History UsefulNotes / SouthOssetia

19th Sep '16 7:01:52 AM lakingsif
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South Ossetia, officially the Republic of South Ossetia ('''Ossetian:''' Республикӕ Хуссар Ирыстон ''Respublikæ Khussar Iryston'', '''Russian:''' Республика Южная Осетия ''Respublika Yuzhnaya Osetiya''), but known in UsefulNotes/{{Georgia}} as the Tskhinvali Region ('''Georgian:''' ცხინვალის რეგიონი ''Tskhinvalis Regioni''), is a breakaway country of Georgia, ''de facto'' independent but recognized only by UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}, UsefulNotes/{{Nicaragua}}, UsefulNotes/{{Venezuela}}, and fellow breakaway countries UsefulNotes/{{Abkhazia}}, UsefulNotes/NagornoKarabakh, and UsefulNotes/{{Transnistria}}, with the rest of the international world supporting Georgia's claim. It's located at the very center of the Caucasus Mountains.

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South Ossetia, officially the Republic of South Ossetia ('''Ossetian:''' Республикӕ Хуссар Ирыстон ''Respublikæ Khussar Iryston'', '''Russian:''' Республика Южная Осетия ''Respublika Yuzhnaya Osetiya''), but known in UsefulNotes/{{Georgia}} [[UsefulNotes/GeorgiaEurope Georgia]] as the Tskhinvali Region ('''Georgian:''' ცხინვალის რეგიონი ''Tskhinvalis Regioni''), is a breakaway country of Georgia, ''de facto'' independent but recognized only by UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}, UsefulNotes/{{Nicaragua}}, UsefulNotes/{{Venezuela}}, and fellow breakaway countries UsefulNotes/{{Abkhazia}}, UsefulNotes/NagornoKarabakh, and UsefulNotes/{{Transnistria}}, with the rest of the international world supporting Georgia's claim. It's located at the very center of the Caucasus Mountains.
3rd Jun '16 11:14:26 PM Dimas28
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The years up to 2004 were generally peaceful, until Georgia made a mistake again when electing the very nationalistic Mikheil Saakashvili as president. Saakashvili ought to reunite all Georgian lands once and for all and began a campaign of forced reunification, by violence if necessary. Tensions again flare up and the relationship between the ethnic groups were never the same again. Four years afterward, after a back-and-forth clashes perpetuated by both sides, Georgia went into a more active phase by trashing the regional capital Tskhinvali, killing several Russian peacekeepers along the way. This was [[ThisIsUnforgivable the last straw]] in the eyes of the Russian government, who then entered into a full-scale war with Georgia. Several artillery and gunfights later, Russia won and detached both South Ossetia and what's left of their ownership of Abkhazia from Georgia, granted them recognition, and began processes than would make them Russian citizens-lite. Meanwhile, George formed provisional governments for their breakaway regions that the international world recognizes as the legal administrators.

Sovereignty might not has been kind to South Ossetia though. The Ossetian government had initiated a campaign of ethnic cleansing of Georgians and forced them to move to Georgia, but the Ossetians themselves also had to migrate in search for safety, primarily to their North Ossetia-Alania brethren, which means that now South Ossetia is in danger of underpopulation. There's also the fact that because only a handful of nations recognize them, [[RealityEnsues they can't make partnerships with anyone]] and thus many people became homeless ''and'' unemployed. Not to mention that excessive aid on Russia has created an unhealthily dependent society.

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The years up to 2004 were generally peaceful, until Georgia made a mistake again when electing the very nationalistic Mikheil Saakashvili as president. Saakashvili ought to reunite all Georgian lands once and for all and began a campaign of forced reunification, by violence if necessary. Tensions again flare up and the relationship between the ethnic groups were never the same again. Four years afterward, after a back-and-forth clashes perpetuated by both sides, Georgia went into a more active phase by trashing the regional capital Tskhinvali, killing several Russian peacekeepers along the way. This was [[ThisIsUnforgivable the last straw]] in the eyes of the Russian government, who then entered into a full-scale war with Georgia. Several artillery and gunfights later, Russia won and detached both South Ossetia and what's left of their ownership of Abkhazia from Georgia, granted them recognition, and began processes than would make them Russian citizens-lite. Meanwhile, George Georgia formed provisional governments for their breakaway regions that the international world recognizes as the legal administrators.

Sovereignty might not has been kind to South Ossetia though. The Ossetian government had initiated a campaign of ethnic cleansing of Georgians and forced them to move to Georgia, but the Ossetians themselves also had to migrate in search for safety, primarily to their North Ossetia-Alania brethren, which means that now South Ossetia is in danger of underpopulation. There's also the fact that because only a handful of nations recognize them, [[RealityEnsues they can't make partnerships with anyone]] and thus many people became become homeless ''and'' unemployed. Not to mention that excessive aid on Russia has created an unhealthily dependent society.



-> The flag is a tricolor of white, red, and yellow, each representing morality, courage, and prosperity, respectively. It is identical to the flag used by the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania Republic of Russia, except with considerations in proportion (the South Ossentian one is narrower horizontally).

