Carthage, Emirate of
By Rob Pierce, John Kuo & Martin Helsdon
Carthage was formed from a civil war in the Emirate of Lybia.
“God created you masters of your own destiny, masters of your own fate, and you can pay no higher tribute to your Divine Master than function as the man he created you to be.” So spoke Muhammad the Hermit, the bringer of the Word of Freedom.
Turn 200: The Founding of Carthage: Hamilcar Barca, then Emir of Augostina and Tunisia, grew tired of the arrogance of the Lybian Emir, and when confronted with an invading army, resoundingly defeated it. He then declared Tunisia to be free of Lybian suzerainty, and declared the new, free Emirate of Carthage.
Meanwhile, Muhammad, the Hermit of Kabilya, had been granted a holy vision: the overthrow of Libya and liberation of the slaves. Leading a revolt in Kabilya, Muhammad also found a champion of freedom in Hamilcar.
Turn 201: The Tide Turns: Muhammad gathered to him his loyal fedyaheen, holy warriors sworn to defend the prophet and serve the cause of freedom. Taking swift ships, he moved westward, spreading the doctrine of freedom. As he moved, he gathered about him those who would lay down their lives in the cause of freedom. Additionally, Muhammad’s vision was written in the “Emancipation Codex,” called the “Little Green Book” by most of the readers. This was delivered and read to as many slaves as possible in Libyan-held cities, and was read by the enslaved as far off as New Grenada.
Hannibal, Hamilcar’s doughty brother, was sent to Oran where he found a friend and ally in Isketerol, the Prince of Oran. Together they fought off an abortive invasion by the forces of Occitania, then realizing the danger, returned in force to Augostina, where they found the city besieged by Lybia and her allies. A great battle ensued, in which Lybia was soundly defeated.
Turn 202: The Fall of Lybia: As the word of Carthage’s victory spread, more nations joined her just cause, including those allies of Lybia who had fought against Carthage. At least, even the Emir of Lybia saw that he could not oppose the forces of righteousness, and agreed to the emancipation of the slaves.
To his misfortune, his own lords and even his son did not agree, and treacherously overthrew the Emir. To their great misfortune in turn, Hamilcar and his allies violently disagreed. After a series of great battles, Hamilcar found himself in New Oran, the de facto ruler of most of the lands once held by Lybia.
In the meantime, Muhammad felt the calling of his cause drawing him across the vast Atlantic to Zion, a nation newly formed by rebellious slaves.
Turn 203: Alas, Zion!: Fortune turns her head away from fair Carthage: The forces of oppression have triumphed in Zion, smashing that bright beacon of liberty and martyring her prophet of freedom, Muhammad the Hermit.
Vengeance upon all those who bear the blood of the free upon their hands!
Carthage herself is invaded by the infidel Tuaregs and other vultures of the deep desert, her cities besieged, her villages in flames. Emir Hamilcar calls upon all those would defend all the Carthage stands for to stand with her again.
Turn 204: A New Day Begins: Answering the call, all of Hussitedom, and verily Catholic nations as well, came to the aid of Carthage in the hour of her need. Franks and Islander, even the Duchess herself, descended upon the cities of Carthage, where they were joyfully welcomed. The enemy, seeing all turned against him, fled for his life. Carthage was safe.
The great Isketerol, father to Queen Daia, passed away, and was greatly mourned and missed.
Finally, Hamilcar, having seen an end to the opression of the slaveholders, took this a further step and formed a parliament of both landholders and commoners, to broaden the freedoms gained with so much chaos and bloodshed. He prayed for further peace, and the opportunity to rebuld his devastated nation...
Turn 205: The Rebuilding Begins: Peace at last, and the long and painful rebuilding of the nation begins. And finally, joyous news... a son is born to Daia, named Isketerol after his noble grand sire.
Turn 206: The Years of Peace...: Enjoying at last some measure of peace, the country thrives. The protectorship of Egypt is granted to Carthage, and General Hanno is installed as the governor. Also, governorship of Tangiers is granted to the Franks, proven allies and Good Hussites, and the farthest flung colony of Carthagians is established at the Frankish city of Rouen, under the Carthaginian governor Salim Khalaf.
Other foreign aid arrived in the form of Danish and Albanian technical advisors, and Oran and Al'Rhemish bustled with new industry.
Turn 207: ...End All Too Quickly: Carthage is once again called upon to battle the forces of darkness in the War Against the Beast. This time, evil is found within the kingdom of Georiga, where foul and inhuman agents have been at work. Answering the call, and mustering what few troops remain to her, Carthage marshalls her army and marches to the ancient Danish stronghold of the Krak de Chevaliers.
Too late to join in the main battle, Carthage stands strong a poised to assist her allies. Then disaster falls upon Proud Venice from the heavans... the skies darken, the seas pitch, and an unnatural winter falls upon North Afriqa...
In a side note, Hamilcar investigated allegations of Carthaginian involvement in the affairs occurring in Spain. Nothing was discovered, but any involvement was denounced nonetheless, and all ties with the student revolutionaries were severed.
Turn 208: The Daemon Sultan Defeated: Again, Carthage strives to serve Hussitedom. Yet famine falls upon the land, and none are spared. While her allies find death and glory in the east, Carthage struggles to hold the fractious regions of Egypt under her sway. Alas, her small army is insufficient, and the rebellious provinces of Thebes and Faiyum break away.
Great is the cause of celebration when news of the fall of Georgia reaches Carathage. All mourn the death of the great Empress of the Danes, for the Pale Flame was well beloved by all.
Turn 209: More years of peace: With peace restored, all eyes cast anxiously north, filled with concern at the fate of the great Danish Empire. A collective sigh of relief occurred when the mantle of empire passed on peacefully.
