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    The Sultan of all Sand Castles - History of Khorasan

    I have a dream. A dream of a united Arabia, united world of Islam! All turned to the Shia denomination, all under my rule!



    They say I'm crazy, that it'll never work. They are wrong! I might not be the Sultan of the strongest and most powerful of empires, but I have ambition, and visions! What? Khorasan... you've never heard of Khorasan? Well don't worry, you will soon hear of us...



    Let's take a look at our Empire before go on the Holiest war campaign ever seen.



    Here I am, Aby al-Qasim "the Great", and that is my loyal friend and advisor Zyad Khan. His job is to educate, reform and train our government, that is me and himself, to fit in the modern world. As you can see I'm quite a diplomat even though I don't want to brag at all!
    Then lets see how our economy is doing.




    Well well well, our tax payers aren't working how they should! We'll see what's wrong with them later. But I doubt many nations can still reach the divine income of 1.3 ducats per month!
    After days of discussions and pondering our government, me and Zyad in other words, have decided to invest in government tech. Most of it will, of course, end up to the construction of my new palace, the Great Statue of Most Benevolent Government, the new ministry building and the military parade which will show our people we are everything but weak.
    We also decided to move our policies a little towards free subjects as we don't have enough people to have slaves anyways.

    Next I decided to improve our relations with the big neighbors... for now.



    I told you didn't I! I am a real wizard in diplomacy! And they say polygamy is bad. Bah, humbug!
    Now lets take a look why our income is lowish.



    Everything seems to be just fine... hold on! What is this? My people are all... Sunni Muslims! Zyad will have to explain this once he gets back from his vacat... diplomatic trip.
    Well it doesn't matter yet, onwards for greater Shiite state my people!

    For conquering the Muslim world we need armies.



    There we go, everything seems to be ok now. I will personally lead us for victories. Lets go then.

    We declare war against the state of Haasa, they were crushed by our superior forces in heroic battles and the word will be spread across our nation!




    After the victories I decided to name myself as the Protector of all Muslims, thus I guaranteed the independence of Oman and Najd. This might get me involved in a war soon, and that'll mean more land for us!

    Now we just sit and wait... wait for the glorious tomorrow! World beware!

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    Ahh, but -I- have heard of Khorasan... One of the most storied, enigmatic cities of far off lands. And one which has figured prominently in regional histories over many centuries.

    An interesting choice, though...

    A MOST excellent start, Kazmir! Brilliant style, mixing useful informational elements with a sense of humor.

    And I find it interesting that your map shows "Khurasan" but your cityview shows "Khorasan", illuminating the phonetic nature of Middle Eastern and Persian languages as depicted in English, switching back and forth between spellings, such as Zhyad (Ziad) and al-Qasim (al-Ghazzam), etc. These spellings have always fascinated me!

    This should be quite a challenge, but it looks like you're off to a great start!

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    It looks like Yemen has something against Oman, this is calling for our intervention.



    But there's a problem also: We cannot reach the, due to the stupid Najd being between us.



    I curse them and their land for 100 generations for this! They think they are big and powerful but just wait! We'll show them.



    No sorry I didn't mean it! Honest! Please go away I was just kidding!
    Fine then, if you really wish it, you're doomed now!



    Or perhaps not... this'll be interesting.



    They strike Al Hasa with great strength, but my heroic men won't give up that easily, we will fight to the last man!
    Back in home my people are starting to realise that their leader is a Shia fighting for Greater Shia empire while they are Sunnis themselves... Not so good.



    Yes of course we.. ehm, tolerate the Sunnis *squeezes his fists together* not to mention we have no money afford some Imams to convert the people... they demand absolutely ridiculous prices!



    Oh great! How did I lie to you? You ungrateful little, pesky... things! We will crush you and your tiny revolution! Not that we could afford a new edict anyways...



    I have no idea how they managed to gather 6000 men from a country of 3000, 1000 of them fighting the Yemen, Mamluk and Najd states other side of the gulf. I guess I need to address Zyad about false population census.
    Oh but as they all went like "Hey lets spread the revolution!" "Yeah! Let's take over the wooorld!" they are now problem of the Timurids. Well they did assign a temporary government but what do we care! I am the true leader and the rightful ones know it.

