The Republic of Turkey
is a large country on the southern dividing line between Europe and Asia.
The region is one of the
earliest permanently settled areas of the world.
The fascinating site of Göbekli Tepe
with its large stone pillars dates back to
neolithic times, some 12000 years ago.
Multiple Out of Africa
waves of modern humans have settled or passed through, so
did Alexander the Great, Greeks and the Roman legions.
The Ottomans faded away in 1922 and Mustafa
founded the secular state of Turkey.
With close to 80 million inhabitants and a strong army Turkey is a regional powerhouse.
The present de-facto leader
has a nostalgy for the good old Ottoman times and seems intend on making Turkey an islamic state again with all powers assigned
to the president. (himself), and he did get the green light for this in a recent referendum.
Several terrorist attacks have
rocked Turkey lately, killing many locals and scaring off tourists.
A failed military coup attempt in 2016 has given
Erdogan the excuse to start a witch hunt against everybody that disagrees with him, wrecking Turkey's democracy in the process.