Cyprusball can into EU and active Euros too. Recently Cyprusball discovered oil. He is currently fed up with his land and maritime neighbours.
Prehistoric and Ancient Cyprusball
Interestingly, remains of a kitten were discovered buried with a human body in Cyprusball, estimated to be over 9000 years old. This pushes back the earliest known cat-human association significantly. Plenty of cats still reside on Cyprusball today.
Beginning in 649, Cyprusball suffered from devastating raids launched by Muslim armies from the Levant, which continued for the next 300 years. The island was fully or at least partially ruled by Umayyadball & Abbasidball. Byzantineball regained control in 965.
In 1191, during the Third Crusade, Richard I of England captured Cyprusball, putting it under the control of the Kingdom of Englandball. Richard the Lionheart had also celebrated his wedding there & drank the oldest wine brand in the world. Afterall, Cyprusball is touristy!
Following the death of the last Cypriot King in 1473, the Republic of Veniceball assumed control of the island. Venice formally anshlußed Cyprusball in 1489. The Venetians fortified Nicosiaball by building walls. Throughout Venetian rule, the Ottoman Empireball frequently raided Cyprus. In 1539 the Ottomans destroyed Limassolball and so fearing the worst, the Venetians also fortified Famagustaball and Kyreniaball.
In 1570, a full-scale Ottoman invasion brought the island under Ottoman control, despite stiff resistance by Nicosiaball and Famagustaball. Ottomanball massacred many Greek and Armenianballs. Soldiers who fought in the conquest settled on the island and Turkish peasants and craftsmen were brought to the island from Anatolia. A Muslim community began to form.
Ottoman rule of Cyprusball was at times indifferent (mediocre/no attention paid), at times oppressive, depending on the temperaments of the Sultans and local officials. The island began over 250 years of economic decline.
As soon as the Greek War of Independence broke out in 1821, several Greek Cypriots left for Greece to join the Greek forces. In response, the Ottoman governor of Cyprusball arrested and executed 500 Greek Cypriots. The Ottoman oppression led to uprisings by both Greek and Turkish Cypriots, but with little success. After centuries of neglect by the Turks, the ruthless poverty of most of the balls & the taxes fuelled Greek nationalism, and by the 20th century idea of enosis, alas union with newly independent Hellenic Republicball was firmly rooted among Greek Cypriots.
In the aftermath of the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878), Cyprusball was leased to the British Empire which de facto took over its administration in 1878 (although Cyprusball remained an Ottoman territory until 1914) in exchange for guarantees that UKball would use the island to protect the Ottoman Empireball against possible Russian aggression.
Cyprusball would serve Britain as a key military base for its colonial routes. By 1906, when the Famagustaball harbour was completed, Cyprusball was a naval outpost overlooking the Suez Canal, the crucial main route to India. Following the outbreak of the WW1 and the decision of the Ottoman Empireball to join the Central Powers; on 5 November 1914, the British Empire formally anschlußed Cyprusball and declared it a British protectorate.
In 1915, British offered Cyprusball to Greece on condition that Greece would join WW1 on the side of the British, which was declined. In 1923 Turks relinquished any claim to Cyprusball, and in 1925 it was declared a British crown colony. Many Greek and Turkish Cypriots fought in the British Army during both world wars.
The Greek Cypriot population, meanwhile, had become hopeful that the British administration would lead to enosis. The Turkish Cypriots were sceptical of the situation which escalated in the 1950s into protests for the partition of the island but it was later eased off. In January 1950, the Church of Cyprusball organised a referendum (with no Turkish participation), where 96% of the participating Greeks voted in favour of enosis.
1974 coup, Turkish invasion and division
On 15 July 1974, the Greek military junta carried out a coup d'état in Cyprus, to unite the island with Greeceball. In response to the coup, five days later, the Turkish army invaded the island, citing a right to intervene from the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee. This justification has been rejected by the United Nations and the international community.
International pressure led to a ceasefire, and by then 36% of the island had been taken over by the Turks and 180'000 Greek Cypriots had been evicted from their homes in the north.
