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Once upon a time there was an AAR, the author spent hours and hours on it before running into a problem. The game kept freezing and he couldn't continue. Greatly saddened by this, the Author attempted to convert the game from the mod it was made (WWM) into an normal EU3 game hoping to finish it that way, but after getting started with it it became apparent that it wouldn't be the same. Too many countries would be missing and the wonder that it was didn't translate into the new game. Countries were weaker, countries were compromised, and in the end it didn't work out too well. So, here I am. I'm going to start this all over again. There won't be any HoI maps, as those would have no purpose here, but otherwise it's going to be the same. I'm going to be playing as the Golden Horde. All monarchs that carry the Genghisid name will get a chapter here. If the Genghisid line runs out, then the game will be finished. So I could be one province away from a WC, and my monarch can die without an heir and some Chagatai or Qara Koyunlu person will get put on the Genghisid throne and the AAR will end.

I will do this AAR for this contest.

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The game is pretty much vanilla, however there are some major alterations. First and foremost is the Horde mechanic. I've changed it and applied it to the African and Native American nations (apart from the Inca and the Aztec). The Inca and the Aztec will start out larger than they will in the original game and they will start at a higher tech level. No religions will be annexable. The Hordes will be changed to the Muslim tech level, though the Chagatai will be made Indian (but with muslim units) and the Oriat and Mongol hordes will be made Chinese. This will be done through a save edit after starting so that things do not get messed up with the "discovered" provinces. Taiwan will start out with a Chinese population on it to prevent ridiculous colonization of it. Same with the Japanese Hokkaido and northern Islands. There is also a change in the culture text. There are also some government changes. But apart from all that, the game is the same. :)
 

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The Genghisid Imperial Bloodline

The Golden Horde
Grand Ancestor Shadi Beg Genghisid, Khagan of the Golden Horde
Mahmud Genghisid, Khagan of the Golden Horde
Sayid Ahmad Genghisid, Khagan of the Golden Horde
Karim Berdi Genghisid, Khagan of the Golden Horde
Ulug Muhammad Genghisid, Khagan of the Golden Horde, Defender of the Sunni Faith, and Emperor of all Russia's
Karim Berdi II Genghisid, Khagan of the Golden Horde, Emperor of all Russia's
Mahmud II Genghisid, Khagan of the Golden Horde, Emperor of all Russia's
Kuchuk Muhammad II, Khagan of the Golden Horde, Emperor of all Russia's, and Caliph of Islam

The Tripoli Coast
Yusuf Genghisid, Grand Ancestor of the Tripoli Genghisids, Malik of the Tripoli Coast
Yusuf II Genghisid, Malik of the Tripoli Coast
Yusuf III Genghisid, The Last Malik of the Tripoli Coast

Qara Koyunlu Khanate
Qara Yusuf Genghisid, Khan of the Qara Koyunlu, Grand ancestor of the Qara Koyunlu Genghisids
Hasan 'Ali Genghisid, Khan of the Qara Koyunlu Khanate
Qara Yusuf II Genghisid, Khan of the Qara Koyunlu, Dynasty Ended in Khanate Following Coup

Gujarat Sultanate
Mubarak Genghisid, Sultan of Gujarat, Grand Ancestor of the Gujarat Genghisids
Muhammad II Genghisid, Sultan of Gujarat
Zafar III Genghisid, Sultan of Gujarat
Ahmad I Genghisid, Sultan of Gujarat
Mubarak II Genghisid, Sultan of Gujarat
Muhammad IV Genghisid, Sultan of Gujarat

Haasa City
Sulayman II Genghisid, Malik of Haasa City, Grand Ancestor to the Haasa Genghisids
Dudjayn Genghisid, Malik of Haasa City

Forgotten Pioneers
Arang Khan Genghisid, Khan of the Khivan Khanate
Sayf ad-Din Genghisid, Sultan of Brunei
Dewa Agung Sakti Genghisid, Sultan of Bali

1600 Review
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Grand Ancestor Shadi Beg Genghisid, Khagan of the Golden Horde
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Ruled from January 1400 - May 21 1433



Shadi Beg surveyed a grand empire, though not as grand as it should be. Ever since Timur the Lame (may his name be cursed forever) viciously attacked and sacked the city of Sarai the Golden Horde has been weaker than it ever has been in the past, weaker than it should be. The Khagan knew this and began formulating a grand strategy to rebuild the Golden Horde. First he sent envoys to forge alliances with his neighbors such as the Nogai and the Kazakh Horde, but those pretentious fools refused to ally with the Golden Horde. So instead the Khagan began to focus on rebuilding his empire.



Shadi Beg employed a great many talented and able men from across the Khanate and incorporated them into his royal court. He then wisely headed their advice and began building fortifications along the undefended northern flanks. Shadi Beg also began to centralize the empire and manage it's finances wiser than any Khagan had before him. There was also a great build up of the military establishing garrisons in the far north to protect them from rebels and other belligerents. For a time there was peace, Shadi Beg began to bring up the army steadily and looked towards his neighbors in their wars. While the Khagan was unable to secure aid from his nearest neighbors, he was able to establish a network of marital ties across all of North Africa and Anatolia. The Khagan also watched happily as the Osman Empire was slowly devoured by it's neighbors.

