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    Part 2: Losing friends (Bhutan)

    Everything was looking good for Delhi, but bad news would come from then on. In 1536 another false khalifa was declared, in Chagatai, the neighbour to the north.



    Bad news would also come from the Persian false caliphate, as they annexed the land of Sind, which was east of the Indus river. The Delhi padishahs had always wanted the unification of all Indian culture under their rule and this act of defiance didn’t bode well for the Persian-Delhi relations, which were only worsened when the Persians declared themselves sole defenders of the faith, an act that made their legitimacy as khalifa go up in the minds of some Muslims.



    The Persians have crossed the Indus. This means war... in the future.


    Also, in 1537, natural disasters would strike Delhi, as very strong monsoon rains would ruin the pepper harvest in Goa and make several merchants lost at sea. Some people would blame the comet sighted in early 1538 for those natural disasters, saying that Allah was displeased with the way Mohammed Shah V was handling matters (-5% production in Goa, lose one merchant in Kutch, -1 stability).







    It was not only nature that was against Delhi at that time. Kazakh would win a war against Bhutan, forcing the Himalayan nation to end their treaty of alliance with Delhi, making the empire lose yet another ally. This would have far-reaching repercussions, since in the Delhi Jihad against Nepal of 1540, Bhutan would attack Nepal at the same time, taking the province of Katmandu, which was Mohammed Shah V’s objective all along. To top it all, Bhutan was now allied with Qin and Ming. There would have to be war between former friends in the future.

    In the Delhi Jihad against Nepal, Mohammed Shah V would get the province of Gorka instead of Katmandu. Gorka was a very important market center, receiving goods from all over Southeast Asia, but Mohammed Shah was so angry at not getting Katmandu that he destroyed it and salted the earth, an action that didn’t go well with the other countries (CoT destroyed, -20% prestige). The goods would now flow through the coastal province of Bangala, which Mohammed Shah would soon covet.

    Mohammed Shah V would become a very sour person after the Bhutan-Katmandu incident. He cancelled the military access with Bhutan and sent an insult to the Bhutanese king, calling him the son of a whore who had coupled with a monkey, among other things. Tension began to build up in the northern border.

    The war against Bhutan would take yet many years to begin, since Delhi would be occupied with all sorts of misfortunes. In 1543 the ulemahs declared that the new trade practices the merchant conducted included usury, but Mohammed Shah V didn’t care about them (new trade research is herectical -1 stability).

    There would also be arguments at the court of what way would be the best to fight both Bhutan and Qin, and Mohammed Shah would get very angry at the fact that his generals couldn’t reach a consensus. He eventually opted for the offensive approach, but many generals of the opposing faction would become disgruntled (military divided -1 stability).




    In February 1545 Mohammed Shah V opened the Delhi market to foreign trade, abolishing some tariffs (free trade +1). But unfortunately, Delhi merchants weren't ready for the fierce competition that arrived (lack of protection). Also, smugglers would become rampant in Delhi, taking advantage of the fewer outposts that controlled the foreign trade. The empire was far too large and the navy far too small to control all its borders efficiently (-10% trade income until 1555).






    Mohammed Shah V's mood would become sour after all these misfortunes. It's said he became angry at the slightest of things, one of which was the sound of the Panjabi language. He exiled all the Panjabi courtiers, which didn't go well with the common people of that ethnicity.



    But in 1549 Delhi would try to leave all of this behind and it's armies would finally being marching northwards. That year saw the completion of the workshop program started by Mohammed Shah IV. With no more necessity of money for peaceful means, Mohammed Shah V diverted his attention to military matters. Two new 10,000 armies were commissioned, to make the Delhi army as big as Ming’s and Qin’s combined. Three 10,000 armies were sent to the provinces of Tibet that bordered Qin (Dali, Kham and Dingla). The reconquest of Katmandu would begin, but not as Mohammed Shah V expected…

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    Part 3: Losing friends (Tibet)

    Just before Delhi went to war against Bhutan, Mohammed Shah V decided to wage a quick Jihad against Deva Bengal. It ended very successfully, with the acquisition of the sarkars of Malabar, Bangala and Pandua, and 50 ducats in compensation. This time Mohammed Shah wasn’t in a bad mood, so he didn’t destroy the coastal trade city of Bangala, even though this did affect the success of Delhi’s merchants abroad nevertheless (non-core Cot -15% compete chance).

