Current geopolitical situation in the Middle East

Cyprusball, officially known as Miley Cyrus the Republic of Cyprusball or Southern Cyprusball, is a divided countryball in Asia. He is split between Greece-icon.png Cyprus-icon.png Greek Cyprus, Turkey-icon.png Northern Cyprus-icon.png Turkeyball and UK-icon.png UKball Akrotiri and Dhekelia-icon.png (bases). He is a member of English-icon.png Commonwealthball.

Despite being located in Asia, Cyprusball can into EU-icon.png EU and active Euros too. Recently Cyprusball discovered oil. He is currently fed up with his land and maritime neighbours.

History

Prehistoric and Ancient Cyprusball

Cyprusball is believed to be first inhabited by 4-icon.png humans around 10,000 BC & 2-icon.png 2balls started to settle into villages from 8200 BC.

Interestingly, remains of a kitten were discovered buried with a human body in Cyprus-icon.png Cyprusball, estimated to be over 9000 years old. This pushes back the earliest known cat-human association significantly. Plenty of Pusheen cat-icon.png cats still reside on Cyprus-icon.png Cyprusball today.

In the 13th & 14th centuries BC Ancient Greece-icon.png Mycenaean Greeks began settling the island. During this time Cyprus-icon.png Cyprusball started to evolve a Greek character.

Afterwards, it was ruled by Assyria-icon.png Assyriaball for a century from 708 BC, then a brief rule under Ancient Egypt-icon.png Ancient Egyptball and eventually Achaemenid-icon.png Persian rule in 545 BC.

The island was conquered by Macedon-icon.png Alexander the Great in 333 BC. After the division of his Macedon-icon.png Empire, Cyprus-icon.png Cyprusball became part of Ptolemaic Egypt-icon.png Ptolemaic Egyptball. In 58 BC Cyprusball was acquired by the SPQR-icon.png Roman Republic.

Middle Ages

When the SPQR-icon.png Roman Empire was divided into Eastern and Western parts in 395, Cyprus-icon.png Cyprusball became part of the East Roman, or Byzantine-icon.png Byzantine Empireball, and would remain so for some 800 years.

Beginning in 649, Cyprus-icon.png Cyprusball suffered from devastating raids launched by Islam-icon.png Muslim armies from the Levant, which continued for the next 300 years. The island was fully or at least partially ruled by Umayyad-icon.png Umayyadball & Abbasid-icon.png Abbasidball. Byzantine-icon.png Byzantineball regained control in 965.

In  1191, during the Crusader-icon.png Third Crusade, Richard I of Francia-icon.png Normandyball and Francia-icon.png Englandball union captured Cyprus-icon.png Cyprusball, putting it under the control of the Kingdom of England-icon.png Kingdom of Englandball. Richard the Lionheart had also celebrated his wedding there & drank the oldest wine brand in the world. Afterall, Cyprusball is touristy! He finally sold Cyprus-icon.png Cyprusball to Lusignanball (ex king of Francia-icon.png Kingdom of Jerusalemball, from Kingdom of France-icon.png Franceball's house).

In a string of events a Crusader-icon.png Crusader state of the Kingdom of Cyprus-icon.png Kingdom of Cyprusball was established & recognised by the HRE-icon.png Holy Roman Empireball.  Sometimes during the Middle Ages, Kingdom of France-icon.png Franceball friendly visited him during her expeditions against kebabs.

Following the death of the last Kingdom of Cyprus-icon.png Cypriot King in 1473, the Venice-icon.png Republic of Veniceball assumed control of the island. Venice-icon.png Venice formally anshlußed Cyprusball in 1489. The Venetians fortified Nicosia-icon.png Nicosiaball by building walls. Throughout Venetian rule, the Ottoman-icon.png Ottoman Empireball frequently raided Cyprus. In 1539 the Ottoman-icon.png Ottomans destroyed Limassolball and so fearing the worst, the Venice-icon.png Venetians also fortified Famagustaball and Kyreniaball.

Ottoman Rule

In 1570, a full-scale Ottoman-icon.png Ottoman invasion brought the island under Ottoman control, despite stiff resistance by Nicosiaball and Famagustaball. Ottoman-icon.png Ottomanball massacred many Hellenic State-icon.png Greek and Armenia-icon.png Armeniaballs. Soldiers who fought in the conquest settled on the island and Turkey-icon.png Turkish peasants and craftsmen were brought to the island from Ottoman-icon.png Anatolia. A Islam-icon.png Muslim community began to form.

