Pronounced (Hi-us-taan)The Armenian word for Armenia, an independent republic in the Caucasus over only 10% of historic Armenia, with a population of around 3.5 million. It is surrounded by Georgia from the north, Turkey from the west, Azerbaijan from the east and Iran from the south. 90% of historic Armenia is presently occupied by Turkey, which organized and executed a genocide of the Armenian population in that area in 1915, resulting in the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians or "Hai"s (pronounced Hye)thus the word Haiastan.
Haiastan yergir trakhdavair
by Pars February 11, 2006