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Hazea I

Hazea I
Queen of al-Fahraan
Mukarrib of the Hasidhmawt
Sultana of Amran and Khimyariyyah
Emira of Zabral
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Hazea wearing a traditional keffiyeh
Reign25 December 1996 - Present
PredecessorKing Ismail III of Fahran
Heir ApparentYazid, Emir of Ar-Subeilah
RegentQasiriyyah Council
Born(1996-09-13)13 September 1996
Tel Imradhil, Fahran
SpouseNone
Full name
Hazea bint Ismail Al Aidarus
HouseAidarus
FatherKing Ismail III of Fahran
MotherQueen Oihana Victoria
ReligionAzdarin

Hazea I of Fahran (Gharbaic: هسية بنت اسماعيل العيدروس, Transliteration: Hasīyah bint Ismā’īl al-‘Aydarūs, born 13 September 1996) is a pretender to the throne of Fahran and the daughter of the late King Ismail III of Fahran, who was deposed and executed in the December Intifada, and his consort Oihana Victoria. She has lived the majority of her life exiled from her homeland, generally seeking asylum in the courts of foreign monarchs, such as Nathan IV of Ghant and Constantine XX of Latium.

Despite widespread acknowledgement of her legitimacy in royalist circles, Hazea has led a largely private life beyond attending charity galas and high-profile equestrian competitions, and has made no overt efforts to assert her claim to Fahran's defunct throne. Nonetheless, the Qasiriyyah Council, a regency and advisory council formed to oversee Hazea's minority, has maintained a notable diplomatic presence in several countries throughout Belisaria and Scipia. Royalist partisans have likewise been active in multiple international conflicts, stoking fears that Hazea or another Aidarus pretender could yet challenge the republic.

Early Life

Hazea was born at 5:47 AM on 13 September 1996, amid the turmoil that followed the December Intifada. Her father, Ismail III, was King of Fahran from November 29 1988 until his forced abdication on April 15 1996. Her mother Oihana Victoria Bizkarrat, the Queen-Consort, was a model and professional photographer of Ghantish descent who had begun dating the future king during their time at university. She was delivered by Caesarian section in the summer palace at Tel Imradhil where her parents had been placed under house arrest by the newly established republican government. She was blessed and baptized by Saleh ibn Abd al-Aziz al-Fawzan, the principal spiritual adviser to the House of Aidarus, at the Hazrat Nafissa Mosque on 20 September 1996 and named Hazea in reverence to the poetic naming conventions of the Bedouin aristocracy. Her father composed a sharaba, a traditional poem in commemoration of a child's birth and naming, in observance of the occasion, expressing the wish that, although he had been imprisoned and humiliated, his daughter should be "as free as the winds that whisper through the oasis of Zabral", and it was from this verse that she took her name.

At the request of her mother, the interim government of President Hassan El Gheisari, moved by compassion, instructed the jailers assigned to guard the royal family to behave with more forbearance and lenience towards the queen-consort and the newborn princess, even going so far as to allow Oihana Victoria to select a wet-nurse and enjoy frequent familial visits without the strict supervision that had been imposed prior to Hazea's birth. As a result of this arrangement, the wet-nurse Sagal Warsame Ali was able to smuggle Hazea out of the summer palace in a laundry basket on 2 December 1996. With the assistance of the Emir of Khurais, who had assumed command of a detachment of loyal household guards, the royalists managed to carry Hazea from Tel Imradhil to the port of Ras Thulin in the course of a week before sneaking her out of the country to the relative safety of Perateia.

Her supporters had expected to arrive in Leonopolis without incident, but, after getting caught on a rocky shoal and suffering from an outbreak of influenza aboard the narrow confines of the mercantile freighter they had contracted to transport them into exile, they just barely succeeded in arriving at the court of Jason, Prince of Youth on 22 December 1996. Hazea, sniffling from what would prove to be a severe upper respiratory infection, was proclaimed the rightful Queen of Fahran on 25 December 1996, just three days after her arrival, by an assembly of nobles led by her great uncle Prince Faisal, Emir of Qa'tabah. In the ensuing weeks a Qasiriyyah Council consisting of nine of the most important exiled nobles was formed to supervise the infant monarch's regency until such time as a formal coronation could be held in Sulh.

Faisal's high position in society as an important horse-breeder for the Prince of Youth's stables and his status as a close confidante to his son-in-law Shmuel Azoulay, a notable banking magnate and the great nephew of the Yisraeli dictator David Azoulay ensured the safety of the royalist exiles, but another crisis soon loomed as Hazea's health rapidly deteriorated. The infant queen began showing symptoms of pneumonia on 29 December 1996 and a week later she was hovering on the brink of coma. Rattled by this ostensible setback, a court faction loyal to Faisal attempted to compel the Qasiriyyah Council to acknowledge him as the heir apparent, believing that his grand niece would soon expire. However, this scheme was foiled by the adroit political maneuvering of the Emir of Khurais and the Emir of Ar-Subeilah, who, acting on a warning from Sagal Warsame Ali, secured the intercession of Jason, Prince of Youth, who recognized Yazid ibn Hazel, Hazea's cousin, as the more politically neutral and malleable choice. These deep-seated fears and frantic machinations proved unnecessary, with Hazea recovering from her sickness slowly as February wore on.

