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An Eretnid Turk Grand AAR - CK2 Section
1337 - 1444


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Introduction

So what’s all this then?

In this grand campaign I am taking up the mantle of Sultan Eretna, an Anatolian beylik in the CK2 1337 start. The Eretnids were a short-lived dynasty in central Anatolia (with Mongol origins) who were overshadowed and eventually absorbed into the growing Ottoman state. They became a footnote as the Ottomans went on to become one of the most influential empires in history.

In the spirit of Paradox games’ “what if?” premise, this AAR will tell the story of an alternative history in which the House of Eretna, not Osman, becomes the dominant Turkish dynasty.

I’m not going to simply replicate the Ottoman Empire under a different name, instead I aim to roleplay my characters/governments to be as believable as possible. Depending on what geopolitical circumstances arise for example the Empire might take a different path for expansion… we’ll see what happens!

Author’s Note

This is my first attempt at a grand campaign for some time (since 2013-14!). The intervening years have been eventful and I’ve continued to play Paradox games throughout, but never really had the time/energy/willpower to play through and write up my games.

I’m in a place where I want to do that now, so here I am - hopefully there are still people out there who read these things and find them interesting!

I’ve always been slightly apprehensive about writing an AAR from the perspective of a different culture/religion to my own. As an atheist Brit there are many intricacies of Islamic/Turkish culture that I am unaware of and I’d like to use this AAR as an interactive way of learning more about the history of this part of the world. Please let me know if I get anything wrong in terms of place names, religious beliefs or motivations of my characters etc.

So without any further ado… let’s get started with some background!

Prologue - Anatolia, 1337

Anatolia in the early-mid 14th Century is a patchwork of petty warlords at each other's throats. Following the invasions of the Ilkhanate the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum has disintegrated into an array of independent “beyliks” - local Turkish landholders that squabble with each other.

The Turks of Rum have fallen far since the glory days of Alp Arsan, now existing as fractured remnants at the mercy of the Mamluk and Mongol empires and with the perennial crusader threat only temporarily distracted.

It is into this time of uncertainty and opportunity that Sultan Eretna finds himself in control of one of the larger beyliks. The Eretnid realm has dominion over much of the old heartland of the Rum Sultans and is surrounded by many weaker warlords. Opportunities for expansion abound, but Eretna must be wary of upsetting the balance of power too much - for the Turks are surrounded by enemies.

Having only recently come to power, Eretna will need to act swiftly if he is to consolidate his position and make a name for his dynasty, for another ambitious dynasty to the west is also trying to do the same…

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Chapter One coming soon!
 
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Chapter I - The Ghazi of Charsianon
1337 - 1342
The origins of the patriarch of the Eretna dynasty are shrouded in mystery and legend. At the time of his ascendancy Anatolia was going through a tumultuous period of warring states as the Ilkhanate’s conquests in the region were being undone by rebellious vassals.

One of these rebels, Timurtash, is credited with noticing the young Eretna while fighting the forces of the Ilkhanate in a failed rebellion in the early 1320’s. During this conflict Eretna became renowned as a great warrior and lieutenant, and despite the defeat and exile of his liege, the young warlord was subsequently supported by the Mamluk Sultan of Egypt - al-Nasr Muhammad Bahri.

The Mamluks’ intentions for young Eretna were not altruistic of course, the Egyptians merely wished to harm their Ilkhanate rivals and see the Mongols tied up fighting the Turks rather than the Egyptians. In the late 1320’s the Mamluks supported numerous Turkish beys in their struggle against the Ilkhanate as the whole region gradually seceded from Mongol rule.

De-facto Eretna ruled the region around Charsianon from 1325, but it took until 1335 before his position was secure and the Ilkhanate gave up attempting to exert control in Anatolia due to their own internal conflicts.

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The Eretnid realm may be one of the larger beyliks, but Sultan Eretna is not content. The Sultanate is surrounded by infidels and rival warlords - rivals that need to be crushed. After years of border skirmishes and preparations Eretna has been patiently preparing for the right moment to strike. Eretna did not spend the last few years idle. The Sultan knew that if the balance of power began to shift too greatly in Anatolia he would attract the ire of either the Ilkhanate or the Mamluks.

