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Geography Now! Armenia

Geography Now! Armenia

Oh my gosh! Did you hear about Armenia and Greece? Okay, it’s not like official, and you didn’t hear it from me, but… I think they’re, like dating now! Oh my god! They’re like so perfect for each other! They’re so cute! I hope they have babies! Yeah, 12 year old girls watch this show too. I gotta appeal to that demographic. ♫ It’s time to learn geography ♫ NOW!!! Welcome to Armenia, today’s episode! I’m your host, Paul Barbato. Let’s dissect the flag! The Armenian flag has three equally long wide bands of red, blue and orange. The official definitions of these colors, according to the Constitution of Armenia, are that the red signifies the Armenian highland, the continuous struggle for survival, the maintenance of the Christian faith, independence, and freedom. The blue means the will of the people, of the Armenians, to live beneath peaceful skies, and the orange means the creative talent and the hard working nature of the people of Armenia. Some people will tell you that the red also represents the blood of the 1.5 million Armenians that were killed during the Armenian genocide, in the early 20th century, and the orange is also the color of apricots, the national fruit. Alright, now let’s talk about the borders. Armenia is a landlocked nation, located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, (by the way, it’s pronounced Caucasus, not Caucus, a caucus is when a ton of politicians make an excuse to get drunk.) bordered by four other countries,only two of which have open borders, we’ll explain more about that in a bit, with the capital of Yerevan in the south, central region, close to Mt. Ararat in Turkey, which is the area that is disputedly claimed to be the historical site that Noah’s Ark landed on! The interesting thing is that Armenia has one enclave and one disputed nation, locked within Azerbaijan. Artsvashen, although considered an Armenian enclave was actually taken over and controlled by Azerbaijan since 1992 as they expelled the Armenians living there. And on that note, Azerbaijan actually has 4 enclaves inside of Armenia: Yukhari Askipara, Yaradullu, Barxudarli, and Karki. Now let’s get back to the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. This entire region is the center of so much controversy between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The population of this area is almost completely Armenian, and they have expressed their desire to either secede and become a part of Armenia or gain complete recognized statehood, even though Azerbaijan claims that they are still in their land. In the early 90’s, Azerbaijan relinquished official governmental control over this region, however, it is still a huge breeding ground for fighting and conflict. To this day, the Nagorno-Karabakh is kind of an independent nation that runs without Azeri legislation However, the situation gets very complicated. As you’ll soon find out, Armenia actually has a very unique and strategic location in a very dark and complex territory. But first, let’s explain the terrain. Armenia’s landscapes are actually pretty distinct and quite lovely. The land is almost completely mountainous, with fast flowing rivers and green forests, a lot of the farms being mountain terrace farms on the hillside. Armenia enjoys nice warm summers and long autumns and cold, snowy winters. Environmentally and agriculture-wise, Armenia has been taking their land very seriously. Laws have just been passed that heavily tax people and companies for any kind of air, land, or water pollution. All tax revenue goes towards reinvesting in environmental protection activities. With fertile volcanic soil, the land allows them to grow all sorts of fruits, vegetables, and grains. And a huge percentage, about 72% of the land, is used for agriculture, which employs about 46% of the workforce. Armenia went through a huge shift in their agriculture after disbanding from the former Soviet Union, and becoming independent in 1991. Long story short, land privatization was established, and people could freely grow and administer their own crops, without fear of the state control and demand. There’s actually a little bit of controversy, though, because although Armenia has a huge potential for renewable energy sources like hydroelectric power and water power, they actually are more dependent on nuclear power with plants that were built during the Soviet rule. The problem is that these plants are built in earthquake-prone zones, which put them in a precarious position. But even with all this acknowledged, the government seems to favor investing in these sources of power more than alternative brands. Finally, if you ask any Armenian, they’ll tell you that Mount Ararat, although kind of technically in Turkey right now, totally belongs to Armenia and historically, it kind of did belong to the Armenian Empire at one point. Mount Ararat actually plays a huge role in Armenian symbolism and nationalistic pride. To this day, Armenians can see the majestic mountain off in the distance from their border. Speaking of nationalism, let’s talk about the demographics! Armenia has about 3.3 million people and is very racially homogeneous, about 97% of the population is Armenian. With very few minorities like Greeks, Russians, Georgians, and the intriguing enigmatic Yazidi people The interesting thing, though, is that more Armenian people, over twice as much as