|Largest City||Basra City|
|Currency||Basra Dinar (IQD)|
|Our Timeline Equivalent||much of Shi'ite-majority Iraq|
Basra is an Islamic nation situated in the Mesopotamia region of Southwestern Asia. It is a nominal democracy, though in practice, power is in the hands of powerful Shi'ite elites, and minorities are heavily discriminated against.
Mesopotamia has a long history, and is one of the first agriculturally-based societies. However, thousands of years later, Basra is no longer at the forefront of civilization, but now lacks basic infrastructure, though is not as poverty-stricken as Iraq. Taken over by Baghdad in 1988, it was incorporated into the newly-named country of "Iraq". However, after Iraq attacked Kuwait, and an international coalition fought against Iraq, Kuwai, and then Basra were liberated. A democratic government was set up at that time, though a huge upswelling in Shi'ite nationalism led to Shi'ite leaders gaining control of most government offices. Although freedom of religion is in the constitution, in reality, non-Muslims, and especially Sunni Muslims face constant threats and discrimination.
- 95% Muslims
- 05% infidels*
*Infidels include Bahai, Druze, Alevi, Christians, and others. Though to boost the percentage of Muslims, the 5-10% of Sunnis are counted as Muslims, they are officially discriminated against like the so-called "infidels".
- 97% Arabs
- 03% others (Persians, etc)
- 98% Arabic
- 02% others (Persian, etc)
Note: This is estimated, as there are no government statistics.
- 95% Non-Vegetarian
- 05% Vegetarian