Eretna has spent the last few years building a network of spies in the courts of Cairo and Baghdad. These spies paid dividends as Eretna became aware in late 1336 that both Islamic empires would soon be embroiled in great conflicts - taking their eyes away from Anatolia for hopefully many years.

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In late 1336 the Mamluk court was abuzz over rumours of a new crusade being planned in the west to outright invade Egypt. The last crusade sent against Egypt was an abject failure, but with Christian success in Iberia and the Baltic a new enthusiasm for Crusading was growing amongst the Frankish nobility. If the crusaders attacked Egypt the Mamluks would likely be tied up in a drawn out conflict for many years and unable to check Eretnid expansion...

To the east news from the Ilkhanate court in Baghdad talked of growing tensions on the eastern frontier as great conqueror Muhammad bin Tughluq of Delhi was apparently poised to invade Baluchistan. Putting his trust in these rumours Eretna decided to prepare for war in 1337.

As established, the Eretnid realm was surrounded by foes so the Sultan had no shortage of targets for his first war of expansion.

However Eretna’s position was only secure as long as he had loyal vassals and warriors - the keys to any feudal kingdom (or Iqta). Eretna decided to consult his council in late 1336 to decide which of his neighbours was going to be on the receiving end of an invasion.

Surprisingly all the councillors, even the argumentative Bey Murad of Kars, agreed on a target - King Levon IV of Armenian Cilicia.

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Cilician Armenia was a particularly bold target to go after as the Kingdom was officially under the protection of the Ilkhanate as a tributary. Eretna reasoned that the (supposed) coming war in the east would sufficiently distract the Mongols and that the Armenians were unlikely to garner any support from other Christian powers in the region as they were Miaphysite heretics in the eyes of both the Rhomaioi and the Franks.

Thus in January 1337 the armies of Eretna began to muster as the Sultan declared a holy war to subjugate the entire Armenian Kingdom. In February Eretna himself led his forces at the Battle of Adana against the Armenians, winning a decisive victory over the infidels. During the battle Eretna was wounded leading a charge and engaging in single combat with an enemy commander and would sport a scar across his face for the rest of his life as a mark of personal valour and bravery.

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After the crushing defeat at Adana the Armenians were defeated on the field and forced to retreat to their strongholds. For the next two years Eretnid forces would lay siege to the Armenians.

News of the Eretnid invasion reached Baghdad quickly, but as Eretna had predicted the rulers of the Ilkhanate had more pressing concerns than a comparatively minor squabble in Anatolia as the Tughluqs had begun their offensive into Balochistan. The Armenians were on their own.

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With the Armenian army effectively neutralised Eretna ordered his army to split up and lay siege to various Armenian strongholds in order to force Levon to accept defeat. Eretna and his army laid siege to Sis and commander Porsuk surrounded Teluch, both castles would fall before the end of the year.

As the new year of 1338 dawned the Armenians continued their resistance, leading to more sieges and skirmishes across Cilicia. As the result of the conflict now appeared to be a foregone conclusion Eretna left the conclusion of the campaign to his loyal commander Porsuk and returned to Charsianon.

With the Mamluks struggling against the Crusaders and the Ilkhanate tied up in the east, the Eretnid realm only had one other large neighbour to appease. Eretna made diplomatic overtures to Orhan Osmanli, winning over the Ottoman ruler with his knowledge of military strategy. Later in 1338 Orhan became embroiled in a defensive war against Roman Basileus Andronikos III and so Eretna became less concerned about Ottoman interference in his own expansion.

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In January 1339 after over a year on the run, Levon IV of Armenia finally surrendered to Eretna. The Sultan, magnanimous in victory, allowed the Armenian to continue as ruler of Cilicia, but as a vassal of the Eretnids. Eretna had won his first war of expansion and became known as “the Tenacious” for his victory over the infidels.

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Across Anatolia the Ghazi of Charsianon was celebrated by all Sunni faithful as news from Egypt was becoming increasingly dire...

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The counties of Erivan and Kafan were later inherited by Levon in 1339, peacefully expanding the Eretnid realm into former Ilkhanate territory without bloodshed. Despite this Levon despised Eretna and it was clear to many in the realm that the Armenian was merely biding his time to throw off the shackles of Turkish rule.

Eretna’s troops barely had time to catch their breath before the Sultan declared another war of expansion - this time against the Kingdom of Georgia. The Eretnid realm was divided in two both by the small Ortokid Beylik and the Georgian region of Tao, seeking to join his territory and also bloody the nose of some more infidels Eretna decided to strike the Georgians and annex the region.

