- Jan 28, 2007
Will the real Khanate please stand up – A Chagatai AAR
Chapter 1: Reigns of Uways Khan and Shir Muhammad
This is a tale about eggs. Well more formally this is the tale about the Chagatai Khanate but nobody who had met them called them that. You see the Chagataites lost their way sometime after the fall of the Mongol Empire. Their identity was lost in confusion and all they had left of their heritage was the banner that was once used by their founder Chagatai Khan. It was a shield with a red border and a white egg-like shape in the centre. Nobody had any idea what it meant but it was deemed important, especially important that this central shape was an egg and not a circle. So over the years the egg was adopted as a national symbol as well as the national food and as even more time passed the Chagataites began eating so many eggs that they began to become a bit white and round themselves. Before you knew it all the Chagataites were eggs. Atleast that’s the story that gets taught in schools, Chagatai Khan could just have been a massive Chicken.
The Chagatai shield
A typical Chagataite
Anyway on with the story. It was 1419...hmm not much happened in 1419, we’ll skip ahead. So like I was saying, it was 1420 and the Chagatai Khanate was led by their great Khan, Uways Khan, who like all Chagatai khans did not look like an egg. The Khans had repressed the urge become eggs and instead they all looked like, well Khan from Star Trek of course. Here’s a picture to demonstrate.
Now in 1420 the Mongol Empire was split up into several successor states. There was the Golden Horde, the Uzbeks, the Timurid Empire, Sibir, Mongolia, Khiva and the Chagatai Khanate. In 1420 Uways Khan decided that this was too many states and the number should be reduced down to one, the Chagatai Khanate. Unfortunately none of the other states agreed with this proposal so Uways Khan made it his goal to conquer all these pretender Khanates and reform the Mongol Empire.
The Chagatai Khanate and their neighbouring mongol successor states.
The first task for the Chagatai Khanate was to get its economy back on track. For decades the Chagatai Khanate was content with living in near anonymity and seclusion and this meant that its research had been compromised. Uways Khan decided that in order to end the Khanate’s isolation he would go forth and attack one of his neighbouring Khanates in order to gain some maps. He decided that the Timurids looked like they had some maps and so he declared war.
The Chagatai Khanate struggled through years of isolation.
Straight away he sent the Chagatai Horde, a solely cavalry unit, across the border. The horde was decked out in the strongest armour known to the Chagatai, foil, and were brightly coloured to scare the enemy as below.
The dismounted Chagatai Horde, they only dismount for photos.