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Shigastan, officially the Republic of Shigastan (Shigastani: Шигастан Республикасы), is a Republic located in Central Asia. It’s a landlocked country, bordered by Russia to the north, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to the east, and Turkmenistan to the south. Shigastan faces both the Caspian Sea and the Aral Sea. The country’s capital and largest city is Shigasmenbashi (Wortz). The country was part of the Soviet Union until it declared its independence in 1991.

Republic of Shigastan
Шигастан Республикасы(Shigastani)
Республика Сигастан(Russian)





Motto:Connecting People, Connecting Time, Connecting the Lake

Anthem:God Bless Our Wonderful People!


Official language:Shigastani
(Standard language:Russian

Capital:Shigasmenbashi (Wortz)
Largest city:Shigasmenbashi (Wortz)

President:Samar I. Galbraith

Total Area:736,297km2


Independence:From the Soviet Union on December 16 1991


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    The country’s official name is ‘Шигастан Республикасы’, which transliterates as ‘ Sïgaston Respwblïkası’ or ‘Saïgastan Respwblïkası’. The official romanization is ‘Republic of Shigastan’ or ‘Republic of Sigastan’, and is commonly known as Shigastan.

    In Japanese, Shigastan is known as シガスタン. The kanji for Shigastan is 西河斯坦 (Chinese: 西加斯坦).

    Shigastan can be translated as “Land of the Shiga”.


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      Main article: History of Shigastan

    Early and Modern History

    According to Herodotus’ Histories, during the 5th century BC, several small states of the Shigasmen people, referred to as the Omi had settled along the coast of the Caspian Sea, constantly waging war against each other. Between the 2nd century BC and the 4th century, both Chinese and Achaemenid Persian history books mention that settlements of the Shigasmen people are believed to be located at the site of the Ruins of the Shigastan Cathedral. The following 200 years are noted for a complete lack of written history, period considered a Lost Age. However, recent studies have shown that cultural influence from the Sassanid Empire might have occurred during this era.

    Later, during the 6th century, nomadic tribes of Turkic people migrated into the region, conquering the area of Shigastan. These are believed to be the ancestors of modern Shiga people. Their rule continued despite invasions by the Hephthalites, the Onoq Khaganate and the Karakhanids, eventually falling to the Mongol Empire in the 13th century. This led to rapid development as Shigastan became a major East-West trading location.

    Afterwards, under the cultural and political influence of the Ottoman Empire, the Ulus of Jochi (Golden Horde) and the Kazakh Khanate inherited control over the region. However, during the first half of the 18th century, the Kazakh Khanate had lost its political unity, fracturing into the Azei Khanate, who took control of northern Shigastan, and the Rokakh Clan of the Shiga people took control of southern Shigastan, forming a kingdom that would often clash with the Azei Khanate.

    In 1723 overthrew King Rokakh of the Rokakh Clan, uniting all of Shigastan. However, both the Azei and Kazakh Khanate were decimated by the Dzungar Khanate of the Kazakh Steppe, whose attacks intensified that same year. Still recovering from the unification war, and in response to the 1723-1725 invasion of the Dzungar Khanate, also known as the Akhtaban-Shuburundu (Barefoot Escape), the Azei Khanate strengthen diplomatic relations with the Russian Empire, which at the time was attempting to expand towards the east. With Russia’s support, the Azei Khanate began repelling the Dzungar invasion. Following the victory of the Kazakh allied forces over the Dzungar in the battle of Kara Siyul in 1726, the Azei Khanate declared its allegiance to the Russian Empire, becoming a protectorate state.


    Flag of the Kingdom of Shigastan

    However, relations between the two deteriorated in 1732 when the Imperial Russian Army stationed on the east coast of the Caspian Sea began building forts round present-day Ado. The Azai Khanate attempted to seek assistance from the British Empire to resist the Russian Empire, but their plans were exposed by a Russian agent. In September 1740, the capital city of Wortz was overtaken, and a puppet government, the Kingdom of Shigastan was established (September Plot). Some experts refer to the September Plot as a prelude to the Great Game, a power struggle in Central Asia between the Russian and the British Empire.