Finally, when the Khagan was ready, he declared war on the Genoan Merchant Republic through some rather shady means. While Genoa had many powerful allies, they were far away. Bohemia was busy in a war with Poland and Lithuania, and thus the Khagan dismissed any potential trouble from the Holy Roman Emperor. The English King was similarly involved with a conflict regarding Brittany and was also thoroughly ignored. Georgia was weak and currently assisting it's ally Trebizond devour the Osman Empire, why should they aid Genoa? Genoa's other ally, Aragon was amidst a war with Castille and was very nearly fully occupied, surely they could not interfere? It is with this taken to heart that the Khagan decided to push into the Genoan territories in 1412. Unfortunately things did not go as planned.

Georgia quickly joined and later brought in it's allies, including Trebizond, into the war. Peace was quickly attained with the Osmans and Trebizond actually won a province in Sinope. Castille was brought in through some Obfuscation of politics and a quick peace was arranged with Aragon where one province and some ducats was ceded to Castille. England and Bohemia joined the war effort and Genoa was nowhere near alone. In fact, curiously, the only nation to not aid the republic was Sicily, the only one which the Khagan felt would actually join the war. As if by some wave of a magician's wand the Khagan found itself up against nine nations. To make matters worse immediately after the attack, the Pope declared a crusade against the Horde. This was, however, not above the Khagan's means of control.

The Horde's armies surged into Georgia and the Georgian territories. There they quickly beat back and occupied most of the forces there. Georgia was forced to cede Abkhazia, from there the Hord troops occupied Trebizond. They offered to concede defeat to the Khagan, and the offer was accepted. With all his military objectives achieved the Khagan sent word to Genoa that peace can be attained if Kaffa and Azow were ceded to the Horde. The Merchant Republic, supported by Portugal, the Papacy, The Holy Roman Emperor, England, and Castille strangely refused to surrender those two distant territories to the Horde. This confused the Khagan greatly. The two provinces he asked for were already in his grasp, neither were the cultural nor religious kin of the Genoan Republic so why continue to resist? The Khagan made another proposal just asking for the territory religiously and culturally similar to his Horde, this was also rejected. Infuriated the Khagan began to hatch a daring and... questionable plan.

The March to Genoa was a long and tedious one. The Khagan began to make treaties with the various European Kingdoms between his Empire and Liguria, the Genoan capital. Moldova was an easy one to secure, the small and feeble nation did not want to face the Horde's wrath and quickly agreed to allow the 12,000 troops go through their lands. Hungary was a tougher nut to crack, the first attempt failed. The second attempt, with the war hanging in the balance, succeeded only barely. Austria was easier to convince. An rival of Bohemia, it quickly agreed to help it's rival humiliate the current Holy Roman Emperor. The last territory, Milan, outright refused to allow the Khagan's troops to pass. Unwilling to go the route of Switzerland to Savoy, a third and fourth offer was made. Finally the troops marched on through without permission from the monarch as it's lands were completely overrun by Pisan Nationalists and Milan Pretenders. For the actual battle that took place, the entire trek seemed disappointing.



11,000 troops, mostly mercenaries defended Liguria. The Genoan Republic must have not known that the Khagan's forces were on their way, for the mercenary forces were taken completely by surprise. Enjoying incredibly fortune, the Khagan's forces completely routed Genoa's army. The city was quickly put under siege. A small force sent by England was quickly defeated and as time went on the war seemed hopeless. The Papacy and England quickly gave up the war while the walls of Liguria were still being sieged. The Khagan accepted the return to the status quo between the two nations. After 307 days of siege Liguria's walls fell. It was on that day that the Holy Roman Emperor in Bohemia gave up the war. Now there was only the Iberian powers. The Genoan republic fled to Corsica, desperate to make it out of the war with some semblance of power. But when Portugal gave up the war as well, Castille pressured Genoa into peace. The Khagan, however, was merciful. He requested Kaffa and Azow, and demanded that Corsica gain independence. The Genoan republic had no choice but to give in to the demands for peace. Hostilities remained with Castille for a month before a white peace was given to the Khagan.

Immediately following the victory over the Genoan republic the Horde's prestige boomed, the Nogai and the Mameluks immediately became allies of the Horde and engaged in marital ties with Shadi Beg's immediate family. Corsica became closely allied with the Horde as well. Abkhazia also conformed to Islam one year following Genoa's surrender. For a time it looked as if the Golden Horde was experiencing an age of rebirth, this, however, was not meant to be. The Timurid forces declared war on the Qara Koyunlu tribe. The Mamluks, ever loyal, rushed to their aid. Fearing the massive numbers of the Timurids, the Mamluks requested the Horde's aid. Shadi Beg was almost unwilling to go to war with the Timurids, but finally, as the Qara Koyunlu were on the verge of defeat, he agreed to come to the Mamluk's aid. Immediately following this declaration of war, the Mamluks requested the Golden Horde's aid yet again, this time because the Moroccan forces declared war on them over a trade incident. And yet again the Khagan agreed to assist them.

The Khagan sent a force of 12,000 troops into the Timurid lands only to hear that the Qara Koyunlu capitulated to the Timurids. This being their second war with the Timurids, the Timurids robbed them of everything but their capital and two neighboring regions. Broken the Qara Koyunlu Khan fell into complete misery. Unperturbed the Khagan continued to besiege the Timurid holdings bordering the Golden Horde. The Kazakh's also were facing pressure from the Timurids so the Khagan dispatched another 12,000 troops to relieve their forces. Right before the troops entered Kazakh territory, however, the Kazakh Khan capitulated and ceded a second line of territories directly to the Golden Horde's northern flank. The Khagan, now blessing his advisers, continued to attack the Timurids. The Mamluks also continued their struggle against the Timurids. New soon reached the Khagan that the Chagatai had joined the fray as well. Faced now by three powerful enemies the Timurid Khagan attempted to offer a white peace to the Shadi Beg. The offer was tempting, but it would leave the Timurids able to thoroughly crush the Mamluks and the Chagatai and was thus rejected.