Ottoman-icon.png Ottoman rule of Cyprus-icon.png Cyprusball was at times indifferent (mediocre/no attention paid), at times oppressive, depending on the temperaments of the Sultans and local officials. The island began over 250 years of economic decline.

As soon as the Greek War of Independence broke out in 1821, several Greek Cypriots left for Greece to join the Greek forces. In response, the Ottoman-icon.png Ottoman governor of Cyprusball arrested and executed 500 Hellenic State-icon.png Greek Cypriots. The Ottoman oppression led to uprisings by both Hellenic State-icon.png Greek and Turkey-icon.png Turkish Cypriots, but with little success. After centuries of neglect by the Ottoman-icon.png Turks, the ruthless poverty of most of the balls & the taxes fuelled Hellenic State-icon.png Greek nationalism, and by the 20th-century idea of enosis, alas union with newly independent Hellenic State-icon.png Hellenic Republicball was firmly rooted among Greek Cypriots.

British Rule

Modern history of Cyprusball

In the aftermath of the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878), Cyprus-icon.png Cyprusball was leased to the British Empire-icon.png British Empire which de facto took over its administration in 1878 (although Cyprusball remained an Ottoman territory until 1914) in exchange for guarantees that UK-icon.png UKball would use the island to protect the Ottoman-icon.png Ottoman Empireball against possible Russian-Empire-icon.png Russian aggression.

Cyprus-icon.png Cyprusball would serve UK-icon.png Britain as a key military base for its colonial routes. By 1906, when the Famagustaball harbour was completed, Cyprus-icon.png Cyprusball was a naval outpost overlooking the Suez Canal, the crucial main route to British Raj-icon.png India. Following the outbreak of the WW1 and the decision of the Ottoman-icon.png Ottoman Empireball to join the Central Powers; on 5 November 1914, the British Empire-icon.png British Empire formally anschlussed British Cyprus-icon.png Cyprusball and declared it a UK-icon.png British protectorate.

In 1915, UK-icon.png British offered British Cyprus-icon.png Cyprusball to Hellenic State-icon.png Greece on condition that Hellenic State-icon.png Greece would join WW1 on the side of the UK-icon.png British, which was declined. In 1923 Turkey-icon.png Turks relinquished any claim to British Cyprus-icon.png Cyprusball, and in 1925 it was declared a British crown colony. Many Greek and Turkish Cypriots fought in the British Army during both world wars.

The Hellenic State-icon.png Greek Cypriot population, meanwhile, had become hopeful that the UK-icon.png British administration would lead to enosis. The Northern Cyprus-icon.png Turkish Cypriots were skeptical of the situation which escalated in the 1950s into protests for the partition of the island but it was later eased off. In January 1950, the Cyprus-icon.png Church of Cyprusball organized a referendum (with no Turkey-icon.png Turkish participation), where 96% of the participating Hellenic State-icon.png Greeks voted in favour of enosis.

Independence

British Cyprus-icon.png British Cyprusball ended its existence on 16 August 1960 when the Cyprus-icon.png The Republic of Cyprusball was established. (Except for Akrotiri and Dhekelia-icon.png Akrotiri and Dhekeliaball)

Intercommunal violence erupted in 1963, which resulted in the death of 538 people, destruction of 109 Turkey-icon.png Turkish Cypriot or mixed villages and displacement of 27'000 Turkey-icon.png Turkish Cypriots.

The Hellenic State-icon.png Greek Cypriots still believed that enosis was their final goal.

1974 coup, Turkish invasion and division

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On 15 July 1974, the Greece-icon.png Greek military junta carried out a coup d'état in Cyprus-icon.png Cyprus, to unite the island with Greece-icon.png Greeceball. In response to the coup, five days later, the Turkey-icon.png Turkish army invaded the island, citing a right to intervene from the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee. This justification has been rejected by the UN-icon.png United Nations and the international community.

International pressure led to a ceasefire, and by then 36% of the island had been taken over by the Turkey-icon.png Turks and 180,000 Hellenic State-icon.png Greek Cypriots had been evicted from their homes in the north.

Post-partition

After the restoration of order in December 1974, Turkey-icon.png Turkish troops remained, occupying the northeastern portion of the island. In 1983, the Northern Cyprus-icon.png Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprusball was proclaimed, which is recognised only by Turkey-icon.png Turkeyball. Around 150,000 settlers from Turkey-icon.png Turkeyball are believed to be living in the north.

The last major effort to settle the Cyprusball dispute was the Annan Plan in 2004 aka United Republic of Cyprus-icon.png United Republic of Cyprusball but it was rejected by two-thirds of the voters.

