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    Not to be confused with Iranball.

    Can't go there, 'cause the Americans will shoot you
     
    Jeremy Clarkson
    The hell that is Iraq?
     
    Saddam Hussein
    مَوْطِنِيْ مَوْطِنِيْ
    اَلْجَلَالُ وَالْجَمَالُ وَالسَّنَاءُ وَالْبَهَاءُ
    فِيْ رُبَاك فِيْ رُبَاك
     
    Iraqball about to sing its anthem
    Iraq Lobster!
     
    Peter Griffin

    I rockball Iraqball, officially the Republic of Iraqball, is where Saddam Hussein is hiding under a rock filled with a rack of eyes a civil war countryball in the Middle East. It is bordered by Turkeyball to the North, Saudi Arabiaball to the South and Southwest, Syriaball to the West, along with Jordanball to the Southwest, and Iranball to the East, with Kuwaitball to the Southeast. The country is divided into nineteen Governorates. Altogether, however, it has a total area of 168,754 square miles, making it the 58th largest country in the world. As of 2018, it maintains a population of 38.12 million inhabitants.

    Iraqball is a member of the Arab Leagueball and the OICball due to being a majority-Kebab country in the Arabian Peninsula, as well as the UNball like almost every other country.

    Iraqball is sometimes seen as the cradle of civilization as its clay was once home to Mesopotamia, an ancient civilization situated between the Tigris-Euphrates river. However, due to large amounts of conquests from more powerful countryballs (Such as Persiaball and Macedonball, and British Empireball), along with the ongoing conflict it's dealing with, it is very hard for people to believe it. It is more often seen as one of the worst countryballs in the world to live in, which has led to many Iraqiballs seeking refuge in USAball and Europe.

    Its national day is October 3. Like Germanyball lol

    History

    Iraqball is situated on the Tigris-Euphrates River system which is where the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia emerged. Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, and Assyrian civilizations would be located in Iraqball. Mesopotamia would come under Persian rule, then came under Greek rule, then would be fought over between Romans and Persians until the Muslim conquests of the 7th century. Abbasidball took over all of Umayyadball's clay (expect Spain) in the 750 thanks to the Persian general Abu Muslim. Abbasidball had unsuccessfully tried to push out Byzantine Empireball out of the Middle East but had many won battles.

    The first Abbasid caliph, as-Saffa, gave a sermon to justify the newly proclaimed caliphate. He said in it, that "the Abbasids were the kin of God's messenger" and created "from the ancestors of the Prophet Muhammad's family tree." The second caliph, al-Mansoor, began the construction of a new capital in Iraq, on the site of Baghdad, on the banks of the Tigris River. He created a wonderful round city with high walls added; and it was surrounded with four gates. It was a symbol centralizing the power in the hands of the caliph.

    The fifth caliph, Harun ar-Rashid, grandson of al-Mansoor, is often regarded as the greatest of the Abbasid caliphs. He built the House of Wisdom, which was a beacon of Islamic learning. It was based on the saying by the Prophet Muhammad "The ink of a scholar is more holy than the blood of a martyr." He therefore launched a new golden age of science. Many Islamic scholars, such as al-Khwarizmi, ibn Al-Haytham, al-Sufi, ibn Sina, and ibn Rushd have inspired many scientists throughout the world.

    Sadly, the last 300 years were not so successful. Of the 12 caliphs who ruled between 860 and 934, half were murdered. It eventually got worse when the caliph Mustaqfi at some point, Abbasidball was forced to hand all its clay to Buyidball, in order to hold on to the caliphate. Other land-hungry dynastyballs got parts of the rapidly disintegrating caliphate Seljukball came on the rescue and removed Buyidball.

    However, Abbasidball poisoned its sultan so Seljukball anchlussed its clay before regaining independence. Baghdadball would become the center of the Islamic golden age with very well known books until the Mongols invaded and besieged Baghdadball in 1258, burning all the important advanced sources of Islamic history. The city would never feel the same again.

    After most of the city had been mercilessly burned down, Iraq would become a province of Ilkhanateball which he would cross though to attack Mamlukball. But after Ilkhanateball got sick and died from the black plague, Iraq's clay would be ruled by the Ilkhan Persianized son of Jalayiridsball who wanted to resurrect part of Abbasidball before he was slained by the emerging Timurid Empireball. Jalayiridsball became Timur's slave province and would be later liberated by the Turkic Qara Qoyunluball until he became unfriendly who took his clay and occupied it like his brother Aq Qoyunluball for the rest of the 15th century.

