Not yet. =[
Katherine Jones (Virginia)
"Virginia is the tenth American state, with a rich history and a a deep connection to her roots. She was the first English colony in America, and retains some of the same physical traits as England because of this. They don’t have much to do with each other these days, but seem to get along well enough when they do meet. Despite this, they don’t really consider each other friends.
She played a very large part in the American Revolution, and when it comes to the Civil War, she harbours a lot of guilt about the mistakes she made. She’s prone to mood swings, able to go from pleasant and sunny one moment to ill-tempered and stormy the next. She doesn’t really think a thing about it, as she’s always been that way and really doesn’t find it to be unusual.
Religion was a big part of her history and continues to be very important to her. She can’t leave her home without her silver cross necklace - she could leave the house without a shirt and not notice, but she feels naked without the metal chains over her chest.
She tries to keep a neat, tidy appearance, and she makes a serious effort to look nice when she goes out, especially to meetings. However, when she’s at home, she has a tendency to let herself go, lounging around in old sweatshirts and letting her hair go into disarray - because of this, she hates having folks drop over unannounced. She doesn’t want others to think of her as disheveled. She’s somewhat body-conscious, and hates showing too much skin, although she loves the beach.
Due to her upbringing, she believes she has to help those in need, treat others as she would want to be treated, and do what she can to make the world around her a better place. Unfortunately, she often gets wrapped up in her own issues, and she can’t concentrate on the things she touts as more important.
She loves animals, especially those indigenous to her area, and she owns a small green snake called ‘June’ who likes to curl up around her wrist and sleep. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, cooking, swimming, beach-combing, and sitting in coffee-shops for entirely too long before paying. She has a great love of and respect for wildlife, flora and fauna alike, sometimes preferring the company of animals to people.”
Original Character: Faroe Islands / Døgg
The curl[ahoge] is an angle and represents major fish industry, it’s also in a shape of VIÐOY
Her hair is suppose to be fluffy
-Reference to her Old Norse name “Færeyjar”
-Fær means sheep
The piercing in her left ear represents Litla Dímun, an uninhabited island.
She owns a hammer.
-Reference to the band TÝR and their song <Hail to the Hammer>
She’s somewhat a ginger
-‘Cause of the Scottish & Irish settlers
She loves dancing
-Most Scandinavian dances survived through Faroese culture when everyone were converted to Christian
Instead of a pet puffin [like Iceland] she has a pet sheep, which she carries around
-‘Cause she’s manly like that XD
-Most sheep there have different long feet ‘cause of the hills so she hates seeing it walk [‘cause it’s “her” fault] ;v;
She’s a really traditional woman
-It’s a stereotype in Iceland
She seems to speak really formal
-Based on my own research in Faroese
So I believe an anon a while back asked for a good Faroe Islands oc. While this profile doesn’t necessarily have much history, the facts included still proves that the artist knows the history and culture of the island. I love how even the hair style seems to have been thought out, and how she’s not just a female Denmark like most of the Faroes I’ve seen.
History:A strange man named Sir Walter Raleigh paid the small native child a visit in the late 16th century. The man kept suggesting that the small native shall be named “Virginia”. Virginia, what a strange name, it surely didn’t sound like a boy’s name…and sure enough it wasn’t. For you see, it was in honor of a queen from a far away land, a land called England. That queen was named Elizabeth I, she was known as the Virgin Queen, for her refusal to marry.
The name was indiscriminately applied to pretty much all of North America, who’s geography was only understood by the enterprising English. Nevertheless, only a year after Raleigh’s travels (which was in 1584), 108 settlers arrived on Roanoke Island (in modern Day North Carolina) to colonize Virginia, although the little colony quickly failed (for the people mysteriously disappeared, though that story is for another time).
Major conflicts quickly erupted between the early settlers and the indigenous peoples, the ones that scared the poor native child to the point that he tried his best to avoid the those strange new people. Though not long after those strange people founded a place called Jamestown in his land around 1607, the Elders (the Natives) attacked the settlement. This made the small native boy happy, and relived that he didn’t have to live in hiding from those strange people, and their strange customs for the rest of his life.
That wasn’t possible, for three years after the Natives attack on Jamestown, the English virtually destroyed the nearby Paspahegh village, along with Mama Powhatan. With his mother tribe hurt the native boy grew fearful of these settlers and their steady influx during the following years.
Winter 1609, the tribes stop trading with the settlers and started raiding their small towns. 10 Natives nearly four-fifths of the Jamestown settlers! Rescue from the influx of new settlers failed to improve relations with Mama Powhatan and her Chief , who told the settlers they could stay, though only at their own risk.
