Hazea I

Hazea I
Queen of al-Fahraan
Mukarrib of the Hasidhmawt
Sultana of Amran and Khimyariyyah
Emira of Zabral
Duchess of Naro
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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
ReligionMalufi Irsad

Hazea, Crown Princess of Fahran (Gheiravic: 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 Queen 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 Frederick IV of Tyrnica, Ahmad Rouhani of Qal'eh, and Azamat IV of Kodesh.

Despite the support of the Caliph and widespread acknowledgement of her legitimacy in royalist circles, Hazea has led a largely private life beyond attending charity galas and high-profile horse races 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 Asura and Catai. Royalist partisans have likewise been active in the Aramas Civil War and the Newreyan Crisis, stoking fears that Hazea or another Aidarus pretender could yet challenge the republic.

Early Life

Hazea was born at 5:47 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 Zapata Ursúa, the Queen-Consort, was a model and professional photographer of Brillianian 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 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 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 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 implemented 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 Kodesh.

Her supporters had expected to arrive in Qalea 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 Azamat IV's court on 22 December 1996, only to discover a country in turmoil. Several of Kodesh's northern provinces had begun to grow truculent under their hereditary governors. This, coupled with military disquiet over low wages and bureaucratic corruption, had prompted Azamat IV and his government to request the formation of the Third Decemvirate in the months immediately preceding Fahran's own political crisis. Despite these setbacks, 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 princess's regency until such time as a formal coronation could be held in Sulh.

Faisal's high position at court and his status as a close confidante of his son-in-law Alim ensured the safety of the royalist exiles, but another crisis soon loomed as Hazea's health rapidly deteriorated. The infant princess 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 Jibril ibn Hussein and Hazel ibn Muthanna, who, acting on the warning of Sagal Warsame Ali, secured the intercession of Azamat IV by promising him a position as regent in exchange for recognizing Yazid ibn Hazel, Hazea's cousin, as the more politically neutral 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 Military Intelligence Directorate succeeded in killing Hazel ibn Yazid, Qaid ibn Saleh, and Abdallah ibn Labid, 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 governments of Kodesh and Qal'eh, Fahran's 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, Jibril ibn Hussein 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 princess 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 music, she excelled in the composition of poetry and in breaking horses - even from an early age.

The princess was known to spend her holidays intermittently between Kodesh and Qal'eh 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 2009, Hazea was betrothed to Amir Reza Rouhani, Crown Prince of Qal'eh, at the tender age of twelve, though the contract specified that the marriage and consummation could not occur until Hazea had reached the age of seventeen. The proposed royal couple had met on four separate occasions prior to their betrothal. On 22 April 2012, Sagal Warsame Ali received a response to her diplomatic overtures to Ardaima inviting Hazea to conclude her primary education in Asura, much to the glee of the liberal faction centered around Ali and Ismail ibn Qaid. The situation surrounding the princess'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 Kodesh on 23 May 2012 and arrived in Ardaima on 24 May 2012, being created Duchess of Naro two months later.

Education

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 Khimyariyye, Emira of Zabral, Duchess of Naro, and Light of the Gheiravin

Arms

Personal Life

Ancestry