    In the 19th century, the Russian Empire was experiencing the Industrial Revolution with a focus on light-industry. The outbreak of the American Civil War in the early 1860s caused the price of cotton, which was produced in slave plantations across southern United States to rise, making it difficult to secure this raw material. For this reason, the Russian Empire not only sought to “secure raw materials for cotton” but also “impede the colonization of Central Asia by the British Empire” and “avoid the dangers of having plains as borders”, expanding southwards into Central Asia, annexing territories and establishing protectorates (Great Game). Because of poor agriculture, Shigastan had low relevance during the Great Game, and was unified with neighboring countries. In 1868, Shigastan and the eastern part of present-day Shigastan was unified as part of the Hicorin Province in the Ii Governorate. After becoming a Russian territory, Shigastan underwent rapid modernization, generating a large number of talented people. An example of this is Sostayet Tass, personal financial advisor to Alexander III of Russia.

    20th Century Onwards


    Flag of the Shiga Soviet Socialist Republic

    After the Russian Revolution in 1917, the White Army’s Hicorin Provisional Government (1917 - 1920) was established amidst the Russian Civil War, followed by the Shiga Soviet Socialist Republic in 1925, the fifth Republic Soviet Union to be established. Following this, the abundance of mineral resources in Shigastan was noticed by the Soviet Union, who proceeded to develop the region.

    In 1949, the Biuwami incident took place. The incident involved the deaths of seven Kazakh workers of to acute radiation syndrome caused by negligence on part of a Shiga supervisor during the transportation of radioactive waste through Shigastan under the orders of the Soviet Armed Forces. The Biuwami incident was part of a series that brought to light ethnic issues with the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic that deteriorated their relations, the incident considered the “prelude to war”. The Soviet Union introduced press censorship and mobilized secret police forces in an attempt to de-escalate the situation. Protests against censorship took place, some blaming the Soviet Union for the incident, fueling an anti-Soviet Union sentiment amongst the people of Shigastan.

    This sentiment culminated with Shigastan leaving the Soviet Union on December 16 1991. It changed its name to its current name, Republic of Shigastan, and joined the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on December 21 1991. The same year, Dey Guarak became the first president of the Republic, and the communist government was restored.


    Shigastani Civil War

    In 1992, the Shigastani Civil War broke out between the government-based Communist Party of Shigastan and rebels from the Islamic opposition. In November, the Communist Party of Shigastan elected Eugene Duanila, descendant from the Kingdom of Shigastan’s royal family and popular figure as their chairman, to establish a new government, but the rebels, led by Sarah I. Galbraith made a comeback, gaining control of most of the nation by spring of 1997. The first peace negotiations were held in April 1998. As a result of the presidential elections of 1999, Sarah I. Galbraith became the third president of the Republic, ordering a ceasefire. The Civil War ended in 1991, leaving over 80,000 people dead. The United Nations’ Mission Observers in Shigastan (UNMOS) completed the peace process in 2005. Since then, the United Nations’ Shigastani Office for Peacekeeping (UNSOP) has assisted Shigastan on the recovery process.


    On June 9 2010, Sarah I. Galbraith was shot and killed while giving a speech, causing tensions to grow all across Shigastan. Her son, Samar I. Galbraith was elected as the fourth president of the Republic.


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      Main article: Geography of Shigastan

    Shigastan is roughly divided into northern and southern regions by the Caspian Sea and into a further eastern region by the Aral Sea. In Shigastan, the Caspian Sea is traditionally known as the Barbat Sea. The name is said to have been established following the description of a survey during the times of the Kingdom of Shigastan, “The coastline is bowed, round like a barbat”.

    Northern Region

    The southern region of the Ural Mountains is located here, creating a mountainous area. Over half of it is occupied by both mountains and the Caspian Sea, leaving only a small habitable area. To travel to Europe by land, one must pass through Russia.

    Southern Region

    Composed of lowland on the coast of the Caspian Sea. The Koto Peninsula (Koto Province) is located in the Caspian Sea, with Nagama being Shigastan’s only ice-free harbor. Many valuable relics are located here, including the Ruins of the Shigastan Cathedral. The area has low zone development.

    Eastern Region

    The Kazakh Steppe expands over the area, suffering salt damage due to the decrease of the Aral Sea. The area was incorporated during the Hicorin Province period, causing frequent strife.

Administrative Divisions


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    Shigastan Official Residence

      Main article: Politics of Shigastan

    The head of state of Shigastan is the president, who is directly elected, serving a five-year term. The president has the power to form the government’s cabinet, appoint and dismiss cabinet members, the head of the Supreme Court, the attorney general and the governor of the National Bank, hold referendums and declare state of emergency. He also serves as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

    Since the end of the Shigastani Civil War, the Lilef Otan (Fatherland Salvation Party) has held the absolute majority of the seats, making it a de facto single-party state.

