An ancient Empire that once owned the known world. They were a major power, rivaling Romans and even capturing Emperor Valerian and reducing him to a slave. Islam sent the Persian Empire into ruins. Eventualy the empire came back in the 16th century to become a power yet again. However, religious fanatics took control and sent the Empire spiraling to its end. Persia was forced to play European powers off against each other during Imperialism and eventually showed improvement under the Pahlavis. However, religion yet again screwed the Persians when Ayatollah Khomeini came and ruined the country.
Persia always showed strength and modern thought until religion came and brought weakness and outdated principles of Arabs.