- May 14, 2013
Above: The semi-official flag of Kurdistan. Currently the flag of Iraqi Kurdistan. Banned in Iran, Syria and Turkey.
Hello, and welcome to Kurdistan Forever! This is a narrative AAR following the Kurdish house of Kayusid as they attempt to unify their people, despite being surrounded on all sides by far greater powers, from 867 A.D. onward.
The goal of this AAR will be to expand from a single province to a kingdom of all-Kurdistan, encompassing all Kurdish-cultured territories. I will attempt to make decisions based on the personality of whatever character I am currently playing, and Project Balance enforces this to some degree as well. My initial ruler is sheik Azad Kayusid, ruler of the province of Kermanshah and a custom character.
This is an Ironman game, using the Historical Immersion Project modification suite. While the HIP contains a number of mods, the key differences from vanilla are the use of the Somewhat More Historical map and Project Balance, which introduces a number of rules to prevent blobbing and create more realistic expansion. I heartily recommend them both. I have also opted to use the Speak English Dammit submod, so most titles are localized in English rather than the native tongue for the benefit of the reader. I am also using the Subtle Sounds mini-mod, but I don't expect you'll notice that.
The issue of Kurdish independence continues to be a fraught one to this day. In no way to I intend this AAR to be an argument for the creation of a Kurdish state, a critique of those states with minority Kurdish populations, or to implicitly support any separatist movements. Likewise, this AAR will endeavor not to comment on or allude to any modern-day events or issues.
That being said, it is an indisputable fact that the Kurdish people are the world's largest stateless ethnic group, totaling approximately 30 million people with significant populations in four different countries. Historically, that population has often been ignored or at worst repressed, and thus the idea of Kurdish unification, even in the context of an AAR, will have some inherent parallels to the past century of Kurdish history.
Thankfully, things are for the most part looking better for the Kurdish people. Iraqi Kurdistan is the safest and wealthiest region in Iraq, and Turkey has recently relaxed a great many restrictions on the teaching of the Kurdish language and other cultural issues, as well as beginning to enter talks with the principal separatist movement.
I would also like to add that I am not an expert on the Kurdish people, Islam, or the history of the period, among other things. I would consider myself an interested amateur at best. While I would like this AAR to contain a historical flair, I lack the knowledge to ensure it does so. If anyone has comments or advice on the historicity of Kurdistan, Forever, I would love to hear from you.
BUT, at the end of the day, this is an after action report detailing my experience while playing a video game, so lets have fun!