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    At time like these I wish I had born as the king of Georgia instead.



    But lets not give up! Even though our armies are destroyed and all of our land taken I still have ambition and visions, and a Persian Empire blocking my enemies way to the Greater Khurasan! After a while the Yemeni alliance got bored and went home to our surprise.



    But it doesn't help much. The betrayer government goes and signs a peace with the other enemy. We could have still won the war! And what kind of a peace, bah! Well at least we're in peace for now and can plan our next step.
    Hopefully I will find a way to brake free from our new liege... bah bah and bah I say. I should be governing them not the other way around.



    Aha! Hold on, we are still in war with the Mamluks. Perhaps with my charm, heroic men and unwavering will I can defeat them. They look big but even they cannot be invincible. We launch an attack going through unfortified lands straight to their capital Cairo.



    They fight back hard but they are clearly the underdogs here. Ha! I can still hear the "Aargh!" "Bluurgh!" and "Uurgh!" they kept yelling when we massacred them and their relatives. Even though they had over 20 000 men on their to reinforce the defenders, they knew there was nothing they could do anymore.

    So they signed a peace!



    A magnificent victory! Now join us my new vassals! Let us brake free from them Najd "empire"! We march together now!
    What...? Oh sorry liege, yes liege. It looks like I'm not allowed to ally with them, our liege says it's dangerous for "national security". Oh well.



    Ah Zyad has returned. And he brings good news to us, he got an idea that we should establish a national bank to keep our inflation at bay. Sounds wonderful. So be it!

    But now it is time to plan our next move, the brake from Najd.



    Excuse me? Of course we aren't here waiting for you to get involved in a war to then take over your capital and brake free taking some land from you! Not at all. We're here to emm... guard it! Yes that's right, we will guard it from the enemy. Trust us on this oh mighty liege.

    Anyways, these will be handy in the future... *rubs his hands together with a certain glow in his eyes.*


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    Nice seeing you start another AAR so soon

    Congrats vassalizing the Mamluks
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    How did you get them to sign that peace?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dysken
    How did you get them to sign that peace?!
    NA 2.1
    Just try it yourself:

    1) Pick a nation, anything goes.
    2) DOW someone, no matter the size
    3) Take a province from them, preferably capitol but anything goes usually
    4) Demand them to become your vassals, they will most likely accept it.

    If you're big enough, they'll accept sometimes the offer without a single battle.

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    Acctually, I too have heard of Khorasan...
    In a book, but I don't remember it's name...

    The main character's father spoke about when it had been conquered...

    (they lived in SAMARKHAND!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahura Mazda
    it had been conquered...

    That's fake then!

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    Bah! We have waited long enough, it is time to act. I move my men out of their capitol and place half of them to grab their colonies and the other half to run around capturing their provinces. Excellent plan even though I don't like to brag about it!



    Now I am ready to take the biggest stability hit in world history, here we go!
    We grab their colonies and the other regiment starts capturing the ordinary provinces. I'm a genius! And others seem to realise our greatness too.



    Of course we accept this, we know many ways how to... exploit this. *Rubs his hands together again.*
    They seem to keep rejecting our white peace offers and came to grab their colonies back so we're going to bore them to death by race-seizing the colonies with them.




    (Now I know why AI keeps doing this haha.)



    Finally they give up and leave for Qatar. We quickly re-occupy and seize their colonies when they offer us a white peace. Voil!



    Now there's the problem that me and half of my army are trapped in this remote part of the world. Oh well, can't have everything!
    I quickly repay the loan of 3 ducats I had to take and move on.

    We decided to help the infidels and guarantee Ethiopia, although for selfish reasons...



    And soon happens what we were waiting for, Yemeni attacks Ethiopia, to arms!



    We tried to take Yemen's colonies but as it didn't work out as planned we had to sign a peace with them... again! Bah bah bah! We'll have our revenge!

