|The largest continent on earth.|
Asia is the largest continent on earth. Asia covers 30% of the world's total area and is home to the majority of the human population (and as of 2019 accounts for roughly 65% of it). It is the continent with the highest GDP combined in purchasing power parity and nominal estimates and was home to several Cold War atrocities of Western-backed coalitions and military forces notably after World War 2, including in Korea, Vietnam, Iran, Indonesia, Israel, and many others.
China and India have been the largest economies in the world for roughly two centuries up until the 1800s, which ended when discovery by European and American imperialists first "out-commerced" China and later just plundered Africa.
Like Africa, two-thirds of Asia was conquered by European countries by the 1900s, with only Afghanistan, China & Japan to be the main powers not under the influence of a foreign entity. China somewhat allowed most of that to happen, as Japan had been coerced by US and national capitalistic entities to start trading with the world and end its policies to isolate itself, causing multiple power grabs by Japan and a Japanese rule of South East Asia.
Asia didn't escape bloody combat at the end of imperialism and World War 2, with Japan entering China in a bloody war, the British having removed Turkey from ruling the middle east and helped to found Israel and the French and Dutch forcing to leave their opium-producing colonies alone. Asia became home to some increasingly hostile Cold War conflicts surrounding the Bandung Conference, which massively hurt the first generations living under freedom in those countries.
Asia is home to two countries of the UN/Security Council. These two - Russia and China - act as a sort of opposing power to the western countries, who make up a majority, causing a stalemate for actual political leverage in the council.
US-Chine Trade War
Western commercially-controlled media noticed China and North Korea had the unique advantage of "assassinating or eliminating" all US spooks working there, seemingly paving the way for a new Cold War 2.0.
Asia is a very mixed continent in terms of the populace, terrain, and religion and was the birthplace of most of the world's common-known ones, including Hinduism, Judaism, Buddism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Sikshim, and Christianity.
The Golden Triangle is the 2nd most important heroin-producing area of the world. It is located between Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. The Golden Cresent - very coincidentally - right after the 1980s Afghan war has become the biggest opium-producing area in Asia since 1991. Afghanistan - again, quite the coincidence - became the largest country after the ban by the Taliban on producing heroin was lifted after a US/NATO-led invasion costing $1,000,000,000,000 in which a country occupied by the NATO troups became responsible for 90% of the worlds heroin production.
The Suez Canal has been fought for by dozens of countries, mostly Iran, Saudi Arabia and Israel, as Big Oil relies on the vital waterway for distribution. 12% of all global trade and 8% of all liquefied natural gas pass through the canal. A temporary blockage in 2021 - even during the Covid-19-pandemic - caused $9 Billion in damages.
|Afghanistan||"The graveyard of empires" - Afghanistan has a reputation for undoing ambitious military ventures and humiliating would-be aggressors. Present belligerents take note.|
|Azerbaijan||A former part of the USSR.|
|China||The most populous nation state in the world|
|Georgia||A former part of the USSR.|
|India||The "Jewel in the Crown" of the British Empire. Until independence in 1947 it was ruled from London under the auspices of a British-appointed Viceroy whose powers were absolute.|
|Indonesia||A large nation in South East Asia|
|Kazakhstan||Uranium/tar sands rich central Asian nation.|
|Kyrgyzstan||A former part of the USSR.|
|Myanmar||An strategic Asian state part of the "Golden Triangle" named by the CIA known for opium production. The military has a tight grip on the country. Location of a new coup in 2021.|
|North Korea||One of the most politically and culturally isotated nations in the world, a dictatorship under Kim Jong-un.|
|Qatar||Oil rich, gas richer!|
|Russia||The largest nation state in the world|
|Saudi Arabia||Longtime political ally of the USA, Saudi Arabia possesses larger easily accessible oil reserves than any other nation state.|
|Taiwan||A large island of mainland China. De facto independent despite claiming to be the legitimate government over all of China.|
|Turkmenistan||Natural gas rich Asian state.|
- Parker, "Small Victory, Missed Chance" (2006) p. 155.