Ultimately peace was restored between the feuding sides when the Chief’s daughter, Matoaka (aka Pocahontas) was married to John Rolfe in 1614. Three years previous to his marriage, Rolfe had imported tobacco seeds, and the success of the plant in Virginia was to endure and bolster the state’s economy for centuries! Though with this (somewhat) union of the natives and the Europeans, the dear native boy found himself being called Virginia, and that is how it has been since then.
Toward the end of the 17th century, the price of tobacco had fallen, and Virginia and his colonists became poorer. They (the colonists and Virginia) became aggravated by the unbalanced aristocratic society, that they rebelled under the leadership of Nathaniel Bacon. Bacon succeeded in burning much of Jamestown in 1676 before the Royal Governor restored order. By 1698 Jamestown had seen four statehouses, each of which were destroyed. The capital of the Virginia was then moved to Williamsburg.
Virginia’s long history as an English colony did not prevent intense Anti-British sentiment in the years approaching the American Revolution. The rebellious rhetoric of men like George Mason and Patrick Henry—who famously incited Virginia and his people to take arms against the British with his “Give me Liberty, or give me death!” speech —-inspired revolutionaries across the country. So on May 15, 1776, Virginia declared his independence from Great Britain, having already joined his fellow colonies in the Revolutionary War.
In 1780 then Governor Thomas Jefferson moved Virginia’s capital from Williamsburg to Richmond, fearing that Williamsburg was too vulnerable to British attacks. The war concluded at the siege of Yorktown in the fall of 1781, which ended in General Cornwallis’ surrender. The American victory was the last major battle of the war.
By the end of the 18th century, five future U.S. presidents had been born in Virginia’s land. This distinguished group included the new nation’s first president, George Washington, who was widely credited for the military defeat of the British. Thomas Jefferson and Jame Madison, the third and Forth Presidents, had significant roles in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution respectively. Rounding out the list were William Henry Harrison, the first president to die in office (after one month in office!), and his successor James Tyler. On top of this impressive litany, Virginia has held a majority of representatives in the House, leaving little doubt that he had a huge influence on the early republic.
Virginia’s fortunes began to falter in the 19th century. A slow western migration, encouraged in part by the exhausted soil in the eastern part of his land, resulted in a proportional population loss; by 1860 Virginia—at the beginning of the republic the most populous state—-ranked fifth (yup he lost a good amount of his height, he became a short stack.) As early as 1792 Kentucky (VA’s little brother) moved out of his house and joined the union independently.
One of the most violent slave rebellions in American history occurred on Virginia soil in the year 1831. Nat Turner led approximately 70 escaped slaves and free blacks in an uprising in Southampton County, freeing slaves and killing 55 white people. The retribution killed at least twice as many black people. The violence on both sides was indiscriminate. Perhaps of greater national import was an attempted slave rebellion led by John Brown on Harpers Ferry (Now part of West Virginia) in 1859. Brown raided the national arsenal, killing several people in the process, in an attempt to arm slaves and lead a revolt. Although the plan failed, the incident ignited abolitionists sentiment throughout the country, pushing it to the Civil War.
Despite initial opposition to secession by some of Virginia’s leading men—-Including Robert E. Lee—-the state joined the rest of it’s Southern brothers and sisters with breaking the Union in 1861. The Confederate States of America moved their capital from Montgomery, Alabama to Richmond, and Robert E. Lee (who had previously declined President Lincoln’s offer to command the Union forces) became one of the Confederacy’s most successful generals. Even though in the beginning Virginia wasn’t for splitting anyone up, he found that after things escalated, he needed to protect his heritage as well as his people. So going against those that he loved, and called family was the only option at this point.
More battles were fought on Virginia’s contested soil then anywhere else during the Civil War, including major battles like: The First and Second Battles of Bull Run, the Battle of Fredericksburg, and the Battle of Chancellorsville. Both Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg were major victories for Virginia and Lee’s army.
Nonetheless, Virginia also saw General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865. In 1870 Virginia rejoined the Union on January 26; six years later the discovery of coal in southwestern Virginia helped relieve some of the economic pressures He was feeling from the war and Reconstruction.
The constitution of 1870, which allowed all men to vote, held fast until the Jim Crow Era. The 1902 constitution that replaced it, effectively disenfranchised Virginia’s black population, a regression not redressed until the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In 1989, however, Virginia was the first state in the nation to elect a black governor, Douglas Wilder.