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At the same time King Giorgi V of Georgia was attempting to fend off a Mongol invasion that would see his realm become a tributary state - so the bulk of the Georgian army was tied up elsewhere when Eretna invaded, leading to another campaign of lengthy sieges.

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The months went by as the occupation of Tao continued when in December 1339 dire news came from the south. The Mamluk Caliphate, one of the two “superpowers” of the Islamic world, had fallen. The Crusaders of England and the Holy Roman Empire had won a devastating victory at the Battle of Mansoura and routed the Mamluk army, speeding onto and then sacking Cairo. The 17 year old Nikolaus de Luxembourg now proclaimed himself King of a Christian Egypt. The Levant had subsequently shattered into petty independent Emirates. It remained to be seen how durable this transplanted Christian realm would be and exactly how much of a threat the Crusaders would pose to the rising Eretnids.

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Some good news to soften the loss of Egypt came in Summer 1340 as the Hafsids of Tunis reconquered Sicily from the Christians. In Tao the long siege of Khakhuli continued as the Georgians refused to cede the region despite the hopelessness of their position.

By the start of 1341 the Tao region was fully occupied but King Giorgi V continued to resist. A series of small battles were fought across Georgia before they eventually realised that Tao was lost.

As a new year dawned Sultan Eretna marched his troops back from Georgia and began preparations for a new set of campaigns...
 
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Well now the loss of Egypt for the faithful is a wrong that much be righted, of course. But in the meantime it does allow a certain star to shine (though shouldn't he have been fighting in Egypt not elsewhere, the doubters mutters and murmer).
 
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With the Mamluks gone, the Ottomans still being a petty sultanate in western anatolia, and the Ilkhanate being friendly, there's nothing stopping the Eretnids from becoming a new power in the muslim world
 
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Well now the loss of Egypt for the faithful is a wrong that much be righted, of course. But in the meantime it does allow a certain star to shine (though shouldn't he have been fighting in Egypt not elsewhere, the doubters mutters and murmer).
Actually the fall of the Mamluks came as quite a surprise to me! I saw that they were losing a few battles early on, but mostly didn't pay attention because I thought as one of the largest powers at the start that they would eventually beat the crusaders... turns out not!

With the Mamluks gone, the Ottomans still being a petty sultanate in western anatolia, and the Ilkhanate being friendly, there's nothing stopping the Eretnids from becoming a new power in the muslim world
Exactly! The fall of the Mamluks is actually probably a good thing for me as it has shattered the Levant into small realms that I can more easily conquer. Also the Crusader state rulers are a minority in their own country - hopefully lots of revolts and being surrounded by hostile powers will keep them in check before the Eretnids are in a position to reconquer the region for the faithful...

Next update coming soon, hopefully tomorrow!
 

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I hope this AAR keeps going. You are off to a good start. it is neat to see an AAR focused on a muslim dynasty.
 
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Well, this is interesting...

Few AARs cover non-Ottoman/Seljuq Turks...

Egypt's defeat is good news for Eretna, but bad for the faith.

Subbed!
 
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First of all... sorry for the delay in posting the second part of this AAR.
Things in the real world got in the way and ruined last month for me (bloody covid). Anyway, this update also features a great pandemic...



Chapter II - The Great Pestilence
1342-1350

Arriving back in Charisianon Eretna was greeted by an impromptu meeting of the council (Divan) convened by Grand Vizier Bey Aydogdu who had effectively been ruling the Sultanate while the monarch and his companions were on campaign.

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The Grand Vizier promptly informed Eretna that while he was away the scheming “Prince” of Armenia, Levon Hetoumi, had been attempting to gather support for a rebellion to challenge the Sultan’s right to absolute rule.

The Armenian’s powerbase in the Sultanate had grown considerably with his inheritance of old Armenian land around Yerevan a few years earlier and it seemed that Levon was simply testing the resolve of the Sultan in order to break away from Eretnid control in the near future.

Obviously Eretna could not let this challenge to his authority continue, and so the Armenian Prince had an “unfortunate accident”.

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The Armenian Beylerbeylik passed to Levon’s infant daughter Magarid after his death, leaving this potentially dangerous vassal effectively leaderless for the foreseeable future.