After the restoration of order in December 1974, Turkish troops remained, occupying the northeastern portion of the island. In 1983, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprusball was proclaimed, which is recognised only by Turkeyball. Around 150,000 settlers from Turkeyball are believed to be living in the north.
The last major effort to settle the Cyprusball dispute was the Annan Plan in 2004 aka United Republic of Cyprusball but it was rejected by two-thirds of the voters.
On 1 May 2004, Cyprusball joined the EUball, together with 9 other countryballs. In July 2006, the island served as a haven for people fleeing Lebanonball, due to the conflict between Israelcube and Hezbollahball.
Efforts have been made to enhance freedom of movement between the two sides. In April 2003, Northern Cyprusball eased border restrictions, permitting Cypriots to cross between the two sides for the first time in 30 years. In March 2008, a wall that had stood between the Republic of Cyprusball and the UN buffer zone was demolished & the Ledra Street was reopened.
North and South relaunched reunification talks on 15 May 2015, however, they are presently in a bit of stagnation. But as one pro-unification journalist said: "Patience is running out".
- Greeceball - Brother. Habitually swaps 12 points with each other at Eurovision.But why have you installed a dictatorship on my island and let the Turks invade? Why did yuo do that? WHY?!
- Russiaball - Good friend. Your tourists are welcomed!
- Maltaball - Little Mediterranean step-sister. Wants to get noticed by Yurop too.
- Byzantineball - I had such great times with you!
- Armeniaball - An old friend with a similar distaste for kebab. Remembers his uncle Ciliciaball well.
- USAball - Please help me remove Fake Cyprus!
- Czechball - Oh Czechy, you seem so sympathetic!
- Serbiaball - Both Orthodox.
- Romaniaball - Both Orthodox and Greece's friend.
- Israelcube - Thanks for traidings with me.
- Germanyball - Am waiting for your touristas!
- UKball/ Akrotiri and Dhekeliaball - Stupid porks still won't apologize nor try to reunify the island! Remove tea! However, they helped with education & they're much better than Ottomans! So s'agapo a bit.
- Veniceball - Well, your feudalism wasn't of nice, but at least you're not Ottomanball!
- Lebanonball - Uhm, I guessings, welcome for asulum?
- Turkeyball - Damn kebab won't reunify island!
- Northern Cyprusball - FAKE KEBAB CYPRUS! Uses Hellenic heritage to grab tourist-money. Sissy boy.
- Ottomanball - Worst nightmare
|Greek Cyprus and Kebab Cyprus and Brits|
|Greek districts||Famagustaball • Kyreniaball • Larnacaball • Limassolball • Nicosia Districtball ( Nicosiaball) • Paphosball|
|Turkish districts||Lefkoşaball ( North Nicosiaball) • Gazimağusaball • Girneball • Güzelyurtball • İskeleball|
|British Overseas Territory||Akrotiri and Dhekeliaball|
|Historical entities|| 2ball • Assyriaball • Ancient Egyptball • Achaemenidball • Macedonball • Ancient Greeceball • SPQRball • Byzantineball • Umayyadball • Abbasidball • Byzantineball (again) • Kingdom of Cyprusball • Republic of Veniceball • Ottomanball • British Cyprusball ( Akrotiri and Dhekeliaball) • Turkish Federated State of Cyprusball/Greeceball • |
|Founders||Belgiumball • Franceball • Germanyball • Italyball • Luxembourgball • Netherlandsball|
|€ Euro Zone €||Austriaball • Cyprusball • Estoniaball • Finlandball • Greeceball • Irelandball • Latviaball • Lithuaniaball • Maltaball • Portugalball • Slovakiaball • Sloveniaball • Spainball|
|Other Members||Bulgariaball • Croatiaball • Czechball • Denmarkball • Hungaryball • Polandball • Romaniaball • Swedenball|
|Future Members|| Albaniaball • Bosniaball • |
|Members Out||Faroe Islandsball • Greenlandball|
|Members to Leave|| UKball ( Isle of Manball) (voted to leave in 2016) • |
| *Migrants |