Economically, Virginia has come a long way, he has revived somewhat in the second half of the 20th century. The Pentagon, the headquarters of the federal Department of Defense, was constructed between 1941-1943 in Arlington (the nations smallest self-governing county), while the Central Intelligence Agency built its own headquarters in nearby Langley. He also currently houses a thriving military-industrial economy; though tourism plays a major role as well. Mostly because of Virginia’s wealth of historical landmarks. The “Historic Triangle” formed by Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown is a premier destination.
His formative role in early American history may be his best known asset, but this state’s recent economic and cultural developments are encouraging signs of rebirth from America’s “mother of states”; Virginia.
~That scar on his neck, he received it from his loss in the Battle of Gettysburg. He refuses to cover it up, for it reminds him of that huge mistake he made back then
~Virginia has a weird habit of second guessing himself. Blame his mistakes in the past for that.
~The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg is the second oldest in the United States, it was founded in 1693.
~Virginia’s largest private employer is also the world’s largest ship building yard.
~Virginia is the home base for the United States Navy’s Atlantic Fleet.
~The Pentagon building in Arlington is the largest office building in the world, by floor area!
~The first Thanksgiving in North America was held in Virginia in 1619.
~Virginia has been dubbed the “Internet Capital of the world”. This is why he spends most of his time poking around on the interwebs
~Government employment, especially the Federal government and military, has replaced tobacco as the state’s number one industry.
~He loves taking photos of wildlife, especially of butterflies and wild horses.
~Over 2,200 of the 4,000 battles fought in the civil war were fought in Virginia.
~For centuries, wild ponies have roamed the islands of Chincoteague and Assateague off the coast of Maryland and Virginia. To protect the natural resources of the wildlife refuge, the size of the herds are limited. In Virginia, the yearly “Pony Penning” roundup and auction maintains the limit of 150 adult animals.
~His state dog is the American Foxhound. He owns one and his name is Jefferson.
As requested by the anon, here’s a very well done Virginia oc (as well as a good state oc for that other anon.) The history is very well done and the artist uses a lot of good facts about the state that both prove that they know about the state and helps make the character more rounded.
Really, having a good state oc is the same as with any other Hetalia oc- lots of research into their history and other aspects of the stereotypes of the areas, not to mention how they probably shouldn’t have many relationships with nations other than perhaps whoever colonized them or if they really have strong ties to them.
None that have been posted yet. I’ll be on the lookout for one, though.
Human Name: Andrej Markić
Sexual Orientation: Heteroromantic Demisexual
Appearance: Andrej is a master of presentation. When on business, his suits are clean and his oxford shirts always pressed, which is quite an achievement when viewed alongside the city’s hoi polloi, not to mention some Government entities. His casual wear is almost a dressed-down variation on his work wear, consisting of an assortment of blazers, button-up shirts, and slacks. His rather intense exercise regimen and excellent posture only lend to his presence — whether they actually help offset his somewhat boyish face is up in the air. His warm dark brown hair has a mild wave that only manages to work itself up into a curl above his right eye and occasionally obscures his sharp grey eyes.
Personality: In having spent the past thousand years in the service of others and getting nothing in return, Andrej has become bitter and is now primarily motivated in serving his own interests, which meshes well enough with the aims of the mafia. His approach to dialogue, when choosing to speak to anyone at all, is sardonic and deadpan, and getting a smile out of him is a near-impossible task… the best indication of his state of mind can be found in his eyes. His inclination is to distrust everyone and doesn’t grant it casually — if Andrej tells someone that he’s got their back, they could walk into hell and still find him there when glancing over their shoulders. He perceives women with amusement, if not with complete indifference, likely as a result of his being jilted by Hungary.
Allies: Austria and Germany. His relationship with the former Yugoslav republics is as cordial as he is capable of, though it’s considerably cooler in regards to Serbia and Montenegro for reasons originating in his war for independence in the early 1990’s and his working with them is established primarily on a basis of convenience… though recent experience has caused this to slip. Prior to the establishment of the new world order, he would have never entertained the thought of working in cooperation with Hungary, but he did so gracefully considering the alternatives and finding them lacking. He likes to think that he can count on his twin brother Dalmatia and his sister Slavonia, but sometimes wonders how deep the loyalty lies.
Enemies: Andrej prefers to keep business from getting personal, but he intensely dislikes Turkey for his past campaign in Europe and intensely dislikes Britain for jerking him around over the course of the 20th century for peddling his territory to Italy after WWI and having supported Serbia’s interests as they pertained to him in the 20th century (“I imagine they’re both members of the ‘Be an Ass and Jerk Around 3 Other Ethnic Groups’ Club.”). That traitor Italy had best watch himself too.