    In 1549 though, old matters finally had to be taken care of and the war of reconquest of Katmandu began. Mohammed Shah sent envoys to the Bhutanese court and had made preparations for a long, prolonged war with Qin and Ming, states that had guaranteed Bhutan’s independence.

    But what wasn’t Mohammed Shah’s surprise when he saw himself at war with Tibet instead of Qin. Apparently the Tibetans had guaranteed Bhutan’s independence as well, a thing Mohammed Shah had failed to notice. Fortunately, the state of Qin was too entangled in central asian wars, so they didn’t bother to defend Bhutan, but the southeast asian nation of Taungu took their place.

    Meanwhile, in the Tibetan provinces of Dali, Khan and Dangla, the Tibetan king sent announcements to his peasants to not give any more food or supplies to Delhi’s troops. The Delhi’s generals soon took notice of what had happened, thanks to Delhi’s network of spies, and started besieging the capital cities of the provinces they were in.





    Delhi’s network of spies also helped in discovering the movements that the Ming and Taungu troops were making (infiltrate administration). Ming’s armies seemed to be more worried about their war with Korea than with Delhi, so Mohammed Shah took advantage of that. He ordered his troops in Tibet to storm the Tibetan castles quickly, and in October 1549 Delhi had taken control of Dali. The 8th Army, after this success, was sent to help the 7th army in Khan. This’d be a mistake, as Ming’s forces would converge to Dali, trying to retake it.

    In November the participation of Taungu in the war ended. The Taungu armies tried to attack Delhi’s forces in Assam, but Delhi controlled the only passage in that mountainous terrain. The defense was easy, and Taungu soon decided for a ceasefire in December.





    But this easy victory would be tempered with an expensive one. The 8th army was sent back to Dali, to fight Ming’s forces, and was just barely successful, with many Delhi men dying on that day.

    Good news would come from Katmandu at the turn of the year though. The siege of the contested city had ended and with that the war. Peace deals would soon be made with Bhutan and Tibet. Some courtiers wanted the padishah to wage a more prolonged war with Ming, but seeing how many mothers wept after the battle of Dali, he preferred to end the war earlier.





    After the end of the war, the courtiers and merchants would call for the Padishah to build a bigger fleet, so that the smuggler problem would be solved (mission: create a proper fleet). Also during this time, European ships from Castille were first sighted in the southern coast.

    These Castillian ships would spark the imagination of Mohammed Shah V, with their tales of voyages through Africa and far away lands. He put aside five specially built ships from the naval expansion program to a daring captain known as Mubarrak Shah Ali, who said he could as well discover new lands for the Empire, lands that could have the most precious goods in the world: salt, copper or fur (new national idea – Quest for the New World).




    Mubarrak Shah Ali would travel very far with his 5 galleys (Fatimah, Sagar, Yamuna, Kutch and Bakkar). For the several islands of the eastern sea he’d discover he’d give the name Indonesia, based on the country he’d come. He also would circumnavigate a very big island he’d name Australia in 1553.

    Mubarrak Shah Ali’s success would prompt Mohammed Shah V to hire a lord proprietor in 1553, a man known as Sher Shah Jahan (global colonial growth +8%). The Padishah’s intention was that many single men, second or third sons of the Kannauji ethnicity, could be sent to these new, untamed islands, instead of taking lands of the other ethnicities in Delhi and spark revolts. But few men were willing to leave the safeness of India to the wildness of the islands (the purpose is increase the share of Kannauji ethnicity in Delhi's population with these colonies. It's just over 25% now. But only 0.2 colonists per year are gained).




