Azerbaijan

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Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan.png
Government type Absolute monarchy
Ruling party Ittihad (conservative)
Capital Baku
Population 95.78 thousand
Primary culture Azerbaijani
Literacy ?
National value Order
Tech school Traditional academia
Status Civilized
A Screenshot of Independent Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia in 1836

Azerbaijan is a civilized nation releasable from Russia Russia or Persia Persia. If Azerbaijan is released from Persia, it is much smaller and has to fight the behemoth Russia for its cores.

Advantages

  • Likely to be sphered by Russia or the Ottoman Empire Ottoman Empire, keeping it safe from the stronger neighbouring Persia
  • Has cores on the relatively highly populated Tabriz region in Persia.
  • Civilized, and borders a large, relatively vulnerable unciv (Persia)

Disadvantages

  • Position between Russia and the Ottomans leaves Azerbaijan vulnerable in case of wars between allies of one or the other
  • Azerbaijani culture is rare outside Azerbaijan and Tabriz
  • No sea access at the start of the game

Strategy

If released in 1836, several issues are immediately present. One, a tiny population. Two, being placed between three nations with a superior military. Three, no sea access.

However, there's one simple solution to this. Azerbaijan have cores on the Tabriz region in neighbouring Persia - an Azerbaijani culture, fairly highly populated region with a range of resources. By getting a good alliance with either Russia or the Ottoman Empire, Azerbaijan may be able to take the state it desperately needs.

From there, Azerbaijan should be near half a million POPs, but as Tabriz is a colonial state at first, simply encourage Bureaucrats and then start getting those factories built. Make sure to keep the military budget high enough to get soldier POPs, too.

Unless Azerbaijan and Persia have the same Great power Ally, it's likely Persia will invade Azerbaijan to retake Tabriz as soon as the truce is over. Building up forts beforehand can help, but simply being in friendly relations (and hopefully having an alliance) with Russia and/or the Ottoman Empire should be enough for them to protect Azerbaijan in the event of invasion unless they are attacking each other (as often happens.) Hopefully, though, by that time there should be enough soldiers to be able to fend off a Persian attack alone.

So, after securing all the Azerbaijani cores, next up is having better means to expand. Seeing as Persia by now should be a fairly equal match, taking a coastal province will be enough to ensure the small Caucasian nation can expand into far more places.

Futher targets of conquest

There are of course many possible targets for Azerbaijan. One can also look east towards Afghanistan Afghanistan and Sindh Sindh, West towards Georgia Georgia and Armenia Armenia in the Ottoman Empire (in that case one does however need an alliance with Russia), South towards Ethiopia Ethiopia and the Arab peninsula or even very far east towards Korea Korea or Johore Johore.