Background: Croatia found his home — and sadly, what would become his eventual lifestyle — in the Western Balkans of the early 7th century, enlisted by the Byzantine Empire to fight off the Avars. Over the next three centuries, he had converted to Catholicism and had ascended to status as a kingdom. Lest he become too proud of himself, things took a downward turn — due to the intermarriage of one of his kings with an enterprising young Hungarian princess, Hungary’s eyes fell on him and, following the death of said king, attacked to take what she claimed was hers. After several years of resistance, Croatia’s elected king was slain and Hungary took control in 1102, though settlements allowed Croatia to remain a somewhat independent entity, albeit one under the Hungarian crown. The following centuries were spent in service to Hungary and trying to make sure that Hungary didn’t call him her bitch, even though that’s what he essentially was.
A few centuries later, the Ottoman Empire began making incursions into the Balkans, and maintaining his dignity under Hungary became the least of his problems. The ensuing conflict came to a head in the 16th century, when Hungary fell to Turkey in 1526’s Battle of Mohács (which resulted in both a weakened Hungary and Croatia swearing allegiance to Austria) and got most ridiculous after the fall of Bihać when little of Croatia didn’t belong to Turkey, which resulted in Croatia’s consenting to allow Austria to establish the Militärgrenze, i.e. Vojna Krajina, whose birth he’d come to regret in a few hundred years.
Croatia stood behind Austria in the War of the Austrian Succession and later in 1848 when he fought with him against a revolutionary Hungary in her failed war for independence, in the first case Austria had rewarded him, in the second case his loyalty was rewarded with the repercussions dealt out to Hungary. Right around that time, Croatia started entertaining the idea of blowing that popsicle stand, as it was becoming apparent that neither Austria nor Hungary knew how to treat him right, and that maybe things would be better if he teamed up with his fellow South Slavs, which he’d also come to regret soon enough.
After the defeat of Austria Hungary in World War I, Croatia found himself newly independent, but as in most things, still got screwed when Italy, that backstabber that collaborated with the UK, came and took Istria and Dalmatia. He soon joined up with Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Serbia, about to realize his pan-Slavic dream. A dream that quickly turned into a nightmare when Serbia pulled a fast one and swiftly moved to make the new Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes the Kingdom of Serbia and All of His Bitches, i.e. Yugoslavia. After a thousand years of life, Croatia was pretty much done with all of that bullshit, but after a thousand years of life Serbia was convinced that all problems of consequence could be solved with violence, so he took it upon himself to rig the system to fit his agenda and kill Croatia’s dissenting politicians, which he’d come to regret in ten years.
With the advance of the Axis and the fall of Belgrade in 1941, Croatia’s vengeance against Serbia found impetus upon his establishment as the Independent State of Croatia under Nazi Germany. While the Partisan movement under Tito found its start in Croatia and later came to reunite Yugoslavia, they didn’t obtain control soon enough to save the hundreds of thousands of Serbs (in addition to other groups marked by the Nazis for death) viciously murdered at the hands of the facist Ustaša.
Croatia returned to Yugoslavia, now socialist and headed by the charismatic Tito, but this time it took him around twenty years to start feeling discontented regarding the balance of power in the country, and began to spiral downward quickly after the passing of Tito. So in 1990, Croatia decided that he had had enough and left Yugoslavia alongside Slovenia. The Krajina, where Serbians had been invited to live by the Austrians in order to fill the area with bodies, began to feel insecure and wasn’t too keen on leaving Yugoslavia, at which point she declared her own independence (which no one else took seriously), and then the ethnic “cleansing” began… but Croatia ultimately had the final word. His treatment of Krajina over the course of the war, once he could work himself up to retaliate, was ruthless, and yet he also took in hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees from Bosnia. Apart from the war, Croatia’s transition away from socialism was a little more rocky, being fraught with corruption in the private sector, which he managed to begin to work his way out of by the end of the decade.
And yet, even with having achieved the independence he had longed for for so long, he found himself rushing to gain membership of any number of supranational organizations, most notably the EU, which would demand them most from him — from Slovenia harping on him about Adriatic real estate to demands that he turn generals into the Hague that he was convinced were heroes in his war of independence.
Strengths: Andrej is utterly and completely devoid of skittishness (he doesn’t appreciate blood on his suit, however…). This augments his already ruthless no-holds-barred fighting style. Having been shafted so many times in his existence, he’s also become keen in sensing what a potential ally’s — or enemy’s — level of sincerity and motivations are. He also holds his alcohol like a pro. AND DON’T GET ME STARTED ON HOW ADEPT HE IS IN THE KITCHEN… OR ON THE DANCEFLOOR.