When new reached the Khagan that the Qara Koyunlu Khan died without an heir, he was quick to prompt his fourth son to take the Qara Koyunlu throne. Upon reaching his destination he was named Qara Yusuf Genghisid. With Genghisid blood now flowing through the veins of another Khanate, the Genghisid line does will not face extinction even if a coup occurs within the Golden Horde forcing them out of power.



The war dragged on for ages. The Horde won victories and lost many battles, but over time a trend began to favor the Horde. The Timurids were still willing to negotiate a peace. With the Chagatai now out of the war being decisively beaten by the Timurids, leaving the Mamluks behind began to look even better.When the Ak Koyunlu took a territory that severed the land connection between the Mamluks and the Timurids apart from one province, things began to look even better. Still the Khagan needed a victory to motivate the Timurids into ceding enough land to make the war worth while. This occurred in one of the most legendary rematches in all time.

Shadi Beg took control of the 12,000 troops inside the southern border with the Timurids. From there the Khagan attacked 3000 troops inside of Azerbaijan. When victory was nearly upon Shadi Beg's forces 4000 troops arrived under the immediate command of Khalil Timurid, the Khagan of the Timurid Horde. For six more days a fierce battle ensued where the Timurids received more reinforcements. When Timurid Army exceeded 18,000 troops, the Timurid Khan retreated deeper into Timurid controlled territory.



With this victory on the table Shadi Beg secured two provinces from the Timurids in a peace treaty. Each a province from a former khanate only recently acquired by the Timurids. One from the Kazakh's and another from the Qara Koyunlu. With these two provinces the Timurid border was reduced to just two provinces. Each were to be manned by a fairly sizable force at all times. Things did not go quite as well on the Moroccan front, the Mamluks still fighting two forces at once ended up having a lot of Egyptian territory occupied by the Moroccans. This, however, did not concern the Khagan who was still relishing in his victory over his old nemesis.

With the victory over the Timurids things began to quiet down inside the Golden Horde. As months turned into years there was little of note inside the Horde. The Mamluks had earned a white peace with the Timurid Horde and used it's army to decisively beat back the Moroccan troops. With things returning to the status quo the Mamluks remained quiet for about two years before declaring a Jihad against the Ethiopian tribes to their immediate south. They were quickly occupied and annexed into the Mamluks. One year later they declared war upon the Adal Sultanate, and the Khagan threw the Golden Horde's full support behind the campaign. The Adal sultanate was quickly vassalized, and the Mamluks scored a few territories from their ally in Yemen. The Swahili Tribe was also defiant against Mamluk rule, but in the end it the war ended in a white peace. Following these victories the Mamluk Sultan declared himself Defender of the Faith, with the Khagan's blessing.

When the Tripoli tribe was left without an heir the Khagan sent his fifth son to take control of the Tripoli tribe. He was immediately welcomed into the tribe with high honors and proclaimed Malik Yusuf Genghisid.



While there was joy inside the Khagan's heart, tragedy would soon strike the Khagan. Pulad Genghisid, the first son of the Khagan perished from this world in his fourties. The Khagan's second and third sons both died in early childhood so with the death of his eldest son there was no longer anyone left to rule the Golden Horde once the Khagan died. Overcome with grief, the Khagan built a temple in honor of his son. Over the next few years the Khagan, in his late sixties, attempted to father another son to control the Golden Horde once he passed away. The other Khagan's sons both expressed an interest in claiming the throne of the Golden Horde, but the Khagan wanted his the Horde to dominate all of the neighboring tribes, not be dominated by them. Despite having several daughters, the Khagan did succeed in having a child with his fourth wife. His name was Muhammad.

It was at this time when the Timurid Horde declared war on the Qara Koyunlu tribe with the intent of annexing the last Qara Koyunlu hold out (three territories), however most of the territories were in revolt at the time and many defected to the Qara Koyunlu tribe. The Horde brought on spies with the full intent of rallying all the rebels they could from every possible direction. The Golden Horde declared war as well. Shadi Beg immediately destroyed most of the Timurid armies in the region, personally leading the army even now in his old age. When the Qara Koyunlu tribe accepted a peace offer from the Timurids taking two former territories, Shadi Beg retreated from the Timurid lands. One by one the rebels took care of the rest. (The two provinces isolated the former territories from the Timurids.)

Peace, however, was not an option that the Khagan desired. The 12,000 troops inside the north corridor advanced down south into Timurid controlled lands. Things did not go easily and the Horde's forces were pushed further and further back. Soon 40,000 troops had spilled over the Siberian territories. The Khagan was unable to assist them, however, because Georgia declared war on the Horde bringing Trebizond, Ryazan, and Muscovy. To add further trouble to the mix Lithuania declared war as well bringing in Sweden and an untold number of others. Things were rapidly turning against the Khagan. Rebels began to show up inside of Perm and Kaffa. Now that the Khagan wished to form a peace with the Timurids, they would no longer accept one as most of the rebelling territories are gone and the advantage the Horde had over the Timurids is gone as well.

