Berber Emirate

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Foundation: 1447-??? (T91-???)Dead.gif
Capital: Oran in Algeria
Religion: Islam

By Rob Pierce

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The History:

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1447-1450 (T91)

Berbers: Diplomacy: No effect
Trade Partners: (8C) Iberia, Wessex, Denmark, Songhai, Corsica, Sweden, Ottomans, Papacy, France, Ethiopia, Novgorod

The famine cycle weather shifted west and south from Anatolia, centering itself on the Western mediterranean - an event that, due to the foresight of Fatima's predecessors, brought little or no harm to the land. The Greek islands were returned to the Berbers after their Jalayrid garrison deserted. On the 8th of July 1447, the Lady Fatima married the Sultan David al-Roi in a festive ceremony in the great Palacio in Palermo. After a short honeymoon, each monarch returned home to their respective nations. Fatima soon became pregnant and delivered of a bouncing baby boy in April of 1448, a boy heir to the throne of the Berber Emirates and possibly the Syrian Sultanate...

1451-1454 (T92)

Syria: David al-Roi II started the turn off with a bang by dying of a heart attack on the morning that he was to leave for the Berber Emirates to visit his new wife. Meanwhile, over in Oran (beautiful capital of the Berber Emirates) Fatima had opened divorce proceedings in the courts and had abdicated the throne in favor of the youth, Yeshua (now all of three years old). The Syrian lawyers were waiting for Fatima, however, and produced sufficient reams of Islamic law to show that she could not divorce David while he provided child support and did not do really nasty things to her. Dave's death made all that moot, though. Three weeks after Dave's death, his three sons of his previous marriage were found dead in a bath house in the lower city of Damascus and the fat was squarely in the fire. At this point the boy, Yeshua, was technically the heir to both thrones - David's death and Fatima's abdication being more or less simultaneous. His regent, the Comte Du'Dascoyne - Commander of the French Foreign Legion and a man of honor, was in a serious fix with trying to arrange some kind of deal between the relatives of both families and the usual power brokers.

While serious deliberations were underway in Oran, the death spree in Syria was in full swing as the Assassins methodically axed, icepicked, drowned, blew-up, garroted, knifed, hanged, shot, burnt, and poisoned every highly placed Syrian leader, noble or relative of the late David al-Roi. Not to be outdone in the dirty tricks, Hezekiah the Prophet (a crazed yet convincing Cistercian monk) was rabble-rousing in the Berber Emirates - touting the boy-king Yeshua as the successor of the Al Roi and Caliph of the East (not to mention Emir of the Berbers and Sultan of Syria). He was eventually wasted by an Assassin killman team, but not before he had started a movement in the Emirates in favor of the Roiist faction. Similarly, the Fatimists had been at it in Syria, pushing the "Yeshua, King of the Berbers and the Syrians" idea. Eventually, after all was said and done, and about 700 gold had been spent by all concerned, it came down to: Who gets the kid? The Roiists (what's left of them) or the Fatamists?

Then Yeshua caught pneumonia and died at the age of four.

Well. That upset everyone's apple-cart and rendered it all a fat waste of time. With no heir to either throne, everything was up in the air again. Fatima reassumed the throne, whereupon the Syrian lawyers agreed to her divorce. Syria trembled on the edge of an internal civil war for a year and then managed to choose a new Sultan. The Roiists in Berber were quashed by the army and peace was restored there. The Fatimists in Syria, lacking a rallying point, also faded out. A mammoth civil war had been averted, as well as numerous dynastic takeover attempts.

Oh, and the Death visited from both Berber and the FIRE and did a great deal of damage.

Ottomans: The Plague brought by the Ethiopian and Berber merchants afflicted the people.

Berbers: Diplomacy: None
Trade Partners: (8C) Iberia, Wessex, Denmark, Songhai, Corsica, Sweden, Ottomans, Papacy, France, Ethiopia, Novgorod

Concurrent with the Ethiopian plague outbreak, another plague broke out in Algiers.

