Nagorno-Karabakh: The Ultimate Trivia Destination. Ever thought geopolitics could be your next trivia night topic? Well, buckle up! We’re diving deep into the conflicted region, where history and, yes, trivia collide.
1. Nagorno-Karabakh: A Historical Melting Pot
Nagorno-Karabakh: a name so complex, it’s got the historical influences of Persians, Turks, Russians, Ottomans, and Soviets. After the 1917 Russian Empire collapse, both Azerbaijan and Armenia wanted a piece of this pie. It enjoyed the status of an autonomous region within Azerbaijan during the Soviet era.
2. The 80s Called, They Want Their War Back
As the Soviet Union was busy disintegrating, Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh were declaring independence from Azerbaijan. The result? The First Karabakh War, from 1988 to 1994. A conflict that saw around 30,000 casualties and over a million people displaced.
3. Déjà Vu in 2020
After several decades of clashes, 2020 brought the Second Karabakh War. A 44-day showdown ending with a Russian-brokered peace deal. Because, of course, Russia would be the one to break up the fight.
4. The 2023 Blockade Blues
For nine months in 2023, the region faced a blockade. No food imports, limited humanitarian access, and restricted media coverage. It’s like being grounded, but geopolitically.
5. 2023: The Year of the 24-Hour War
Azerbaijan, in a move that would make even the most ambitious of speedrunners jealous, launched a 24-hour military operation in 2023. Outcome? Full control of the region. Casualties? Over 200 dead and 400 wounded.
6. Exodus: The 2023 Edition
Post-conflict, ethnic Armenians started a mass exodus from Nagorno-Karabakh, fearing persecution and ethnic cleansing. As of Sept. 24, 2023, 120,000 Armenians are set to leave, with 1,050 already in Armenia.
7. Russia: The Meddling Middleman
Russia’s been playing referee in this conflict. They brokered the 2020 peace deal and stationed 2,000 peacekeepers in the region. They did not stop the Sept. 2023 attack or the blockade that preceded it.
We cross-checked our facts about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with the most trusted news providers worldwide.
- Reuters: Explainer: Why are 120,000 people about to move from Nagorno-Karabakh?
- Reuters: Armenians start to leave en masse for Armenia
- CNN: Azerbaijan wants to “reintegrate” the breakaway region. What does that mean?
- CNN: Fears of humanitarian crisis in Azerbaijan
- CNN: Humanitarian aid arrives for Armenians in Azerbaijan
- The Guardian: First evacuees cross into Armenia
- POLITICO: Exodus grows as Armenia warns of ‘ethnic cleansing’