the entire population of Armenia, lives outside of Armenia. It’s estimated about 8 million Armenians live in diaspora around the world, and the reason for this was primarily because of the Armenian genocide. Long story short, during the time of World War I, the Ottomans tried to ethnically cleanse the region during the last stretches of their falling empire and ended up killing over 1.5 million Armenians. This caused an influx of Armenians to leave Armenia out of fear, and to this day, there are numerous Armenian communities spread throughout the world, mainly in places like Russia, Iran, France and the US. With the largest Armenian community in the US being right here in my home town, Los Angeles. One of the most distinguishable aspects about Armenia, though, would have to be the language and the alphabet. Along with Georgian and Greek, Armenian is one of the only three European languages that uses an alphabet that is not derived from a Latin or a Cyrillic-based writing system. The Armenian alphabet, or the “այբուբեն” has 38 letters, technically 39 or 40 if you include those extra letters that were added during the 1920’s. They even made a monument to the alphabet in 2005 in Byurakan. There are also two distinct dialects, Eastern and Western Armenian, Western being spoken mostly by the Armenians in diaspora around the world. Sometimes it can also be hard for Western Armenian dialect speakers to understand Eastern dialect speakers without consistent practice or hearing it. Armenia also has a long history of Christianity, as historical accounts claim that 2 of Jesus’ disciples, Thaddeus and Bartholomew, preached to the Armenians in the 1st century A.D. and eventually Armenia became the first Christian state in the world at around 300 A.D., just at the end of the persecution period during the Roman Empire. Finally, Armenians have a huge love of wrestling and chess. In fact, when Armenia was under Soviet rule, the Soviets would specifically want to choose Armenian wrestlers, because they always came back at a rate of 90% of the time with medals. Also, with some of the most worldwide-renowned chess players, such as the famous Tigran Petrosian and numerous world championship winners, Armenia is considered one of the strongest chess nations to this day. They love chess. You know what else Armenia loves? These countries we’re about to discuss in “The Friend Zone.” I nailed that transition Here’s a little story. When I was in 6th grade, I was assigned a seat where I literally had to share a desk table facing and staring my worst enemies two feet away from me for the entire school year. And there was nothing I could do. It was torture. That’s kind of what Armenia is like. With this predicament Armenia is located right next to Azerbaijan and Turkey. The two countries they get along with least. Azerbaijan, because of the whole Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and Turkey, because of the former oppression that the Ottoman Empire had put on them. To this day, the land borders are closed between the 2 countries and Azerbaijan even prosecutes anyone that tries to enter with an Armenian passport. One of the biggest reasons why things don’t get insane, though, is because of a little friend Armenia has named Russia. You may have heard of him. As a former Soviet state, Armenia has a lot of ties to Russia. However, after the break up of the Soviet Union, they actually decided to maintain friendly relations with Russia. And Russia has been very dedicated to the protection of Armenia. They even have a Russian military base located in Gyumri. This gives Armenia significant backup, should anything cataclysmic arise. They also have close and strategic ties to Iran in the south, as they are Armenia’s only open land border to Asia. Despite the religious differences, the two get along just fine and share a long cultural history that goes back thousands of years. Georgians and Armenians have been sisters since day one and share a heavy history and culture with each other as well. They love each other, however, there’s a little bit of drama because Armenia is still friends with Russia, who recently went to war with Georgia over the South Ossetia region. This puts a huge economic strain on Armenia, because Georgia was the only land access route that Armenia had to Europe. And after the war, Russia put a blockade on Georgia. Apparently, Armenia’s two good friends don’t get along. However, on a side note, when it comes to Greece, Armenia and Greece, they kinda really like each other, like, they REALLY kind of like each other. Greece and Armenia just get along really well. Armenians are welcome in Greece with open arms and likewise Greeks in Armenia. It’s like, “Hey! You have an Orthodox Christian upbringing? So do I!” “Hey! You have a distinct unique language that isn’t based on any Indo-European dialect? So do I!” “Hey! You were persecuted and you hate the Ottomans, too? (gasps) So do I!” “Hey, would you, I don’t know, just like to maybe get some coffee sometime?” To this day, it’s not very uncommon to find lots of couples and families that have one Armenian parent and one Greek parent. It’s like a match made in southeastern European Heaven. In the end, Armenia is kind of like a reality show. There’s a lot of drama, there’s some relationship problems, there’s cute people pairing up. But in the end, they’re honest with who they are, and they trudge on through life one step at a time. Stay tuned. Australia is coming up next!

