(( Heya, I've been wanting to create her fully for the past 2 years and finally decided to do this with extra inspiration by staying in Djibouti for a month where I gather as much info as I can since I was in the real environment. So let’s introduce her.))
Republic of Djibouti (English)
République de Djibouti (French)
Gabuutih Ummuuno (Afar)
Jamhuuriyadda Jabuuti (Somali)
Capital City: Djibouti City
Official Languages: Arabic and French
Recognised national languages: Afar and Somali
Religion: Sunni Muslim (taking up 94% of the religion population the 6% are Catholic)
Birthday: June 27th (Independence from France)
Currency: Djiboutian franc
Name: Mouna Housssein ( I’m debating on giving her a middle name but the thing is in most Muslim countries culture your middle name is your father name but I have no idea if her would have a father. Kingdom of Punt???)
Age: 23 to 25
Height: 155 cm or 5’1 (for you Americans out there hehe)
Weight: 50kg or 110 lb
Djibouti is the kind of person who gets along with people once she gets to know them. She can be very warm hearted and caring and like to stay and keep positive though at times this can be very difficult for her. Compare to her neighbors (pretty much all the other horn of Africa countries) she does have a hard time sticking out and is often forgot by the rest of the continent and sometimes parts of the world. She tries to build relationship with many different countries so that she isn’t as easily forgotten. Djibouti enjoys relaxing (she might relax a lot) petting stray cats when the sun has set is about to set and work is done for the day. Because of her more so relax nature she hates when argument happens (mostly with Ethiopia and Somalia and Somaliland). Though her relaxing nature does stop during the summer due to the extreme heat making her very moody, (often people flee Djibouti to Somaliland or Ethiopia since their summers are much colder. She might do that sometimes.) Also Djibouti is very religious; sure the country doesn’t practice Sharia law really, on personal status matters such as marriage, divorce, child custody and inheritance. But she is the girl who does all the other religious thing such as pray 5 times a day and fast during Ramadan, etc etc, Religious I feel is the only thing she can hold onto close and keep her strong from day to day.
Geography: Djibouti is situated in the Horn of Africa on the Gulf of Aden and the Bab-el-Mandeb, at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. It lies between latitudes 10° and 13°N, and longitudes 41° and 44°E. The country's coastline stretches 314 kilometers (195 miles), with terrain consisting mainly of plateaus, plains and highlands. Djibouti has a total area of 23,200 square kilometers (9,000 sq mi).[ Its borders extend 506 km (314 mi), 113 km (70 mi) of which are shared with Eritrea, 337 km (209 mi) with Ethiopia, and 58 km (36 mi) with Somalia
Climate: There is not much seasonal variation in Djibouti's climate. Hot conditions prevail year-round along with winter rainfalls. Mean daily maximum temperatures range from 32 to 41 °C (90 to 106 °F), except at high elevations, where the effects of a cold offshore current can be felt. In Djibouti city, for instance, average afternoon highs range from 28 to 34 °C (82 to 93 °F) in April. Nationally, mean daily minimums usually vary from 15 to 30 °C (59 to 86 °F).The greatest range in climate occurs in eastern Djibouti, where temperatures sometimes surpass 41 °C (106 °F) in July on the littoral plains and the freezing point during December in the highlands. In this region, relative humidity ranges from about 40% in the mid-afternoon to 85% at night, changing somewhat according to the season.
History (( which will forever be a W.I.P due to me digging up more and more things.))
First recording of Djibouti was written in ancient Egyptian Djibouti speaking of the area calling it the land of Punt (or Ta Netjeru, meaning "God's Land"). The area was called “God’s land” do it its rich "large quantities of gold, ivory, and myrrh that could be easily obtained" The first mention of the area dates back to 25th century BC. The Puntites were a nation of people who had close relations with Ancient Egypt during the times of Pharaoh Sahure and Queen Hatshepsut. According to the temple reliefs at Deir el-Bahari, the Land of Punt was ruled at that time by King Parahu and Queen Ati.
Somali and Afar people were among the first in the continent to take Islam as their religion which to this day is very strong within both groups in Djibouti. Islam is said to have arrived in the late 800s, Al-Yaqubi wrote that Muslims were living along the northern Horn seaboard.