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-> The flag is a tricolor of white, red, and yellow, each representing morality, courage, and prosperity, respectively. It is identical to the flag used by the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania Republic of Russia, except with considerations in proportion (the South Ossentian one is narrower horizontally).
3rd Jun '16 11:05:33 PM Dimas28
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Sovereignty might not has been kind to South Ossetia though. The Ossetian government had initiated a campaign of ethnic cleansing of Georgians and forced them to move to Georgia, but the Ossetians themselves also had to migrate in search for safety, primarily to their North Ossetia-Alania brethren, which means that now South Ossetia is in danger of underpopulation. There's also the fact that because only a handful of nations recognize them, [[RealityEnsues they can't make partnerships with anyone]] and thus many people became homeless ''and'' unemployed. Not to mention that excessive aid on Russia has created a unhealthy dependent society.

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Sovereignty might not has been kind to South Ossetia though. The Ossetian government had initiated a campaign of ethnic cleansing of Georgians and forced them to move to Georgia, but the Ossetians themselves also had to migrate in search for safety, primarily to their North Ossetia-Alania brethren, which means that now South Ossetia is in danger of underpopulation. There's also the fact that because only a handful of nations recognize them, [[RealityEnsues they can't make partnerships with anyone]] and thus many people became homeless ''and'' unemployed. Not to mention that excessive aid on Russia has created a unhealthy an unhealthily dependent society.



-> The flag consist of tricolor of white, red, and yellow, each representing morality, courage, and prosperity, respectively. It is identical to the flag used by the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania Republic of Russia, except with considerations in proportion (the South Ossentian one is narrower horizontally).

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-> The flag consist of is a tricolor of white, red, and yellow, each representing morality, courage, and prosperity, respectively. It is identical to the flag used by the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania Republic of Russia, except with considerations in proportion (the South Ossentian one is narrower horizontally).
3rd Jun '16 11:00:42 PM Dimas28
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South Ossetia, officially the Republic of South Ossetia ('''Ossetian:''' Республикӕ Хуссар Ирыстон ''Respublikæ Khussar Iryston'', '''Russian:''' Республика Южная Осетия ''Respublika Yuzhnaya Osetiya''), but known in UsefulNotes/{{Georgia}} as the Tskhinvali Region ('''Georgian:''' ცხინვალის რეგიონი ''Tskhinvalis Regioni''), is a breakaway country of Georgia, ''de facto'' independent but recognized only by UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}, UsefulNotes/{{Nicaragua}}, UsefulNotes/{{Venezuela}}, and fellow breakaway countries UsefulNotes/{{Abkhazia}}, UsefulNotes/NagornoKarabakh, and UsefulNotes/{{Transnistria}}, with the rest of the international world supporting Georgia's claim. It's located at the very center of the Caucasus Mountains.

Historically, the country's territories were part of the traditional lands of the Georgians, unlike Abkhazia, which not only have an indigenous population but also polity as well. In fact, South Ossetia was carved as an independent polity only in 1921, after the Soviet Union's invasion and subsequent annexation of Georgia, and even then only as an Autonomous Oblast. What's even more unsettling to the Georgians is that the Soviet Union carved South Ossetia from bits of many divisions instead of a single one, and many of them never have a history of being settled by Ossetians either.

As for the titular people themselves, the Ossetians were descendants of the nomadic Sarmatians, a part of the Eastern Iranian confederation who once conquered the entirety of Central Asia and Eastern Europe before the arrival of the Mongols, the Turks, and the Slavs; their language is related the closest to ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} Pashto]]'', of all things. While they have been inhabiting the Caucasus area for a while, they only started to migrate south of the mountains in the 17th century, and only on a large-scale basis in the following centuries.

In the years preceding TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, ethnic tensions began to flare up in Georgian regions containing minorities, including South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and Samtskhe-Javakheti. The Ossetians wanted Georgia to upgrade their region's status into an Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, on par with their northern neighbor, the North Ossetian ASSR. Their request was instead met by the opposite: the demotion of their status into a mere administrative region. War ensued, but all authorities involved were able to draft a ceasefire and peaceful settlement in granting more devolved powers, preventing South Ossetia from seceding.

The years up to 2004 were generally peaceful, until Georgia made a mistake again when electing the very nationalistic Mikheil Saakashvili as president. Saakashvili ought to reunite all Georgian lands once and for all and began a campaign of forced reunification, by violence if necessary. Tensions again flare up and the relationship between the ethnic groups were never the same again. Four years afterward, after a back-and-forth clashes perpetuated by both sides, Georgia went into a more active phase by trashing the regional capital Tskhinvali, killing several Russian peacekeepers along the way. This was [[ThisIsUnforgivable the last straw]] in the eyes of the Russian government, who then entered into a full-scale war with Georgia. Several artillery and gunfights later, Russia won and detached both South Ossetia and what's left of their ownership of Abkhazia from Georgia, granted them recognition, and began processes than would make them Russian citizens-lite. Meanwhile, George formed provisional governments for their breakaway regions that the international world recognizes as the legal administrators.

Sovereignty might not has been kind to South Ossetia though. The Ossetian government had initiated a campaign of ethnic cleansing of Georgians and forced them to move to Georgia, but the Ossetians themselves also had to migrate in search for safety, primarily to their North Ossetia-Alania brethren, which means that now South Ossetia is in danger of underpopulation. There's also the fact that because only a handful of nations recognize them, [[RealityEnsues they can't make partnerships with anyone]] and thus many people became homeless ''and'' unemployed. Not to mention that excessive aid on Russia has created a unhealthy dependent society.
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-> The flag consist of tricolor of white, red, and yellow, each representing morality, courage, and prosperity, respectively. It is identical to the flag used by the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania Republic of Russia, except with considerations in proportion (the South Ossentian one is narrower horizontally).
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