Safavid era Azerbaijan and Iranian Azerbaijan!
My Republic of Azerbaijan OC (Gülnara) has an older sister, Iranian Azerbaijan (Solmaz)! The relationship between the two has become quite complicated since the Russo-Persian wars separated them in the early nineteenth century, but they still have a sisterly bond with each other despite the border between them.
Now, a history dump about the time period of this (very self-indulgent) drawing. Both of the sisters had a rough start to Safavid rule, as they (along with Iran) were forcibly converted from Sunni Islam to Shia Islam. Tabriz (a major city within Iranian Azerbaijan) became the Safavid Empire’s capital, and because of this Solmaz had a pretty nice life within the court and even held a decent amount of power for a large part of the sixteenth century. On the other hand, Gülnara clung to a desire for independence and tried to resist Safavid control, but any insurrections were promptly crushed and what little autonomy she had been allowed initially was taken from her.
The Ottoman-Safavid wars would devastate the both of them economically and developmentally for the next three centuries, as both areas were frequently subjected to being either battlefields or occupied land (though Tabriz would stand out as a commercial powerhouse in the seventeenth century). After reaching a peace with the Ottomans in 1555, Safavid Shah Tahmasp I transferred the capital from Tabriz to Qazvin (which was further inland and away from the new border with Turkey). His grandson, Shah Abbas I, would later effectively destroy the overwhelming power Turcoman militant groups (centred within Iranian Azerbaijan) had held over the Safavid state.
TLDR; They’re talking some shit about Iran.
(Also, the lil’ unibrows are purposeful lol! Back in the day (before Western beauty standards took over) it was considered a symbol of beauty.)
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