The Kingdom of Persia is a powerful nation located in the Middle East and Central Asia and is regarded as a third-tier world power, not yet on the same level as China, Turkey, Japan or Colombia, and certainly not at the level of France or the United States. The capital of Persia is Tehran, although there are many other major cities including Isfahan, Ibriz, Samarkand and Baku. The primary language is Persian/Farsi, although a variety of other local dialects are spoken.
Persia is aligned closely with France, which has brought it into conflict with American-backed Turkey and countries such as Arabia, Egypt and Syria, which are more casually aligned with the United States. While it was believed that its resounding victories in the 1988-89 Persian Gulf War had made it a major world power, the 1996-2001 Persian economic depression crippled the country and brought about constitutional reform. The current leader of Persia is Shah Reza Pahlavi II, who assumed the throne from his father in 1981, and its current Prime Minister is Mir-Husein Mossavi, who is currently serving his third nonconsecutive term.