Hazea's childhood was sheltered on account of her frail health and the potential risk of assassination. A car bomb allegedly planted by the Central Intelligence Directorate succeeded in killing the Emir of Ar-Subeilah, the Emir of Imana, and the Emir of al-Ariydhah, three of the most prominent members of the Qasiriyyah Council, on 15 March, 2003. Hazea was a suspected target but escaped largely unscathed. Despite complaints from the government of Latium, Fahran's republican government, led by Hassan El Gheisari, denied any involvement in planning or orchestrating the attack. By the time Hazea reached the age of ten, she had developed an especially close relationship to her legal guardians, the Emir of Khurais and Sagal Warsame Ali, and her adopted siblings, Ismail ibn Qaid and Soraya bint Qaid. Those close to her took to calling her am-Saghirah, the little one, on account of her diminutive stature. Like many girls of her social station, the queen was educated at home under the supervision of her legal guardians and her governess. Lessons concentrated on history, language, poetry, music, and the equestrian arts. While Hazea was known to have a dislike for playing music and for mathematics beyond basic arithmetic, she excelled in the composition of poetry and in breaking horses - even from an early age.

The queen was known to spend her holidays intermittently between Latium and Ghant under the stern instruction of her great uncle, who was keen to foster good relations and bolster the credibility of their claim to Fahran's vacant throne. On 11 January 2010, Hazea was betrothed to Prince Serwan of Vardana, who was several months her junior, at the tender age of thirteen, though the contract specified that the marriage and consummation could not occur until Serwan had attained the age of seventeen. The proposed royal couple had met in Ghish on four separate occasions prior to their betrothal. On 22 April 2012, Sagal Warsame Ali received a response to her diplomatic overtures to Ghant inviting Hazea to conclude her secondary education in Ghish, much to the glee of the liberal faction centered around Sagal Warsame Ali and Ismail ibn Qaid, who had succeeded his father as Emir of Imana. The situation surrounding the queen's betrothal had become increasingly controversial as she entered puberty, so the invitation was seen as a worthwhile delaying tactic that could placate both conservative and liberal elements. Hazea departed Leonopolis on 23 May 2012 and arrived in Ghish on 24 May 2012. She was accompanied by Sagal Warsame Ali and Soraya bint Qaid.

After a brief meeting with the young emperor, Nathan IV of Ghant, Sagal Warsame Ali managed to secure a lease for permanent residence at Sahatsa, a stately albeit dilapidated manor on the outskirts of Ghish. The furnishings were modest and, as a rule, members of the household performed chores themselves without the luxury of hired servants such as maids and grooms. Harrigrisa Villa, the ancestral home of Hazea's Mendoza relatives, served as a secondary lodging and a summer retreat for the queen and her female attendants, who often went riding in the surrounding foothills. While Harrigrisa Villa was more opulent than Sahatsa, Hazea confessed to feeling more at ease in Ghish among her own subjects and in northern Ghant far from court intrigues and political machinations.

Education

Following her arrival in Ghant, Hazea was enrolled in the Women's School of Ghish, a private, all-girls, prepatory school, though her guardian Sagal Warsame Ali continued to retain the services of private tutors to instruct the monarch on the subjects of Fahrani history, Ghantish language, equestrian arts, and chemistry. She was described as "a quiet, studious girl" by her instructors but also as "impatient and easily frustrated." Hazea achieved consistently high marks throughout her education, being characterized as a straight A student, but notably struggled with chemistry and calculus where she obtained more modest B and C marks respectively. During her time in secondary school, Hazea competed in several equestrian competitions, both scholastically and internationally, even initiating a friendly rivalry with Marcia of Ossonoba following her first-time qualification for the Ludi Circenses in 2013, and published a compilation of modern ghazals titled "Beneath the Ordinary" in November of 2014. Despite her involvement in extracurricular activities, Hazea made few friends, preferring the company of her adoptive sister and childhood confidante Soraya bint Qaid.

After graduating in spring of 2015, Hazea was accepted to the University of Ghish where, halfway through her freshman year, she declared an interest in studying sociology. She soon amended this to a double major in sociology and creative writing. Hazea thrived in the university environment, forming strong friendships with fellow Ghantist and Ottonian students and with her mentors while continuing to compete in equestrian competitions at all levels. She graduated magna cum laude in spring of 2018 after completing her studies in the span of three years.

Equestrian Career

Public Perception and Character

Titles, Styles, Honors, and Arms

Titles and Styles

  • 13 September 1996 - 22 December 1996: Her Serene Highness the Princess Hazea
  • Since 22 December 1996: Her Sublime Majesty the Queen

Her full titles and styles as of 1 January 2016 are:

Her Sublime Majesty Hazea I, Queen of al-Fahraan, Mukarrib of the Hasidhmawt, Sultana of Amran and Khimyariyyah, Emira of Zabral, and Light of the Gharbiyyun

Arms

Personal Life

Ancestry