Weaknesses: While being a formidable fighter, Andrej is prone to behaving incredibly irrationally in situations where he has an emotional stake (especially in cases of vengeance), often bringing grievous injury to himself in the process of annihilating the enemy. Another detriment to his work performance is his reluctance where it comes to fighting fellow Catholics (he’s marginally less reluctant when it comes to fellow Slavs). Andrej also occasionally has issues ordering his priorities (e.g. purchasing more coffee or plum brandy in lieu of food).
Likes: Coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, cooking. Looking good. Others comprehending one of his backhanded compliments minutes after the fact. And listening to Serbian music and collecting “vintage” fashion, though he’d never admit to the two.
Dislikes: Lukewarm coffee, getting blood on a nice suit (though he has become quite adept at laundering them), being antagonized by Serbia. Realizing that he’s buttoned his shirt unevenly halfway through the day. Being greeted by domestic animals when he’s nicely dressed.
Anything Else: Despite his apparent irreligiousity, Andrej wears a rosary beneath his shirt at all times. If a Vatican City comes out of the woodwork, it’s an absolute certainty that Andrej will be unloading his soul on him frequently. He sports a wide assortment of scars only known to himself, and he considers any number of pastries superior to churros if they are to be consumed with his daily coffee.
Somebody mentioned good Balkan OCs and I immediately had to put up this Croatia, who roleplays with me. He is one of the most accurate representations of the country that I’ve seen yet, the research is amazing, and his relationship with other countries/regions/etc. is just spot on. His roleplayer has a tumblr here at unrealisanagramfor.tumblr.com and she has a pretty great Herzegovina OC, too.
He’s old. Very very old. The oldest Christian nation around, he takes quite a bit of pride in that (301 AD). Older than Rome, older than China, he’s been through quite a lot in his life. He has been kingdoms, republics, and at one time with Ireland and Greece were the most influential capitals of Christianity. Although a small nation now and one almost unheard of, his height represents the centuries and millenia his people have stood through. His name, in fact, means “giant.”
Quite a compassionate, kind soul, he is more or less peaceful and the father-type figure of the group. Incredibly hospitable, he is willing to welcome any stranger into his home to share his customs and himself. He is a deep appreciator of the arts, literature, music, and even has his own studio he bought to store his treasures and do art/music/read after the soviet union fell. Unwilling to get into fights, and would rather to solve things peacefully, but he can AND WILL fight if he must to defend his people and him. He is incredibly wise and articulate, having lived for so long and often will give nations advice if they seek him out. Due to his antiquity and to the Armenian dialect being very direct, literate, and proper, he speaks very proper English and will use detailed language. He loves cooking, and was one of the main reasons Turkish food was so good since most of the dishes derived from Armenian dishes. He is an avid wine master, and is just as picky and knowledgable about it as France.
Held captive by the Ottoman empire since the fall of the Byzantine Empire, he had many tousles with Sadiq over customs and religion, Haig being a hard to quit Christian and Sadiq a die hard muslim. They… did not have the nicest of relationships during this time, and was considered a “lower person” by Sadiq. In 1829, though, things changed when, his friend since the 1450’s, Ivan Braginski came down a freed him halfway, forcing Haig between Russian rule and Ottoman rule.
The time spent with Ivan was a pleasure and better than anything he could’ve asked for, earning their already blossoming friendship into a die hard alliance. Haig’s culture blossomed into the modern ages with literature, music, philosophy, and earning a high respect among Ivan and his people. But, at the end of the day, Haig would have to return to Sadiq, where from the deterioration of the Ottoman Empire was playing with his mind, sent Sadiq into fervent rages with Haig, taking it all without a peep of protest.
Finally, in WWI, things came to an undeniable head. And the mass persecution of Haig and his people began. [link] The Armenian Genocide, Holocaust, or “The Great Crime,” was the first organized crime of “Genocide” recorded in history, totaling in of the methods of torture and killing to an innocent people to about 1.5 million lives lost. His eye scar and half blind eye represent the stunt it put on his people, and the fact that even to this day signs of the Holocaust show from his lost lands and the agonizing cries he hears in his head. Ivan was the first to find him almost dead, but at the cost of Ivan losing his sanity even more.
He can have traumatic and horrifying flashbacks if someone talks about it for too long, argues that it didn’t exist, or even watching someone else take a beating in the same way he did. Sometimes only Russia can bring him out of these trances. Part of the Soviet Union, he took the contract of forming one of the first republics, more or less to protect his people and to rely on his comrade Ivan.