Shadi Beg first focused on Georgia. Taking two separate armies he occupied the entirety of the country in 3 years. Shadi Beg had wanted to annex the troublesome nation, but due to it's cumbersome size decided to strip it down to it's capital and force Armenia's independence. From there Shadi Beg lead an army against the Lithuanians. Surprisingly, the Khagan totally routed a rather large army besieging Zaphrozie. Afterwords the Lithuanians just requested a white peace. Now Shadi Beg had one enemy left, the Timurids. Taking control of the northern army be began to siege a former province and reclaim it in the name of the Horde when suddenly Shadi Beg died at the age of seventy. There is an old legend that Shadi Beg died on horseback without the horse or the body moving leading many to believe that he was still alive until an attendant attempted to inform him of the progress of the siege.


(current Timurid Controlled Siberia, also includes Shadi Beg's last command.)

 
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Nice going! i like that you have switched the horde mechanic as it seems to be a much funnier europe if there is no horde....aka the timurids get conquered in a decade and then enver rises again and chine go uber colonizing all the way to central asia makes no sense.

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Yusuf was the fifth son of the Khagan of the Golden Horde, Shadi Beg. Following a succession crisis inside Tripoli, the Khagan exerted his influence and got Yusuf installed as Malik of the Tripoli Coast. Right from the beginning Yusuf began to assert his control over the coast and forge a military build up. Forming an alliance with the Algiers and the Mamluks, Tripoli was firmly established and save from foreign aggression. It was at this point when Yusuf caught wind that his elder brother, Pulad, died leaving the Golden Horde without a successor should his father perish. Immediately Yusuf began to make inroads to his father requesting that he return to the Horde and take up succession there while leading the Tripoli coast in a personal union with the Horde. Yusuf's offer was rejected.

When the Byzantine Empire declared war on the Osmans, Yusuf joined with the Osmans against the Byzantines. The Osmans had, in the previous few wars, lost a lot of territory to the Romans and was now a husk. Yusuf feared that a resurgent Byzantine Empire would damage trade routs and Islamic cultural heritage, and it became obvious that Yusuf was not alone in this belief. Morocco, Algiers, Tunisia, Ak Koyunlu, Karaman, and Dulkadir all joined forces behind the Byzantine-Serbian-Wallacian-Trebizond alliance. Yusuf, ruling only a minor nation, was unable to provide any support to the Osmans. Yusuf stood and watched idly as the Osmans were pushed further and further to the brink of defeat. Many peaced out without ever having fought a battle. The most powerful faction supporting the Osmans, Morocco, did so without landing a single troop. Ak Koyunlu, Karaman, and the Osmans were overrun with the Osmans annexed and the Ak Koyunlu and Karaman forces reduced to a rump state.

Yusuf and the Algiers were still committed to the war even after the last Osman garrison fell. But when the Byzantine navy approached Yusuf's shores he had no choice but to end the war with the Byzantines. The Algiers Sultan, much more powerful than Yusuf, refused to peace with the vial infidels from afar. It was then when the barbarians came ashore and lay siege to the precious North African coast. Yusuf watched helplessly as the Algiers forces were beaten back. It was at this moment when our former friends and morocco decided to declare war on the noble peoples of the Algiers. Yusuf cursed them for allying themselves with infidels over their own kin. The two nations divided the Algiers amongst themselves leaving the Sultan of the Algiers with only half his lands to control. Yusuf did his best to support the Algiers, but pretender rebels and peasants ravaged it's countryside. The Algerian Sultan was beheaded by his successor. Yusuf cut off all ties to the Algiers after that, supporting Tunisia instead.

For a time following this there was peace. The peace, however, did not last long. The Golden Horde, Yusuf's former home, was caught between a war with three separate alliance networks. The Timurids, The Muscovite (including the accursed infidel Byzantines), and the Lithuanians. Yusuf provided moral support to his father and brother. Yusuf knew far too well that his nation was far too weak to stand up to even a single nation. When news came in that the defense of Qara Koyunlu, Yusuf's brother's tribe, was a success, massive celebrations broke out amongst the Tripoli courts. As Georgia, Muscovy, and the Lithuanians fell to the Horde nothing but pure, unbridled happiness filled Yusuf's heart. As the war continued with the Timurids things changed amongst the Tripoli court. There was no more celebration, no more happiness, something truly horrible has occurred.

The Byzantine Infidels declared a Jihad, a Holy War, or "Crusade" as they call it, upon the Tripoli coast. To make matters worse the Mamluks refused to come to Yusuf's aid. Left with only the Tunisians, things could not have gotten any worse, and yet events proved Yusuf's original feelings incorrect. The Byzantines sent an army from Oran from the captured Algiers territory into Tunisia. There they quickly occupied two territories, including Tunisia's capital, and forced them to cede a territory and pay a large indemnity fee. The army of 8000 Greek Soldiers sent their entire forces to descend upon the Tripoli Coast. Yusuf managed to muster 3000 troops for the defense of his new homeland. Yusuf's initial engagement had him decisively beaten forcing him to retreat with just 400 men further into Tripoli territory. The Greeks pursued. Yusuf put up a valiant last stand against the infidels inside Sirt, where he met his demise. With his death the survival of the Tripoli Genghisids rested on the shoulders of Yusuf's twenty one year old son.