With internal peace secured (for now) Eretna set his sights on his numerous weaker neighbours. The collapse of the Mamluks had left the Near East without a strong Muslim state to resist further Christian incursions - Sultan Eretna knew that his fledgling realm would have to rapidly assert itself in order to secure the future of Islam in the region. Thus the Sultan decided to begin a series of campaigns against the neighbouring Beyliks in the Summer of 1342.

First on the "chopping block" was Sultan Suleyman of Candar. Suleyman was an experienced and talented warlord who had fought numerous wars to defend his realm against both the Ottomans and Trebizond in the past. By 1342 however Suleyman was ageing and Eretna could command nearly twice as many levies.

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Both Sultans met on the field of Battle at Tavia, with Eretna winning a decisive victory through virtue of sheer numbers.

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Despite this overwhelming victory Suleyman escaped back to his stronghold at Kastamonu and held out until December 1343 before being forced to surrender and become a tributary of the victorious Eretna.

A new year saw a new offensive as Eretna invaded the lands of Sultan Halil of Karaman in January 1344. Halil like Suleyman had refused to pay tribute to Eretna and so had to be brought to heel.

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Predictably Halil was also defeated following the battle and siege of his stronghold at Konya and forced to yield by the end of summer 1344. The energetic Sultan Eretna was not done however.

Having forced two Sultans to acknowledge House Eretna's supremacy in Central Anatolia it was now time to expand the realm's direct holdings. In September 1344 Eretna attacked Beylerbey Dawud II of the Ortokid's - a dynasty that had ruled the area around Erzurum since the Seljuk conquests.

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The clueless Dawud II refused to surrender despite the hopelessness of his situation and instead opted to remain holed up in his castles for the next two years as the Eretnids embarked on a campaign of lengthy sieges in the region. By the start of 1346 Dawud was forced to yield and swear fealty to his new, rather annoyed, liege.

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The victorious armies of Eretna celebrated... briefly. Ominous news began to spread in the camp of a spreading pestilence - one that was unlike any seen before in its virulence and severity. Lone survivors told of a great horror approaching and some troops may have contracted the plague before they dispersed back to their villages...

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1346-1350 would be remembered as a period of immense suffering and loss in Anatolia as the Great Plague ravaged Eretna's lands. Peasants, nobles and imams alike died in their thousands and even the brave Sultan quarantined himself in Charsianon for the duration of the pandemic as anarchy reigned. Among the victims were all four of Eretna's wives and two of his children despite their quarantine. As the years drew on Eretna's character began to change as the once brave Sultan became wary and fearful of Allah's obvious displeasure with humanity.

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Inevitably the quarantine had to be lifted by 1348 as Charsianon ran out of food. Almost as quickly as new supplies were brought in a second wave of the plague spread throughout Eretna's court with the Sultan himself falling victim.

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Miraculously Eretna was able to somehow survive the plague and recovered after a few months. Despite this recovery much of his court and family had died around him, the country was depopulated and the Sultan was a deeply scarred and changed man - as were all who survived in the wake of the Great Pestilence.

In the latter years of the pandemic in Anatolia the surviving peasantry sought to place the blame on something that must have caused this punishment from Allah. Gangs of fundamentalists ranged the countryside effectively acting as an unsanctioned inquisition, killing Jews, Christians and all manner of supposed heretics and "witches" in the realm. Wanting to keep good relations with the peasantry and lesser nobility which generally supported these fundamentalists, Eretna effectively let them run rampant throughout 1348-1350.

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As the pandemic receded so did the wave of pogroms and life slowly began to return back to some semblance of normality by the end of 1349. Those who had made it through these dark years were changed men and women and though the plague continued to ravage the west, the year 1350 seemed to signal the start of a new era for those in Anatolia...
 
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Sultan Etna has made great territorial gains but suffered much personal loss. Did he loose all of his sons? You might consider marrying a male member of your family to the baby duchess of Cilicia. That could convert the area to Islam.
 

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Eretna looks to be doing well. Soon, all of Anatolia will answer to the Eretnids, and then Europe will be open.

Perhaps, at long last, a Turkish flag will fly in the Queen of Cities - or, even better, a Turkish Emperor of Rome will be crowned?
 

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Sounds like you weathered the plague fairly well, all things considered