    Colonies in the islands of Iria and Cagayan were established, counting just a few men. Mohammed Shah V sent 5,000 soldiers to each island to help defend the colonists, and they’d be very useful, as the Papuans were particularly very fierce.





    Iria is the province in the far right.



    Some stupid courtiers proposed that Delhi's colonization efforts should be centered on Komi, a land near Russia. Mohammed Shah V's answer to that was very rispid, making a few courtiers ressent him (national mission: colonize Komi. Rejected -5% prestige).

    The last year of Mohammed Shah V’s reign saw the beginning of the Jihad against Arakar, a confuncian state that arose in what used to be Deva Bengal, in January of 1554. Ming, being the defender of the Confucian faith, intervened in Arakar’s behalf. Arakar would soon surrender, giving up control of the province of Vanga in May, but Ming would keep fighting on.

    Even though Ming was no longer the superpower it had been, it was also no longer a failed state in constant civil war. The battle against them would take longer than Mohammed Shah V had thought, as he died in December 1554, at the age of 42, having reined for 28 years, the largest span of time in the Thuqluqid dynasty so far. He received the epithet of "the unfriendly" due to the loss of the alliance with every state but Hedjaz and his bad mood in the latter two thirds of his reign, but is still considered one of Delhi's greatest rulers.

    As a side note, here's the world in 1550:



    The French got their asses kicked by the Castillian and Burgundians. Guyenne declared independence in the middle of that war, weakening them a lot.

    Burgundy inherited the throne of Austria. If they merge, it'd be a serious problem.

    Russia was formed by the Novgorodians.

    The Byzantine Empire is quite strong, having been able to defeat Brandenburg with the aid of Russia, acquiring Denmark in the process.

    The Danish are everywhere but Denmark. They have conquered a lot of Scandinavia and have colonized the Madeira.

    The Castillians are the only one who have QftNW, along with me. I've seen their ships in Japan already, but they didn't go to America it seems.

    Portugal is too busy trying to conquer all of Africa.

    Persia is becoming quite a powerful state, having taken up most of Timurids' former provinces.

    Qin is expanding, but is still somewhat friendly

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    The Byzantines are doing amazingly well!

    Nice work, never seen a Dehli AAR before! I'm really enjoying your story narrative too. Very history like.
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    Things are looking good for Delhi, but the Europeans have started sniffing round so the fun continues.

    Any reason for the colony targets? I think there are others with higher base tax, such as the ones on the island with Makassar.
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    Ashantai: Thank you very much for the compliment! And the Byzantines are doing very well indeed. This is what you get with random lucky nations, I guess.

    Dewirix: It has to do with the colonial range. I think 4.0c is very glitched, so my colonial range allows me to colonize the Phillipines and Papua, but not Indonesia or the Andamans. Go figure.

    Here's the colonial mapmode saying I can't colonize those lands:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Matrim_Cauthon View Post
    Dewirix: It has to do with the colonial range. I think 4.0c is very glitched, so my colonial range allows me to colonize the Phillipines and Papua, but not Indonesia or the Andamans. Go figure.
    Nothing wrong with 4.0c, something wrong with your map cache. Delete the cache directory, and restart the game.

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    Anweru: Thanks, you were right! Now my colonization will follow a more normal path.

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    The Reign of Padishah Ibrahim II Thuqluqid (961-987 AH) (1554-1580 in the Christian calendar) (A/D/M 7/5/8)
    also known as Ibrahim, the great

    Ibrahim II was born amidst a war, in the middle of a battle camp in Persia. His reign also began in flames, with Delhi at war with Ming, which had come to Arakan’s aid. Arakan had signed a separate peace, giving much territory to Delhi, but Ming still had the will to fight.

    In contrast to the last time these two countries were at war, this time Ming was smaller, but more stable. Delhi would learn that this would in fact make it more difficult to win the war than the other way around.

    Ibrahim II would also find himself at trouble in Adal. The sheikhs of the Arabian peninsula had a tendency to rebel each time their ruler died and had to be beaten into submission again. Ibrahim had to send part of his forces (two 10,000 men armies) to the Arabian peninsula to control the rebel sheikhs. These armies would be missed later in the war against Ming.





