History UsefulNotes / Tunisia

24th Jun '17 7:12:24 AM Piterpicher
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It's also worth mentioning that Tunisia has been the site of quite a few movies where there is a desert scenery. Notable examples include the Tatooine scenes in the Franchise/StarWars movies (named after the city of Tataouine in southern Tunisia), Cairo in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', and the entirety of ''TheEnglishPatient'' and ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian''.

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It's also worth mentioning that Tunisia has been the site of quite a few movies where there is a desert scenery. Notable examples include the Tatooine scenes in the Franchise/StarWars movies (named after the city of Tataouine in southern Tunisia), Cairo in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', and the entirety of ''TheEnglishPatient'' ''Film/TheEnglishPatient'' and ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian''.
24th May '16 9:16:35 AM Dimas28
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The population is mostly of Berber stock, it being (alongside the entire Maghreb) the original home of the coastal Berbers; actual Arab admixture from the Middle East is very low and its influence is mainly restricted to culture[[note]] This is actually true for the regions conquered by the Arabs for the most part. Egyptians, Iraqis, and Syrians also don't have that much of Arab admixture in their genetic and instead the same people who live in those countries have been doing so for thousands of years, being descended from the Ancient Egyptians, Babylonians/Assyrians, and Arameans who converted, respectively. Because y'know, an ethnic group can't just spring up from a distant someplace and giving rise to over 150 million people in under two millenia while being in the path of conquerors...[[/note]]. Hence why, an easy way to induce FlameBait is to state whether Tunisia is an actual Arab nation or not. Also particular note is that recent genetic research concluded that, due to centuries of Ottoman rule, over 25% of the population have Turkish ancestry, the largest of any non-Turk world, although the entirety of them have been largely Arabized also.

The national language of UsefulNotes/{{Malta}} (i.e., [[CaptainObvious Maltese]]) is a sister language of Tunisian Arabic, both being descended from the same Maghrebi dialect that went separate ways after the ''Reconquista''. Tunisians and Maltese can still understand each other to a certain degree, though not by much.
10th May '15 9:10:28 PM karstovich2
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On 17 December 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a fruit vendor, [[ManOnFire set himself alight]] in front of a police station. Bouazizi had a history with the police; the police would confiscate his fruit cart, which he would set up again, which the police would confiscate again... you get the idea. Following his self-immolation, major protests against Ben Ali's regime erupted across Tunisia. On January 18, Ben Ali and his family fled to Saudi Arabia. The CDR was subsequently dissolved and banned. Elections to a new Constituent Assembly were held on October 23, resulting in a coalition government comprised of the three largest parties: the "Renaissance Party" or '''Ennahda''' (centre-right Islamists), the "Congress for the Republic" or '''CPR''' (centre-left secularists), and the "Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties" or '''Ettakatol''' (centre-left social-democrats). Currently, the country is going through a transitional phase from authoritarianism to democracy.

Of particular note is that the protests and later revolution in Tunisia [[FollowTheLeader inspired similar protests across the Arab world]], including a revolutions in [[{{UsefulNotes/Egypt}} Egypt]] and [[{{UsefulNotes/Libya}} Libya]]. There have also been major protests in other countries, including Syria and Yemen, both of which have seen brutal crackdowns on the protesters.

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On 17 December 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a fruit vendor, [[ManOnFire set himself alight]] in front of a police station. Bouazizi had a history with the police; the police would confiscate his fruit cart, which he would set up again, which the police would confiscate again... you get the idea. Following his self-immolation, major protests against Ben Ali's regime erupted across Tunisia. On January 18, Ben Ali and his family fled to Saudi Arabia. The CDR was subsequently dissolved and banned. Elections to a new Constituent Assembly were held on October 23, resulting in a coalition government comprised of the three largest parties: the "Renaissance Party" or '''Ennahda''' (centre-right Islamists), the "Congress for the Republic" or '''CPR''' (centre-left secularists), and the "Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties" or '''Ettakatol''' (centre-left social-democrats). Currently, the country is going through a transitional phase from authoritarianism to democracy.

democracy; peculiarly, the first elections were "won" (in the sense of having the largest party; no party won a majority in Parliament) by "Tunisia's Call" or '''Nidaa Tunis'''--a centre-left secularist nationalist party largely made up of people who had been part of the old regime. However, they are clearly ''not'' interested in reestablishing the old regime; it's simply that these people actually had some experience governing, so the people said "as long as you agree to play by the rules, share with the other parties, and leave when we tell you to, we'll let you run things while things are still a little shaky."

Of particular note is that the protests and later revolution in Tunisia [[FollowTheLeader inspired similar protests across the Arab world]], including a revolutions in [[{{UsefulNotes/Egypt}} Egypt]] and [[{{UsefulNotes/Libya}} Libya]]. There have also been major protests in other countries, including Syria and Yemen, both of which have seen brutal crackdowns on the protesters.
protesters. Since Libya eventually devolved into a slow-motion civil war and Egypt saw [[FullCircleRevolution a return to military rule]], Tunisia is basically the only ''political'' success story of the UsefulNotes/ArabSpring it inspired; of course, the revolutions have seriously impacted all the Arab countries ''socially'', and this isn't [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutions_of_1848 the first time a major wave of revolution only saw success in one or two places]].
10th May '15 8:51:11 PM karstovich2
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* The tenth story of the third day of the ''{{Decameron}}'' is set in the Tunisian town of Gafsa, known in Italy in the Middle Ages for being near a significant Christian monastery. Let's just say that the tenth story of the third day is so incredibly obscene, English translators of the ''Decameron'' refused to translate it for five hundred years.

