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Qumar is a fictional Middle Eastern country in the television show The West Wing. In many aspects it bears resemblance to the emirate of Qatar, but can also be seen as an amalgam of many standard cliches about the Middle East including oil wealth, radical Islam, state-sponsored terrorists, and the oppression of women. After the September 11th Attacks, it became the main venue for the show's terrorism subplots. A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... The West Wing is a popular and widely acclaimed American television serial drama created by Aaron Sorkin and produced and co-written by John Wells. ... Generally speaking, an emirate (Arabic imarah, plural imarat) is a territory that is administered by an emir, although in Arabic the term can be generalized to mean any province of a country that is administered by a member of the ruling class. ... Clich (from French, imitative) refers to: an overused phrase or expression, or the idea expressed by it; a situation, theme or characterization which has become common; a thing (as a style of clothing) that has become overly familiar or commonplace. ... It has been suggested that black gold (oil) be merged into this article or section. ... Islam (Arabic: ; ) is a monotheistic Abrahamic religion based on the Quran. ... It has been suggested that Political terrorism be merged into this article or section. ... Image of a woman on the Pioneer plaque sent to outer space. ... The World Trade Center on fire The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. ... It has been suggested that Political terrorism be merged into this article or section. ...

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Location

Maps in the background of some scenes have shown Qumar to be occupying a section of the Persian Gulf coast, on the north side of the Strait of Hormuz opposite the United Arab Emirates, which in real life is Iranian territory. The nation of Iran, however, also exists in the show, as demonstrated most recently in The Wake-Up Call in season six. In addition, Qumar does not show up on maps of the Persian Gulf in later episodes, likely due in the real world to the crew forgetting about it but suggesting that perhaps in the West Wing universe it was annexed by Iran. Map of the Persian Gulf. ... -1... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


Jabal Nafusa (which in real life is in Libya) is a large city in Qumar.


Description

Qumar is an absolute monarchy, ruled by a dictatorial sultan and his family. The country is a former British protectorate. The nation was first introduced in the third season where it was mentioned as a close ally of the United States, but one that badly mistreated women. Also mentioned was the fact that America leases Kalifa Air Base in that nation, specifically in the Tiaret region, which has been there for some time. The lease was renewed in late 2001 and concludes in late 2011. Qumar was described as being a home for and financial supporter of the fictional Bahji terrorist group. The end of the third season saw President Bartlet order the assassination of the Qumari defense minister, Abdul ibn Shareef, on evidence he was a terrorist mastermind. Prior to that, Shareef had orchestrated a botched attempt to blow up the Golden Gate Bridge. Absolute monarchy is a monarchial form of government where the ruler has the power to rule his or her land or country and its citizens freely, with no laws or legally-organized direct opposition in force. ... A sultan (Arabic: سلطان) is an Islamic title, with several historical meanings. ... Josiah Edward Jed Bartlet, President of the United States, is a fictional character played by Martin Sheen on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... Jack Ruby murdered the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, in a very public manner. ... A defence minister (Commonwealth English) or defense minister (American English) is a cabinet portfolio (position) which regulates the armed forces in a sovereign nation. ... Abdul ibn Shareef, former defense minister of Qumar, is a fictional character played by Al Nomani on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening into the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. ...


Qumar originally blamed Israel for the assassination. Bahji operatives, Qumari citizens educated in Qumar, shot down the plane carrying Ben Yousef, the Israeli foreign minister. In retaliation, Israel bombed two terrorist training camps in the north and south of Qumar using 8 Thunder Fighter jets. In response to this, Qumar launched the boat Mastico, which carried arms headed for the Bahji, which the U.S. stopped. The government requested access to a sophisticated weapons system, then the release of convicted Bahji operatives, then millions of dollars; however the U.S. forced the boat to turn around. The assassination and U.S. involvement became public knowledge just after Zoey Bartlet was kidnapped, thanks to investigative reporting by Washington Post White House reporter Danny Concannon. Jack Ruby murdered the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, in a very public manner. ... Elisabeth Moss as Zoey Bartlet in The West Wing episode Commencement (2003). ... ... The southern side of the White House The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States of America. ...


At the end of the fourth season, while President Bartlet had temporarily relinquished his presidential powers under the provisions of the 25th Amendment, the United States bombed several terrorist training camps in the country, specifically in Tumar and Lani, after the kidnapping of Zoey Bartlet. In addition, the military also launched a limited ground invasion to detain and question suspects. President Bartlet, National Security Advisor Dr. Nancy McNally, Secretary of State Lewis Berryhill, White House Chief of Staff Leo McGarry, and the U.N. secretary-general vehemently opposed these acts, mostly in light of the long-standing American-Qumari alliance. Amendment XXV (the Twenty-fifth Amendment) of the United States Constitution clarifies an ambiguous provision of the Constitution regarding succession to the Presidency, and establishes procedures both for filling a vacancy in the office of the Vice President as well as responding to Presidential disabilities. ... Elisabeth Moss as Zoey Bartlet in The West Wing episode Commencement (2003). ... -1... Anna Deavere Smith as Nancy McNally in the episode The Women Of Qumar Dr. Nancy McNally is the fictional National Security Advisor to President Josiah Bartlet on the television series The West Wing, played by Anna Deavere Smith. ... It has been suggested that Assistant to the President of the United States be merged into this article or section. ... John Spencer as Leo McGarry Leo Thomas McGarry, former United States Secretary of Labor, former White House Chief of Staff, Senior Counselor to Democratic President Josiah Bartlet, and the Democratic vice presidential nominee for the 2006 election, is a fictional character played by the late actor John Spencer on the...


Only a limited number of Qumari characters other than Shareef have appeared on the show, most notably Ali Nassir, the Qumari ambassador to the United Nations, and Prince Umar Usef, the Qumari ambassador to the United States. An ambassador, rarely embassador, is a diplomatic official accredited to a foreign sovereign or government, or to an international organization, to serve as the official representative of his or her own country. ... United Nations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


Qumar continues on the show to be a U.S. ally, though the Sultan and other officials were extremely troubled by the assassination, bombing campaign, and invasion. As a result of the air strikes, gas pipelines were damaged, leading to economic troubles for the country and its European allies. Jack Ruby murdered the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, in a very public manner. ...


Background

Qumar is something of a compilation of the worst elements of Saudi Arabia and the Taliban. No country in real life has laws as harsh as those the show gives Qumar. No country allied with America is known by the public to harbor terrorist training camps other than Pakistan and, for some time, Lebanon. Flag flown by the Taliban. ...


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