Chapter 1: http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/...1#post14051775
Chapter 2: http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/...1#post14104767
Chapter 3: http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/...1#post14109211
Chapter 4: http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/...1#post14116394
Chapter I: Sultan Malik
I am Sultan Malik of house Safavid, the new ruler of the Sultanate of Africa. The old rulers were decadent and unworthy, and being an ambitious unlanded noble, I took the opportunity and rebelled against the old rulers. I established house Safavid as the rulers of Tunis. Although the Safavid Sultanate is small, ruling over only two sheikdoms, I promise to grow it further across North Africa, as well as capturing land through Jihad against the infidels.
1066: The religion of Islam dictates that I must have many children. As a young man of 28 and as a Sultan, I chose four courtiers and married them. Following that, I sent my councilors to collect taxes, uncover plots, train troops and distribute charity.
1067: I must focus on growing the Safavid sultanate. The Sheikdom of Kairwan is the perfect place to start. Emir Munis of the Riyahdid Emirate and his armies are occupied in his holy war for Sardinia, giving me the perfect opportunity to strike. I declare war on Emir Munis with a de jure claim on Kairwan, and send my troops to begin the siege.
Unfortunately while I was sieging Kairwan, Emir Munis won his holy war for Sardinia and subsequently marched his army back to North Africa to stop me. Our armies meet and a climactic battle was held. However, with Allah watching over me and with the bravery of my troops, my armies emerge victorious. The remainder of Munis’s forces return to his capital and brood while my siege continues.
1068: Praise be to Allah, one my wives is pregnant with my first child!
Kairwan has fallen, and now I wait for Munis to surrender. The infidel kingdom France has declared a holy war for Sardinia and has landed troops in North Africa. With Munis’s armies completely annihilated, it is only a matter of time until he surrenders.
Today my first child was born, a daughter named Dua. I was hoping for a son, but I will accept what Allah has given me.After occupying Kairwan for months, Allah has finally granted me victory! Today Emir Munis surrendered the Sheikdom of Kairwan to me.
1069: To thank Allah for this victory, I decided to go on the Hajj. I come back a holier man, fulfilling my duty to Allah.
1070: One of my wives becomes pregnant. By the end of the year, she gives birth so a son! He is Asad, the heir to my dynasty. Praise be to Allah, he has listened to my prayers!
1071: An uneventful year. I am waiting for an opportunity to attack the Zoghbadid Emirate to south and capture the sheikdom of Gabes. In the meantime, I am spending gold on buildings so I can field more troops.
1072: One of my wives is pregnant. She gives birth to a daughter.
1073: Another wife becomes pregnant. She gives birth to a son, Marwan. The sheikh of Trapani in Sicily is under attack by the infidel duke of Apulia. The Zoghbadid Emirate rushes to the rescue and sends its troops to Sicily. A perfect opportunity arises! While Zoghbadid is mired in Sicily, my troops will be able to capture Gabes without resistance! Once the Emir of Zoghbadid and his army landed in Sicily, I declared war and marched my army into Gabes.
1074: The Zoghbadid Emirate was occupied in Sicily long enough for me to capture Gabes. However, the filthy Zoghbadids sent their troops back from Sicily and defeated me in battle. Back at my capital, I begged Allah to grant me victory, and rallied my remaining troops. I marched the army back to Gabes and this time I win! I win a series of battles against the remnant of the Zoghbadid army, and press for victory by sieging more territory.
1075: While I lay siege to enemy territory, another son is born to one of my wives. My family is growing bigger.
1076: I completely occupy Gabes and continue to defeat the Zoghbadids in battle. During the war, another son is born to me. The Zoghbadids finally realize the obvious and accept my superiority and surrender. The sheikdom of Gabes now belongs to me. Following the war, I demanded the sheikhdoms of Bizerte and Medjerda within de jure Tunis to accept my authority and become my vassals. Bizerte wisely accepted, while Medjerda foolishly declined. Inshalllah, they shall learn the hard way. All of Tunis will be ruled by the Safavids, Allah will make sure of it.
Shortly thereafter, an interesting development happens. One of the sheikhs named al-Muntasir in the Zoghbadid Emirate approached me and asked me to back his plan to usurp the Zoghbadid Emirate. This did not surprise me, as the humiliating defeat I dealt to the Zoghbadids would surely reduce the vassal's respect in the emir. Perhaps if I help al-Muntasir usurp his liege, he will be more receptive to an offer of vassalization in the future. I agreed to back his plot for this reason. Once the Zoghbadid emir was approached by al-Muntasir, the emir wisely abdicated. He surely knew he would lose fighting an enemy with my backing. Despite having my support in claiming his throne, al-Muntasir did not agree to become my vassal. I will give him time to reconsider my offer, as he is newly crowned and inexperienced with such a high title. Eventually he will accept my rule.
By the end of the year, my son and crown-prince Asad reached his sixth birthday and began his formal education. I pray to Allah to grant him wisdom, as he will rule the Safavid Sultanate once Allah decides I must leave this world.
1077: An uneventful year. As an interesting aside in the infidel world, the Norwegians have conquered England.
1078: Later in the year 1078 I learned that emir al-Muntasir had died of small pox. He may have been a foolish man who rejected my rule, but I wish him the best in paradise with Allah. His nine year old son Buwayh had inherited the emirate upon his death. I hoped that Emir Buwayh wasn't as foolish as father, and demanded that he bend the knee. As it turned out, Buwayh was indeed an intelligent young man and accepted my rule.
1079: The sheikdom of Tunis is very rich and is perfectly suited as the capital for a Sultan. However, a vassal of mine already owns it. It would be no problem to revoke it, but that would upset my other vassals. I sent my grand vizier to fabricate claims on Tunis.
1080 - 1081: Uneventful.
1082: A sheikh called Ahmed in the Suleimid emirate to the east has approached me and asked me to back his plot to usurp his liege. I agree, as helping Ahmed may persuade him to accept me as liege once the war is over. Ahmed wastes no time; as soon as he confirms my support, he revolts against his liege.
I honored my promise to Ahmed and raised my troops to assist him in his war. I proceeded to win a series of battles against the Suleimid enemy.
1083: Treachery! The sheikh of Gabes, knowing that I was busy leading armies in a foreign war raised his banners in revolt, demanding that I abdicate. While I promised sheikh Ahmed my support in his war, I had to withdraw and defend my own lands. I defeated the sheikh of Gabes in battle, and then proceeded to siege his stronghold, awaiting his surrender.
1084: My daughter Dua has come of age. I decided to marry her off to sheikh Ahmed. Ahmed, along with my assistance, appeared to be winning his war and was all but certain to usurp the title of emir. Perhaps he would be more receptive to becoming my vassal if I gave him my first born daughter as a gift. By the end of the year, Gabes had fallen and the traitor sheikh became my prisoner. I quickly revoked his sheikdom; treason must be punished severely.
1085: Once I had dealt with the treason in my realm, I rushed my troops back east to assist sheikh Ahmed, who is now my son-in-law. Soon enough, the Suleimids accept Ahmed's authority and surrender the emirate to him. Ahmed refused to become my liege, but he remains my ally. He may be useful for any future wars I might have. By the end of the year, my grand vizier had successful fabricated a claim on Tunis. The sheikh cleverly respects my authority and cedes the sheikdom to me. Tunis is now the capital of the Safavid Sultanate. As I reign in my grand palace in Tunis, I look upon my family and am grateful. Allah has granted me eleven healthy children; I am truly blessed.