    The battle at sea between the Indians and the Chinese was won by Ming in July 1545. The Ming navy, comprised of 43 galleys, went all the way to the coast of Malabar and attacked the patrolling carracks of Delhi, taking them out one by one. Many umarah (nobles) at court said that the defeat at sea was Ibrahim’s fault, for he did not foresee that and wasn’t paying attention to it. Delhi’s navy was forced to hide in the ports, and an amphibious assault on Ming’s coast was made impossible.



    Delhi’s army was forced then to march through the Himalayas, Tibetan lands, to confront Ming in their territory. Two 10,000 divisions were sent north, to engage in sieges in Ming’s exclaves in Qin territory. Four 10,000 divisions were sent east, to fight the bulk of Ming’s forces, win some victories, and demand peace by the end of the year. Or at least that was Ibrahim’s plan.




    In September the divisions in the east lay siege to three Ming provinces (Xishuan Banna, Yunnan and Wenshan) while general Sayyd Khidr Singh was to lead the remaining one and eliminate the scattered Ming forces in the neighboring provinces. He defeated small Ming armies of 3,000 men in Viet Bac, but soon dire news would come from Wenshan.




    A huge Ming force of 48,000 men led by Gaoxu Zongyan was approaching from the north. All the divisions were ordered to help the men in Wenshan and soon an epic battle was happening in Ming’s western province.

    But Wenshan’s terrain wasn’t fit for defenders, being comprised mostly of plains, and the common people also didn’t help, hiding all of their produce and food, causing much hunger and desertion in Delhi’s forces. The battle would rage for months, but it’d end in a defeat for Delhi in December 1555, with every last of the 22,822 remaining Delhi men killed in action. More soldiers from Ming died (at least 26,000) but this advantage tasted like ashes to Sayyd Khidr Sing, who was barely able to escape at the last moment. He had to tell Ibrahim II that the Ever-Victorious Army of Delhi had suffered a crushing defeat, and was punished harshly for that.

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    Ouch! How many regiments was that?

    Ming looks to have held onto the coast and that means its still got a lot of high base-tax provinces. In some ways losing the west will strengthen it, although it won't have quite as much manpower as before.

    Since Ibrahim is known as 'the great' I'm going to guess that this defeat is not the end of Delhi.
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    Ibrahim II - Part 2

    After the defeat at Wenshan, Ibrahim II ordered the recruitment of 25,000 more men to fill the ranks of his army. This would put a strain to Delhi’s national bank, which would have to be rescued (+5.00 inflation).




    At the same time, rebels in Sillet would take control of the sarkar (province), storming the governor’s fort. Facing so many dangers, Ibrahim II offered a white peace deal to Ming in July 1556, which was accepted because they also had suffered much from the war. This white peace, which was technically a Delhi victory (since they had taken much of Arakan’s land) seemed more like a defeat to Ibrahim II, since the flower of Delhi’s youth had died at Wenshan.



    Delhi spent the next years at peace, and Ibrahim received the news that the Castillians had colonized an island near the Chinese coast called Taiwan, establishing a trade station there, the East Indian Trade Company. But the Taiwanese aboriginals would rebel just a year later, killing every last European. Nevertheless, this event would alert Ibrahim II to the growing interference and power of the European countries, which were able to reach his corner of the world now. Castille would conquer the Eastern African kingdom of Mutapa, acquiring their gold mines, and Castillian ships would be a common sight in the next years.




    In 1560 spies sent word that the new false caliph of Persia, Mufti Ja’far I, a great military leader who had just inherited the throne, wanted to conquer Medina, to make his claim more legitimate.



    Ibrahim II, who did not like the fact that Persia controlled Sind, a province populated by Indians, acted first and prepared his forces (now made up of 100,000 men) for war, which he declared in January. The excuse for war was Persia’s colonies in Africa, but the true objectives were to keep the Persians from Medina and to expel them from Sind.

