Mahdah

The Sultanate of Mahdah

Mahdah
Flag of Mahdah
Flag
Motto: Enim Imperator Atque Pax
Map of Mahdah
Map of Mahdah
CapitalHatta
Official languagesMahdavic
Recognised regional languagesSahrabic
Demonym(s)Mahdavian
GovernmentSemi-Absolute Representative Theocratic Monarchy
• Sultan
Wadh al-Ghustus III
• Supreme President
Bayram Ilham
LegislatureGrand Assembly
Establishment
• Treaty of 1512
March 1, 1512
Area
• 
385,842.77 km2 (148,974.73 sq mi)
Population
• 2013 estimate
6,220,000
• 2013 census
2013
GDP (PPP)2013 estimate
• Per capita
$3,851.48 (19)
GDP (nominal)2013 estimate
• Total
23,956,205,600
• Per capita
$3,851.48
Gini (2013)36.5
medium
HDI (2013).750
high
CurrencyMaruv ($M)
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Introduction goes here.

History

The Mahdavian Peninsula, comprising most of modern Mahdah, is one of the oldest permanently settled countries on Eurth. Various Ancient Mahdavian populations have lived in Mahdah, beginning with the Paleolithic period until the fall of Cerxus The Great, ruler of the Hereskus Empire in 330 CE. The earliest recorded inhabitants of Mahdah were the Mahdavi and Hakkadian settlements which had lived co-existing for years before intertwining into various kingdoms across the land.

Mohanid dynasty

Under the Hereskus Empire, a regional capital was constructed in Mahdah named 'Hattapolis'. This city was ruled by Prince Mohan, a vassal of Cerxus The Great, ruler of the Hereskus Empire.

During the final years of the Hereskus Empire, the Hakkadians to the north conquered parts of Northern Mahdah. After the fall of the Hereskus Empire in 330 CE, these lands were recaptured by the Mohan II who proclaimed himself king. The former Hakkadian inhabitants were made into slaves.

When Mohan II, ruler of the Mahdavian people died, his son and heir Mohan III took the throne. Slavery was further incorporated into the kingdom, mostly made of people from Hakkadia. During the last years of Mohan III's life nomadic tribes savagely pillage the empire and cause the Pillage Wars which killed hundreds and caused an economic decline.

Heussienid dynasty

Following a plague which causes the illness of Mohan III, the Hakkadian noble Baron Huessien killed the dying leader and took his throne. Emir Huessien began a purge in the newly established kingdom. Orders were given to kill all former Mohan III loyalists and others who were involved in the former government.

In the 5th Century, the neighbouring Hakkadian Empire invaded Mahdah and overran the Huessienid Dynasty and its lands. The Huessienid Emir negotiated for himself to stay in power. In return, he served the Hakkadian Empire and helped spread its ways in Mahdah.

Salamic period

Salamic battle against Hakkad.

By the 7th Century, Mahdah had assimilated into the Hakkadian Empire. It became a de-facto colonial state. This period had brought along a man from Hakkadia, Nabi Hanan, who held the beliefs of Salam. Raj Frut became the birthplace of the Salamic religion which soon spreads throughout the many towns and cities. By the late 7th Century, the Hakkadian Empire fell into decline and disarray.

By the 8th Century, this perceived weakness allowed several Salamic Kingdoms to establish themselves. They joined together and invaded the decaying Hakaddian Empire in a holy war of Jihad. The Jihadi showed success in many battles. Eventually, the declining Hakaddian Empire licked its wounds and fought back, reclaiming lost lands and even spearheading into Mahdah before a stalemate was reached.

During the stalemate, citizens belonging to the land still loyal to the Huessienids led a revolt and overthrew the puppet king. He was publicly executed along with his family.

Sultanate

In the 8th Century, after the overthrow of the Huessienids, the Salamic Kingdoms joined together. Common religious beliefs united them and they establish the 'Sultanate of Mahdah'. This officially formed the lands into one nation. During the Sultanate, a revival of Mahdavian culture and customs happened along with achievements in Salamic theology and science.

In the 9th Century, during the reign of Sultan Mustaf The Cruel, an unknown entity of foreigners invaded the southern parts of the Sultanate, causing widespread political instability in the south. Many peasants in the south lead revolts which were ultimately put down in a bloody fashion.

Turban helmet, 15th Century.

By the 10th Century Mustaf IV The Great gathered his Salamic armies and led a campaign to reconquer the southern lands his great-grandfather lost. By 1030, the Sultanate was once again whole. One year later in 1031 Mustaf the Great died in battle. His son took the throne as Mustaf V.

During the 11th-13th Century great advances in technology and other areas brought peace and stability to the Sultanate. During this time a Salamic revival movement was gaining tons of followers and even established a greater hold of Salam onto the populace by the 16th Century.