    In the 1500's Safavid Dynastyball conquered and ruled over what was the defunct Aq Qounlu and Timurid Empire restoring Persian control over Iraq. The neighboring Ottoman Empireball didn't want the middle east to be dominant Shia and that Shia beliefs would take over Anatolia, so around the 1530's he occupied Iraq as a buffer zone for the rest of 16th century.

    The Ottoman-Persian wars really shaped Ottoman society in Iraq. Safavid Dynastyball fought over control of its Islamic holy sites including the capital and even sieged Iraqball control before Kebab recaptured it. Iraqball's new occupier Ottoman Empireball elected sultans to rule over the area and put down some Kurdish revolts. The self-governing sultans took a much slower time to modernize the country.

    Before World War I, British Empireball colonized neighboring Kuwaitball. When the Ottomans joined the war against the Entente, Britain declared war on Ottoman Empireball and invaded through Kuwait. Due to Arab resistance against the Ottomans, Ottomanball gradully lose control over Mestopania and the region was partitioned by {I|British Empire}} British Empireball and British Iraqball would be dominated by the British until the formation of the independent Kingdom of Iraqball in 1932 (Which would be a British puppet state from 1941-1947). Under British rule, Kingdom of Iraqball King Ghazi wanted to into sea to become a stronk power, but UKball wouldn't let it annex Kuwait. But someday.....

    King Ghazi later would die in a car crash, allowing King Faisal the second to take over. In April 1941, the Iraqi king Abd al-Ilah was overthrown by the Golden Square which replaced him with Rashid Ali al-Gaylani, who made Iraqball align to the axis. As a result, UKball had to invade Iraq again a month later and just SIGHED at Iraqball thinking how a child colony of theirs could have done that which left massive guilt to UKball and allowed other colonies to be freed during the war.

    After World War 2 and into the Cold War, Iraqball´s economy was destroyed. But not as heavy as Sovietball or Germanyball, Iraqball´s economy grew heavy on UKball´s spending as Iraqball of enterings the 1950s. The economic structure was very feudal and relied on oil and agriculture. Being one of the Arab countries to be defeated by Israelcube in the first Arab-Israeli War, Iraqball fought to destroy Israelcube again in 1956 during the Sinai War. (Spoiler.... they lost again unfourantely!!!) Iraqball once had the curious idea to merge with Jordanball and become a stronk power since they were both Hashemites. This became the Arab Federationball, but it didn´t last long.

    On July 14, 1958, the decline and failure of economic structures lead to the July 14 revolution by Iraqi republicans. When the military brigades took over Baghdadball, Iraqball also did some horrifying things like as killing the king, hanging the king body on a roof, then killing and maiming the crown prince and prime minister, having a parade in the streets with both bodies, and executing the rest of the royal family surviving only Princess Hiyam. After that, it decided to become a "republic", which was actually a single-party military junta. Now, the military dictator of the country, who was “Abd al-Karim Qasim Muhammad Bakr al-Fadhli al-Zubaidi”, was with good concepts on social-economic policy, but weird ideas on foreign policies. Iraqball allowed instituted progressive laws such as women's rights, allowance of marriage and divorce unlike most middle eastern countries, increased spending of education literacy, and agrarian reform. This land reform was done in a socialist context, which led to the abolition of the semi-feudal economy, as well as installing a planned economy and nationalizing oil. Iraqball's revolutionary stage caused it to ditch influence of the western block and become friends with Sovietball. However, Abd al-Karim Qasim's stronghold polities of Iraq nationalism made Arab-Kurd unity, and pan-Arabism alienated and isolated Iraqball who had gone crazy from all neighboring countries. The purge of communists regardless of friendly Iraqball-USSRball relation, the 1959 massacre in Mosulball, and failures of redistributing land made him unpopular. To add more burn on the knee, Kurdballs in the country started to rebel after finding out the food prices were too high. Only in 4 years, another coup happened by the Ba'aths in his own government to kill Abd al-Karim Qasim and succeded because Iraqball refused to befriend and join the pan-Arab United Arab Republicball. This was the Ramadan Revolution of 1963. However, even the coup led to even more instability, as the Ba'aths were taken out in a counter-coup by pro-Nasserist Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr. Iraqball became friends with United Arab Republicball and started a slow integration through economics and politics. But then, someone came along...