After the several hundred years of Islam being on the country, during the 12th century the Ifat Sultanate was a medieval kingdom in the Horn of Africa. Founded in 1285 by the Walashma dynasty, it was centered in Zeila Ifat established bases in Djibouti and northern Somalia, and from there expanded southward to the Ahmar Mountains (which is in northern Ethiopia). Its Sultan Umar Walashma (or his son Ali, according to another source) is recorded as having conquered the Sultanate of Shewa in 1285. Taddesse Tamrat explains Sultan Umar's military expedition as an effort to consolidate the Muslim territories in the Horn, in much the same way as Emperor Yekuno Amlak was attempting to unite the Christian territories in the highlands during the same period. These two states inevitably came into conflict over Shewa and territories further south. A lengthy war ensued, but the Muslim sultanates of the time were not strongly unified. Ifat was finally defeated by Emperor Amda Seyon I of Ethiopia in 1332, and withdrew from Shewa.
(( For now I’ll put this but I will add Eyalet of Egypt control (pretty much the Ottoman empire coming to the region. French Somaliland, as well as the country once it received independence.))
Djibouti relations ((this is will be a w.i.p too so I can add how my character personal feels about the relations aside from the governments needs))
People's Republic of China
China and Djibouti established relations on January 8, 1979. China has financed a number of public works projects in Djibouti, including a stadium, the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the People's Palace. China has also sent aid to Djibouti for example;Beijing has delivered $16.6 million in development finance to Djibouti. $8.2 million to fund the construction of a hospital in Arta,, A $2.41 million grant for construction of a new headquarters for the Djiboutian Foreign Minister and $1.75 million in food aid during a drought in Djibouti in 2005.
The relations between the two countries are not strong at all. With the Eritrean-Ethiopian War (1998–2000), Ethiopia channeled most of its trade through Djibouti. Though Djibouti is nominally neutral, it broke off relations with Eritrea in November 1998, renewing relations in 2000. Eritrea's President Isaias visited Djibouti in early 2001 and President Ismail Omar Guelleh (current President of the country) made a reciprocal visit to Asmara in the early summer of 2001. While Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh has close ties with Ethiopia’s ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), he has tried to maintain an even hand, developing relations with Eritrea. On June 10, 2008 fighting broke out in the Ras Doumeira region between Djibouti and Eritrea. It resulted in Djiboutian victory and the eventual withdrawal of Eritrean forces from the border areas and the creation of a buffer zone between the two countries.
Diplomatic relations between the two countries was established in 1984.Relations between the countries are generally good. Both countries share ownership of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railroad; however, this utility is in need of repairs and upgraded capacity. The railroad is tied to the Port of Djibouti, which provides port facilities and trade ties to landlocked Ethiopia. Disputes between the Afar and Issa people of Djibouti have the potential of involving Ethiopian citizens of these groups.
- The border between the two countries is based on the Franco-Ethiopian convention of 20 March 1897. A protocol signed by France and Ethiopia on 16 January 1954, stated that the demarcation of the boundary between the colony of Dibouti and Ethiopia as considered final, which became effective 28 February of that year. With the independence of Djibouti, there have been no significant issues over this border.
- Djibouti President Hassan Gouled Aptidon paid an official visit to Ethiopia in October 1991, when a Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation was signed between the two countries. Since 1991, the two countries have signed over 39 protocols agreements.
Djibouti was obtained as a colony by France in 1862 and officially controlled Djibouti until it received independence in 1977. Djibouti maintains military and economic agreements with France which provide continued security and economic assistance. The largest French military base in Africa is located in Djibouti's territorial waters in the Red Sea. A friendship treaty was signed once the independence was made.
United States of America
Relations between the two nations are quite strong. In April 1977, the United States established a Consulate General in Djibouti and upon independence in June 1977 raised the status of its mission to an embassy. The first U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti arrived in October 1980. Over the past decade, the United States has been a principal provider of humanitarian assistance for famine relief, and has sponsored health care, education, good governance, and security assistance programs.
Djibouti has allowed the U.S. military, as well as other nations, access to its port and airport facilities. The Djiboutian Government has been very supportive of U.S. and Western interests, particularly during the Gulf crisis of 1990-91 and after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2000.In 2002, Djibouti agreed to host a U.S. military presence at Camp Lemonnier, a former French Foreign Legion base outside the capital that now houses approximately 4,000 personnel. U.S. service members provide humanitarian support/development and security/counterterrorism assistance to people and governments of the Horn of Africa and Yemen. As a victim of past international terrorist attacks, President Guelleh continues to take a very proactive position against terrorism.
Djibouti officially recognised the independence of the Republic of Kosovo on 8 May 2010. On 22 March 2013 Djibouti and Kosovo established diplomatic relations and vowed to strengthen bilateral co-operation with one another