"After the Iranian Revolution that saw the fall of the Shah, a new post-revolutionary Iran was born from its ashes. But the young Iranian republic is facing a turbulent period in its history yet. Now a fledgling republican democracy in the Middle East, the young President Reza Mortazavi pledges to safeguard Iranian democracy from threats of all fronts."
~ Reza on Persagonia
What I'm trying to convey: Post-revolutionary Iran is a dangerous chess game of politics. Its citizens are restless and demands greater reforms from the transitional government whilst its powers are ineffective without permission from a secretive council known as the Iranian Revolutionary Council dominated by Islamists that pulls the strings on the transitional government's more liberal and radical policies. Its government is beyond corrupt and inept considering the chaotic situation they've end up in after the Shah was overthrown. Social turmoil and economic crisis dominates the Iranian newspaper headline along with acts of religious-political terrorism.
Its government is a mixed coalition of socialists, secular nationalists, religious moderates and conservatives who are vying for power in an intense political infighting. The Islamist have a great deal of say within the government (with the backing of religious lower-class) and secularists are forced to make concessions for them (who are viewed as the ideology of the dreaded middle and upper classes benefiting of the old imperial regime).
Its society is far from being secular as most of its people are uneducated but time would only tell how this will go. Despite its shortcomings, the democratic Republic are held together by two men before a referendum on Iran's government could be modeled after; President Reza Mortazavi who is an upstart revolutionary politician of liberal leanings and Prime Minister Bazargan who is a political veteran who knows his way around the treachery that is Iranian parliamentary politics as well as holding moderate Islamic views on governance. Only time will tell how this democratic experiment will go. That's the best I could explain about the socio-political mess that is Persagonia.
OOC: This is a temporary substitute for my overview factbook mind you. And I have to get more space for my sig.[/font]
- 1. So Iran changed their name into Persagonia, right?
- No, Iran is still Iran but you also can call us Persia but that's not correct either. The Persagonia in "Persagonian Republic" is just a small tribute for my old Iran-based nation that is Persagonia.
2. So Iran is secular and a democratic republic now. Things are all dandy in the nation right?
- Far from it. Well, for our post-revolutionary setting in the 70s that is. After revolution there's bound to be turmoil and political bickering as well as the economic recession and social unrest that comes after it just like in our nation. It takes great faith and effort to bring its standards to the highest just like Persagonia. Besides, if the situation isn't yet pacified then the military will do it on the behalf of the nation.
3. Is Iran, both politically and socially, fully secular?
- Not really. The Iranian transitional government stance on religious affairs in governance remains ambiguous but de facto, it runs as a secular government for now before a referendum can decide on its status. There's a great deal of religious conservatives of all caliber as well. As for the social aspect; most of the Iranian lower class are devoutly religious and are seen as a silent majority repressed by the old imperial regime until now. They influenced greatly on Iranian revolutionary politics. As for secularists, it is commonly seen as the beliefs of the middle-class and the intellectual upper-class so the divide is great between the religious and secularists.