    When took power ending the previous Iraqi Republicball Iraqball became under Ba'ath rule but was still a single-party military dictatorship. Despite being opposed to the former presidency, Ba'athist Iraqball continued its revolutionary policies of nationalization. Ba'athist Iraqball. It then declared war on Iranball in 1980 to "liberate" Khuzestanball. Because it couldn't pay debts to Kuwaitball it declared war on its in 1990 still claiming that UKball stole Kuwaitball from it in colonial times and that Kuwaitball was stealing Iraqi oil. It failed because the USAball-led coalition stopped it from anschlussing Kuwaitball in the Gulf War.

    Then in 2003 being once again invaded by USAball, with the intention of "liberating" Iraq from Saddam's control, as accused Saddamn of supporting Al-Qaedaball in the 9/11 attack. (In reality, it was to secure US interests in Iraq.) USAball tried to remove many terrorists and Ba'ath loyalists in Iraqi clay, hence, this immensely led to a war which saw Al-Qaeda set up ISIS to conquer Iraqball's clay, which failed.

    USAball pulled out in 2011 but ended up in even worse condition. It is now technically friends with USAball, but that doesn't matter much. The new government by the way, recognized Kurdish autonomy. Things got worse when ISIS broke off from Al-Qaedaball.

    Before, 15% is sieged by Kurdistanball. Recently, ISIS in western Mosul was on the offensive as its forces advanced capturing one of its dams. But now, it succeeded to take the whole of Mosul from ISIS. It also recaptured Tal-Afar and was now invading Hawija and it won [1]. Its final campaign was its Western Iraq Campaign, and it liberated the desert on December 9th, ending ISIS in Iraqball. On December 10th, Iraqball celebrated the end of ISIS with a parade.

    In the 1st of October 2019, Major protests started in Iraqball due to the major corruption of the leaders in Iraqball and the influence of Iranball in Iraqball.

    2020 does not seem the best year for Iraqball, one of its generals got killed in an airstrike by USAball which caused Iraqball to make a vote to remove American soldiers from its clay.

    In February 2020, Iraqball had its first infection of coronavirus which caused it to close many of its borders and schools.

    In 2022, Protests occurred due to instabilty and close ties with Iran.

    However, in 2023, good things has come as Iraq is hosting the 25th Gulf Cup after being isolated since Saddam's rise. Iraq even ended up becoming the winner of the Gulf cup.

    Flag Colors

    Main Colors

    Color Name RGB CMYK HEX
    Philippine Red 205, 17, 37 C0-M92-Y82-K20 #CD1125
    White 255, 255, 255 N/A #FFFFFF
    Black 0, 0, 0 C0-M0-Y0-K100 #000000