    Ibrahim II put five 10,000 men divisions in Delhi’s border with Persia, one of them led by himself, while another two divisions would wait in Adal, in Persia’s western border, led by Sher Shah Jahan and Sayyd Khidr Hussein.



    The Eastern Front would see the largest battles. Three Delhi armies would at first siege Kabulistan, Gazni and Sind, while reserves would wait to see which one the Persian main force would attack. This would be Gazni, in July of 1560. There, 44,000 Persians were defeated by 27,000 Delhi men, led by Mubarrak Shah Bhutto, who used the mountainous terrain to his advantage.



    But the greatest victories would be accomplished by Ibrahim II himself, as he led less than 20,000 soldiers to victory over 31,000 Persian men in Kandahar, who were led by the Mufti Ja’far I himself. Many of Ibrahim’s soldiers would die, but he’d strike terror in the enemies heart, enough to make three of the enemies’ division surrender at Sistan. Unfortunately, Ja’far I used a small mountain passage and actually went north instead of west after the defeat at Kandahar, fooling Ibrahim II and saving himself and his few men from extermination.








    Meanwhile, Sher Shah Jahan and Sayyd Khidr Hussein would harass the Persian western provinces, destroying all the reinforcements that Persian officers were gathering and denying more men to Ja’far I. Women in Persia would scare the children for generations telling that if they did not eat all their vegetables Sher and Sayyd would take them away. That’s how much the common people came to fear these two men.

    Even so, Persia’s northern provinces would be able to provide men for Ja’far I, who would lead 16,000 against Ibrahim’s 13,000 at the battle of Herat. Ibrahim II would win the engagement, but would be more prone to peace after that, seeing how many Persian men were being raised even with Sher and Sayyd’s actions. After the siege of Sind was won, Ibrahim offered a peace demanding only that province and 50 ducats from Persia, which was accepted.



    Delhi would then annex the island of Ceylon and Maldives in a series of three Jihads between 1562 and 1569. These were all easy wars, and only two of these are of notice. The One Month Jihad against the Maldives was the shortest war in Delhi’s history, lasting from May 26th to June 28th of 1562. During this time, a small group of families from Jammu fled the country to the colony in Irian, fearing that higher taxes would be charged on them (people flee to the colonies - Irian gets +200 population).



    The other small Jihad of notice was the first one against Ceylon, because Delhi demanded, besides the province of Jaffna, war reparations of 650 ducats, which were used by Ibrahim II to build the first Indian textile manufactory in Lucknow.

    Ibrahim II’s first wife, Benazir, was from the small kingdom of Baluchistani, the second daughter of the king. She said that the nation would be more than happy to become a vassal of powerful Delhi and Ibrahim listened to her.

    But her assailment of the situation was misguided, as Baluchistan refused vassalization even after many gifts were sent. Finally, in 1565 Ibrahim II got fed up with the situation and, in a decision that caused much upheaval among the ulemah (religious men) and common people, divorced Benazir, saying she was a lying snake, and declared null the treaty of alliance between the countries. In September of that year, he’d present the world with papers saying that he had divorced Benazir because he was her third cousin due to a distant common ancestor. Since the Baluchistani king had no sons, it was only fitting that he’d be the ruler of that nation. So began the short war of Delhian-Baluchistani unification, which lasted until December of the same year. This war wasn’t popular neither among the common people of Delhi, nor among the foreign emissaries who thought Benazir had been disrespected (-1 stability for ending royal marriage and -5 prestige for not succeeding in mission to vassalize Baluchistan. It was my intent once diplomacy failed to vassalize the country by war. I did not know that a war would cancel the mission.)





    In the past 150 years Delhi had unified a great part of the Indian subcontinent. Now there remained only two countries with provinces where Indians lived: Manipur (guaranteed by Ming) and Taungu (guaranteed by Qin). In the next years, Ibrahim II would have to wage war against the two Chinas to make his dream of a united India come true.

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    Dewirix - Yeah, his epithet is a giveaway...