The remnants of Lybian resistance were mopped up in Egypt, and except for a brief moment of excitement over an intrusion by Ethiops, all remained peaceful.
The rogue branch of the CIS which was in part responsible for the turmoil in Spain was uncovered. Despite public outcry at betraying his own family, Hamilcar with a heavy heart delivered his own brother Hasdrubal to authorities in the Republic of Spain, and also promised compensation for the wrongs inflicted upon that nation.
Turn 210: Trouble on the Blue Nile...: As peace continues to reign, with only a small disturbance from the Ethiopians, where an over enthusiastic speech writer for Fredrik lodged an inappropriate diplomatic protest. After some heated exchanges, the speech writer was delivered in several rather decomposed pieces to a mollified ambassador Stilico.
Peace was achieved with the Spanish, and the first proud airships of the Carthaginian Army Air Force were christened.
Turn 211: An economic boom begins: As true peace and prosperity settles in, many of Carthage's cities expand, and a true industrial revolution begins. Carthaginian merchants now ply the waters of the Indian oceans, and begin to set their sites on nations even farther to the east and west. The airship yards of Augostina produce the first true zeppelins, and the Pride of Oran and Prince of Algiers, two steam-driven ironclad vessels commissioned from the shipyards of Thessalonoki, are the new flagships of the growing Carthaginian fleet.
Unaffected but not unmoved by the disasters afflicting their neighbors, the people of Carthage continue to open their purses to aid the plight of refugees and other victims of natural calamities.
Turn 212: The Hammer falls upon Arnor: The Industrial Revolution finally reaches Carthage, as the Age of Steam creates an economic boom in Tunisia and environs, and a rail line begins to creep eastwards from Nador. Taking advantage of the brief respite of world-wide turmoil, a census was also was taken.
More significantly, Alexandria becomes the new headquarters for the International Red Kross, a humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization, headquartered and primarily sponsored by Carthage.
But all was not well, as the Iranian Persians launch a surprise invasion of the fellow Hussite nation of Arnor, overwhelming the unprepared Indian Danes...
And elsewhere, a peaceful trade mission to the Faeroes ends in the foul murder of the emissary, outlandish threats and trade agreement violations from North Amerikans, and, thankfully support from both the Republic of Spain and the Frankish Commonwealth foreign ministers.
Turn 213: Peace at what cost?: Hamilcar himself leads a peace keeping force to Arnor, where a surrender dictated by foreign adventurism of East Asians has been forced upon that nation. While the Carthaginian fleet and army stand by, helpless to aid their Hussite brethren, a bitter treaty is signed with the threice-damned Iranians. Privately, many feel the peace doomed even before the ink dries...
In the meantime, out of respect for Hamilcar's personal investment in securing Arnor's unwilling surrender, the hand of the Dowager Empress of the Ming is promised to Isketerol, the young Crown Prince of Carthage.
Elsewhere, the Foreign Ministry grows ever more disturbed from rumors of Lullite Cultists, a resurrection of Zionist Rastafarianism, and Shawnee imperialist ambitions. Also, a wary eye is cast towards the growing conflict between Vastmark, previously a reliable trading partner with Carthage, and the upstart, so-called "Mauretainians," known to Carthaginian intelligence as resurgent Lybian nationalists. Yet, despite strong counsel from the Ministry of War, no precautions are taken other than to summon the fleet home.
Turn 214: The Years of Tumult Begin: The years of 1757 - 1758 will ever be known as the start of the Years of Tumult. Terrifying outbreaks of the plague called the Corruption. Civil war in Swedish-Russia and Denmark. Mass uprisings in Hussite India. And the explosive invasion of Carthage by the zealots of a new, false religion, and a pretender to the Lybian throne. Lost in all this is the marriage of Isketerol to Ye Geema of the Ming.
All the western regions of Carthage are overrun, but Tunisia and Augostina remain unscathed, as well as most loyal cities. Although a goodly portion of the Carthaginian army remains embroiled in the tinderbox that is India, a strong defence of the homeland is mounted, and hasty preparations are made for the coming war against the self-styled Al’Haggar Confederacy.
Turn 215: Carthage Strikes Back!: Brutally invaded again from the desert, the Army of Carthage strikes back against the invader, driving them from their lands and retaking and liberating her citizens; sadly, some remain under the sway of the invader. Yet the invader is defeated; the stalwart General Eshmunazar, pursuing the jihadis, acting upon Carthaginian intelligence that Sweden-Russia has moved against Carthage's ally the Duchy of Poland, moves in turn to invade Graasland, in the Swedish Exarchate of Afriqa.
Yet all is not well, as the treacherous Duchess Namia of the Isles, who's elder sister was once feted in the Palace of the Emir in Augostina as an ally, sends her navy to wantonly attack not only the Free Emirate Navy, but also the allied navy of the Frankish Commonwealth, who have moved to protect their own interests in Tangiers. Both Allied navies are destroyed or captured. To heap insult upon injury, the Duchy also seizes representatives of the International Red Kross, who have come to Augostina to succor her besieged populace. Such a move can only be answered in one way--WAR!
Turn 216: War and Peace: The jihadis, soundly defeated, agree to generous terms of peace offered by Carthage, the negotiations brokered by both Norsktrad and the Mixtec ambassador. Yet Carthage's attentions are now turned towards the aggressor, the Duchy of the Three Isles. When demands for reparations are refused, Carthaginian fleets and armies seize the Duchy holdings on the Balearic islands, as well as the port city of Archolon in Morea.
- Matieu Le Blanc 1769-date
- Isekterol ????-1769
- Hamilcar Barca 1729-????
- T205-date (1739-date) John Kuo
© 2003 Robert Pierce and updated by Martin Helsdon