"Democracy is as fragile as it is mighty. Those who wield it should remember their duty to protect it, as it protects us." - Rachel Feldman, First Secretary of Global Affairs, United Global Council
Prior to the Anarchy Wars, Armenia was involved in a number of perpetual conflicts with its neighbors, conflicts based on historical and territorial pain points. After a long strain of particularly debilitating war losses, protests began to surface across the nation, all proclaiming a loss of trust in government leadership, criticizing them for taking weak stands against foreign influences. In response, the government initiated a campaign known as the Armenia United plan.
As part of Armenia United, the government implemented a number of constitutional changes and reform policies targeted at increasing the level of popular democratic involvement. This, in tandem with various national pride initiatives, shaped the foundation of a more distributed government focused on vectoring the nation's future according to popular rule.
Armenia United was a rapid success, quickly demonstrating a steep rise in national pride and confidence in public leaders, a result largely due to the relatively small population of Armenia at the time. Though criticized by many national and international groups across the world that warned of the dangers of excessive self-determination, the plan ended up playing a large part in what was soon to come.
After the Disparates attacks and the subsequent erosion of the rule of law worldwide, Armenia entered a state of national lockdown. The few uprisings that appeared were instantly quelled, emergency stockpiles were distributed, and the armed forces were easily able to defend the already heavily militarized borders on both the eastern and western fronts. The countries surrounding Armenia were far too busy dealing with internal instability to worry about the international implications of the Anarchy Wars, leaving Armenia free to slowly build their regional power and influence.
The Democratic Republic of Greater Armenia
Near the end of the Anarchy Wars, when most national borders were little more than suggestions, Armenian military forces moved into the rest of the Caucasus region, filling the power vacuum left by weaker regimes and implementing order in territories where there was none. This new, expanded nation became a sanctuary for those looking to escape the devastation of the Anarchy Wars, including much of the Armenian Diaspora scattered across the world. This gave rise to a contemporary renaissance of culture in Armenia, fueling a surge of arts and science inspired by a large variety of ethnic backgrounds. With such a diverse and distinctly changed landscape of life, the people saw fit to renegotiate a new definition of Armenian identity.
This gave rise to what we know today as the Democratic Republic of Greater Armenia. With the Black Sea to the west, mountains to the north and east, and a region to the south left desolate by climbing temperatures and the fallout from weapons of mass destruction—the Wastelands—Armenia became a bastion of stability in a time when order was a highly sought after commodity.