Now independent and loving freedom, he takes each day with a optimistic step to watch how his people grow. He knows the true nature of the world and that all are flawed, but relies on his people’s strength and good-hearted nature to keep him going.
Thank you so much for the anon who told me where to find this Armenia’s artist! I can’t help but love how manly this guy is and how the artist explains it through his history. Not only is he very well-researched, he feels like a very well-rounded and interesting character.
That’s fine. =] I’ve taken it down then.
Country Name: Syrian Arab Republic ( الجمهورية العربية السورية
al-Jumhūriyyah al-‘Arabīyah as-Sūriyyah)
Capital City: Damascus
Home Town: Palmyra
National Flower: Jasmine
National Anthem: Homat el Diyar (Guardians of the Land)
Human Name: Sahir Al-Hamawi al-Surriya (He is best known as ‘Sahir al-Hamawi’)
Nickname(s): Some people refer to him by his last name, ‘Al-Hamawi’. He is referred to by Shirin Rezadi (Iran) and other Arab Nations as, ‘Surriye’ or ‘Souria’. Alima simply refers to him by his first name, ‘Sahir’.
Human Age: 25 (Country wise, around 2,410-2,640 years old. Born in 630BC)
Celebrated Birthday: 17th of April (Independence from the French Mandate)
Languages: Syrian Arabic, Kurdish, Armenian and French
Major Religions: Sunni Islam, Shia Islam, Alawite, Christians (Greek and Armenian Orthodox), Druze and Judaism.
Lebanon: Cousin (Treats her more like the sister he never had)
Pets: Maryam, a small black little Syrian hamster.
Pets: Maryam, a small black little Syrian hamster and an eagle.
Appearance: Sahir has light brown eyes, medium tanned skin and short, jet black hair. There are two spikes on his hair; one represents the captured Golan Heights (which is he bigger one) and the city of Quneitra (the smaller one). His hair is naturally and slightly, wavy and he has a bit of a side-fringe. He is of a medium build, and is 1.77m tall.
Clothes: He’s usually seen wearing his military uniform most of the time. But his casual clothing consists of a dark green jacket with a black tank-top underneath, along with dark blue jeans and a ghutra. However, he only wears the ghutra during summer to protect his head from the sun’s rays. He wears an Arab scarf in the winter to keep himself warm.
Scars: There are two significant scars on his right bicep (the scar for Hama, is longer than the Tadmor one) that indicate the Hama and Tadmor Prison massacres (There is also a burn mark next to the Hama massacre, since Hama was burnt down to the ground in Hafez al-Assad’s ‘Scorched Earth’ policy). There is a ‘napalm’ burn mark on his right wrist that is kept hidden by a black ribbon. This scar represents the Israeli use of napalm bombs during the Yom Kippur War of 1973. There are two longer scars that curve around his upper left arm; one represents the Six Day War, and the other one, the recent 2011 uprisings in Syria.
Sahir is a friendly, nice and energetic young man that is very down to earth despite his troubled past. He is a bright young man, and he tends to view opinions from a one sided point of view, but will be more than happy to speak his mind. To the people he loathes and despises, he tends to openly show his hate towards them, especially if that person is Israel. To people he doesn’t know, he is polite to them but does tend to make judgements. It also takes him a little while for him to open up to them. It is quite rare for him to be depressed or upset, if he is, he will usually talk to someone about it. But mostly, he enjoys having fun and also the outdoors; he doesn’t like being kept in the house. Sahir loves kids and enjoys playing with them and making them laugh. When it comes to any armed conflict of allsorts however, he becomes very serious.
He has quite a few close relations here and there; but most of them have had a bad past; it is obvious that Syria hates Israel’s guts. They have never gotten along with each other, and have always gotten caught up in conflicts with one another due to Israel’s treatment of Palestinian people and the Golan Heights.
His relationship with Lebanon can be classified at times complicated, but warm and close. During her Civil War, he helped her out. Even though both Lebanon and Syria may have been through tough times with each other in the past, and have had a few disagreements; the two will do anything to improve their relations in order to become closer. The two have known each other for a very long time.
Iran has been a close ally of Syria’s for a while and came to Iran’s aid during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980’s. His friendship with Jordan has also been strained in the past to a certain extent due to accusations towards each other made by both sides, but the two are also very close friends since Jordan was historically apart of southern Syria, and the creation of warmer relations. Iraq too, has been one of Syria’s best friends for a while but their relations in the past were rather strained due to political indifferences and rivalry between the Baath Parties in both countries. Their similarities in culture and in history, however have led them to have a closer friendship.
