The city of Kirikkale, Turkey has recent province status and is located in the Central Anatolian region. Eighty kilometers east of Ankara, it was designated a “city” under Turgut Ozal’s presidency in 1989. It contains approximately 270,000 people as of 2016 and only 12 houses existed here back in 1925.
The economy is centered around state-owned factories producing primarily military arms and ammunition. The city's steel mills produce high quality alloy steel and machinery, though the mostly rural location makes it hard for the town to be a major mining hub.
Located surrounded by oak forests, the city has a significant timber industry. Although there are vineyards, most of the land in Kirikkale is covered with steppes full of plants. Examples include sesame, clove daisy and thyme. Kirikkale also serves as a local market for cereals and livestock trade in Anatolia.