Ismail III

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Ismail III
King of al-Fahraan
Mukarrib of the Hasidhmawt
Sultan of Amran and Khimyariyyah
Emir of Zabral
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Ismail attending peace negotiations after the May War
Reign29 November 1988 - 11 December 1996
Coronation2 January 1989
PredecessorOffice Reestablished
SuccessorMonarchy Abolished
Prime Ministers
Born(1957-04-01)1 April 1957
Tel Imradhil, Fahran
Died(1996-12-31)31 December 1996
Nirvan, Fahran
SpouseOihana Victoria
IssueHazea I
Full name
Ismail ibn Abd ar-Rahman Al Aidarus
FatherAbd ar-Rahman ibn Hatem
MotherHavîn bint Ardalan

Ismail III (Gharbaic: إسماعيل بن عبد الرحمن, Transliteration: Ismā’īl ibn ʿAbd ar-Raḥman al-‘Aydarūs, 1 April 1957 - 31 December 1996) was the last recognized King of Fahran, ruling from 29 November 1988 until his forced abdication on 11 December 1996 in the wake of the December Intifada. His reign saw a continued decline in the prestige of Fahran, which had effectively ceased to be a regional power in the aftermath of the ??? War, and presided over a pair of severe economic recessions in 1991 and 1995 that left the government teetering on the brink of collapse. Despite the advice of his liberal-minded Prime Minister Mohammed Moghadam, appointed at the close of 1991, Ismail was slow to implement the democratic reforms that had been promised when Sabir Afzal Rahmani stepped down as dictator in 1988 and, after a quarrel, Moghadam was dismissed and replaced with the more conservative Daoud al-Ghazawi. Such impulsive policy-making would remain a pervasive problem throughout his reign, and, at one point, prompted retired general Bassem Hadil to remark that his half-brother Prince Abu al-Qasim would have been a more prudent choice of monarch. Ismail was notably suspicious of neoliberal trade policies, maintaining high tariffs and stringent price controls, especially over petroleum-related industries, even as inflation made basic commodities non-affordable for many of his subjects. His refusal to abolish shipping fees on freighters passing through the Strait of Asmara put immense strain on his diplomatic relations with Thraysia and Tulura, and only served to further alienate wealthy industrialists and magnates within Fahran, who found the favoritism shown to the aristocratic class stifling and injudicious.

Early Life

Escape to Qal'eh


Courtship and Marriage

Crown Prince

Rahmani Referendum


Accession and Coronation

De-Institutionalization of the Military

Financial Crisis of 1991

Moghadam Reforms

al-Khazawi Administration

May War

Great Recession of 1995

Bloody Friday

December Intifada






Title, styles, honors, and arms

Titles and styles




Personal Life

Extramarital Affairs

Opulent lifestyle