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Created officially in 2002, the Confederation of Afghanistan is a far cry from its former self under Taliban Rule. A trade and agricultural power that is unprecedented in Central Asia, Afghanistan acts as the center point of all trade in the region.
Following the US invasion and occupation Afghanistan was one of the poorest most underdeveloped nations on Earth. Fighting still persisted in the Western half of the country until 2004, and cities that were sealed off by the Mobile Palisades were in a state of economic depression. The US, fearing a repeat of the Afghan response to the Soviet Invasion during the cold war, began pumping billions into economic development. Led by former Congressman Charlie Wilson the US aided in providing a "bottom up" boom to the Afghan economy; first by providing basic needs, agricultural development, clean water, sewage treatment, healthcare, education, etc. But shortly followed with much larger infrastructure projects, such as roads, bridges, power plants, and a stable electrical grid. It wasn't long before a few privately owned businesses emerged in Afghanistan: local newspapers, delivery services, produce markets, restaurants, and the like. The US policy when dealing with these Afghan owned companies was to grant them as much money as possible to expand. This policy gave Afghanistan a functional economy that could compete regionally, and eventually globally. The plan, the main component of the Edwards Doctrine was hailed as the perfect model for nation building, and is employed by the US to this day.
Afghanistan is primarily an agrarian society, though overland trade has become a staple of the country's growing economy. Along with overland trade, construction and development have contributed to the boom in the Afghan economy, similar to the Dubai model for middle eastern development. With a GDP (nominal) comparable to Mexico before entering the US, Afghanistan is quickly growing as a great power of the world.
The Confederation of Afghanistan is divided into a series of territories with a single city state at their core that make up the Republics. These territories each have a seat in the Afghani general assembly, and each votes for a Governor and five Assemblymen.
- South Tajikistan
- South Uzbekistan
- East Turkmenistan
- North Balochistan
There is currently a broad discussion to between several Central Asian nations to expand the Confederation over Balochistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to prevent future conflicts between various nations that include similar ethnic backgrounds. Balochistan and Tajikistan are the only nations actively seeking entrance.