape of the Wastelands were forever changed after the fall of Elazig in 2005. While knowledge of the Sultanate of Turkey was known, no states had any significant relations with it nor did any of the Wasteland states recognize the threat it could pose. This reality was shattered in October 2005 when the Sultanate invaded the State of Elazig, one of the stronger, more prosperous states in the Wasteland. In only six months, one of the strongest states in the region fell to the Sultanate. This defeat spread fear and panic throughout many of the Wasteland states and ended the several years of relative peace in the area. Some of the smaller states bordering the Sultanate joined it in search of security and prosperity. Other states, such as Patnos, formed coalitions to defend themselves. Several of the smaller coalitions fell to larger ones seeking to expand. Many, such as the Patnosi coalition, merged to form stronger nations, which resulted in major expansion for the Patnosi Republic. Ultimately, the Wasteland was condensed to three states, the Second Empire of Trabzon, the Coalition of the Vilayets of New Erzurum, and the Republic of Greater Patnos.
Patnos and New Erzurum soon allied themselves with the Sultanate. As a result, they were given much needed supplies, trade opportunities, and military equipment. However, they were also forced into negotiations for reunification, the ultimate goal of the Sultanate. However, Patnos, with its strong Kemalist tradition, somewhat resented the monarchical status of the Sultanate forced negotiations to be delayed until the Trabzon was subdued.
The Republic of Greater Patnos is a meritocratic military republic based on the model of the pre-Doomsday Republic of Turkey. However, unlike the Republic of Turkey, Patnos is a presidential democracy with a strong executive branch. Within the executive branch, there is the president, who is the head and chief of state, who leads the cabinet, composed of the various ministers of state, and controls the executive bureaucracy and military. Typically, the President is also a former general in the Army in order to maintain control of the state against the Kurdish threat.
Within the legislative branch, there is a unicameral legislature known as the Grand Assembly. The Assembly is composed of (x) total members, each elected to a 6 year term. Elections and the number of Assemblymen are equal for all provinces in the Republic. The Assembly is relatively weak compared to the Executive branch, but it is vital for the internal governance of the Republic. The Assembly is composed of junior logistics officers who have been recognized for their skills and achievements in organization and management.
The judicial branch is a multi-tiered judiciary directly descended from that of the Republic of Turkey with few changes.
The Armed Forces of Greater Patnos (AFGP) are based around the remaining forces of the pre-Doomsday Republic of Turkey that were located in southeast Turkey. Once these forces fled following the Kurdish uprising, they formed the AFGP once the Republic was founded. These surviving units formed the initial core of the AFGP, but it was rapidly expanded following the retreat from Kurdish territory with conscripts and volunteers across the borderline provinces. Throughout the history of Greater Patnos, the AFGP has been the center of societal stability and political power. They dominate most areas of society in order to fulfill their quest to extinguish the Kurdish nation.
Today, the AFGP is composed of the Army, Air Force, and Military Police. Each branch is represented politically in the Assembly with their own seats and is a vital part of the Patnosi state. The Army is the largest and, arguably, most important of the branches of the AFGP. It is composed of 100,000 total soldiers with 20,000 reserve troops. It is heavily equipped with mechanized weaponry, such as APCs, tanks, and a variety of heavy weaponry. The Air Force is largely composed of remaining pre-Doomsday aircraft, but has been greatly expanded with purchases from the Sultanate of Turkey in recent years. It has a roughly 15,000 total personnel. As one of the most powerful air forces in the Wasteland region, it was key to Patnosi successes during the wars following the fall of Elazig. The Military Police (MP) are the internal security of the AFGP. They act as a police force, government security force, and internal espionage agency. They are key to maintaining the stability of the Patnosi Republic. They have 50,000 total personnel.
The economy of Greater Patnos is geared towards industrial production. While there is a strong agricultural base focused on foodstuffs and livestock which was established after Doomsday, recent economic development has focused on reindustrialization. New factories have been built across the region and cities are redeveloping. In addition to industry, mining and tourism are playing increasing roles in the Patnosi economy, particularly as the economy opens itself to the world. Above all, the Patnosi economy is geared towards a permanent wartime status, due to the existence of Kurdistan. Much of the industrial resources of the nation are devoted to military production, which has granted it one of the largest defense industries in the region.
Greater Patnos has reached out to many states in the region and established diplomatic relations. They maintain relations across the Middle East and the Caucasus. They are allies with the Sultanate of Turkey and New Erzurum. They have on going disputes with Trabzon and the still unrecognized Republic of Kurdistan.
The Republic of Greater Patnos continues to have border conflicts with the Republic of Kurdistan, which is viewed as a rogue breakaway state. Patnos claims the entirety of the Turkish portion of Kurdistan and, as a result, continues to refuse to recognize the country.
Many northern areas of the Republic are also claimed by the Second Empire of Trabzon, with whom Patnos has a long standing rivalry and previously fought a war with in 1990s.