    Shigastan has a bicameral legislature, with an upper and lower house. The lower house is composed of 152 seats, directly elected through proportional representation. The upper house is composed of 71 seats, 51 of them elected by the People’s General Assembly of Shigastan, the country’s organization towards ethnic group representation, elected by ethnic groups other than the Shiga and Shigasmen people. This is to reflect the words of Sarah I. Galbraith, whose ideology was “All voices should be heard and aided.” The remaining 20 seats are elected by Shigastan’s former royal family.


      Main article: President of Shigastan

    First president Dey Guarak
    Born into a military family. Last president of the Shiga Soviet Socialist Republic, he became the first president of the Republic of Shigastan. This led to national disappointment and protests as the people expected political reform following the country’s name change.

    Second president Eugene Duanila
    Descendant of Shigastan’s former royal family, and great-great-grandson of Sostayet Tass. Highly popular figure due to his gentle disposition. Following the end of the Shigastani Civil War, he surrendered power to the Lilef Otan, then emigrated to the United States.

    Third President Sarah I. Galbraith
    First female president, known as the “Shigastan’s founding mother”. She focused on administrative reforms, infrastructure improvement and the spread of the internet, putting major emphasis on helping the weak. A world renowned figure, many countries throughout the world sent their condolences following the 2010’s shooting that ended her life. Her maiden name was Oizella.

    Fourth President Samar I. Galbraith
    Sarah I. Galbraith’s son. The dictatorial policies taken in favor of the Shiga people, a departure from previous policies, have earned him harsh criticism both locally and abroad. He’s known for his radical statements, such as the one given in response to Shigastan being referred to as a developing country, “Let’s stop exporting oil then”. These statements have granted him the nickname “Thunder of Shigastan”.

    Main Political Parties

      Main article: List of Political Parties in Shigastan

    Ruling Party: Lilef Otan (Fatherland Salvation Party)
    Opposition: Noor Lilef (Sparkling Salvation Party), Communist Party of Shigastan, Green Party (Shigastan)


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    Military aircraft insignia for the Shigastani Air Force. Click here for the low visibility version.

     Main article: Shigastani Armed Forces

    The Shigastani Armed Forces is composed of four branches: the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and Border Patrol. The president is the Supreme Commander of all 4 branches, and has direct control over the Air Mobile Troops, the Airborne Troops and the Presidential Guard. The Shigastani Armed Forces incorporates a special body training method developed by an assassin group, followers of the Rokakh clan (The Assassins of Kuoga), and is known for its tolerance to extreme conditions such as starvation and dehydration.


Foreign Relations


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    Logo of the Bank of Shigastan


    1000 IGS (Shigastani Som) banknote.

    The Shigastani currency is the Som.

    According to statistics by the IMF, Shigastan’s GDP in 2017 was of $121,5 billion, with a GDP per capita of $8,785. Economic development has been remarkable since the end of the civil war, with a 10,6% growth rate in the period between 2004 and 2007. After 2007, the rate of economic growth saw a decline due to the international financial crisis, with a growth of around 5% during the 2010-2013 period.

    Shigastan’s economy relies on its natural resources. In August 2015、the Som’s exchange rate against the Dollar fell by 60% as a result of the announcement that the exchange rate would change from a managed float regime to a floating exchange rate, in response to the decline in crude oil prices and the depreciation of the Ruble, Russia’s currency. Inflation has skyrocketed as a result, leading to a sharp decrease in real income and a decline in consumer spending, massively stalling the economy.


    Shigastan practices grain cultivation and livestock farming. Unlike neighboring countries that deal with desertification, Shigastan is positioned in between the Caspian and the Aral Sea, granting the country abundant sources of water. Shigastan’s soil is naturally infertile, especially in the eastern region, where the decline of the Aral Sea has caused salt damage.

    Crude Oil and Natural Gas


    Shigastan’s exports shown by color and area (Brown is crude oil and natural gas)

    Crude Oil natural gas is the most important economic sectors in Shigastan, making up 80% of the country’s exports and annual revenue. The state-run company Shigastan Gas and the company in partnership with the United States Shigastan Concessions of Petroleum inc. lead the country’s crude oil and natural gas development and exportation. For this reason, Shigastan is sometimes referred to as the “Oil tank of Central Asia”. In November 2016, the new Awami Field in the Caspian Sea began commercial production.

