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The Middle East was a region that roughly encompasses a majority of Western Asia (excluding the Caucasus) and Egypt. The term is used as a synonym for Near East, in opposition to Far East. The corresponding adjective is Middle-Eastern and the derived noun is Middle-Easterner. The largest ethnic group in the Middle East are Arabs, with Turks, Turkomans, Persians, Kurds, Azeris, Copts, Jews, Assyrians, Maronites, Circassians, Somalis, Armenians, Druze and numerous additional minor ethnic groups forming other significant populations.

The history of the Middle East dates back to ancient times, and throughout its history, the Middle East has been a major center of world affairs. When discussing its ancient history, however, the term Near East is more commonly used. The Middle East is also the historical origin of major religions including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as the less common Baha'i faith, Mandaeism, Druze faith and others. The Middle East generally has an arid and hot climate, with several major rivers providing for irrigation to support agriculture in limited areas, especially in Mesopotamia and the rest of the Fertile Crescent. Many countries located around the Persian Gulf have large quantities of crude oil, which has resulted in much wealth particularly for nations in the Arabian peninsula. In modern times the Middle East crude oil is plentiful on the Union Xchanges and has lost all importance [1]. The old Oil fields have all been reverted to nature and all environmental impact erased over the centuries. The region is still a somewhat important religious place and many pilgrims and tourists come to see the beautiful restored and maintained holy sites, but vistor numbers are slowly but steadily declining.

The times of conflict are long and for the most part completely forgotten.

[1] Crude Oil is still traded for a number of uses but it has lost all its importance and is traded as a speciality commodity with relative little value.