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  1.   1.  Description
  2.   2.  Culture
    1.   2.1  Zincir Kırıcılar, the Breakers-of-Chains
  3.   3.  Significance
  4.   4.  References

Territory Statistics

StatusOPEN ?
Alternate TextEngürü, Аncyra, Angora, Ánkyra, Ἄγκυρα
Name Meaning"Anchor"
Name OriginGreek
Date of FoundingThe Bronze Age
Primary SpeciesWIP
Luperci DominantNo

Ankara (English /ˈæŋkərə/; Turkish [ˈaŋkaɾa] Ottoman Turkish Engürü), formerly known as Ancyra (Greek: Ἄγκυρα, Ankyra, "anchor") and Angora, was the capital of the Republic of Turkey. It was Turkey's second largest city after former imperial capital Istanbul, having overtaken İzmir.

1.  Description

Ankara is a very old city with various Hittite, Phrygian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman archaeological sites. It was Atatürk's headquarters from 1920 and has been the capital of the Republic since the latter's founding in 1923, replacing Istanbul (once the Byzantine capital Constantinople) following the fall of the Ottoman Empire. The historical center of town is a rocky hill rising 150 m (500 ft) over the left bank of the Ankara Çayı, a tributary of the Sakarya River, the classical Sangarius. The hill remains crowned by the ruins of the old citadel. Although few of its outworks have survived, there are well-preserved examples of Roman and Ottoman architecture throughout the city, the most remarkable being the 20 BC Temple of Augustus and Rome that boasts the Monumentum Ancyranum, the inscription recording the Res Gestae Divi Augusti. There are also ancient Roman baths, and the collapsing remains of dozens of museums and religious buildings. Time and nature have worn down the ruins, however, and they are just as overgrown as the rest of the city.

Although situated in one of the driest places of Turkey and surrounded mostly by steppe vegetation except for the forested areas on the southern periphery, Ankara was considered a "green city" in terms of green areas per inhabitant, at 72 square metres (775 square feet) per head. The area is also known for its pears, honey and muscat grapes, and gave its name to the Angora wool shorn from Angora rabbits, the long-haired Angora goat (the source of mohair), and the Angora cat. Ankara has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen Csa) which closely borders a hot summer Mediterranean continental climate (Köppen Dsa). Under the Trewartha climate classification, Ankara has a middle latitude steppe climate (BSk). Due to its elevation and inland location, Ankara has cold, somewhat snowy winters and hot, dry summers. Rainfall occurs mostly during the spring and autumn. Ankara lies in USDA Hardiness zone 7b, and its annual average precipitation is fairly low at 400 millimeters (16 in), nevertheless precipitation can be observed throughout the year. Monthly mean temperatures range from 0.3 °C (32.5 °F) in January to 23.5 °C (74.3 °F) in July, with an annual mean of 12.02 °C (53.6 °F).


2.  Culture

2.1  Zincir Kırıcılar, the Breakers-of-Chains

In Ankara, all slavery is forbidden. Death is the only punishment for those trying to acquire, recapture, sell, or trick others into forced servitude; their bodies are mutilated and put up on effigies around the city and the ways in. Such is the will of the largest pack in the area, the Zincir Kırıcılar ("breakers of chains" when translated from Turkish). The pack was founded by slaves escaping from Istanbul on foot, those escapees becoming bandits that regularly raided and broke apart caravans selling bodies to and fro.

The Breakers are matriarchal, and most of their number are women; in the ten or so years since their founding, they have expanded their efforts to caring for orphans, creating small gardens in Ankara's overflowing green spaces, and helping the unjustly exiled and cast out find supplies and a place to live. Ankara isn't nearly as hospitable a place as Istanbul, however, and so avoid using up what water and prey remain, most are encouraged to move on as soon as possible. Those that don't are expected to pull their weight, and if need be, fight and give their lives to stop slaves from being sold on the way to and from Istanbul. Those who aren't a part of the pack live on the edges of the city, but as the Breakers lay claim to its most prosperous and food-filled parts, the non-Breakers scrape together a living day by day. The Breakers assist them when they can, and offer protection from bandits and their ilk in exchange for information and assistance.

3.  Significance


4.  References

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