    And those were 37 regiments, killed to the last man. War in foreign far away fronts can be deadly.

    The Chinese states are more powerful when they're medium size, because when they grow too much they start having problems with taxes and revolt risk.

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    You can build textile manufactuories already? In my Japan game I didn't get there until the late 1600s.

    Losing 37 regiments must have been a pain, but looking back at that battle you increased Ming's WE by 3, so it had some benefit.

    The 'Inward Perfection' tax modifier is a pain for Chinese states, so I can see what you're saying about a smaller Ming being more of a threat.
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    I've always thought that Inward Perfection should limit Infamy as well as make it harder to absorb non-Chinese cultures.

    That'd stop the AI from conquering all of SE Asia.

    Good job as Dehli though. Your expansion is very impressive, and I like your style.
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    Dewirix - I westernixed to Muslim tech and received lots of neighbor bonus from Persia. Their production technology at this time was 21-22, which is about the same level as most Latin tech europeans. I don't know why it's so (they lag behind Europeans in every other aspect), but I took advantage of it.

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    Ibrahim II - Part 3

    In July 1567 Ibrahim II decided to wage a Jihad against Manipur, as he thought the Ming state was weaker than the Qin. The battles against Manipur itself were easily won and are not worth mentioning. By December both Chittagong and Manipur’s forts would be waving the Delhi tricolor flag.

    The battle against Ming, as in the last time, would be much more difficult. In October 1567 a Ming army landed in the unprotected oversea province of Irian. Thankfully, due to the families who had gone there during the One Month Jihad, there were enough people there to build a fort, so the Delhians who lived in Irian took refuge there.



    The Delhi network of spies discovered that Ming’s main fleet, which had defeated Delhi’s in the past, was in Jiangsu and seemed to have no intention of moving. Ibrahim II then hired a great admiral, Islam Shah Jarif, to lead an expeditionary force to relieve Irian. A rag-tag navy was assembled, composed of 20 cogs, which would carry 10,000 soldiers, escorted by 11 carracks and 5 galleys (which were usually saved for exploration). Islam Shah set sail for Irian in February 1568 and would relieve Irian of the siege in May.

    Both Delhi and Ming had treaties of military access with Tibet, so Ibrahim II thought that the Ming would come through the Himalayas to attack his eastern provinces. He put then a division of his army in Bhutan, a Tibetan province, to guard all the passages. There 10,000 men could fight 100,000 and survive.



    Unfortunately for Ibrahim II, the Ming were very cunning. Delhi’s spies told Ibrahim of Ming’s troop movements until the border with Tibet, saying how many men were going north. But the spies didn’t have authorization to go into Tibet itself, a friendly nation. Ming took advantage of this and instead of marching to Bhutan went north, to Qarat.



    In the north, Ibrahim had contented himself by putting a division besieging the Mongol exclave of Altishar, while another division of 10,000 men guarded Hotan. Their initial purpose was to go into Qarat, but there were 9,000 Ming men there, and an offensive in the mountains could only be won with greater numbers.

    But Ming’s armies reinforced the garrison at Qarat, and soon 19,000 Ming soldiers were fighting general Viqar-ul-muk in Hotan. Reinforcements from the Mongol province of Altishar were too late and Viqar-ul-mul had to retreat. Mysteriously the Ming didn’t press on, which was fortunate since they could’ve completely wiped out a Delhi division if they pursued Viqar-ul-muk’s forces.



    Ibrahim II signed a peace deal with Manipur in June 1568. He wanted the province of Manipur and Chittagong, which were populated by Indians, but couldn’t get the first because it was Manipur’s capital. He acquired Naga instead, a Tibetan province, which he sold by the symbolic price of one copper piece to his Tibetan allies. Later that year he signed a cease-fire with the Ming.



    Manipur would next year be annexed by Taungu, which would only facilitate things to Ibrahim II. Now only one war remained to unify India.
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    Only a little bit more to do before all of India is under your control. Great stuff!