 

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Nice going! i like that you have switched the horde mechanic as it seems to be a much funnier europe if there is no horde....aka the timurids get conquered in a decade and then enver rises again and chine go uber colonizing all the way to central asia makes no sense.

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-Fellow competitor! Game on! xD
Thanks!
 

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Yusuf II Genghisid, Malik of the Tripoli Coast
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Yusuf only reigned over the Tripoli coast for four years. Yusuf II ruled over a region being overrun by the Byzantine Empire. When Yusuf first gained control of the country he immediately turned towards the Mamluks and requested their aid. The Mamluks had refused to help when the invasion first began, but they were the traditional allies of the Tripoli Coast. Unfortunately for Yusuf, the Mamluks still refused to come to Tripoli's aid. When Yusuf finally gathered 1000 troops he immediately began to lay siege to Sirt, trying to recapture the territory from the Byzantines. Without allies, Tripoli was left alone to face against the Byzantine forces. Tripoli, however, was not completely out of potential allies.

Yusuf began to make inroads with the Algiers and the Jalayirids. Both agreed to an alliance with the Tripoli coast. When Tripoli requested the Algiers and Jalayirids to join the war effort, Tripoli lost command of the war as the Algiers took control of military operations. With just one move Yusuf had managed to give Tripoli hope. By some miracle Sirt was recaptured before the Byzantines destroyed the small unit. Though Tripoli was not able to raise a new regiment for several months, but for now at least, no territories were in Byzantine hands. Another bit of good news was when the Golden Horde declared war against the Russian lands to the north, drawing in the Byzantine Empire. When Sirt was retaken by the Byzantines Hungary declared war on Wallachia, also bringing in the Byzantine Empire. With a war on three fronts could the Roman Empire possibly continue to entertain conquest of Tripoli?

Yusuf rallied his army of 2000 men and began to recapture Sirt as the Byzantine Empire moved on to take another territory from Tripoli. Yusuf's luck, however, was coming to an end. The Byzantine Empire abandoned the siege and made it's way back to Sirt, while Yusuf tried to flee to keep his meager army intact, his army was too slow and he was decisively crushed by the Roman Emperor Michael Palaigos. Yusuf managed to escape alive, but he received several injuries and lost his army. There was no way to recover from this. Yusuf had to take out a loan to stop from defaulting on his debts. Good news came when the Algiers, negotiating peace for Tripoli and the other nations, gave up several of their own territories for peace. The Tripoli coast was saved by the Algiers defeat.

As time went on Yusuf's condition began to worsen, but he lived long enough to see the Golden Horde take out much of Russia. Unfortunately the Byzantine Empire made it out without any damage. Instead of being defeated by the Hungarians, the Byzantines scored a victory getting the release of a nation from the Hungarian Empire. Yusuf ended up dying at the age of twenty-four. He had saved the Tripoli coast and secured it for his younger brother, Yusuf III.

 

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Yusuf III Genghisid, The Last Malik of the Tripoli Coast
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Yusuf III was Yusuf I's son and Yusuf II's younger brother. Despite the achievements of his father and brother Tripoli was unable to withstand the expansion of the Byzantines. He along with his family, including his young son, Ahmad (8-4-6) died at the fall of Benghazi when the last Tripoli city fell to the Byzantines and the coast was annexed.

Yusuf was at a disadvantage from the moment he inherited the throne. He was far too young. Yusuf II died with a young baby boy, Thabit, but made his wishes for succession very clear. The throne would pass to his brother, who immediately styled himself Yusuf the III, following his death. The problem was, Yusuf III was only eleven years old when he received the throne and his first four years as Malik would be dictated by the regents. These regents ruined the affairs of the Tripoli Coast. The few noble and able ministers that Yusuf II put in charge of the young Malik's care were quickly removed. Without proper tutelage, Yusuf never learned the ways of government nor military doctrine. When Yusuf finally grew old enough to take the throne back from his oppressors he found himself needing to keep many of them in important positions for he neither had the ability to take on their duties or find a suitable replacement.

The ministers did not care for their new Malik and grew weary of his ever growing powers. Despite Yusuf never getting education beyond the age of eleven nor received formal knowledge in how to rule a country, Yusuf showed himself at least a competent ruler in terms of administrative affairs and the beginnings of competency diplomacy. Never haven even rode a horse before, Yusuf has shown no knowledge of military matters. With these in mind the ministers began to hatch a plot to replace Yusuf less than a year after he took control of the country. One year later the ministers expelled Yusuf out of the capital of Tripoli and proclaimed Thabit, Yusuf II's still young son, Thabit III Genghisid of the Tripoli Coast (3-5-3). Thabit, however, was no one's puppet. Despite being only nine years old, Thabit poisoned the main minister that put him in power and had the other two killed off. Thabit, despite his maliciousness, was not the leader Yusuf or the corrupt ministers were.

He ruined the state far beyond what the ministers had done, abused the alliances of Tripoli, and insulted the Byzantine Emperor in a flagrant act of aggression prompting the Romans to declare a war of extermination on the Tripoli coast. Thabit found himself alone without any allies. The child Malik was quickly disposed of and banished. Yusuf was welcomed back, but things could not have been worse. Yusuf gathered 3000 men to defend Tripoli, but was thoroughly crushed. Yusuf felt to Sirt and raised an army of 2000, half of which were mercenaries. Here too he was defeated. With Tripoli and Sirt taken and no allies coming to Yusuf's aid he fled with his family behind the walls of Benghazi. Yusuf, despite his incompetence in military matters, was able to rally the city behind him for the last stand of Tripoli. As the Byzantine breached the walls of Benghazi Yusuf perished in it's defense. The young Ahmad was found, dead, in his mother's arms some ways beyond the walls of Benghazi. With no Malik and no territory under independent control, the Byzantine Emperor annexed the Tripoli coast, ending the Tripoli line of Genghisids.


