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The Islamic Republic of Badakhshan, or Gorno-Badakhshan, is a nation in Eastern Tajikistan. The nation is located in a mountainous climate in Central Asia. The republic is not in the League of Nations, being blocked by the USSR from entering.
Before the events of September 26, 1983,the Tajik SSR had one of the worst standards of living in the USSR. It was home to the Persian Tajik people.
Although the region was never directly hit, Fallout and the onslaught of refugees from the north and east resulted in mass hysteria and unrest in the republic. With no contact with Moscow, the Tajik SSR quickly disintegrated, Its core becoming a mass of unorganized warlords and clans. In the west, however, A Pamiri-Russian Imam by the name of Mohammed Yussof formed the Islamic Republic of Gorno-Badakhshan. He set up a council of personally picked officials, many Imams themselves, some who had served in the Soviet army, and others local Pashmiri leaders. One of his first problems he faced was de-align with the Uzbek, Tajik, and Kazakh refugees which were flooding into the new republic. They had taken up residence un in the northern part of the nation, creating chaos with the locals. Sending which would later become the Badakh Army to deal with the horde of foreigners.
In late 1984, contact was made with the Kokandi provisional government and later other new governments in Central Asia. Reconstruction processes led by the government began across the region, mainly south of the Pyandzh river, which although improving the living conditions of those in the capital and other residencies south of the river, would plant the seeds of the Badakh Insurgency.
In 1985 they came into contact with Pakistan, who would become a valuable trading partner for the small nation, and the capital was officially placed at Khrough. For the next four years the development would continue, although not up to scale as some of its distant neighbors. It continued to attract refugees from regions across Central Asia, which would lead to a minor food shortage and later the closing of its borders. The Sunni refugees would cause sectarian violence in the north, for the latter part of the decade a few riots.
1990's, Insurgency and the Modern day
With much of the poor and Sunni refugees that had gotten in the nation before the border closing living north of the Pyandzh river, the region became a breeding ground for Islamic fundamentalism. Mainly Tajik, Uzbek and Kyrgyz local warlords began to form militias, which would unite under a common banner after 6 years of small-scale riots and terrorist attacks. They would form the Front of Islam, with a leader named Ali Ardebili claiming emir of the region. The Badakh response was originally small until the forces captured Mithenshor and began an assault on Vanj, after the repelling of the original assault and push into Mithensor, a month long battle for the capital of Vanj. After te push, the next ten years would be filled with hunting out Front strongholds in the claimed but disorganized former Muhgrob district, with occasional terrorist attacks in small towns.
Around 1996 A new leader, named Mahamoud Khan would take power, His reign saw the insurgencies end (for the most part) and border clashes with Afghan tribes.
Badakhshan has a small standing army of about 16,000 men. They patrol the north for insurgents and have gone on policing raids, not fighting a major war since the Badakh Insurgency and border clashes with Afghan tribes.
The army uses former Soviet weaponry, the standard assault rifle being the AKM and AK-47.