    How large is the Ming fleet in comparison to yours? From my experience they seem to go galley-heavy and are deathly afraid of carracks. You might be able to occupy Hainan and Macau if you need to force a peace.
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    Dewirix - yeah, just a little while (one post actually ).

    Ming's fleet is about 47 galleys. Only gallyes in my game as well. I don't know why they prefer it that way. Personally, I only create gallyes to explore and to patrol certain areas that take too long.

    And I don't worry about Ming anymore. It's the Castillian wargalleons that worry me.

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    Ibrahim II – part 4

    The last war of Indian unification started in February of 1573. The Jihad against Taungu pitted Delhi against Qin and Khmer as well.

    Contrary to what Ibrahim II believed the war against Qin wouldn’t be difficult at all. Qin had overextended itself with lots of conquests in Central Asia and now had several problems with peasants revolting. Also, there was no land connection between the two states. Qin’s navy was very small, since the Chinese state didn’t have many coastal provinces, and Qin also didn’t have any treaties of military access with their neighbors. So the conflict against Qin itself would never happen in fact.



    Qin (in blue) and Delhi (in green). No land access.


    Taungu and Khmer were the two biggest Southeast Asian nations at the time. After the declaration of war, 10,000 Taungu men would besiege the Delhian province of Chittagong. The Delhian forces, which were north, in the mountains, had do march to the jungles of the south of the Ganges Delta. In May, at the battle of Chittagong, Ibrahim II defeated the Taungu, with more losses on his side than on theirs.




    But after that, other battles were easier. The Taungu men were demoralized and Khmer offered a ceasefire deal, which was accepted. The remaining of the Taungu Jihad consisted of Ibrahim II pursuing Taungu’s remaining forces and several sieges. In September of 1574, after Toungoo, Taungu’s capital, fell, the regency council that ruled that nation accepted Ibrahim II’s request and gave up the sovereignty of the provinces of Assam, Manipur, Brahmaputra, Arakan and Arunachal. Qin and Khmer would soon give up any attempts to save Taungu, ending the Taungu Jihad.



    Ibrahim II had done what his ancestors dreamed of so long ago, he had unified India under the rule of Delhi. September 26th would forever be a date to be celebrated in the now unified India (badboy reached an apex of 12.8. The Empire has 78 provinces, 3 of them being colonies).


    (The world after Indian unification)


    Ibrahim thought the next years would be only of peace, but many regional uramah (nobles) in the newly acquired provinces of the east thought differently. They were unaccostumed to the Empire’s harder rule, having much of their power curtailed. In December of 1575 the Arumachal’s Noble revolt happened, but it was soon crushed. No matter how much they knew the terrain or had the support of the common people, Delhi’s forces were still much bigger.

    In 1579 an aging Ibrahim II decided to take advantage of international affairs. The false caliphate of Persia had taken the title of Defender of the Faith and was busy trying to defeat Christian incursions in Muslim lands. While Mufti Safi II was busy fighting the Russians in the north and the Portugafricans in the west, the uramah (nobles) proposed that Ibrahim II should attack Persia, acquiring the province of Indus, which was only fitting since he now ruled India (national mission: conquer Indus). In September the armies of Delhi would be marching again.




    Most of Persia’s forces were too busy fighting the Christians, so Delhi’s battles were easily won. In March the Delhian force besieging Indus would take the castle of the region. The war would last for a few more months, as Ibrahim II’s councilors advised him to wrangle every last ducat of them. A peace deal would be signed only in April of 1580, with the Persians giving the province of Indus and 105 ducats in war compensation.



    Ibrahim II would die in July of 1580 of dysentery, at the age of 49 years. He had accomplished what many rulers before only dreamed of, he had unified India, and therefore received the epithet "the Great". He left the rule of the empire to his son, Mubarrak Shah IV.

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    Congratulations on uniting India under your rule!

    Where to now? Continue the drive west until you can extend your personal protection to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, or peacefully consolidate while colonising Africa and the Pacific?
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    Excellent work uniting all India! That is quite an achievement...and not easy at all either! All the varied cultures and religions make it rather hard.
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