1455-1458 (T93)

Berbers: Diplomacy: None
Trade Partners: (8C) Iberia, Wessex, Denmark, Songhai, Corsica, Sweden, Ottomans, Papacy, France, Ethiopia, Novgorod

A Syrian sponsored revolt on Sicily failed as there was no leader to support it. Otherwise the Berbers minded their own business.

1459-1462 (T94)

Songhai: Samos III, deciding that the Taureg were far too dangerous to leave unmolested north of the border, led a great expedition against them. At the head of his armies, he pressed north into Idjil, where the Taureg were waiting. A number of battles were fought, and the Taureg were once more bested by the Songhai phalanxes. Driven from Idjil, whose tribes made peace with Songhai, the Taureg moved north in search of easier prey...

Berbers: Diplomacy: None
Trade Partners: (9C) Iberia, Wessex, Denmark, Songhai, Corsica, Sweden, Ottomans, Papacy, Angevin France, Capetian France, Ethiopia, Novgorod

The Berbers expanded Palermo another level, making it a [4]. Fighting southaway led to a migration of the Tuareg tribes into the region of Merrakesh - an event that did not please the Berbers at all. The Taureg ignored the Swedish port of Grasland and marched on Fez itself. As the Berber army was watching the Syrians, they did not respond in time to prevent Fez from being besieged by the Taureg. When they did arrive, however, they attacked the Taureg seige lines and defeated them. With this latest defeat the Taureg dissolved, returning to the deserts of the Sahara, raiding and stealing.

1463-1466 (T95)

Syria: Dray of Rhodes and his cohorts from the Legion waved a temporary farewell to the Shah of Aleppo and the port-girls and sailed west and into legend...

Berbers: Diplomacy: Capitania(a)
Trade Partners: (6C) Iberia, Wessex, Denmark, Songhai, Corsica, Sweden, Ottomans, Papacy, Angevin France, Capetian France, Ethiopia, Novgorod

The BEOS failed to prevent the Syrian sponsored revolt on Sicily and barely had the main fleet arrived with the army when Dray and the Legion hove into view, eager to liberate the island from the "evil Berbers". Facing the 15,000 French and 1,600 Syrians that landed near the ruins of Syracuse were faced 39,000 mixed Berber troops (10,000 Algerians, 6,000 Capitanians, 10,000 Danish mercenaries, and 13,000 Berbers). A dual land and sea battle rapidly developed with Dray, the sole Syrian commander, fighting forst on land - where the Legion once more proved its worth, thrashing the motley Arabs soundly. While the Berbers fell back to Palermo (still without walls) the fleet action was in full swing. Luckinly for the Syrians Dray had hired Sir Dorian Hawkwood on the side and he led the Legion fleet against the Berber galleys. Outnumbered by three to one, the English-built Legion warships battled the Berbers to a standstill. At the height of the sea-fight Sir Dorian was felled by a Berber axeman and Atabeg Hafsi and Admiral Al-Jahiz were killed by a well placed naptha-tar bomb. Meanwhile, the Legion had approached the gates to Palermo, where they found the Berbers regrouped before the slums on the outskirts of the city. Another battle resulted and this time the Berber numbers told and the Legion's advance was brought to a standstill. Dray, caught in a Berber cavalry charge, was thumped on the head and taken captive. The Legion retreated back to the Syracusian beaches. Dray, meanwhile, had escaped with the aid of a slave girl and three melons and retook command of his forces on the beaches just as the Berber troops attacked. The Legion once more bested the Berbers, turning back their cavalry charges in a storm of gunfire and grapeshot. This battle saw the end of the Berber armies and Palermo fell to the Legion late in 1463. With this, the Legion concluded its service with the Syrian government and debarked for France - where there were more contracts awaiting them...

1467-1470 (T96)

Syria: The Syrians started the turn in fine style with the death of Ahmed and the ascension of his brother, Fazail, to the head of the Council. This sad event was followed by the loss of a courier ship carrying gold to the beleaguered commander of the army in Sicily (with which he was to hire mercenaries) in a storm. On Sicily, the poor commander of the Syrian garrison there received news that a great host of Berbers was crossing the Straits of Messina and he could do nothing...