    Because of Shigastan’s reliance on oil, a local joke says that “There is only Bierko (meaning ‘Crude oil’) in Shigastan”.[Citation needed] The crude oil and natural gas fields concentrating along the Caspian Sea shoreline in the northern and southern regions have generated severe economic disparity in the eastern region of the country.


    Shigastan is famous for the Ruins of the Shigastan Cathedral, a World Heritage Site, although the country’s tourism industry has not developed much due to the partial collapse of the ruins in 2015 and the lack of post-civil war restoration progress. Furthermore, the process of acquiring a travel visa is slower compared to developed and developing countries, difficulting the acquisition process.

    Regarding Japanese tourism, the cost-of-living is exceedingly cheap and staying is inexpensive regardless of duration.



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     Main article: Demographics of Shigastan


    Shigastan’s population is composed of 52% Shiga, 20% Shigasmen, 8% Russian, 5% Kazakh, 3% Uzbek, 2% Turkmen, and 10% others (2015).

    Many households still abide by Russian naming conventions, a vestige from the Soviet Union period.


    The official language is Shigastani, a close dialect of Kazakh with borrowed vocabulary from Turkic and Slavic languages. Russian is also widely spoken, especially in urban areas where Russian is the mother tongue, with many Shiga people not being able to speak Shigastani. Russian is a requisite for the upper class and elite of Shigastan, with upper-grade civil servant employment examinations incorporating a Russian test.


    According to a 2009 survey, 70,2% of the population practice Islam, 26,2% Christianity, and 2,8% belonged to other religions. The majority of the population is Muslim, although the dress code and commandments are extremely liberal, and the social status of women is higher. Drinking and the like is also openly allowed. In the eastern region, Islam is much more strictly practiced, and clashes between Islamic fundamentalist militants and new religions are frequent.


    According to 2011 estimates, the literacy rate of people 15 and above is 77% (83,5% for men and 70,4% for women). Major institutions for higher education include the Litum-Ikan University, the Kharitonov University, the Barbat Sea Institute University, and many others. Shigastan is known for its high educational standards, one of the four highest among Central Asian countries.


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     Main article: Culture of Shigastan

    It is said that the national character of the Shigastani is “Mild, not stubborn, knowledgeable with numbers, sensible about their interests, and good at amassing wealth. Good with words, not so good at fighting. Modest and reliable, meek yet tenacious in their efforts. According to the ambassador to Shigastan in Japan, Yurii Ramen, this national character image is largely based on the legend of Sostayet Tass.

    During the Mongol Empire period, Shigastan was involved in alchemy research, forming a strong original blend of Eastern and Western culture. During the period King Rokakh ruled the southern region, the king greatly supported alchemy, yearning for immortality, the craft rapidly developing. Some books claim this alchemical research drove the Assassins of Kuoga to excel at handling poisons and medicine. Actually, many active companies in the chemical and pharmaceutical fields were founded by descendants of the Assassins of Kuoga.

    During the Soviet Union era, Shigastan was famous for its theaters and novelists.



    Former Flag of Shigastan


    National Seal of Shigastan

    The wild thistle is the national flower, and is considered the national symbol. This originates from Sarah I. Galbraith’s love for the flower, which is now used as the motif in many situations, such as the logo of several public institutions.

    Food Culture

     Main article: Cuisine of Shigastan

    Shigastan is famous for its dishes prepared with the viscera of cattle, horse, and the like. Omi’s horse bone, which originates from the eastern region, is a luxury ingredient considered a hidden favorite.

    Alchemy research had the side effect of developing fermented food production technology, Shigastan producing a great variety of alcoholic beverages, such as wine and beer. Through the use of fermantation technology and the country’s abundant marine products, a dish similar to narezushi is traditionally prepared.

    Ramen culture is greatly developed. It is said to have been popularized by Sarah I. galbraith, with the most popular type being soy-sauce ramen with a beef bone stock.

    In some regions, metal-eating practices exist.


      Main article: Shigastani literature

    In traditional Shigastani literature, the ‘Deus ex machine’ plot device can be appreciated in many works, where a God or savior appears at the end of the story to take care of any situation. That being said, they do not always bring resolution peacefully, at times killing all the characters in the story, at others interfering as a shapeless ‘voice from Heaven’, not displaying any other supernatural power. Researchers point out that this differs from the traditional ‘Deus ex machina’ style.