Armenia is also another close friend of Sahir’s; the two have known each other for quite a while since Syria was a part of the Kingdom of Armenia for a short while. Both were a part of the Ottoman Empire as well. Sahir helped her out and sheltered her people during the Armenian Genocide which was committed by the Ottoman Empire in 1915. He has an Armenian population of 120,000. France granted Syria independence, and his relations with him have gone up and down, but have been of a reasonable standard.
His troubled past has led him to somewhat become a better person today. His past was filled with military coups, conflicts, unstable relations with other countries as well as a few massacres, which lead him to be quite serious for most of his past. Sahir himself doesn’t like remembering the past much due to the struggles he endured.
In his free time, Sahir enjoys getting out of the house and go places. He likes to play with his hamster; Maryam and his pet eagle. He spends most of his time with Lebanon and Armenia, but also with Iran, Jordan and Iraq. He is a master at pick-pocketing, and tends to carry a small dagger around with him just in case any trouble arises. He enjoys reading, dabke, listening to music, free-running (for exercise) cooking and also walking around in the souks. Most of all, he enjoys the company of his loved ones, and friends.
WHO HE SOUNDS LIKE: Nassif Zaytoun when speaking Arabic
- His capital city, Damascus, is one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities.
- Syria has been known to be the cradle of civilisation as it was the site of the sprawling Eblan civilisation in the third millennium BC.
- The Syrian city of Ras Shamra is home to one of the oldest alphabets in the world; Ugarit.
- Syria was also home to the Syrian Sect of Hashashins at Masyaf during the twelfth century A.D during the Third Crusade.
- He’s quite the romantic and it’s all thanks to France, really.
- He enjoys dancing dabke, and listening to dabke music. He takes a lot of interest in Palestinian, Lebanese and also Syrian dabke.
- He has honed some techniques from the Hashashins in Masyaf during the third crusade. He still uses some of those techniques, but only when it is needed.
- He does know how to cook, but is pretty average at it in skill.
- His favourite foods are kibbeh, falafel, shawarma and also pita.
- He is Sunni Muslim.
- He loves listening to Lena Chamamyan and other Arab singers.
- Sahir really loves kids; he enjoys their company, and mostly loves making them laugh.
- He hasn’t had much experience with girls; but there is one girl that he really loves.
- He owns a hookah that he occasionally smokes.
- Sahir is also a person who is very down to earth. He doesn’t like being stuck at home and would prefer to be outside. He also speaks his mind.
LIKES: The heat, Summer, Eagles, Deir Ez-Zor, Celebrating his country’s festivals and holidays, Playing with Maryam, Hanging out with friends and family, Golan Heights, Pick-pocketing, Masyaf, Parkour, Getting out of the house, Reading, Politics, Literature, Playing soccer and learning more about the Hashashins.
DISLIKES: Israel, America, France, Desert storms, Winter, Civil unrest, Humidity, Censorship policies within Syria, Past and present bosses, Oppression, Being forced to do things he doesn’t want to do, People who stay at home all day, Losing the people that he loves and ignorant people.
1920- King Faisal I establishes the short-lived independent Kingdom of Syria
1920- Battle of Maysalun (July 23)
1941- Syria proclaims independence, but it was not until 1944 in which it was recognized as an ‘independent republic’
1946- Syria becomes an independent nation from the colonial power of France, on the 17th of April, 1946. The French evacuate their troops, leaving the country in control of a republican government.
1948- Arab-Israeli War. Syrian aligns itself along with the other Arab nations in the war against Israel.
1949- Syrian Coup D’état of March 1949. This was a bloodless coup that took place, and it was also the first coup that Syria experienced in its history. Adib al-Shishakli and Sami al-Hinnawi became the military leaders of the country.
1951- Adib al-Shishakli takes power and forms a military autocracy in Syria. As the leader of Syria, he recognized the desires of Syria’s Arab majority, and adopted a policy of Pan-Arabism.
1954- Adib al-Shishakli is overthrown. The plotters of his overthrow included members of the Syrian Communist Party, Druze Officers and Ba’ath Party Members. Iraqi backing of his overthrow was possible. Syria becomes increasingly anti-Western and pro-Soviet
1956- Suez crisis- Egypt, France, Britain and Israel go to war due to Gamal Abdel Nasser annexing the Suez Canal. Martial law is declared in Syria.
1956- Syria signs a pact with the Soviet Union; providing a foothold for Communist influence within the government, in exchange of tanks, planes and other military equipment being sent to Syria.
