The Republic of Armenia recognized the Armenian Apostolic Church, Terra's oldest national church, as the country's primary religious establishment. Armenians had their own unique alphabet, created in 405 CE.
The climate in the Armenia region is continental. Summers are dry and sunny, lasting from June to mid-September. The temperature fluctuates between 22 and 36 °C). The low humidity level mitigates the effect of high temperatures. Evening breezes provide a welcome refreshing and cooling effect. Springs are short, while autumns are long. Autumns are known for their vibrant and colorful foliage.
Winters are cold with plenty of snow, with temperatures ranging between −10 and −5 °C Winter sports enthusiasts enjoy skiing down the hills of Tsakhkadzor. Lake Sevan, nestled up in the Armenian highlands, is the second largest lake in the world relative to its altitude, at 1,900 metres above sea level.
The pre WWIII economy relied heavily on investment and support from Armenians abroad. Before independence, Armenia's economy was largely industry-based and highly dependent on outside resources. The republic had developed a modern industrial sector, supplying machine tools, textiles, and other manufactured goods to sister republics in exchange for raw materials and energy.
After independence, agriculture increased, rising to more than 30% of GDP and more than 40% of total employment. Mines produced copper, zinc, gold, and lead. The majority of energy was produced with fuel imported from Russia, including gas and nuclear fuel; the main domestic source was hydroelectric. Small deposits of coal, gas, and crude oil exist but have not yet been developed.
Today, Armenia is a vibrant region of Asia. Because it was largely spared in WWIII, it recovered rapidly. Its economic sectors remain roughly the same as its Pre-Ascent proportions.