    Emblem Colors

    Color Name RGB CMYK HEX
    Jordan Jazz 1, 123, 61 C99-M0-Y50-K52 #017B3D


    Relationships

    Friends

    • Sumerball, Akkadball, Babylonball, and Assyriaball - My four amazing ancestors, I call them the “Four Iraqi Gems”.
    • Armeniaball - Many Armenians living in my clay is also a good friend.
    • Australiaball - Many of us living in their clay, and it is also very friendly with me.
    • Brazilball (except from football) - Trade partner but never forget of 6-0!!
    • Cyprusball - His Arabic minority is descended from me.
    • Kuwaitball - Happy National Day my sibling! Small sibling! Thanks for the supplies so I can into removing ISIS. Also I am really sorry for invading you because of Saddam Hussein. I can't be blamed for that, even my people didn’t want Saddam Hussein to invade Kuwait. But now I am changed, also we are both descended from Sumerball also can you give me the Bubiyan Island plox I need more access to the Gulf
    • Egyptball - Good Friend. It is also a trade partner and I also like its pyramids. And we both have rich history.
    • Franceball - Thank you for helping me against ISIS, but it's a bit coward.
    • Greeceball - Good friend and European counterpart, its Ancient self further developed the ideas of my ancestors.
    • Georgiaball - It is one of America's Al-States that I like, it adores Al-kebab to death, also thanks for comforting me after Donald Trump killed one of my generals.
    • Hungaryball - Good friend. BUT TAKE IMMIGRANTS. Plus, Transylvania belongs to Romania.
    • Icelandball - I Like LazyTown unlike this rebel that hates LazyTown. Sorry about Robbie Rotten
    • Indiaball - Good friend. It also likes my food and I like its.
    • Indonesiaball - Good friend and economic trade partner!
    • Iranball - We were sworn enemies in the past, but we're cool now. It gibs me aid to fight terrorists, and we both hate the Zionist. Still, could you stop those missile strikes? I know Burger killed your men, but my people live here too.
    • Japanball - I like your cars unlike this rebel that hates your cars.
    • Jordanball - Good sibling and we are also neighbours too. We also tried to fuse into one country when I was a kingdom.
    • Kazakhbrick - Trading partner.
    • Lebanonball - I like your food and your beaches.
    • North Koreaball - Good Friend but watch your nukes plox. :( Actually I have no relations with him currently.
    • Pakistanball - Good Friend, but stop bullying India plox.
    • Palestineball - My Good Arab friend. I hope one day it'll be freed from Israelcube. I like him since Saddam times. Also the writer of my anthem is from his clay.
    • Philippinesball - Best Southeast Asian friend because it likes Syriaball. And it's USAball's child, even Japanball, South Koreaball, and others are friends with the west. But why do you ban OFWs from entering my clay?
    • Romaniaball - I like its food. It was also a good friend in these Saddam days.
    • Albaniaball - European kebab, all Balkans are good friends of me. But Kosovo isn't yours!
    • South Africaball - It is a BRICSbrick member along with my other 4 friends.
    • South Koreaball - Same as China but it has good cars too. Gibs K2C and T-50s. But why did you ban your people travel my country??? I'm safe...! (except for when there's war duh)
    • Spainball - We knew that feeling .
    • Syriaball - Historical best friend and dear sibling. Together removing ISIS!! But but why you hate My African Friend and you're recognizing that Issaq Genocide Siad Barre didn't do anything Worse.
    • UAEball - Trading partner and oil-rich like me. I also likings its cities, especially Abu Dhabi and Dubai. I can also into having a taller building than Burj Khalifa in 2025 named Basra Bride.
    • Ukraineball - We are good friends as long as I do not recognize Crimeaball as Russiaball's. I also don't like to be a Russian puppet, unlike sis. I was once Babyloniaball, I will not be anyone's puppet except Iran... have my pride, just like Egyptball and Greeceball. I am not a superpower or a great power but I have my historical pride.
    • Vaticanball - It donated a Lamborghini to save some Christian kids in my clay. Thank you so much Pope!
    • Somaliaball - Fellow arab friend who i have given aid to several times. I was loyal to him during his darkest times but why you hate My Brother Also I Will Not recognize Issaq Genocide.

    Neutral

    • Saddam Hussein - One of the most complicated leaders of me. He changed me and the entire glory, and made my people proud. You still suck when it comes to making friends with everybody in West Asia! All you do is invade Iranball, Kuwaitball, and Saudi Arabiaball for power and oil! ALSO WHY IN THE HELL WHOULD YOU KILL KURDS AND SHIAS?! THEY DID NOTHING TO YOU!!
    • Kurdistanball ( Iraqi Kurdistanball) - Helped me fight ISIS and restore peace. But don't dare and try to hold a referendum! You can't into independence! Ha! Take this, your independence referendum is failed.
    • UKball - We both like tea and can into it, But Never Forget Invasion!! But yuo still good tho. Gib training.
    • USAball - You sanctioned, bombed and invaded me and stole my oil! 1991-2003 NEVER FORGET! Well, we are strategic partners now, and I guess you helped me deal with this asshole, but could you please stop bombing my clay? Iranian militias help me too, you know, and your troops have really overstayed their welcome here.
    • Russiaball - Thanks for helping me against ISIS. But I won't be your puppet. You conquered a piece of another country and nobody invaded you because of that... man... I sincerely envy you. But I want to improve my relationship with Kuwaitball, so I'm going to condemn this act, ok. Sorry but Crimeaball is still Ukraineball
    • Turkeyball - Our relations were changing everyday. Small Turkish minority resides in Kirkukball. Just get out of my sibling, don't of you even cry about yuor past self yuo Ottoman restoration fanatic!

    Enemies

    • Daeshball - YOU RUINED ME YOU FUCK!! YOU ENACTED A RULE JUST AS OPPRESSIVE AS SADDAM IN YOUR OCCUPIED CLAY, AND YOU DESTROYED MONUMENTS OF MY SUMERIAN PAST!!! I AM SO GLAD THAT YOU ARE DEAD FOR GOOD!! 2017 BEST YEAR OF MY LIFE!!!
    • Isfakecube - Some wannabe country that is stealing land instead and humiliating Palestineball. If only UKball wasn't successful at invading me in 1941. MY PARLIAMENT HAS SIGNED A BILL BY PROHIBITING TIES AND NORMALIZATION OF RELATIONS WITH YOU!!! THE ONLY GOOD THING MY SHIT GOVERNMENT DOINGS OH, AND FREE PALESTINE!!!!!!! I can't believe the religion that was persecuted at so many hands created an asshole. Even Saddam Hussein hates you.

    Gallery

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    Click here to see it.


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