Modern period

In the late 17th century the continuing reign of the Mustavid bloodline continued. During this time the former enemies from the Hakkadian Empire established relations with the Sultanate. A classical period forms and spreads throughout the Empire. Bringing art, romanticism and intellectualism to the Sultanate. The Mustafa Palace was then considered an Architectural masterpiece by Classical artisans.

In the 18th-19th Century, a 'Pax Mahdavia' was called by Mustaf XIIV who declared a period of peace in the Sultanate after signs of increasingly peaceful conditions internally and externally. The Mustavid dynasty continues its advocation and mandatory practice of Salam across the Sultanate, advances in technology and other fields begin to flourish through the country as the period of peace lasts for seventy-nine years.

Geography

The territory of Mahdah is in total 385,842.77 km2 and is a fairly small country in its region. Mahdah is a peninsula which is surrounded on three sides by bodies of water. The Rivdon Bay to the southwest and the Konstantinopoli Sea to the northeast which also hosts the strait shared by Mahdah and Damak Var. To the west of the country is the Sa Haran Mountain Range which extends from Dankara province to Bakkari province. To the north of the country lies Hakenium which is considered a dangerous and hazardous country.

Map of Mahdah

The Eastern Mahdavian Plains enjoy a temperate Mediterranean climate along the coastline. The coastal areas of the east towards the Konstantinopoli Sea have a more Oceanic climate with hot, wet summers and dry, warm winters. The Konstantinopoli Sea is also responsible for delivering a large amount of precipitation to the East and is the only part of the country that receives large amounts of rainfall. The Erzurum Desert which lies towards the north not far from central Mahdah expands from Hakenium to bordering Sa Hara.

Rivers in Mahdah are many on the Peninsula with the major rivers being the Elkondou River and the Pamluk River which feed off into the sea and smaller runoff rivers that populate the land. To the south of the country and at the tip of the Peninsula, conifer and deciduous forests populate the lands because of the temperature and climate there. They extend from Central Antalya province to the edge of south Erzurum province. Other forests also remain in other areas around the south as well.

Mahdah is subdivided into 8 provinces for administrative purposes. Each province is divided into districts, for a total of 180 districts.

The country is home to a variety of wildlife such as the Mahdavian Sparrowhawk, Golden Eagle, Southern Imperial Eagle and the desert wallcreeper. Inisil, a city in Mahdah is home to several domesticated animals such as the Angora Rabbit, Angora Goat and the Angora Cat. Dog species in Mahdah are the Mahdavian Shepherd dog, Kangal , Malakli and the Akbas.

Politics

Mahdah is a semi-absolute representative theocratic monarchy. Since its foundation as a Sultanate, Mahdah has developed a strong tradition of maintaining religious tolerance and a strict follower of Salam. Mahdah's constitution governs the legal framework of the country. It sets out the main principles of government and establishes Mahdah as a unitary centralized state.

The Sultan of Mahdah is the head of state and has a largely ceremonial and administrative role. An heir can claim the title of Sultan after the death of the former Sultan or if he is found of committing a traitorous act and is impeached.

Sultan Wadh al-Ghustus III

Wadh al-Ghustus III was made Sultan after the last heir to the Mustavid bloodline died in August 1978. Executive power is invested in the Sultan and the Supreme President while legislative power is invested in the Grand Assembly. The Sultan also has under his disposal the Sultan's Council, which assist the Sultan in making decisions for exercising executive power.

The judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature, the head of this is the Chief Justice who then has the Council of Justice answer to him. The Ministry of Justice also fall under this hierarchy and exercise power over the courts in the nation. The Supreme President is elected by the Election Committee which gathers votes from the Grand Assembly and decides on the candidate to make Supreme President. The candidate also runs with a partner who becomes Vice-President.

Human rights in Mahdah have been controversial in the past decade as Salamic style justice has been carried out on criminals. It is also reported that prisons in Mahdah are actually political detention camps that house political opponents and criminals of the country where these prisoners are treated harshly and poorly although living in decent conditions. Journalists in the Sultanate that are from foreign countries are frowned upon and cases have arisen where journalists have been placed under arrest for 'terrorism' or 'espionage'. Thousands of others have also been charged with denigrating the state or insulting Salam.

Foreign relations

Foreign Relations have in the past decades been mostly slim for the Sultanate. The most positive relations maintained would be with Sa Hara. The relationship with Hakenium has been mostly neutral. Relations with other nations in the region are either none or slightly strained.

Military

The Mahdavian Armed Forces consist of the Army, Navy and the Air Force. The Gendarmerie and Coast Guard operate as parts of the Ministry of National Security in peacetime, although they are subordinated into the Army and Navy Commands respectively in wartime, during which they have both internal law enforcement and military functions.

Anti-aircraft missiles.

The Chief of the Armed Forces is the Sultan and responsibility of representing the military advisors in the Sultan's Council is the Grand Marshall General of the Armed Forces who is appointed by the Ministry of National Security. The Grand Assembly is also responsible for matters of national security and adequate preparation of the armed forces for defending the country. With the Ministry of National Security and the representative committee that represents them in the Assembly. The power to declare war and deploy troops of the Mahdavian Armed Forces onto foreign soil rests solely on the Grand Assembly.