1957- Iraq advises Egypt and Syria against a conceivable takeover of Jordan
1958- Egypt and Syria are merged into one state; creating the United Arab Republic (Formed by then Egyptian and Syrian president’s; Gamal Abdel Nasser and Shukri al-Quwatli) Nasser dissolves all Syrian political parties, all Communist parties and dismissed pro-Soviet army officers
1961- Syria breaks off from the United Arab Republic with Egypt, and re-establishes itself as the, ‘Syrian Arab Republic’.
1963- March 8th Coup of 1963- The leftist Syrian Army officers of the National Council of the Revolutionary Command are a group of civilian and military officials who assumed control of all legislative and executive authority. Amin Hafiz becomes chairman of the national council.
1964- President Amin Hafiz of the NCRC promulgates a provisional constitution providing for the NCRC.
1966- Nur ad-Din al-Atasi, a former deputy Prime Minister becomes head of state after several longtime Ba’athist leaders are arrested as the radicals seized power in Syria. Amin Hafiz is imprisoned.
1967- Six Day War- Israel and Arab Nations go to war with Israel. Israeli forces during the conflict overran the Syrian positions on the Golan Heights, advanced rapidly, and occupied Al-Qunaytirah. A UN ceasefire proposal was accepted. The United Kingdom and the United States actively supported Israel; Syria broke relations with both countries on June 6th.
1970- General Hafez al-Assad seizes power in Syria for the next thirty years.
1971- Hafez al-Assad becomes President of Syria
1973- Yom Kippur War- Egypt and Syria attack Israel on one of its most religious holidays of the year. Syrian troops attacked Israel on the Golan Heights. The Israeli’s eventually drove the Syrian forces off the Golan Heights and advanced 32 km within Damascus. Syria then agreed to a UN sponsored cease fire, but it refused to discuss prisoner exchanges.
1974- Syria and Israel sign a disengagement agreement in May. This accord provided for a neutral zone, patrolled by UN forces, and for the repatriation of prisoners of war. Syria resumes relations with the United States, after they were severed in 1967.
1975- Syria forges closer ties with Jordan, and intervenes in the Lebanese Civil War and subsequently becomes mired in the continuing conflict.
1980- Syria signs a 20 year treaty of friendship and cooperation with the USSR
1980- Tadmor Prison Massacre
1981- Israel effectively annexes the Golan Heights, and claims legal and political authority over the region.
1982- Israel invades Lebanon; Syrian and Israeli forces clash
1982- Hama Massacre- Hama is burnt to the ground in Hafez al-Assads, ‘Scorched earth’ policy. The Muslim Brotherhood is accused of several assassinations. In retaliation, the government suppressed a full scale rebellion by the brotherhood in the governorate of Hama, reducing much of the city to rubble.
1983- March 17 Agreement
1986- United Kingdom breaks diplomatic relations with Syria; United States imposes sanctions, both accusing Syria of sponsoring international terrorism
1987- Syria orders a force of 7,000 troops into the Muslim sector of Beirut in an attempt to restore order to warring factions.
1990- Lebanese Civil War ends; A Syrian led assault crushes the resistance in East Beirut; reuniting the Lebanese capital.
1991- Syrian and Lebanese forces sign a friendship treaty calling for mutual cooperation. Syrian forces remain in the country until 2001-2005.
2000- Bashar al-Assad succeeds in his father; Hafez al-Assad, and becomes President of Syria.
2001- Syria withdraws its troops from Beirut and the surrounding area. Syria still kept 15,000 troops stationed in Lebanon, and continued to exercise a significant amount of control over Lebanese politics.
2002- The U.S singles out Syria as a threat to global security for its alleged support in terrorist groups.
2005- Lebanese Prime Minister; Rafik al-Hariri is assassinated. Syria is widely accused of being involved with his assassination. A UNSC resolution mandated Syria’s withdrawal from Lebanon. In late 2005, Syria announced that it had completely withdrawn its forces.
2008- Diplomatic relations are established between Lebanon and Syria
2011- Syrian Uprisings and Riots. The people in Syria protest for multiple freedoms, human rights and Bashar al-Assad’s corruption. The riots have claimed more than 5,000 lives by pro-Bashar royalist forces.
2011- December- Soldiers withdraw from the province/city of Homs under observers from the Arab League.
I’ve previously put up a Lebanon from the same artist as a submission, and like that one, this character has very thorough research done into his history and culture. I especially love the timeline, since it’s both very extensive and up to date as well as easy to read.