100 thoughts on “Geography Now! Armenia

  1. i feel very sorry for people growing up with hatred just because of politics and their countries political benefits…
    germans admitted of having killed jews but no jew is complaining and you know why? because the got a lot of money from germany and still get. so what is the purpose of armenians??? getting their "genocide" accepted? ok lets say they did accept, the whole world, and then??? yes, then they will ask for money and land. it is again all hatred for money…. fact is mesdames et messieurs that turkey was never conquered, not by armenians, russians nor by greeks….turks never lived under another races power but you lived under many…and no we did not give birth to sluts like kim kardashian to let her lick paris hiltons ass and then get a porn star in order to be famous and act for the armenian genocide lie…. the rest get silent now. and i don't care if you comment this with your brainwashed shit, fact is fact. and make also a research who saved the armenians from the romans… unthankful people with their western supported big "armenian genocide" LIE 🙂 who believes that? Kadir Inanir believes that, hahahah not even he! armenia is a small unmeaningful country who still lives with resources from turkey, go and make a research. and iran is a muslim country who would always support turkey and believe me kids that greeks have more in common with turks than armenians. food, music, even the greek language is influenced by many turkish words…. i love greeks, they are people with honour!

  2. Hello My friend, I'll be happy to wait for your video about Azerbaijan, I watched all your videos, and I'm curious what you show about Azerbaijan .Azerbaydzhan now ranked 4th among the happiest countries, Azerbaijan has a very historical values, culture, wealth, carpets, their national cuisine, religion, beautiful mosques and many other colorful stories. It is with the help of Azeri oil USSR was able to beat Nemtsov, Azerbaijan holds friendly relations with all such as Armenia and we do not even recognize the enemy, we believe it is the enemy Russia. And since only the money allocated to the Azerbaijani army tiles equals the entire budget of Armenia. This suggests that Azerbaijan is a very strong country for such as Armenia but there is a question of Russia as you said about his defense Armenii.Azerbaydzhan Contest held in his country and took a million people in his country, Azerbaijan spent forumulu 1 race, just getting ready to European games this year. Level bezrabotnitsy only 5% of the country. All very well live in Baku can see all the expensive brands avtomibiley and Russia and Europe. Azerbaijan city of lights, the sun and wind, Azerbaijan is a miracle among Islamic states.

  3. Armenia Russian colony simply nothing more people are not happy, not the economy, the government is reading from the paper, and the people selling herbs in Russia or Turkey, women prefer to be prostitutes.

  4. Now that you have made this videoand  based on the histerical hateful comments of the turks and azery turks you can understand more who armenians are dealing with 😉

  5. You got that spot on bro you see what we mean by greek and armenians hating turks? Everytime these niggas make a fool of them selves anyways umm.. great vid..

  6. So many TURKS! You people flood every video that contains "Armenia" in its title with negative comments. I've never seen another race act like this. It's pretty pathetic, shows the kind of people they are. 

  7. I would like to mention only one thing that! Whole world knows that Azerbaijan in all cases better and more powerful than Armenia!( even Armenians will be agree with that, for sure!) But what they did and how they occupied Karabakh only you just have to see and understand! Killing and executing children are crime and it is against of humanity and it is not written in the Bible (I said that because they are calling themselves as a first Christians!) BUT! But what are we (Azerbaijanis) doing right now? Only thing is trying to make PEACE! According to this peace we want our lands back.Otherwise after few decade there will be no Armenia in the world map!( why? Because each year 3% of population leaving country and if war starts you know probably what will happen) Just need to respect each other and stop all this shit!

  8. this was amazing!!!!this told our history perfectly!!!!i was born in USA New Jersey then when i was 8 we came back to Armenia!!!i loved this video!!!!

  9. Really? Many Armenians live abroad because of the genocide? So before the genocide, why were they living all over the Ottoman Empire? Now a stranger comes and make a fake history. Go learn first. Armenians were living around world already and genocide had two sides, also Armenians killed many people in Ottoman Empire during "genocide". Same for Russian killed many muslims in North Caucasia. They fled to Ottoman Empire. Armenia failed to take their lands back because they lacked in honour.

  10. I'm kind of strange in the way I think about Armenia. I am British-born with a Turkish family, and I think that the Armenian Holocaust was cruel and not needed. Also, unlike what everyone else thinks, I do not live in a tent, nor has any of my family for at least 200 years. Also, although the invasion of Northern Cyprus made sense (Turks are most prominent in Northern Cyprus), I don't think it was necessary in any way because there were large Turkish communities all over Cyprus. Also, I think Article 301 is just plain dumb.

    My point is that you can't stereotype any race, no matter how many unnecessary decisions their ANCESTORS made in the past.