 

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Yusuf III Genghisid, The Last Malik of the Tripoli Coast
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The text under the picture says: "Ashraf Inal (Carmoco), the Sultan of Egypt and Syria, poet, musician and architect (1438-1453)". Seems like Yusuf III Genghisid had a fake ID and worked Tripolitanian malik only part-time.
 

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The text under the picture says: "Ashraf Inal (Carmoco), the Sultan of Egypt and Syria, poet, musician and architect (1438-1453)". Seems like Yusuf III Genghisid had a fake ID and worked Tripolitanian malik only part-time.
Your only post on the whole wide forum is a problem with the picture I picked, I'm not sure how I should react.

Thank you for the comment, and... well, I'll pick a better picture. The problem is all portraits picked on any AAR in this forum is going to be use a picture of a ruler that is not the same one that's in the game, except for maybe the first few entries or summaries of the past. I just had the misfortune to pick a picture focusing on the complexity of the face and applying it to a plausible age instead of reading the foreign language. My apologies for irking your sensibilities. I did not, and cannot read the caption underneith the picture and was planning on editing it away when I had time. I hope you at least enjoyed the AAR, at least?
 

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Your only post on the whole wide forum is a problem with the picture I picked, I'm not sure how I should react.

Thank you for the comment, and... well, I'll pick a better picture. The problem is all portraits picked on any AAR in this forum is going to be use a picture of a ruler that is not the same one that's in the game, except for maybe the first few entries or summaries of the past. I just had the misfortune to pick a picture focusing on the complexity of the face and applying it to a plausible age instead of reading the foreign language. My apologies for irking your sensibilities. I did not, and cannot read the caption underneith the picture and was planning on editing it away when I had time. I hope you at least enjoyed the AAR, at least?
I dont think it was ment serius :) See it as a positive thing :)
 

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xD well, in my Ottoman AAR, Bayezid ruled for....17 years, he died at the age of 56 xD, i dont think ill see any long lvied ruler in the future, that stuff never happens to me :/
 

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Rulers die quickly if they are made generals. If they remain Kings and are never made a general then they live a lot longer. Whenever I want to kill someone off I put the King in charge of an army, declare war on a neighbor, and only have the King's unit do the fighting. The King normally dies off in a few years.
 

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Qara Yusuf Genghisid, Khan of the Qara Koyunlu, Grand ancestor of the Qara Koyunlu Genghisids
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Lived From 1394.6.2 - 1456.5.21
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Qara Yusuf was the fourth son of Shadi Beg Genghisid, the Khagan of the Golden Horde. When the Qara Koyunlu Khanate was in the midst of a succession crisis, Shadi Beg secured succession for Qara Yusuf, who immediately styled himself as such upon reaching the Khanate which was severely reduced in territory after two devastating conflicts with the resurgent Timurid Empire. Left with nothing but a rump state of three provinces, Qara Yusuf quickly established himself as the dominant man inside the Khanate and began restructuring the disorganized army. If Qara Yusuf was going to be ready for the next Timurid attack, he would need a strong functioning army.

Despite being Shadi Beg's son, an alliance between the Qara Koyunlu tribe and the Golden Horde was not immediately obtained by Qara Yusuf. In fact, he rejected four attempts from his father to establish even marital relations with the Khanate. The reason for this was rather simple. When Qara Yusuf became Khan, Shadi Beg immediately placed the Qara Koyunlu tribe within his sphere of influence. This move, was not well liked by the Qara Koyunlu. The Qara Koyunlu had just been in the sphere of the Timurids and did not want to have their independence stifled so quickly. Also, the Qara Koyunlu Khanate was shiite, a sect of Islam that viewed all Sunnis as heretics and that they were not actually followers of Islam. The only reason why Qara Yusuf was accepted as Khan was, apart from Shadi Beg's influence, his conversion to the Shiite sect.

Because of religious differences and the Horde treating the Qara Koyunlu tribe as a vassal state, Shadi Beg's advances to form an alliances ended in failure. All attempts at marital ties ended with similar results. And through this denial of alliances and marital ties, Qara Yusuf established himself in the minds of the Qara Koyunlu people as an independent ruler who would not abuse his powers as Khan to suit his father and family back in the Horde. Winning the hearts and minds of the Qara Koyunlu people was an important and long standing triumph of Qara Yusuf's. Despite the rejection of an alliance, the Qara Koyunlu tribe often found itself allying with the Golden Horde in it's campaigns, mostly against the Byzantine Empire, which had grown to dominate Anatolia and the Balkans in perhaps one of the most spectacular victories in world history.

News soon reached Qara Yusuf, that his younger brother also received an appointment as the malik of the Tripoli Coast. The two brothers continued to remain on amiable terms, but the land locked Qara Koyunlu Khanate was unable to conduct regular diplomatic missions with Yusuf. Shortly after Yusuf's departure from the Horde, however, Shadi Beg's son Pulad, Qara Yusuf and Yusuf's elder brother, died. In a turn of events Qara Yusuf made inroads to his father about the question of succession. Shadi Beg rejected Qara Yusuf's requests for fear that Qara Yusuf's shiite nature and Qara Koyunlu influences would make the Horde subservient to another tribe. Shadi Beg also rejected Yusuf's inroads as it would be improper to allow Yusuf to succeed the throne for the same reasons. In the end the question of the Golden Horde Genghisids lay in uncertain territory for several years before Mahmud's birth.