The Mahdavian Armed Forces are capable of deploying 26,000 combat personnel in total from each respective branch in wartime. The Armed Forces and the Sultanate government have a M.A.D policy on nuclear weapons with storage of possibly thousands of nuclear munitions that could be land, sea or air-launched at belligerent targets.

Every Mahdavian male and female must unless barred serve in the military. Time can range from three weeks to a year dependent on education and job location. The Sultanate does not allow a civilian alternative to military service. Mahdavian military expenditures in 2013 amounted to $M 1,437,372,336 which accounts for 6% of the economy.

Mahdah has maintained forces in inter-regional operations within the continent of Europa. Including Hakenium during the war to overthrow a military junta and the EOS campaign against piracy in Bainbridge Islands.

Law and Order

Law Enforcement in the Sultanate of Mahdah is handled by the General Directorate of Security who handles the local police forces across the nation. The Mahdavian National Police (MNP) are the ones that follow the guidelines and regulations set by the GDS and carry out basic duties of civilian law enforcement.

The Police operate under several commands that include the provincial level, the district level and the city level. The MNP operate in the civil administration system carries out its duties under the command and control of the civil authority. Mayors and heads of district administrations supervise the force.

The MNP is organized as follows:

  • Central Organization
  • Provincial Organization
  • 8 Directorates of Provincial Police
  • 1,751 Police Directorates of towns affiliated to Provinces
  • 62 Border Gates Police Directorates
  • 22 Free-Zone police stations
  • 3,050 police stations in 8 provinces

In general, the police’s realm of responsibility is geographically located inside the municipal boundaries in Mahdah. In accordance with the “Law on Duties and Powers of the Police”, the duties of the Police are to:

  • Provide public peace and order
  • provide security of persons or properties
  • detect, arrest and transfer both offenders and case evidence to the appropriate judicial bodies
  • perform duties apart from the administration such as judicial assigned by laws, regulations and government acts
  • prevent crime in order to protect public safety and order

The MNP also has political duties such as the protection of the integrity of the state and the preservation of constitutional order. Furthermore, the MNP has administrative functions, including preventive, protective and assistance duties.

A Traffic Services Department, a Highways Traffic Security Council and a Supreme Board for Highway Security have been established in order to deal with traffic problems more effectively.

  • Motorcycle Units.
  • Motorcycle Units of the traffic department.
  • Armoured water cannon vehicles designated for riot control.
  • Riot Control Police.
  • Special Response force for high priority situations.
  • Royal Guard, responsible for the security and safety of the Sultan and other high-level officials.

All Mahdavian police officers wear navy-blue uniforms and caps. Patrol cars can be identified by their unique blue-white design and the writing “Polis” (Mahdavic for 'Police') on the side doors and hood. Superintendents and inspectors wear silver stars rank on their shoulders. Highest-ranking officers wear gold stars

Economy

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Culture

Salam on the Europan continent began in the village of Raj Frut where a man from Hakenium named Hanan had claimed that he had a conversation in a dream of his about revelations from God which were conveyed to him from the archangel Jibril. These revelations were written down in what is now known as the Qur'an and were memorized and spread by his companions in 652 CE. Traders and merchants who believed in these revelations travelled the lands and spread to others what they had learned.

During this time in gratitude for the revelations revealed by Nabi Hanan, the town had built what was called 'The Makkah' where followers of Salam could gather and discuss and worship in relative peace. Makkah would, later on, become the centre of Salam in Sa Hara and inspire future rulers to use Salam to rule their people. During the Hakkadian-Mahdavian Jihad Wars, Salamic Kingdoms in Mahdah sent their finest armies into the decaying Hakkadian Empire to conquer their lands for Salam and God.

After the wars between the two lands, the Mahdavian Sultanate was born and with it came the golden age of Salam. It spread like wildfire throughout the Sultanate and surrounding area, as mosques were erected in many areas. In modern times Salam is still a big part of southern Europa with the largest follower base residing in Mahdah and other followers of Salam reside in Sa Hara, Hakenium and the neighbouring states.

In the aftermath of the invasion of the south by unknown invaders, a new religion had sprung up in its wake which did spark controversy. Arhoman Orthodox Christians had made their presence known as churches began sprouting in the area. The majority of the population was Salamic but with the rise of the Arhomans in the south, some converted and became devoted Orthodox Christians. Several incidents from both religions occurred which caused much bloodshed, Orthodox Christian kingdoms and Salamic Kingdoms clashed many times which ended in violent wars of attrition and slaughter.

In modern times the culture shock between the Salamids and Orthodox Christians were subdued and a friendship was made between the two sides. For years this has been true and thus since the reign of the al-Ghustus branch, religious tolerance had been successfully maintained.


References

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