On 1 May 2004, Cyprus-icon.png Cyprusball joined the EU-icon.png EUball, together with 9 other countryballs. In July 2006, the island served as a haven for people fleeing Lebanon-icon.png Lebanonball, due to the conflict between Israel-icon.png Israelcube and Hezbollah-icon.png Hezbollahball.

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Efforts have been made to enhance freedom of movement between the two sides. In April 2003, Northern Cyprus-icon.png Northern Cyprusball eased border restrictions, permitting Cyprus-icon.png Cypriots to cross between the two sides for the first time in 30 years. In March 2008, a wall that had stood between the Cyprus-icon.png Republic of Cyprusball and the UN-icon.png UN buffer zone was demolished & the Ledra Street was reopened.

In 2013 Cyprus-icon.png Cyprusball experienced an economic crisis when the government effectively stole the money from citizenballs to overcome the situation.

Now Cyprus-icon.png Cyprusball enjoys an influx of tourists every year, especially from UK-icon.png UKball and Russia-icon.png Russiaball.

Northern Cyprus-icon.png North and Cyprus-icon.png South relaunched reunification talks on 15 May 2015, however, they are presently in a bit of stagnation. And only time knows what is awaiting the island in the future.

Cyprus is one!

Flag Colors

Color Name RGB CMYK HEX
White 255, 255, 255 C0-M0-Y0-K0 #FFFFFF
Copper Brown 213, 120, 0 C0-M0.436-Y1-K0.164 #D57800
Olive Green 78, 91, 49 C0.142-M0-Y0.461-K0.643 #4E5B31

Relationships (Σχέσεις/Schéseis)

Friends/ (Οι φιλοι/Oi filoi)

  • Greece-icon.png Greeceball - Brother and best friend! Habitually swaps 12 points with each other at Eurovision. We share the same anthem as well, with different lyrics. But why have you installed a dictatorship on my island and let the Turks invade? Why did yuo do that? WHY?!
  • Russia-icon.png Russiaball - Good friend. Your tourists are welcomed! Made 5-Mins Crafts.
  • Malta-icon.png Maltaball - Little Mediterranean step-sister. Wants to get noticed by Yurop too.
  • Byzantine-icon.png Byzantineball - Daddy.
  • Armenia-icon.png Armeniaball - An old friend with a similar distaste for kebab. Remembers his uncle Ciliciaball well.
  • USA-icon.png USAball - Please help me reunite with Fake Cyprus, why didn't you stop kebab invading? HEY I'M NOT MILEY CYRUS!
  • Czech-icon.png Czechball - Oh Czechy, you seem so sympathetic!
  • Serbia-icon.png Serbiaball - Both Orthodox and Removes Kebab.
  • Romania-icon.png Romaniaball - Both Orthodox and Greece's friend.
  • Germany-icon.png Germanyball - Am waiting for your touristas! And euros
  • Iceland-icon.png Icelandball - Thanks for the 12 points in Yurovision 1989 and 1997.
    • Iceland-icon.png - You're welcome.
  • EU-icon.png EUball - Ye, Yurop! plize forgive denbts.
  • UN-icon.png UNball - I guess he's just of a peacekeeper. Better than tea bags bossing me around!
  • Crete-icon.png Creteball - My little brother. I love your culture and food. We even speak with similar accents. We also both have sunny beaches, hot summers, and more. The problem is that we have slightly different personalities, otherwise, we would be identical.
  • Lebanon-icon.png Lebanonball - He has been friends with me and Greece since he was Phoenician. He's really good friends with Armenia and also hates kebab. Also sorry about your explosion, I felt it too.[1]
  • Georgia-icon.png Georgiaball - Thanks for gib Tamta.

Neutral (Ουδέτερος/Oudéteros)

Enemies (Εχθροί/Echthroí)

  • Turkey-icon.png Turkeyball -That damn kebab won't reunify island! It is because of him that I cannot be united! AND DON'T STEAL MY OIL!
  • Azerbaijan-icon.png Azerbaijanball - He is friends with That Turkey-icon.png STUPID KEBAB!!. IF YUO RECOGNIZE KEBAB CYPRUS I WILL RECOGNISE ARTSAKH!
  • Ottoman-icon.png Ottomanball - Worst nightmare!
  • Pakistan-icon.png Pakistanball - He is the friend of Turkey-icon.png kebab! Remove MrstBall.png Scary Teacher 3D! Made in Greek Cyprus games stronk!
  • Somalia-icon.png Somaliaball - GET OUT OF HERE AND STOP RAIDING ME, YOU STUPID PIRATE! AND YOU'RE ALSO FRIENDS WITH THAT DAMN Turkey-icon.png KEBAB!

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