Here comes my new AAR. I'm playing Nogai in the GC on normal/normal. Writing style will probably be a little different for each monarch. I have some special rules I may use whenever I want, but I will attempt not to overuse them . They are as following:
- I may move my capital whenever I want wherever I want.
- I may rearrange my six core provinces should I feel like it within the provinces I own. Capital must always be a core.
- If I no longer want a specific province and there is no other way to get rid of it (such as releasing them as a vassal), I may freely give them away to whatever nation may border that province, and the province may not be a core province after been given away.
- I may switch between sunni and shiite whenever I like, but when done stability must be lowered by 2.
To keep this AAR going until 1819 or Nogai is annexed, whichever comes first, and to see where Nogai ends up in the end
Ghâzî Nuruz started in 1412.
A dream of Persia
I always wanted to rule the rich cities of Persia. Unfortunately there was little I could do to reach that goal, as the lands I rule as Khan of the Nogai is way to poor to be able to threaten Timurid power over the region. I'm Ghâzî Nuruz, Khan of the Nogai, and I will now tell what happened in the eigth year of my reign. In the beginning of that year I've decided to fulfill my old dream, or atleast try. In order to reach the Persian cities I would however be forced to subjugate the Uzbeks before reaching the Persian border.
I wasn't afraid of the Uzbeks led by Dawlat Khan, and the heirs of Timur Lenk seemed barely able to keep his great realm intact. However plans for conquest in the south had to be postponed as Korijiaq of the Khazaks, the weak people east of our lands, decided to raid into our territory, and take our sheep and grain. However the incompetent leadership of Korijiaq allowed me to wipe out their force of 15,000 stragglers, with a mere 2,000 men lost after two months of fighting. Such is the weakness of the Khazak stragglers, 15,000 of them completely crushed by 10,000 Nogai warriors without even causing considerable losses!
In the end of the year the Khazak had had enough, and paid me a grand tribute, and in my generosity I returned control of the saltproducing province of Aralsk. All nations could see the might of the Nogai, but it wasn't truely recognized because of the incompetence and weakness of the Khazaks, so therefore we had in the beginning of the next year, the ninth year of my reign, to ride out against the forces of On Khan of Sibir, who probably assumed that the Khazaks had put up better resistance then they truly had.
To prevent the Uzbeks from attacking us from the south I accepted to join an alliance with them and their leader Dawlat Khan. Sometimes politics is more important than dreams, and Persia could wait. The Sibir proved a more difficult nut to crack then the Khazaks, mostly because of the harsh weather and forests and marshes in the furproducing realm of On Khan. Their armies where crushed on the plains so they fled to their forests, and I decided that it would be foolish to venture there in the winter, which saved their fortress in Kurgan from falling as Tenghiz had earlier, while their main army hid in Kustanai.
In the second year of the Sibirian war, the eleventh year of my reign, the weak and incompetent Korijiaq of the Khazaks was overthrown by the somewhat more able Buraq, who joined the alliance with the Uzbeks. Late in that year, after having their army defeated and their provinces looted, and the fortress at Tenghiz in our hands, Sibir gave up and paid what they had in tribute. In return we gave them back control of Tenghiz. The Uzbeks seeing that all of the alliance was at peace and that the Timurids was weak, declared war on that Empire led by Shâh Rûkh in the first half of the twelfth year of my reign.
I followed the Nogay Horde south to Bukhara were we first encountered Timurid troops. They proved to be a more worthy foe then the Khazaks and the Sibirians had been, but we plundered Transoxania and Afghanistan, and after a little more then one years fighting, the Timurids signed a peace with the Uzbeks handing over the provinces Elbruz in Persia and Kirgisistan and Tadjikistan east of the Uzbek lands. Dawlat Khan wouldn't enjoy his victory more then four months before being killed by Abu'l Khayr who became the new Khan of the Uzbeks.
As peace once again settled I began planning for war. The Golden Horde to the west, ruled by a Dawlat Berdi, looked promising as it was quite unstable and subject to many rebellions. Not to mention the trade center of Astrakhan, and the riches surely held in their capital of Saraj in the province Volgograd. I prepared my forces, and sometime early in the fifteenth year of my reign I would be ready to strike.
A new Khan and the invasion of the Golden Horde
I am Nûr ad-Din, Khan of the Nogai. My father Ghâzî Nuruz ruled for fourteen years, but he died before his planned invasion of the Golden Horde could start. He fell in the end of his fourteenth year of rule ill, but before he died he called me to his side and told me about his dream to rule Persia and made we wov that I should do whatever was in my power to fulfill his dream for either me or one of my descendants, all my brothers except one had allready died in the wars fought during my father's reign.
The dream of my father was in no means unobtainable, but it wouldn't be as easy as crushing some 50,000 Khazaks. Since there for the moment was no way to conquer Persia, I concluded I should continue what my father had gathered the troops for before dying. Invading the Golden Horde. I waited four months for the snow to melt in the Golden Horde lands, and then I invaded. First I looted around Astrakhan before turning north and laying siege to Sarai, the capital of the Golden Horde. When winter came close I sent my only remaining brother, Hasan, back to gather more troops that could be sent to join the siege.
My forces besieging Saraj, was soon to few to conduct a real siege as too many died in the snow that surrounded us, but fortunately Hasan arrived with the reinforcements, so Saraj fell thirteen months after the invasion had begun. The city was sacked and I've managed to come over some interresting maps the Khans of the Golden Horde had kept in their capital. Our army marched south and before the year was over Astrakhan fell in our hands. The Khan Dawlat Berdi was deemed incompetent and was killed by his troops and Ulugh Muhammad was restored as Khan of the Golden Horde. Attempts to force the new Khan to pay tribute was futile, but the armies of the Golden Horde seemed unable to retake Saraj and Astrakhan and in the later half of that year, the third year of my reign, Ulugh Muhammad surprisingly offered us the rich trading center of Astrakhan rather then paying tribute!
I hesitated, wondering if this maybe was some trick, but I eventually agreed to their offer and Astrakhan and sorroundings were added to my realm. I still wonder what could have made the Khan more willing to give up his richest city, then paying a relatively modest tribute. I've heard it was because Khan Ulugh Muhammad had vowed not to pay tribute to the dogs holding Saraj and Astrakhan, and therefore was forced to give up Astrakhan in order to be able to get peace, but I don't know if I believe that. Regardless of the reason, we where in peace in little more then a year but then the Uzbeks once again declared war on the failing Timurids.