Karim Berdi Genghisid, Khagan of the Golden Horde
Lived From: 1508.3.5 - 1573.3.30
Ruled From: 1542.1.20 - 1573.3.30
Karim Berdi was born to Sayid Ahmad Genghisid, the greatest Khagan to have lived in the contemporary era for his saving of the collapsing Golden Horde and expanding the Genghisid bloodline to four nations, two of which continued to carry it during the time Karim Berdi passed on the role of Khagan to his son. Karim Berdi's reign by comparison was pleasantly dull. There were a total of four wars during his thirty-one year reign and none against the same enemy. Karim Berdi also forged a great many alliances with the people out among the world in terms of marriage and bloodlines. However, sadly, he would never experience the same boon that his father had achieved by expanding the family to the world. In fact, he could not even get a single family to receive a Genghisid. This was not entirely his fault, however, for no lines died out during his reign.
Four years into his reign, Karim Berdi received word that his great-uncle was under attack by the Timurids. Karim Berdi did immediately declare war against the Timurids, but he was unable to get his desired results from the conflict. Three groups of 16,000 men descended upon the Timurid Empire but their gains were minimal and Samarkand resisted capture for so very long a time. When Khiva was lost it's only territory, Karim Berdi ordered his troops to charge the city walls in the hope that they would defeat the city, but it was to no avail. The four thousand infantry could not successfully breach the walls in time. As news reached Karim Berdi that his uncle had perished on the long march home, he also heard that the Timurids had annexed the Khivan khanate. With no point left in the war, a quick peace was arranged in which the Horde became the "winners" despite the loss of Khiva.
Eventually, Karim Berdi would get into a war with the Byzantines over their remaining holdings on the Balkans and Anatolia. The territories were quickly occupied, but they drew in the Spanish. After fighting a three year war with the Spanish forces, Karim Berdi sent an expedition through the Mamluks into Byzantium holdings inside Africa. For some reason England did agree to allow the troops to pass through their lands. As the Khagan's forces ravaged through Africa the Byzantines agreed to a peace where they would cede everything to the Khagan apart from Rhodes and their new home in Africa. This left the Spanish forces.
As Spain continued to send in troops, the Horde contemplated bringing in an ally to support them. A request was sent to the Mamluks to declare war upon the Habsburgs in Spain for the sake of Islam and their Alliance. It was a rather big surprise that the Mamluks not only refused the request, but broke off all ties with their neighbor to the north. The Horde was too busy fighting the Spanish and instead went for a rebel approach as was would never end officially their way. Karim Berdi unleashed patriot rebels inside the occupied Spanish territory. In two years the only territories Spain had inside Asia revolted and joined the Golden Horde. After two more years a white peace was arranged between Spain and the Horde. Officially, neither side gained or lost anything from the conflict, but unofficially it signaled the end of Spanish interference in the affairs of Asia, at least for now.
As time passed, Karim Berdi became very peaceful and endorsed the arts. He became known widely as a pleasant man. Ulug Muhammad, Karim Berdi's son, was taught in all the proper ways to rule and govern. There was, however, one last conflict left in Karim Berdi's reign as Khagan. That would be the war with the Lithuanian Habsburgs. Upon attaining the throne of Lithuania the Habsburgs overtly insulted the Khagan and everything he stood for. This was the first time the habsburgs initiated hostilities against the Genghisids in over 60 years. It was something Karim Berdi would not let pass.
Immediately hordes of Russians, Tartars, and other forces descended upon the fractured Lithuanian Empire. Their Habsburg King had expected Hungary, Prussia, Spain, Norway, Great Britain, and the other Habsburgs to join in the fight against the Sunni menace. They were wrong. Spain was uninterested with the Horde and viewed their assault on Lithuania as justified. Norway and Great Britain offered their sympathies, but ultimately did not support them. Prussia and Hungary were terrified of the Horde and would not go to war with it alone, or even with each other. They saw themselves as the buffers to the Sunnis to The Christian west, if they lost the possibility of everything falling was very real as the border would no longer be Hungary, but the Holy Roman Empire, the very seat of Christianity apart from Rome. All viewed Lithuania's actions as suicidal and doomed the nation to fall.
That is not to say, however, that Lithuania did not gain allies in the conflict. The one province minor of Barrois backed Lithuania and the three province minor of Finland also joined the fray. Why these two backed Lithuania is beyond even the wisest of historians. A single army took Finland's capital in one month. Peace was arranged quickly. The Horde's war was with Lithuania. And that war was going rather well. All of Lithuania was overrun. The nation, however, remained too large to annex outright. So, Karim Berdi took four of their provinces and left the Lithuanians with just two, not connected, provinces to rule. With this last war being a total success, Karim Berdi passed away leaving everything to his son, who was still a bit too young to rule on his own.