The Middle East is a region that encompasses Western Asia and Northern Africa. It is often used as a synonym for Near East, in opposition to Far East. The corresponding adjective is Middle-Eastern and the derived noun is Middle-Easterner.
The history of the Middle East dates back to ancient times, and throughout its history, the Middle East has been a major centre of world affairs. When discussing ancient history, however, the term Near East is more commonly used. The Middle East is also the historical origin of major religions such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The Middle East generally has an arid and hot climate, with several major rivers providing for irrigation to support agriculture in limited areas. Many countries located around the Persian Gulf have large quantities of crude oil. In modern times the Middle East remains a strategically, economically, politically, culturally and religiously sensitive region. The Middle East expected economic growth rate is at about 4.1% for 2010 and 5.1% in 2011.
Rome: Total WarEdit
Alexander the Great invades the Persian Empire, streching from Egypt and Palestine all the way to the edges of India. The Romans will later include not all of Alexander's Empire, but will include Anatolia, Egypt, and the Holy land.
Medieval 2: Total WarEdit
The Crusades, led by Richard the Lionheart, wil invade the Holy Land and get rid of Islamic Influence. The Crusades will go well at first, but things go a little sour and Sal-Ah-Din will push the Crusaders back. Eventually the Ottoman Empire will get rid of the Byzantum Empire during the fall of Constaninople in 1453. They will include Eastern North Africa, The Balkans, Anatolia, and Palestine.
Empire: Total WarEdit
The Ottomans hold its current empire, and the Safavids(Persians) hold present day Iran.
Napoleon: Total WarEdit
The British hold Cyprus. This blocks Napoleon from getting any supplies or reinforcements from Europe. The Mamelukes and Bedouin control Egypt and The Sinai Peninsula, whil the Ottomans control present day Palestine, Israel, and Syria. Napoleon conquered much of Ottoman and Mameluke Territory, but failed to take Acre and the French were eventually driven back by the Ottomans.