Hello this is my first AAR. Hope you enjoy it!
1395 - 1415 Sultan Nusrat Shah I Thuqluqid (The Pious)
1416 - 1421 1st Regency Council
1421 - 1427 Sultan Mubarrak Shah II Thuqluqid (The Brief)
1427 - 1438 Sultan Nusrat I Thuqluqid (The Warmonger)
1438 - 1446 2nd Regency Council
1446 - 1463 Sultan Mubarrak Shah III Thuqluqid (The Jihadist)
1463 - 1478 3rd Regency Council
1478 - 1489 Sultan Daulat Khan I Thuqluqid (The Stubborn)
1489 - 1494 4th Regency Council
1494 - 1511 Sultan Sher Shah I Thuqluqid part 1 part 2 (The Lesser)
1511 - 1523 Sultan/Padishah Mohammed Shah IV Thuqluqid part 1 part 2 (The Reformer)
Empire (1521 - ????)
1523 - 1526 5th Regency Council
1526 - 1554 Padishah Mohammed Shah V Thuqluqid part 1 part 2 part 3 (The Unfriendly)
1554 - 1580 Padishah Ibrahim II Thuqluqid part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4 (The Great, Unifier of India)
1580 - 1587 Padishah Mubarrak Shah IV Thuqluqid (The builder, the coward)
1587 - 1588 6th Regency Council
1588 - 1613 Padishah Sayyd Khidr I part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4(The learned, the silver tongue)
1613 - 1620 7th Regency Council
1620 - 1624 Padishah Khidr Khan I (The controversial)
First, some info regarding the history of the Delhi sultanate before the beginning of the game:
Sources:Islam was propagated by the Prophet Muhammad during the early seventh century in the deserts of Arabia. Less than a century after its inception, Islam's presence was felt throughout the Middle East, North Africa, Spain, Iran, and Central Asia. Arab military forces conquered the Indus Delta region in Sindh in 711 and established an Indo-Muslim state there. Sindh became an Islamic outpost where Arabs established trade links with the Middle East and were later joined by teachers or sufis, but Arab influence was hardly felt in the rest of South Asia. By the end of the tenth century, dramatic changes took place when the Central Asian Turkic tribes accepted both the message and mission of Islam. These warlike people first began to move into Afghanistan and Iran and later into India through the northwest. Mahmud of Ghazni (971-1030), who was also known as the "Sword of Islam," mounted seventeen plundering expeditions between 997 and 1027 into North India, annexing Punjab as his eastern province. The invaders' effective use of the crossbow while at a gallop gave them a decisive advantage over their Indian opponents, the Rajputs. Mahmud's conquest of Punjab foretold ominous consequences for the rest of India, but the Rajputs appear to have been both unprepared and unwilling to change their military tactics, which ultimately collapsed in the face of the swift and punitive cavalry of the Afghans and Turkic peoples.
In the thirteenth century, Shams-ud-Din Iletmish (or Iltutmish; r. 1211-36), a former slave-warrior (mamluk), established a Turkic kingdom in Delhi, which enabled future sultans to push in every direction; within the next 100 years, the Delhi Sultanate extended its sway east to Bengal and south to the Deccan, while the sultanate itself experienced repeated threats from the northwest and internal revolts from displeased, independent-minded nobles. The sultanate was in constant flux as, up until 1399, three dynasties rose and fell: Mamluk or Slave (1206-90), Khalji (1290-1320) and Tughluq (1320-1413). The Khalji Dynasty under Ala-ud-Din (r. 1296-1315) succeeded in bringing most of South India under its control for a time, although conquered areas broke away quickly. Power in Delhi was often gained by violence--nineteen of the thirty-five sultans were assassinated--and was legitimized by reward for tribal loyalty. Factional rivalries and court intrigues were as numerous as they were treacherous; territories controlled by the sultan expanded and shrank depending on his personality and fortunes.
Muhammad ibn Tuqhluq receiving the famous traveler, Ibn Battuta.
Firuz Shah ruled from 1351 to 1388. He was the cousin of Muhammad ibn Tughluq, who died trying to centralize the Delhi sultanate. Firuz, on the other hand, gave much to the noble families, preferring to pay officers by land concessions rather than cash, granting hereditary appointments and extended the system of revenue farming. All these measures, which reversed policies adopted by one or more of the strong rulers of the previous several decades, tended to decrease Firuz’s control over his nobility and over the revenue system.
Firuz Shah, also going against the more religious tolerant policies of his predecessor, gave important concessions to the ulama (religious men), banned unorthodox practices, persecuted heretical sects, and refused to exempt the Brahmans from the payment of jyzyah or poll tax non-Muslims, on the ground that this was not provided for in the Shari’ah, which he tried to implement as much as possible.
In the days of Mahmud, one of the last of the Tughluqs (1398-1413), the Delhi kingdom began to fall to pieces. Gujarat, Malwa, Khandesh and Jaunpur became separate states. Ruin was completed by the arrival in India of the Turkish conqueror, Timur the Lame. The official causus belli for this war was the fact that the Delhi sultanate was too tolerant with the practices of the Hindus (even though Firuz had reinstated Shari’ah. I guess Timur was more of the kind who agreed with previous Delhi ulamas, who wanted to give the choice of conversion or death to the Hindus in the time of Muhammad ibn Tughluqh).
In a well-executed campaign of four months—during which many of the disunited Muslim and Hindu forces of northern India either were bypassed or submitted peacefully while Rajputs and Muslims fighting together were slaughtered at Bhatnagar—Timur reached Delhi and, in mid-December 1398, defeated the army of Sultan Mahmūd Tughluq and sacked the city. It is said that Timur ordered the execution of at least 50,000 captives before the battle for Delhi and that the sack of the city was so devastating that practically everything of value was removed—including those inhabitants who were not killed. On March 1399 Timur recrossed the Indus river and India knew of him no more.
Timur defeats Muhammad, sultan of Delhi
It is with this bleak picture, after the devastation of a war, that the reign of Nusrat Shah Tughluq starts. He had been at war with this cousins ever since he claimed the throne in 1395, but with the Timurid invasions he had at finally won the civil war. And so we get to October 1399...
This is Delhi and its neighbours in 1399.
The situation isn't actually as bleak as the text makes it seem, which is sad. Historically, it's been less than one year since Timur himself sacked Delhi! So there should be more problems at the beginning.
I play HTTT 4.0c. No mods and no cheating, normal difficulty with random lucky nations.