    EDIT: How did that picture end up there, no idea...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kazmir
    NA 2.1
    Just try it yourself:

    1) Pick a nation, anything goes.
    2) DOW someone, no matter the size
    3) Take a province from them, preferably capitol but anything goes usually
    4) Demand them to become your vassals, they will most likely accept it.

    If you're big enough, they'll accept sometimes the offer without a single battle.
    They sure delivered on their promise of making the AI less stubborn
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    Meanwhile, Ethiopia is struggling for life. Yet another bastard attacks them.



    Screw them!
    They are doing quite fine though. Maybe we should help them...




    Perfect time to finally destroy the evil Arabian Alliance they have formed!
    Today we shall be victorious!



    There's no men near the colonies... perfect!




    Our mighty vassals quickly storm Hedjaz and Najd, so we vassalise both and also take one of their cities near our colonies from Hedjaz, sadly Yemen managed to grab one of our colonies. Curse them!





    Ethiopians aren't doing that well though, but they soon manage to get a peace and have their own colony in Arabia now.


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    It's only the beginning.... Now we'll.. *Blaargh!*


    G'day!
    My name is Bbur I and this is a coup! But don't worry... we have the same dream as our previous Sultan.



    Zyad can live... for now, as he supports the one who pays the most, but he will have a new friend now. As you can see I'm quite a general he he, although of course don't want to brag about it.



    Hmm my predecessor left us with quite a bad reputation. But it's understandable, no one liked him anyways.



    As we are a great power now, so to say, I demand we need a center of trade! Every great nation has one! Hmm... let's see...


    Aha!



    So err... how would you like a little loan... don't worry it's with a low interest rate... that's good theheh very good...



    Perfect. For the first time in history, we outnumber our enemies, hooray for the greater Khorasan!



    We quickly move our troops towards Astrakhan, the Persian troops following.





    This is the beginning of the end.

    (Sorry for the amount of pictures, I'll decrease it from now on. Used lots of them because this was supposed to end fast.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kazmir
    This is the beginning of the end.

    (Sorry for the amount of pictures, I'll decrease it from now on. Used lots of them because this was supposed to end fast.)
    Hmm, I'll be following this one as well. This seems to be a funny AAR, so I hope the end is not that near yet.
    Oh, and you don't necessarily need to decrease the amount of pictures - for people who lack a vivid imagination (like me) or who have never played in or explored Arabia and Persia (like me), these pictures add a nice touch to the funny story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kazmir

    That's fake then!
    I guess so...


    It's so often the case with fiction!

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    Greetings, I am called as Ab Sa'd I.
    I am sorry my predecessor couldn't make it this time, he's a bit... busy currently. But no fear! We will fully re-organize the government while he is gone.




    Both my predecessors were idiots in running the nation compared to me! Now we must improve our reputation, it has gone bad.



    At least some don't consider us that bad!



    This'll be very good for our... future plans so to say.
    We go and declare war on Kazakh-Chagatai alliance right away, the war is short with the massive Timurid Empire backing us.

    We advance through Kazakh from the northwest while our allies storm them from the south.



    Sorry about that. It looks like he has passed the leadership to me so to say. Well greetings, the war is going well and we have soon won. Just a couple more battles.



    Here you can see the situation in Kazakh, they have been fully occupied, let's see if we can get a nice peace out of it.



    There we go. Chagatai's turn then as 90% of them is occupied also.



    Now I think it's time to deal with those Yemeni. They've been a problem for too long.



    Right timing is everything here. Our vassals destroy their armies before they manage to do much while we grab thei... our colony back.
    Hedjaz goes and captures their capital and couple of extra provinces with their insanely big army for such a small nation, and we make Yemen our vassal, demand 75 ducats from them and have them release Oman. Good, very good.

    Now that we have quite some extra money I think it's best to change the culture in one of our colonies. I don't know why but I have a feeling that we might want to start improving the quality of our maps...



    We successfully colonise Liwa and turn it's population to Persians. Going as planned.

    Meanwhile our ally, Qara Koyunlu, formed the nation of Persia. This will not be tolerated! We have declared ourselves rightfully as the Protectors of Persia!
    Prepare for war!

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    Just a hiccough on the way to domination, apparently.
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