Things, however, did not progress without interest. The Byzantines advanced closer towards the Qara Koyunlu as time passed. Yusuf's Tripoli coast was involved in the war, to which Qara Yusuf could do nothing but watch helplessly as his brother fought on with a state even more pathetic than the lowly battered remains of the Qara Koyunlu. Qara Yusuf also began funding Shiite rebels in the former lands of the Qara Koyunlu, still not converted by the Timurids sunni grasp. As tensions began to build further the Timurids finally declared a war of conquest against the Qara Koyunlu Khanate. With only a few troops at his disposal, Qara Yusuf used them wisely. He attacked only a small amounts of troops and quickly withdrew from any engagements that threatened to do a lot of harm to his main army of 6000 men. The Horde under Shadi Beg came to Qara Yusuf's aid, sending 12,000 troops into the northern lands. As the fighting continued and Shadi Beg won a decisive battle over the Timurid Khagan, the Qara Koyunlu Khanate was able to negotiate a victory, already having occupied several territories and won a great many minor battles.

The victory returned three provinces to the Qara Koyunlu tribe. Those three provinces, however, strategically isolated the remaining territories from the main Timurid Empire. Over time the rebels that spawned the those lands gradually defected back to Qara Yusuf. The war had been a decisive victory for the Qara Koyunlu, with just one single war, Yusuf had united the Khanate out from under the Timurids. Shadi Beg had continued the war against the Timurids before dying while laying siege in northern Siberia. The loss of his father and protector did cause Qara Yusuf some pain. With the entire Khanate and its' people behind him he openly grieved for his father. While his younger brother was under the care of a regency, Qara Yusuf finally granted the long awaited alliance between the Khagan and the Khan.

The grieving did not end for Qara Yusuf with his father, for his younger brother, Yusuf, also perished a short time afterword. Qara Yusuf had heard about Yusuf meeting his end by the hands of the Byzantines and grew increasingly furious with the Roman Empire to his immediate west. Qara Yusuf also found himself sucked into several wars that Mahmud ended up getting involved in do to unprovoked Christian aggression against him. The Castillians and Hungarians both declared crusades against Mahmud. Even the duchy of Moscow declared a crusade against Mahmud. The wars, however, were quick and decisive. Mahmud's retainers crushed Muscovy, defeated several inroads by Castille, and negotiated peace with the Hungarians. Within a matter of months the number of enemies Mahmud had was reduced to just one, Castille, who also gave up the fight some years later.

With that episode over with news reached Qara Yusuf that Yusuf's son also perished, but he had saved the Tripoli coast before his passing. Qara Yusuf marveled at his nephews strength and integrity and sent his condolences to his other nephew who was now the new Malik of Tripoli. Shortly afterwords, however, the Timurids declared war on Qara Yusuf and the Khanate. Mahmud rushed to his aid and the two brothers fought side by side against the Timurids. Rebels began to consume the Timurid Empire, which had extended to control the birthplace of the Mongol Empire in their ongoing claim to being "The New Mongol Empire." After several dozen engagements and the capture of the entirety of Persia, Qara Yusuf accepted an offer from the Timurids for peace in exchange for a few provinces. Mahmud continued to fight against the Timurids for three years before signing a peace that gave them a backdoor entrance right to the Timurid capital at Samarkand.

While Qara Yusuf had earned himself another astounding victory that earned him nothing but love and loyalty from his people, his could not relish in this for long. Qara Yusuf's nephew was under siege from the Byzantine forces, Qara Yusuf immediately motioned to go to war with the Byzantines, and Mahmud agreed. Together they launched a joint invasion of the Byzantine Empire with Mamluk support. Qara Yusuf and Mahmud mainly fought around the outer edge of the Empire, but with the fall of the Tripoli Coast, and the regicide of the Tripoli Genghisids, they knew they had to defeat the Genghisids and crush them. Mahmud also expanded his war goals into Wallachia and Novogord. In just five years Byzantium was brought to the brink and agreed to a peace, ceding the Bulgarian regions and some territories that still retained a Turkish majority. Despite this defeat, Byzantium continued to expand in North Africa.

In Novogord Qara Yusuf sent an army of 13,000 troops. After the Novogord army was crushed, Qara Yusuf divided the army and lay siege to all of the territories not being besieged by Mahmud's forces. Within several months all of Novogord was captured and under Mahmud and Qara Yusuf's control. Qara Yusuf rejected the idea of having "frozen forest lands" in the north and contented himself with ducats while Mahmud took four territories from them. Novogord would never recover as Lithuania was quick to pounce on them. Qara Yusuf would make one last war with the Kazakh horde when they declared war on the Nogai. The war was inconclusive and Qara Yusuf did not donate any resources into the war. In 1456, Qara Yusuf passed away in his early fifties.

Qara Yusuf endured the passing of three sons, Qara Yusuf, Karim Berdi, and Yusuf. Qara Yusuf also was engaged in several other minor wars in which the Qara Koyunlu tribe donated no resources. And perhaps an exceptional oddity, Qara Yusuf entertained closer relations to the Orthodox nation of Armenia, a common ally in arms, than most Islamic nations.

