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18th Dec '15 8:16:39 PM Dimas28
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!! Geography
The country occupies the eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula and is separated from civilization to the west of the peninsula by the long, expansive, arid, and uninhabited Rub' Al Khali desert, ensuring that the culture and faith (especially the faith, see below) remained isolated for hundreds of years until modern times. The country contains the highest mountain range in Eastern Arabia: the Al Hajar Mountains, which separates the dry interior with the coastal plains. Civilizations have been traditionally established in the coasts, including the capital Muscat; the only major cities located in the interior are Ibri and Nizwa.

Meanwhile, the southwestern part of the country is a unique region known as Dhofar, which, in contrast to the hot desert climate that plagues the entire Arabia (except neighboring Yemen's mountainous west), receives monsoon wind from the Indian Ocean, showering it with rainfall and making it look very green (known as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khareef Khareef]]). It's the primary holiday destination for Omanis, by the way, including the monarch.

As with many other countries, Oman has its own personal quirks regarding political geography: enclaves and exclaves. The first, an exclave called Musandam, is that little jut nearly blocking the Persian Gulf from the Indian Ocean, giving access to the Gulf (and by extension, [[Main/{{ArabOilSheikh}} oil]]) to Oman, whose coast is otherwise entirely with the Indian Ocean. The second is an enclave surrounded by the neighboring UAE called Madha, which in turn also surrounds an enclave of UAE called Nahwa ([[Main/{{RealityIsUnrealistic}} yes, this kind of thing exists in the world, it's called a counter-enclave]]). It's created by quirky tribal politics fighting over who would control the relatively fertile part of the land decades ago. Luckily, because the two countries are nowadays cordial, people are free to commute in and out for work, though because the UAE is even wealthier than Oman, disparities still exist, so you can find yourself traveling through the rugged roads of Madha only to suddenly stumble upon the cushy paved roads of Nahwa just several kilometers down the road.

!! Culture and Religion



Culturally and ethnically, it's unquestionably Arab, but there's also small minority groups who live in the southern part of the country near the border with Yemen who speak Modern South Arabian, a language group that's not part of the Central Semitic branch (Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, etc...) but instead South Semitic, which includes several national languages of UsefulNotes/{{Ethiopia}}. Oh, and like the other Gulf states, a sizeable (though not to the extent that they overtake the natives, like in the UsefulNotes/UnitedArabEmirates) portion of the population is foreign expatriates, mainly from South Asia

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Culturally and ethnically, it's unquestionably Arab, but there's also small minority groups who live in the southern part of the country near the border with Yemen who speak Modern South Arabian, a language group that's not part of the Central Semitic branch (Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, etc...) but instead South Semitic, which includes several national languages of UsefulNotes/{{Ethiopia}}. Oh, and like the other Gulf states, a sizeable (though not to the extent that they overtake the natives, like in the UsefulNotes/UnitedArabEmirates) portion of the population is foreign expatriates, mainly from South Asia
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18th Dec '15 7:25:29 AM Dimas28
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Culturally and ethnically, it's unquestionably Arab, but there's also small minority groups who live in the southern part of the country near the border with Yemen who speak Modern South Arabian, the only group of surviving Semitic languages not part of the Central Semitic branch (Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, etc...). Oh, and like the other Gulf states, a sizeable (though not to the extent that they overtake the natives, like in the UsefulNotes/UnitedArabEmirates) portion of the population is foreign expatriates, mainly from South Asia

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Culturally and ethnically, it's unquestionably Arab, but there's also small minority groups who live in the southern part of the country near the border with Yemen who speak Modern South Arabian, the only a language group of surviving Semitic languages that's not part of the Central Semitic branch (Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, etc...).) but instead South Semitic, which includes several national languages of UsefulNotes/{{Ethiopia}}. Oh, and like the other Gulf states, a sizeable (though not to the extent that they overtake the natives, like in the UsefulNotes/UnitedArabEmirates) portion of the population is foreign expatriates, mainly from South Asia
18th Dec '15 3:29:19 AM Dimas28
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Oman ('''Arabic:''' ''عمان‎ ʻUmān''), also known as Sultanate of Oman ('''Arabic:''' '' سلطنة عُمان‎ Salṭanat ʻUmān'') is a Middle Eastern country in the Arabian peninsula, bordered by UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia in the west, the UsefulNotes/UnitedArabEmirates in the northwest, and Yemen in the southwest. It is a semi-absolute monarchy, with Qaboos bin Said, who brought Oman to modernity. Like other Persian Gulf states, it's very rich and ranks moderately high in development, though unlike the other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), its oil reserve is not as abundant.