Berbers: Diplomacy: None
Trade Partners: (8C) Iberia, England, Denmark, Sweden, Ottomans, Papacy, Angevin France, Ethiopia, Novgorod

The young Queen Amiera died, upsetting the nation (as if it didn't have enough things to get upset about), and was replaced by her younger brother Hussien. The pitiful Syrian garrison in Palermo was rooted out of its hole by a large force of Berbers and destroyed. That war seemed to have been ended, but a new one was just beginning...

The Aztec fleet showed up to purchase some land in southern Morocco and waited around for a while for the war [betw. Songhai and the Berbers] to finish before erecting the black and terrible citadel of Tezcomal there.

Songhai: The Prince of Boure was marching north as well - into Merrakesh. That land proved to be undefended by the Berbers and the Prince continued north into Morocco, where the Berber army finally showed up. There, in the hills before the gates of Fez, the Berber host, led by Emir Hussien himself, bested the Songhai army and slew the Prince of Boure. None of the 25,000 Bourese troops returned to their homeland. Merrakesh was liberated by the Berbers.

1471-1474 (T97)

Syria: A number of Berber spies were expelled from this life in a messy and colorful manner. The old Capetian French armaments factory at Cairo was nationalized by the Guild Council, an action that met with much protest and disagreement in the Council. This was exacerbated by rioting in Alexandria and Cairo by the Coptic minorities there. Rioting that presaged larger acts...

Berbers: Diplomacy: None
Trade Partners: (6C) Iberia, England, Denmark, Sweden, Ottomans, Papacy, Angevin France, Ethiopia, Novgorod, Gascony

Hussien and his advisors, tired of the endless machinations regarding the Syrians, decided to go for the throat. To this end, they picked up the Legion's contract after Marseilles had been seized, and dispatched them to the Middle East - along with numerous other armies. The minor rioting on the part of the Coptic minorities in Egypt broke out into general civil war between the Copts and the Arabs there. This was followed by the intervention of the FIRE northern army to protect both the Coptic populations there and the shrines at Alexandria. With the arrival of the Coptic army, the various Arab rioting groups were crushed and the region placed under "temporary" FIRE administration. The army commanded by the Persian general Halif, meanwhile, kept itself aloof from the internal squabbles - except for sacking Cairo and confiscating all the artillery they could find. Now in open rebellion against everyone, and refusing Berber offers of alliance, Halif and his troops marched west, declaring a Shi'ite nation. To this end, the Persians overran Cyrenaicea, Tripolitania, Marzuk, and Lybia.

In Levant, meantime, the Legion had landed, accompanied by the Berber fleet and Algerian army. the landings (at Yafo and Gaza) were opposed by the army of the Emir of Tripoli, who had the misfortune to meet the Bey of the Algerians in battle on the beaches of Yafo and be dealt a permanent lesson in warfare. With the Emir's death and the destruction of his army, his lands were inherited by the grandson of the Syrian sultan. The combined Berber forces seized Jerusalem three months after landing in the Holy Land. A selective and efficient sack followed, with the various Holy Shrines being left unviolated and pristine while the city itself was drenched with blood and stripped to the bone. The Syrian government relocated to Baghdad. Undaunted by the Syrian resistance, the Berber forces marched up the road to Damascus to find that city defended by a pitiful few Syrian garrison troopers. The ensuing seige lasted four weeks, before the Berber seige artillery breached the walls and the Syrians were driven, screaming, from the battlements. The fall, and sack, of Damascus were not a pretty sight - the Legions' looting of the city was brutal and thorough, leaving barely a stone upon a stone.

But wait, there's more! The Aztec fleet at the sea-side fortress of Tezcomal found itself lacking in funds to pay and supply its 120,000-odd thousand troops. The commander of the Lightning Legion, one Aleichem Topomotac, decided that the only recourse available to him was to forget his distant and obviously uncaring masters and form his own realm. His men were more than amenable to this - for the Moroccan climate was pleasing and the women pretty. The result was the foundation of the mercenary/robber kingdom of Tezcatlipan.

