This is my second set of Hetalia pictures, this time featuring much of the under-used Middle East.
- Philippines - Although a paradise long praised by visitors from the Western world, the Philippines has had history of misfortune for nearly 500 years. At first an archipelago of Muslim rulers and indigenous tribes, the Philippines was a hub of trade in Southeast Asia. When Spain found her, he gave her a European nature of sorts. After 300 years of Spanish rule, she was brought to the U.S. as a condition of America's victory in a war. For forty years, she made a slow path to eventual freedom. Then World War II happened, and she suffered much under Japan. For U.S.'s aid in rescuing her from the oppression of both the Spanish and the Japanese, she is forever grateful. In today's era of corruption, Philippines sometimes hangs out at U.S.'s place to escape the stress. Despite her appearances, she's quite a fierce fighter, being an excellent stick-fighter and a powerful boxer as well.
- North Korea - Of all the nations, North Korea is probably the most annoying. Ever since splitting with his brother, he's really taken up to hiding his actions. Indeed he is a very mysterious nation. He often brags that he has the largest and most powerful army in the world, though they've rarely seen any action whatsoever. Many nations, especially U.S. and Japan, see North Korea as a major threat to world security. Russia and China, however, seem to be really nice to him.
- Pakistan - Although a nation living on very ancient ground, Pakistan is a relatively new country, having come into existence in the mid-20th century. He takes great pride in his military, sometimes being ruled by them at times. His relationship with India is horrible. His relations with the U.S. are mixed. At times they get along very well. At other times, they don't. However, he's gotten along very well with China.
- Afghanistan - Afghanistan was long the country at the crossroads of the Silk Road. Like his other brothers, Persia left an indelible mark on his character. He had very good relations with the U.S. when he fought Russia a number of years ago. However, due to many regime changes, his relations with the U.S. have been shaky in past years.
- Iran - The grandson of the mighty Persian Empire, Iran has had to live up to his ancestor's name. Formerly, he lived a somewhat western lifestyle, and it was during this time that he was good friends with U.S. However, due to revolution, he hasn't been on good terms lately. Iran has had many conflicts with his neighbors in the past due to Arab-Persian differences, not to mention that he practices Shi'a Islam, while most of his neighbors practice Sunni Islam. However, lately he's been getting along pretty well with them. Though he's clashed with them many times in the past, Iran maintains pretty good relations at the moment with Russia and China. However, he gets along nicely with Japan and, oddly enough, North Korea. He's also friendly with France.
- Iraq - Iraq lives in the "Cradle of Civilization," something he's very proud of. He once had a crazy boss, who was on good terms with the west, but when he invaded the small nation of Kuwait, things got sour. But ever since he trashed his house in the past decade, America has been trying very hard to help Iraq back on the right track. Iraq also has maintained good relations with Greece, as the two share historical bonds.
- Kuwait - A tiny yet influential nation, Kuwait has been a center of trade for years. When Iraq invaded him due to a claim that he was a part of the larger nation, many Western nations were outraged. The tiny nation is still peeved at the Gulf War. He maintains very good relations with other nations, including U.S.
- Saudi Arabia - A long time ago, Arabia was but a nomad, traveling and trading throughout the Middle East. In the sixth century, he met a prophet who showed him a new way of living. Arabia soon convinced his brothers and neighbors to follow, leading to the rise of the Caliphate, the great Islamic Empire. Since the decline of the said empire into a number of separate states, much of its territory under the Ottoman Empire, and with that empire broken up, Arabia has found it his sacred duty to guard the holiest places of Islam.
- Palestine - A country that enjoys limited nationhood. He's lived on the land for many years, and was conquered by France and the Europeans during the Crusades. He fought them back, however, with the help of Turkey. He and his current neighbor Israel are on very bad terms. However, in past years, both have tried to get along with help from U.S.
- Israel - In the past, Israel was a wanderer, moving among the houses of the European countries. He found terrible misfortune in many of those places. In the 19th century, he eventually did well in France and England. He did extremely well in the 20th century living with U.S. After surviving a long and vicious torture from Germany in World War II, England and many other Western nations helped him move into a new home built on the site of his ancestor's ruins. However, he and his neighbors didn't really ever get along. They attacked him many times, and yet he managed the defeat them many times. He is the only Jew among his Muslim neighbors.
- Syria - Like his neighbors, Syria was a part of the vast empires that rule the Middle East. In the early 20th century, Syria found himself controlled by France, from whom he soon tried to negotiate independence. He was soon caught up in the struggles between the German-controlled Vichy France and the Free French and the Allies. He soon gained independence and has since embroiled himself in the Arab-Israeli conflict and tensions that mark the area.
- Lebanon - Lebanon lives in the house of his grandmother Phoenicia, a powerful sea-going queen who once ruled the Mediterranean. He doesn't remember much of her, as he is immersed in the culture of his inland neighbors. He was a major country, being an important area for the Crusaders. After World War II, when France gave Lebanon its independence, Lebanon experienced shifting conditions of prosperity and violence. He underwent a civil war for nearly twenty years, and at some points was occupied by Syria and Israel. Afterwards, he's tried to rebuild, with some success.
- Jordan - Jordan has long been a fertile country. He has been invaded many times by many countries, including Rome, the Ottoman Empire, and Britain. Fifty years ago, Jordan went through a period of democratic experimentation. Later, after suffering losses in the Six-Day War, he reverted to martial law. Only in the past twenty years has he regained the political freedoms he once enjoyed.
Forgive me. My knowledge on the Middle East is less extensive than my knowledge of Europe.