  11. isnt it funny that when you watch the reactions of a video thats about armenia 99% of comments are from turks of azeri's , its like its youre job sitting all day on yt and commenting stupidass shit -,-

  12. The presenter misspoke at 8:31, when he said both Armenian and Greek are  dialects not based on Indo-European languages. Both Armenian and Greek are dialects (or better yet, languages) of Proto Indo-European, as is English. The language alphabets of both Armenian and Greek are offshoots of the ancient Phoenician alphabet developed three or so millennia ago, as is Latin and Cyrillic based alphabets. That aside, I enjoyed the video!

  13. Well, it's really funny how azeris and turks try to deny the whole history! The whole world knows what kind of people they are. Armenia is one of the most ancient countries in the world. Who are the turks??? Let alone azeris… That's funnier! 😀  Armenia is the first country who accepted Christianity as an official religion! And that was it's only GUILT!!!! Poor people were killed by harsh muslim countries because they defended their belief, religion, traditions and national features!!! 

  14. these are really helpful!! i'm going backpacking through europe this year and i wanted to get some background on the countries. can't wait for Azerbaijan

  15. Идити на хуй пидаразы гондони… Карабах Азербайджанский радной земля.

  16. I just discovered Geography Now. Wow. Why. Have. I not seen this sooner. Great expose of Armenia.
    PS- also, I'm Armenian, but not from Armenia.
    PPS- I don't care whether someone is Turkish or Armenian; if you're a good human being, then you're a friend of mine.

  17. Great video Homie! Watched the Azerbaijan video too, really appreciate your honest style. Don't listen to the haters from both sides, you're doing great.

  18. Much love to my brotherhood country Armenia from Serbia! 🙂 ♥
    We all have a barbarian neighbourhood country. Stay strong friends! 🙂

  19. You were meant to make the Eastern Armenian person the Western Armenian and visa versa with the speech that they use.

  20. such an epic presentation. armenia was not as small as now, turks occupy western armenia since they made the armenian genocide in 1915.. They are aggresors, the slogan of whose is " no living (christian) people no owner of a territory"

  21. OK, you have a lot of it right. Well, you live in Lost Angeles, after all.  And yes, I agree about Armenians & Greeks.  My last girlfriend in NY area was both, and as loud and obnoxious as possible (the way I like girls), and she knew the best cuisine in the world, yes, Hye (Armenian).  Dolma, etc.  and I made Arm. Pakhlava for snacks!  

  22. This guy is great! He should have a TV show! Covered so much in 10 minutes in a very fun and energetic way. It's nice to find geography freaks like me lol

  23. What I love is that you say it like it is. No sugar-coating! Everyone can fight about this stuff in the comments all they like, but it won't change what happened in the past.

  24. I am Armenian and I thoroughly enjoyed your video. It's accurate and very pleasant to watch. I commend you for doing so much research. Keep up the good work, and please do not be discouraged from the comments. The graduating class of the Academy of Azerbaijani Internet Trolls gets bigger and bigger every year, and sadly, it gives you a glimpse as to the deteriorated state of affairs in that country. In case you haven't noticed, they pounce on every video about Armenia and Armenians, and repeat the same things over and over again and inject their hatred into everything. A lot of these people are young, hopeless, sad, miserable losers who have nothing better to do than the scout YouTube for any comments that are even remotely favorable of Armenians, and trash them, as well as the creators of the videos. This is the sad state of affairs of Azerbaijan, in which doing such things makes you a model citizen. So having said that, if you've ever felt targeted in any way, don't. You're doing a great job and as a geography/politics lover myself, and I look forward to your other videos.

  25. Thanks for the post! Funny and informative. From the looks of it, your Armenia video has the most views. 🙂 #armenia

  26. i love your videos i have 4  good ideas on new videos 1 italy 2 russia 3 germany 4 iraq 5 usa and one more canada 

  27. I really like the protection Russia gives to armenia but it would be great if armenia just moved to like another place like mid Europe or something cause I don't like how turkey and Azerbaijan gang up on armenia

  28. That doesn't seem fair, though. While there is no excuse for the genocide, The Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey are not the same thing. That's like hating Russia for what the Soviet Union did, isn't it?

  29. (The Argentine again) Thank you for explaining the country where my ancestors come from (my mother's surname is Essayan.) Fun story: in Argentina, Armenians sometimes are called Turcos (Turkish) because of their similar ethnicity. My grandpa, whose father was Armenian and escaped the genocide, is called Turco by his coworkers. My great grandma wanted to kill him because he let himself be called like that. We sometimes call my mom Turca for bothering her, and she gets mad.

  30. Just discovered your channel. Excellent!
    If you have not done an episode for Kwajilein or just the Marshall Islands, I'd like to request it.

  31. I love how you people apriciate Armenia personally I am full on Armenia and I love how some of you guys are saying that you love my home country 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊

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