for decades we hear Armenian propaganda & nearly all media shamelessly falsify the historical record about Armenians being majority in "Nagorno-Karabakh". Note the terminology - "Nagorno-Karabakh" vs. Karabakh - it's very important to understand this nuance.
"Nagorno" is the Russian for "mountainous" & is a later add-on, a 20th century invention, to the historic name of Karabakh (that Azerbaijani word [consists of Turkic "kara" & Persian "bagh" - thus Azerbaijani], which means black garden, dates back to around 13th century).
Thus, historically, there was only one Karabakh region, with fairly stable borders. And Azerbaijanis, and before them their ancestors the Caucasian Albanians, have been a majority in that region at all time. At no time have Armenians been a majority in that region.
But in 1917-1918, as the Russian empire fell, Armenian side came up with an idea: let's disaggregate Karabakh into Mountainous Karabakh & the rest (Lowland Karabakh & sometimes Foothills Karabakh). With a stroke of a pen history & geography were manipulated for political needs.
Moreover, when drawing this "Nagorno" Karabakh its designers made every attempt to selectively include only Armenian-populated villages & towns, & exclude all Azerbaijani populated one's. Indeed, in first NKAO (AONK) largest city - Shusha - was excluded, since it was Azerbaijani.
Hence, we have this convoluted, strangely looking region that's shaped perhaps like letter "R" drawn by a drunk person. In the next thread we will show the census data on the population of Karabakh from the 19th century.

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19 Oct
In this thread we will reveal the demographics of the Karabakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) region since the Russian survey of 1810 till the last Soviet census of 1989/1990. (the Azerbaijani kingdom -- Karabakh Khanate -- signed the Kurekchay Treaty with the Russian Empire in 1805)
according to Armenian Gen. Tormasov of Russian Imperial Army in Karabakh in 1810 there were:

2,500 Armenian families = 12,500 Armenians (21%)
9,500 Azerbaijani families = 47,500 Azerbaijanis (79%)

Who was talking about majority Armenians in Karabakh in 19 century? @Kasparov63
In 1823 according to the comprehensive Russian population survey of Karabakh:

4,366 Armenian families (22%) = 21,830 Armenians
15,729 Azerbaijani families (78%) = 78,645 Azerbaijanis

Again, please note the year - 1823 - which was done next year after abolishing Karabakh khanate
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18 Oct
however, for a reformed & modernized #AzerbaijaniArmy conducting essentially a #counterterrorism liberation campaign in the #Karabakh mountains will not be harder than it would be for the #ArmenianArmy to try to hold on.

In an interesting twist of events & fate, waging war in the mountains of the occupied Karabakh would probably be harder or as hard for the #ArmenianArmy because:

1) they didn't prepare for it there as much

2) their C&C as well as special forces have been decimated
3) falling leaves will expose everything from above, so that natural defense will be nill in the winter

4) drones with IR cameras are going to be very effective, as would be the A.I. in TB2 UAVs that notices movement on the ground & alerts operator

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