 

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Hasan 'Ali Genghisid, Khan of the Qara Koyunlu Khanate
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Hasan was Qara Yusuf's fourth son. Never meant to be Khan, Hasan was not brought up to be an expert in diplomatic affairs, nor well versed at a young age in the various languages in cultures of his people. Instead he was taught administration and various military stratagem. He was to be a supporting general and adviser to his elder brother, Karim Berdi after the eldest, Qara Yusuf, and the one two years older than Hasan, Yusuf, died. Despite the tragedies it did not occur to Qara Yusuf to teach Hasan anything beyond what was necessary of a second in command, and when Karim Berdi passed away, Qara Yusuf was left with a fourteen year old boy who was administratively competent, and able in various military matters, but apart from that was completely unable to take on the responsibilities as Khan. During the last two years of Qara Yusuf's life he and his various close ministers drilled enough diplomatic and cultural lessons to make him, at least, a half way descent Khan. When Qara Yusuf passed away, Hasan took the throne as Hasan 'Ali Genghisid, the second Genghisid to ever rule the Qara Koyunlu Khanate.

Over the next few years Hasan would continue to be taught in the various methods of governance by his close ministers. Hasan was a humble man, one of the qualities that was instilled in him by his father and attendants, and never overly assertive giving him a kind and goodly charm about him. Despite taking over his father's position as Khan, he was able to stay true to his studies and not dismiss them as other Khans would have in his position. Hasan became keenly interested in literature and spoke four languages: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Oghuz Azerbaijan and normally dictated his letters personally by hand to the various leaders around him, a rather rare trait as some Khans do not even know how to read and write a single language, let alone four.

Also among Hasan's main activities were diplomatic missions to the neighboring nations surrounding his Khanate. The Christian state of Armenia remained particularly close in relations with Qara Koyunlu Khanate. In fact, Mkhitar on several occassions visited the Qara Koyunlu Khanate on a diplomatic mission, even though Armenia remains a vassal of the Golden Horde. Hasan also maintained diplomatic relations with the Sultan of the Mamluks, various Arabian states, and most importantly, the Golden Horde. Hasan maintained close ties with his uncle Mahmud inside the Golden Horde and visited him personally on several occasions. It even got the the point that Mahmud asked him if him constantly coming to Sarai threatened his position as Khan of the Qara Koyunlu. This, of course, was laughed off by Hasan, who explained to him the various tribal politics of the Khanate and of the fact that his father had saved the Khanate from obliteration. The idea of them betraying his son on account of securing an ally for them was "preposterous", as he would put it.

Nevertheless, such actions did cause whispers among the Qara Koyunlu elite. Hasan was much too popular to tackle directly, but indirectly, however, was always a possibility. Especially with the powerful Timurids right next door. Before any action could be made, an attack by the Timurids occurred against the Qara Koyunlu Khanate. This war, however, was pitifully short as neither the Timurid Khagan nor the Golden Horde Khagan had any patience for it. Hasan valiantly fought among the Persian territories winning a great score of battles against the Timurids. The war was officially won when Mahmud's generals conquered Samarkand and the Timurids sent an envoy requesting peace. Peace was accepted and things became stable again. As the Timurids increasingly advanced into the Far East, they had no designs upon the West anymore. The last attack was a foolhardy gesture to signal that there would be no need for any further fighting on either side against each other. The Timurids accepted the Golden Horde's sphere of control in the west. This was, of course, Hasan's feelings that he communicated with his generals and later with Mahmud. It seemed to be the general consensus.

Peace, however, did not last very long. Castille launched yet another holy Crusade against the Golden Horde. Hasan followed by declaring war on Castille. Most of the fighting, however, was between the Emir of Granada and the Mamluks. A peace was offered in two years without any fighting occurring between either faction leader. The Golden Horde, however, was busy declaring a Jihad against Lithuania, who after intense fighting, gave up a few territories. This time Hasan did fight, but the logistics of marching through all of the Golde Horde's lands in order to gain access to the Lithuanians was daunting, so only 7000 troops were able to fight. The same was true with the later wars against Novgorod and Hungary, two more of Mahmud's targets. The Kingdom of Transylvania was annexed and Sweden was forced to give up a territory.

While Mahmud was busy conquering the West, Hasan was more worried with the ever growing presence of the Habsburgs. The Habsburgs have been spreading like a plague amongst the European powers. Hungary, Luxembourg, England, and Castille all carry a Habsburg monarch. This has been no fast development. When the Austrian Habsburgs died out, it was almost certain that the Von Luxembourgs would be the Genghisids greatest threat, but following the rise of the Luxembourg branch of Habsburgs, they quickly spread to Hungary and Spain. Now, after more than forty years, the Hasburgs declared dominion over the English throne as well. Hasan was truly terrified of a west united under one family just as much as he was dreaming of an East united under the Genghisids. Currently, however, the English and Spanish are fighting amongst themselves so there is no danger of a union there. The Luxembourg branch rules over just one city and the Hungarian branch was just decisively beaten by Mahmud. Still, the threat the Habsburgs pose to humanity remains very real in Hasan's mind.





Following Hasan's discoveries, he passed away in July. He had wanted to bring this to the attention of Mahmud, but, alas, he would die young at the age of 36. He would be succeeded by his son, Jahan Shah.