The Omanis practice a unique form of Islam called Ibadi, distinct from Sunni and Shia Islam; in fact, it had broken away before the split between the two mainstream denominations even became established (more specifically, during the reign of the fourth caliph, Ali) as Khawarij, [[Main/{{The Fundamentalist}} an extreme and purist form]] of Islam comparable to the modern-day Salafism, but Ibadis are nowadays known for their exact opposite: moderate, peaceful, and very tolerating (for a start, they believe that any Muslim can become a leader, as opposed to the Quraysh-strict rule in Sunni or descendants-of-Ali in Shia). No one really knows how they practice their faith, though, due to their relative isolation (being separated by hundreds of kilometers of desert from the nearest civilization helps). It also helps with keeping the country safe from fundamentalist groups, because the Omanis are essentially ''aliens'' in the Muslim world, and preaching extremist ideas just aren't going to work there. Even without the faith, Oman is probably the most stable country in the Middle East, being content to stay out of conflict in just about everything (from the [[Main/ArabIsraeliConflict Arab-Israeli Wars]] to UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar to the Main/TheWarOnTerror up to to the GCC intervention against the Houthis in neighboring UsefulNotes/{{Yemen}}, being the ''only'' member opting not to join the alliance).

Culturally and ethnically, it's unquestionably Arab, but there's also small minority groups who live in the southern part of the country near the border with Yemen who speak Modern South Arabian, the only group of surviving Semitic languages not part of the Central Semitic branch (Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, etc...)

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Oman ('''Arabic:''' ''عمان‎ ʻUmān''), also known as Sultanate of Oman ('''Arabic:''' '' سلطنة عُمان‎ Salṭanat ʻUmān'') is a Middle Eastern country in the Arabian peninsula, bordered by UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia in the west, the UsefulNotes/UnitedArabEmirates in the northwest, and Yemen in the southwest. It is a semi-absolute monarchy, with Qaboos bin Said, who brought Oman to modernity. Like other Persian Gulf states, it's very rich and ranks moderately high in development, though unlike the other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), its oil reserve reserves is not as abundant.

The Omanis practice a unique form of Islam called Ibadi, distinct from Sunni and Shia Islam; in fact, it had broken away before the split between the two mainstream denominations even became established (more specifically, during the reign of the fourth caliph, Ali) as Khawarij, [[Main/{{The Fundamentalist}} an extreme and purist form]] of Islam comparable to the modern-day Salafism, but Ibadis are nowadays known for their exact opposite: moderate, peaceful, and very tolerating (for a start, they believe that any Muslim can become a leader, as opposed to the Quraysh-strict rule in Sunni or descendants-of-Ali in Shia). No one really knows how they practice their faith, though, due to their relative isolation (being separated by hundreds of kilometers of desert from the nearest civilization helps). It also helps with keeping the country safe from fundamentalist groups, because the Omanis are essentially ''aliens'' in the Muslim world, and preaching extremist ideas just aren't going to work there. Even without the faith, Oman is probably the most stable neutral country in the Middle East, being content to stay out of conflict in just about everything (from everything, from the [[Main/ArabIsraeliConflict Arab-Israeli Wars]] to UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar to the Main/TheWarOnTerror up to to the GCC intervention against the Houthis in neighboring UsefulNotes/{{Yemen}}, being the ''only'' member opting not to join the alliance).

alliance. Yes, you heard the first one right, Oman isn't involved in the conflict with UsefulNotes/{{Israel}} (a rare gem back when UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}} and UsefulNotes/{{Jordan}} hadn't sort their things out), though it still has no official relations with it.

Culturally and ethnically, it's unquestionably Arab, but there's also small minority groups who live in the southern part of the country near the border with Yemen who speak Modern South Arabian, the only group of surviving Semitic languages not part of the Central Semitic branch (Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, etc...)
). Oh, and like the other Gulf states, a sizeable (though not to the extent that they overtake the natives, like in the UsefulNotes/UnitedArabEmirates) portion of the population is foreign expatriates, mainly from South Asia
17th Dec '15 4:33:46 PM Dimas28
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Oman ('''Arabic:''' ''عمان‎ ʻUmān''), also known as Sultanate of Oman ('''Arabic:''' '' سلطنة عُمان‎ Salṭanat ʻUmān'') is a Middle Eastern country in the Arabian peninsula, bordered by UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia in the west, the UsefulNotes/UnitedArabEmirates in the northwest, and Yemen in the southwest. It is a semi-absolute monarchy, with Qaboos bin Said, who brought Oman to modernity. The Omanis practice a unique form of Islam called Ibadi, distinct from Sunni and Shia Islam.