Tezcatlipan: This grand sounding declaration was followed by the march of mailed feet as the Lightning Legion set forth to carve out a realm of its own. The first target was the Berber capital of Fez and thence the Lightning Legion hied itself. They found the road soon vlocked by 12,000 Berber cavalry under the Mayor of Tangiers. The Berbers attempted to pull the bulls horns and were swept from the fields by a storm of Aztec artillery and musket fire. The road to Fez was clear. Upon arrival at the city, the Lightning Legion prepared to storm the city under a barrage of artillery but were interrupted by the arrival of the Berber Home Army under King Hussien. It took the Legion four days to lure the Berbers into a valley, encircle and destroy them. King Hussien barely escaped and the Berber Swedish-built artillery train was captured by the Azteca. Fez was then subjected to a terrific barrage and a bloody assault. The city, haven fallen, was extirpated and the booty hauled back to the foreboding citadel of Tezcomal, now playing host to the Free Maltese fleet. Meanwhile, the Aztec fleet had staged two vicious raids: one on the Angevin city on the Canary Islands; the other on the Swedish trade city of Graasland. Both were turned into burning wrecks littered with the dead and dying, stripped of goods and wealth. WIth the loot from these raids, the Tezcat built a cty of sin and evil for themselves girdling the citadel of Texcomal. This city has no name and needs none...

1475-1478 (T98)

Syria: The Syrians, enraged at the latest perfidy of the Berbers, massed what armies could be massed and counter-attacked! A nefarious attempt by Berber agents to steal the monies used for the hiring of mercenaries was barely foiled by alert Syrian accountants. Marching into Syria, however, they were pleased to find that the French Foreign Legion and the Berber lackeys had pulled back to Levant, though the ruins of Damascus brought a tear to every eye. Pressing on, the Syrians and their Bahraini allies moved into Levant to find that land defended by the Berber Army of the East. The Legion had since taken ship for more fun in the west. A merry brawl ensued and the preponderance of Syrian artillery proved effective against the Berber castles, turning them into rubble with alarming alacrity. The Levant was resecured and there was much rejoicing.

Ottomans: The Ottomans, having completed their preparations, made a sweep of the Aegean, landing troops on the Berber holdings in the Kyklades, and attacking Rhodes once more. The Berbers holding the Kyklades were easily crushed by the superior Ottoman might, and the Corsican defenders of Rhodes put up their usual tenacious fight before being ground under.

Berbers: Diplomacy: None
Trade Partners: (7C) Iberia, England, Sweden, Ottomans, Papacy, Ethiopia, Russia, Gascony

Who can say in what manner works the mind of a monarch? Having wounded the Syrians, the Berbers next turned their attentions to the Danes... While many troops and mercenary condotierri remained watchful on the somewhat shrunken frontiers of the Emirate, three fleets set sail for Italia. The first to land was that of the Pasha Clebsch-Gordon whose Algerians came ashore at Napoli and seized those lands for Hussien. The Capitanians, under the Duke of Benevneto, had also moved through Napoli and had pressed north through Campagna, Lombardy (taking the still unfortified Genoa) and thence into Savoy, where the blocked the highway.

The third fleet, that of the Foreign Legion, sailed blithely up the Adriatic and stormed ashore on the walled approaches of Venice under a sky of Dragons belching flame and shot into the city defenses. The city, though heavily fortified, was ill-commanded and fell rapidly to Dray's veteran legionnaires. After expelling the populace across the Six Bridges to the shores of Verona, the Legion systematically looted and burned the Pearl of the Adriatic, breaking down the dykes and canals. This dirty business finished they withdrew to the island of Korinth to reorganize and await a new contract.

In home affairs, an abortive rebellion in Taghaza (backed by the Songhai) was crushed by vigilant BEOS agents.

The Emirs

  • Hussien al-Borgia 1467-1478
  • Amiera al-Borgia 1463-1467
  • Fatima Day 1447-1462

The Players

  • T93-T102 (1455-1494) Liz J. Tichy
  • T91-T92 (1447-1454) (unknown; no ISI list)

Last updated: 25 October 2002

© 2002 Robert Pierce

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