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A fan rendition of the UIR flag based on information from the novel.

The United Islamic Republic (UIR) was a country located in the Middle East. It was established in 1996 when the leader of Iran, Ayatollah Mahmoud Haji Daryaei, invaded Iraq after ordering the assassination of its leader and unifying both countries. The country was dissolved later that year following its failed invasion of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and the assassination of Daryaei.

History

In 1996, Ayatollah Daryaei ordered an Iranian deep cover agent to assassinate Saddam Hussein, the leader of Iraq. Taking advantage of the power vacuum, Daryaei launched an unopposed invasion of Iraq. With Iraq now under his control, Daryaei united it with Iran to form the United Islamic Republic. Daryaei then sought to transform the new country into a superpower by launching an invasion on the neighboring Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. To accomplish this, Daryaei formulated a plan to weaken the United States so that they would not interfere with his invasion. Daryaei orchestrated a series of terrorist attack on the United States: a biological attack in the country using a weaponized strain of Ebola virus, a kidnapping attempt on President Jack Ryan's youngest daughter Katie Ryan from her school, and an assassination attempt on the President himself by a Secret Service bodyguard named Aref Raman who was actually an Iranian sleeper agent.

Daryaei then contacted a senior Chinese diplomat named Zhang Han San and the Prime Minister of India to form an alliance in secret. Han San agreed to the alliance as it would allow China to fulfill his imperialistic motives while the Prime Minister of India saw the alliance as a way to accelerate her plans to take over Sri Lanka. Han San causes a diplomatic crisis between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan by ordering a PLAAF aircraft to shoot down a Taiwanese airliner. The incident pulled a U.S. Navy carrier group from the Indian Ocean to the South China Sea and allowed the Indian Navy's own carrier group to move undetected to the Strait of Hormuz, cutting off access to the only sea-bound pathway to the UIR and Saudi Arabia. Believing the U.S. Government and military to be overwhelmed by a multitude of crisis, Daryaei launches the invasion of Saudi Arabia

Daryaei underestimated the U.S., however, as the kidnapping attempt on Katie Ryan and the assassination attempt on the President were both thwarted by the FBI and Secret Service. Additionally, while the Ebola pandemic immobilized almost the entire U.S. military apparatus, its inability to spread effectively resulted in its swift burn out. Afterwards, CIA agents John Clark and Domingo Chavez traced the virus' origin to Africa and learn of Daryaei's involvement. This prompted President Ryan to deploy the remainder of the U.S. military to assist Saudi and Kuwaiti military forces in repelling a UIR invasion of Saudi Arabia. He then threatened the Prime Minister of India with retaliation if the Indian Navy Ships blocking the Strait of Hormuz interfere with approaching U.S. forces, forcing her to comply and back out of Daryaei's alliance.

The tide soon turned against the UIR, with its forces obliterated by the combined firepower of the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. Meanwhile, President Ryan had sent Clark and Chavez to the UIR capital of Tehran to target Daryaei with assistance from Russian intelligence. After Daryaei was confirmed to be at his residence, he was assassinated with precision guided munitions dropped from F-117 Nighthawks. Ryan then threatened to launch a nuclear strike on Tehran unless those responsible for the attacks were immediately extradited to the U.S. to face charges, and the facility where the weaponized Ebola was cultured is neutralized. Tehran complies, signaling the dissolution of the UIR. The UIR dissolution was not actually a condition of the peace, but with Daryaei dead there was nothing holding its two component countries together.

Legacy

While the country was short-lived, it had lasting effects on the world. Daryaei's actions led President Ryan to announce the "Ryan Doctrine", under which the United States would hold personally accountable any foreign leader who orders attacks on American citizens, territory, or possessions in the future. Additionally, the terrorist attacks orchestrated by Daryaei led John Clark to propose the formation of a new international counter-terrorism unit known as Rainbow. In 1999, the weaponized Ebola strain that the country had used was later acquired by radical environmentalist and CEO of the Horizon Corporation, John Brightling, who had it refined into the Shiva virus in an effort to wipe out humanity and stop pollution permanently.

Notable Citizens

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