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Oman ('''Arabic:''' ''عمان‎ ʻUmān''), also known as Sultanate of Oman ('''Arabic:''' '' سلطنة عُمان‎ Salṭanat ʻUmān'') is a Middle Eastern country in the Arabian peninsula, bordered by UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia in the west, the UsefulNotes/UnitedArabEmirates in the northwest, and Yemen in the southwest. It is a semi-absolute monarchy, with Qaboos bin Said, who brought Oman to modernity. Like other Persian Gulf states, it's very rich and ranks moderately high in development, though unlike the other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), its oil reserve is not as abundant.

The Omanis practice a unique form of Islam called Ibadi, distinct from Sunni and Shia Islam.
Islam; in fact, it had broken away before the split between the two mainstream denominations even became established (more specifically, during the reign of the fourth caliph, Ali) as Khawarij, [[Main/{{The Fundamentalist}} an extreme and purist form]] of Islam comparable to the modern-day Salafism, but Ibadis are nowadays known for their exact opposite: moderate, peaceful, and very tolerating (for a start, they believe that any Muslim can become a leader, as opposed to the Quraysh-strict rule in Sunni or descendants-of-Ali in Shia). No one really knows how they practice their faith, though, due to their relative isolation (being separated by hundreds of kilometers of desert from the nearest civilization helps). It also helps with keeping the country safe from fundamentalist groups, because the Omanis are essentially ''aliens'' in the Muslim world, and preaching extremist ideas just aren't going to work there. Even without the faith, Oman is probably the most stable country in the Middle East, being content to stay out of conflict in just about everything (from the [[Main/ArabIsraeliConflict Arab-Israeli Wars]] to UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar to the Main/TheWarOnTerror up to to the GCC intervention against the Houthis in neighboring UsefulNotes/{{Yemen}}, being the ''only'' member opting not to join the alliance).

Culturally and ethnically, it's unquestionably Arab, but there's also small minority groups who live in the southern part of the country near the border with Yemen who speak Modern South Arabian, the only group of surviving Semitic languages not part of the Central Semitic branch (Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, etc...)

!History
25th Aug '15 12:36:10 PM Soufriere
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Oman ('''Arabic:''' ''عمان‎ ʻUmān''), also known as Sultanate of Oman ('''Arabic:''' '' سلطنة عُمان‎ Salṭanat ʻUmān'') is a Middle Eastern country in the Arabian peninsula, bordered by UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia in the west, the UsefulNotes/UnitedArabEmirates in the northeast, and Yemen in the south. It is a semi-absolute monarchy, with Qaboos bin Said, who brought back Oman to modernity. The Omanis practice a different form of Islam called Ibadi Islam, distinct from Sunni and Shia Islam.

In the 17th century, Oman was an empire in the Indian Ocean. For a while, Oman's capital was in Zanzibar in Africa. While it was never a British protectorate, they were influenced by them. The discovery of oil have made Oman an important oil supplier, though not as great as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were.

The ruler of Oman in the early and mid-20th century was Sultan Said bin Taimur, who ruled a very conservative regime and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking banned reading glasses]]. He was sacked by his son in 1970, partly for failing to crush the Dhofar Rebellion in 1965 quickly. These rebels are backed by Communists and the South Yemeni government. By 1975, Sultan Qaboos quelled the rebellion and has instituted social and economic reforms. Even more reforms are now being in place in the 2010s during the ArabSpring. The Omani government also try to remedy the unemployment problem by trying to recruit native Omani personnel to do jobs that foreign workers usually do.

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Oman ('''Arabic:''' ''عمان‎ ʻUmān''), also known as Sultanate of Oman ('''Arabic:''' '' سلطنة عُمان‎ Salṭanat ʻUmān'') is a Middle Eastern country in the Arabian peninsula, bordered by UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia in the west, the UsefulNotes/UnitedArabEmirates in the northeast, northwest, and Yemen in the south. southwest. It is a semi-absolute monarchy, with Qaboos bin Said, who brought back Oman to modernity. The Omanis practice a different unique form of Islam called Ibadi Islam, Ibadi, distinct from Sunni and Shia Islam.

In the 17th century, Oman was an empire in the Indian Ocean. For a while, Oman's capital was in Zanzibar in Africa. While it was never a British protectorate, they were influenced by them. The discovery of oil have has made Oman an important oil supplier, though not as great as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were.