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* The tenth story of the third day of the ''{{Decameron}}'' ''Literature/{{Decameron}}'' is set in the Tunisian town of Gafsa, known in Italy in the Middle Ages for being near a significant Christian monastery. monastery/community of desert hermits. Let's just say that the tenth story of the third day is so incredibly obscene, English translators of the ''Decameron'' refused to translate it for five hundred years.
years--and the obscenity had ''everything'' to do with the hermits.
29th Dec '13 10:17:50 PM merlinxchick
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Tunisia ('''Arabic:''' '' تونس‎ Tūnis, '''French:''' ''Tunisie''), officially known as the Republic of Tunisia ('''Arabic:''' ''الجمهورية التونسية‎ al-Jumhūriyyah at-Tūnisiyyah'', '''French:''' ''République tunisienne''), is a small country at the very north of Africa, between Libya and Algeria. Originally a part of the Ottoman Empire, it became a French protectorate (read: colony) in 1881. It became independent in 1956, declaring itself the Tunisian Republic. It was governed by the authoritarian regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and the '''[[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Constitutional Democratic Rally]]''' from 1987 to 2011, when things dramatically changed.

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Tunisia ('''Arabic:''' '' تونس‎ Tūnis, Tūnis'', '''French:''' ''Tunisie''), officially known as the Republic of Tunisia ('''Arabic:''' ''الجمهورية التونسية‎ al-Jumhūriyyah at-Tūnisiyyah'', '''French:''' ''République tunisienne''), is a small country at the very north of Africa, between Libya and Algeria. Originally a part of the Ottoman Empire, it became a French protectorate (read: colony) in 1881. It became independent in 1956, declaring itself the Tunisian Republic. It was governed by the authoritarian regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and the '''[[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Constitutional Democratic Rally]]''' from 1987 to 2011, when things dramatically changed.
29th Dec '13 10:17:18 PM merlinxchick
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Tunisia is a small country at the very north of Africa, between Libya and Algeria. Originally a part of the Ottoman Empire, it became a French protectorate (read: colony) in 1881. It became independent in 1956, declaring itself the Tunisian Republic. It was governed by the authoritarian regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and the '''[[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Constitutional Democratic Rally]]''' from 1987 to 2011, when things dramatically changed.

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Tunisia ('''Arabic:''' '' تونس‎ Tūnis, '''French:''' ''Tunisie''), officially known as the Republic of Tunisia ('''Arabic:''' ''الجمهورية التونسية‎ al-Jumhūriyyah at-Tūnisiyyah'', '''French:''' ''République tunisienne''), is a small country at the very north of Africa, between Libya and Algeria. Originally a part of the Ottoman Empire, it became a French protectorate (read: colony) in 1881. It became independent in 1956, declaring itself the Tunisian Republic. It was governed by the authoritarian regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and the '''[[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Constitutional Democratic Rally]]''' from 1987 to 2011, when things dramatically changed.
21st Dec '13 2:37:14 PM LongLiveHumour
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On a more historical note, Tunisia is of interest to scholars of ancient history for being the heart of the old [[PunicWars Carthaginian Empire]]--indeed, Carthage these days is a rather fashionable suburb (by which we mean ''district'') of Tunis; the presidential palace and international airport are located there.

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On a more historical note, Tunisia is of interest to scholars of ancient history for being the heart of the old [[PunicWars [[UsefulNotes/PunicWars Carthaginian Empire]]--indeed, Carthage these days is a rather fashionable suburb (by which we mean ''district'') of Tunis; the presidential palace and international airport are located there.
15th Jan '13 9:35:04 AM zero5889
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->The flag is derived from the red flag of the Ottoman Empire, distinguishable by the crescent and star, traditional symbols of Islam, colored red and placed inside a white circle.
25th Sep '12 9:47:01 AM EarlOfSandvich
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!!Tropes:
* PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny
* SmugSnake: Ben Ali. The man even has the FaceOfAThug. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Zine_El_Abidine_Ben_Ali.jpg Just look at him!]]
* PresidentEvil: See above.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Ben Ali fled the country in response to the protests against him.
* LaResistance: The people who overthrew Ben Ali's regime.
** Who inspired a series of other [[LaResistance La Resistances]] across the region.
21st Jun '12 11:37:05 AM AmusedTroperGuy
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It's also worth mentioning that Tunisia has been the site of quite a few movies where there is a desert scenery. Notable examples include the Tatooine scenes in the Franchise/StarWars movies (named after the city of Tataouine in southern Tunisia), Cairo in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', and the entirety of TheEnglishPatient and Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian.

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It's also worth mentioning that Tunisia has been the site of quite a few movies where there is a desert scenery. Notable examples include the Tatooine scenes in the Franchise/StarWars movies (named after the city of Tataouine in southern Tunisia), Cairo in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', and the entirety of TheEnglishPatient ''TheEnglishPatient'' and Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian.
''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian''.
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