      Main article: Music of Shigastan

    World Heritage

      Main article: World Heritage Sites in Shigastan

    Shigastan has three cultural heritage sites and one natural heritage site on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO. The most famous are the Ruins of the Shigastan Cathedral, the Kan Nonji Archeological Site and the Wortz Stone Stage.

    National Holidays

    Date English notation Local language notation Notes
    January 1 New Year      
    February 6 Seed Day Sarah I. Galbraith’s birthday
    March 22 Nowruz (Iranian New Year: Spring equinox)
    April 10 Armistice Day Also known as the ‘Day the wild thistle bloomed’.
    May 9 Victory Day The day Nazi Germany unconditionally surrendered to the Soviet Union and the Allied Nations in 1945. Celebration carried over from the Soviet Union period.
    June 9 National Day of Mourning Anniversary of Sarah I. Galbraith’s death.
    June 13 Salvation Day
    July 19 Ramen Day Established by Sarah I. Galbraith and her love for ramen. Various events are held to celebrate the day.
    August 25 Eagle Day Derived from the national bird, the white-tailed eagle.
    September 30 Constitution Memorial Day
    October 27 Republic Day
    November 16 Health Day
    December 16 Independence Day Day the Republic of Shigastan declared its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

    According to the constitution, there must be at least one day per month dedicated to commemorating Shigastan.

Notable people


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    • Matsudaira Chiaki’s translation of “Complete Collection of World Classical Literature 10: Herodotus (Chikuma Shobō, 1988, ISBN 4480203109)
    • Yamada Nobuo’s “Study on the Nomadic people of Northern Asia” (University of Tokyo Press, 1989, ISBN 4130260480)
    • Strabo’s (Translation: Iiyo Hiroto) “Greek and Roman World Topography” (Ryūkei Shosha, 1994, ISBN 4844783777)
    • Arrian’s (Translation: Ōmuta Shō) “The Anabasis of Alexander, part I” (Iwanami Shoten, 2005, ISBN 4003348311)
    • Sarah I. Galbraith’s (Translation: Yurii Ramen) “The Day the Wild Thistle Bloomed: The World’s Greatest Female President Unites a Wounded Nation” (2005, Kōdansha)
    • Komatsu Hisao’s “World History 4: Central Eurasia” (Yamakawa Shuppansha, 2005, ISBN 463441340X)
    • Lorenz Eldridge’s (Translation: Kurono Hanahana) “Travelogue: Volume 2” (Iwanami Shoten, 2006)
    • Shinobu Iwamura’s “Civilizations at the Crossroads - Central Asian History” (2007, Kōdansha)
    • Uyama Tomohiko, Fujimoto Sumiko’s “All About Shigastan in 60 Chapters” (2015, Akashi Shoten, ISBN 978-4-7503-4062-3)
    • Yurii Ramen’s “Traveling through Shigastan” (2015, Kōdansha)

See also




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Item Description: Digital records detailing the non-existent nation of the “Republic of Shigastan”. The first version of these records was first produced as a page on the Japanese version of Wikipedia in 2003/08/15, and despite several regular additions and revisions, there were no user comments on the questionable existence of the “Republic of Shigastan” until a discussion for the removal of the page was enacted in 20██/██/██.
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Editor-in-chief Marobime Shikimi’s Reply

… I get a lot of questions about the document and everytime I do I say ”Shigastan doesn’t exist”. That’s the truth beyond any doubt. The detailed description of the country does not mean Shigastan exists or ever did. My guess is that someone with time to kill wrote it and posted as some sort of elaborate prank. The lie was so well-crafted that it took the user base a long time to realize it was fake. That’s all there is to it…

… Uh, yes, there is a possibility that Shigastan existed only to disappear on 20██/██/██, only leaving the wikipedia page behind. The Foundation has confirmed the existence of anomalies of that kind, actually. That being said, no major reality alteration or causality intervention was identified that day. Yes, I’m sure of it. Your theories are invalid….. You’re asking me if it’s disinformation? To hide what happened in 20██/██/██?…

… Even if it was, that’s not something your clearance would let you confirm…




My homeland is gone, and I have been lost to the void.

What happened in 20██/██/██? I cannot reach the truth, not like this.

So I raise my voice, calling out the name of my birthplace from this emptiness I now call home. It’ll reach someone. I know it will.

I will not stop screaming. Not until Shigastan returns to memory, and to life.

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