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The ruler of Oman in the early and mid-20th century was Sultan Said bin Taimur, who ruled a very conservative regime and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking banned reading glasses]]. He was sacked by his son in 1970, partly for failing to crush the Dhofar Rebellion in 1965 quickly. These rebels are were backed by Communists and the South Yemeni government. By 1975, Sultan Qaboos quelled the rebellion and has instituted social and economic reforms. Even more reforms are now being put in place in the 2010s during to avoid the ArabSpring. UsefulNotes/ArabSpring. The Omani government also try tries to remedy the unemployment problem by trying to recruit native Omani personnel to do jobs that foreign workers usually do.
11th Jan '14 7:18:14 AM zero5889
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[[AC:The Omani flag]]\\
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flag_of_oman_svg_6325.png
->It consists of three stripes (white, green and red) with a red bar on the left that contains the national emblem of Oman (a dagger and two swords). The white stands for peace and prosperity, the green for fertility and the Green Mountains, and the red for battles against foreign invaders. The red is also the color of the former flag of the nation when it was known simply as the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman.

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[[AC:The Omani flag]]\\
flag]]
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flag_of_oman_svg_6325.org/pmwiki/pub/images/oman_flag_9982.png
->It consists of three ->The flag's white, red and green stripes (white, green and red) with a red bar on the left that contains the national emblem of Oman (a dagger and two swords). The white stands for symbolize peace and prosperity, the green for fertility and the Green Mountains, and the red for battles against foreign invaders. The invasions, and the Green Mountains and fertility, respectively. At the hoist side is a red column, recalling the country's former all-red flag before 1970. At the canton is the national emblem, which is also the color family badge of the former flag House of the nation when it was known simply as the Sultanate Al Said, Oman's current royal family, showing a pair of Muscat and Oman.sheathed swords over a ''khanjar'', a local dagger.
29th Dec '13 7:19:35 PM merlinxchick
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Oman is a Middle Eastern country in the Arabian peninsula, bordered by UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia in the west, the UsefulNotes/UnitedArabEmirates in the northeast, and Yemen in the south. It is a semi-absolute monarchy, with Qaboos bin Said, who brought back Oman to modernity. The Omanis practice a different form of Islam called Ibadi Islam, distinct from Sunni and Shia Islam.

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Oman ('''Arabic:''' ''عمان‎ ʻUmān''), also known as Sultanate of Oman ('''Arabic:''' '' سلطنة عُمان‎ Salṭanat ʻUmān'') is a Middle Eastern country in the Arabian peninsula, bordered by UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia in the west, the UsefulNotes/UnitedArabEmirates in the northeast, and Yemen in the south. It is a semi-absolute monarchy, with Qaboos bin Said, who brought back Oman to modernity. The Omanis practice a different form of Islam called Ibadi Islam, distinct from Sunni and Shia Islam.
6th Sep '13 7:42:31 PM Quag15
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->It consists of three stripes (white, green and red) with a red bar on the left that contains the national emblem of Oman (a dagger and two swords). The white stands for peace and prosperity, the green for fertility and the Green Mountains, and the red for battles against foreign invaders. The red is also the color of the former flag of the nation when it was known simply as the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman.
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25th Aug '13 7:17:52 AM AmusedTroperGuy
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12th Aug '13 7:57:11 AM general_tiu
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Oman is a Middle Eastern country in the Arabian peninsula, bordered by SaudiArabia in the west, the UnitedArabEmirates in the northeast, and Yemen in the south. It is a semi-absolute monarchy, with Qaboos bin Said, who brought back Oman to modernity. The Omanis practice a different form of Islam called Ibadi Islam, distinct from Sunni and Shia Islam.

In the 17th century, Oman was an empire in the Indian Ocean. For a while, Oman's capital was in Zanzibar in Africa. While it was never a British protectorate, they were influenced by them. The discovery of oil have made Oman an important oil supplier, though not as great as SaudiArabia and Kuwait were.

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Oman is a Middle Eastern country in the Arabian peninsula, bordered by SaudiArabia UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia in the west, the UnitedArabEmirates UsefulNotes/UnitedArabEmirates in the northeast, and Yemen in the south. It is a semi-absolute monarchy, with Qaboos bin Said, who brought back Oman to modernity. The Omanis practice a different form of Islam called Ibadi Islam, distinct from Sunni and Shia Islam.

In the 17th century, Oman was an empire in the Indian Ocean. For a while, Oman's capital was in Zanzibar in Africa. While it was never a British protectorate, they were influenced by them. The discovery of oil have made Oman an important oil supplier, though not as great as SaudiArabia Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were.



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