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The Exalted Hamidiye State, a short overview.

1333 marks the official foundation of the Hamidiye state by our first ruler, Hamid Ghazi. From a clan warlord that had conquered two nearby villages to a world-power, 600 years of Abdulhamidoğulları rule. This page exists to give the foreigners (be they kaffir or not) an insight into modern Hamidiye. The Empire may well look backward from the outside: absolutist rule by the Sultan who appoints his Pashas, the local Beys and Defterdars, having almost godlike authority as Caliph of all Hamidi muslims. But the truth is actually life as a subject of Sultan Altıncı Mustafa han bin Selim, el-muzaffer daima, is not that bad. long as you pay your taxes on time and dont break the law. And wear your fez.

First: The Sultan.

Sultan Altıncı Mustafa han bin Selim, el-muzaffer daima.
Il Ghazi, Padişah Padişahlarının, Amir al-Mu'minin, Sultan es Selatin,
Commander of the faithful and Successor of the Prophet of the lord of the Universe,
Custodian of the Holy Cities and Roads, avid cello-player.

His Imperial Majesty the 25th Sultan of the Hamidi Imperium was born in the Zafer Sarayı pavillon of his mother, the fourth concubine of O-sultan Selim III., on September 27th 1970.
His Excellency received a private education, followed by the Sultan-Suleyman Officer academy where he majored in logistics and finance. In 1994 O-Sultan Selim III. died after
a long illness and shezade Mustafa was inthroned as Sultan Mustafa the Sixth, ruler of the Hamidi Empire. Sultan Mustafa has lead the ancient Empire into a new era, at times tested sorely trying to unify a 600 year old system of rule with the information age. The Sultan has taken a somewhat laissez-faire approach to the business of rule and while the internet is free and open the secret police watches carefully for any real threat to develop. Generally Mustafa is seen as a good sultan: strong leader, not to outspoken, sufficiently violent but always within reason... the early 2000s afghanistan crisis was solved to universal acclaim with the delivery of afghan religious and worldly leaders to the headsmans axe and the head of one Usama bin Ladin to the american embassy in Konstantiniyye. The new Bey of al-Afghan, Kurd general Abdul Rashid Dostum, knows to keep order and to keep the tax flow intact and the sultans inspectors were satisfied on their last tour.
Generally Hamidi subjects are relatively free in their action and thought, and the universal power of the Sultanate is seen as as certain as night and day by the average subject. Many local leaders are even elected these days, and the big decisions like foreign policy and ressource development are undertaken by the Sultanate in general consensus with the population. At times it seems a blessing that the Sultan can take a decision and close a matter permanently as with the burkha issue: female subjects, so Konstantiniyye decreed, are just as well subjects of his Imperial Majesty as the men are, and harming the sultans subjects is an offense to the State. The conservative circles in inner africa and arabiya quickly took notice: Keep it down and don't make us fetch the hammer. The Sultanate was applauded internationally for enforcing universal education standards regardless of race and sex...and the conservatives were satisfied by the affirmation that the foreign concept of "gender" still had no place what so ever in official jurisprudence and law.
Sultan Mustafas development project of Cairo as a center of african learning and culture went on and the new concert hall in the ancient Hamidi home of Antalya was widely acclaimed as one of the finest in the world, even though its completion in traditional architecture was seen as backward. The grand mosque-like structure of white marble was built in classical Hamidi style, reminding of the great palaces of Konstantiniyye and Antalya, its central dome being arguably the largest of the eastern world. A celebration of the Hamidi System, the Sultan Suleyman Hall can hold 7.800 of the sultans subjects and boasts modern accoustics within traditional design.
Politically the Sultans closest advisors are Osman Necip pasa, grand vizier and high defterdar, who has been a political constant in the sultans cabinet since 2004, and the somewhat oily İbrahim Hacısalihoğlu whose smarmy smile unfortunately has given Hamidi diplomacy a somewhat disreputable image. İbrahim Pasa however is a very accomplished politician and can be utterly ruthless in dealing with the kaffirs. Politically the Empire has made it very clear that they have no territorial ambition beyond the muslim world, maintain however their entitlement to absolute rule over all believers and their territory due to the caliphate status. The state ideology of "enlightened Islamism" defines politically that the Hamidi system is the only one fit for the mohammedans and the personal union of Caliph and Sultan demands a divine duty of obedience. Those who do not accept this premise are...dealth with. For the subjects this of no greater consequence: the greater administrative regions are governed in general by an elected wali, overseen by a nominated beylerbey. As long as the certainty extsts and remains that the rule of the sultanate from Konstantiniyye is as much a fact of life as age and the need to go to the bathroom, the subjects have not much to fear from the sultanate. The Sultan and Caliphe is wise and far away, but should any muslim be treatened he can always count on the State to set things in order. On the other hand an officer of the Sultan is untouchable, the Uniform bearing the star and tughra, the stylized signature of the Sultan, is absolutely untouchable. For hundreds of years the Sultanate has ruled over the core provinces of Anatolia and Arabia, and the ancient practice of curbstomping rebels is still in good remembrance everywhwere. (Kabool for instance just reached pre-WW1 levels of population again after being shelled in the 1920s for disobedience. The mix of mustard gas, hi-ex and diphosgene used by the soldiers of Sultan Suleyman IV. left a veritable wasteland that was too poisoned to resettle for almost half a century. In short: the Sultan is grand and wise, and if you piss him off you'll at best be laying railroads in the desert in a chain-gang for the next 25 years.

Linkthe national anthem: "Hamidiye Marşı"

The Sultans and their rule

Hamid Ghazi (middle 13th century)
Hamidoğlu Mustafa Bey - ??? - 1310
Mehmed I 1309-1347
Mustafa II 1347-1356
Suleyman I 1356-1400
Abdul I 1400-1431
Mehmed II 1431-1460
Selim I 1460-1479
Abdul II - 1480-1511
Murad I. - 1510-1528
Mustafa III 15281554
Selim II 1555-1591
Suleyman III 1591-1632
Hamid II 1633 1651
Mehmed III 1651 1700
Hamid III 1700-1728
Abdul III 1728-1770
Mustafa IV 1770-1812
Murad II 1812- 1837
Abdul III. 1837-1849
Mustafa V 1849-1871
Abdulkadir I 1871-1902
Suleyman IV 1902-1944
Murad III - 1944-1968
Selim III 1968-1994
Mustafa VI. 1994-____

Shezade (designated succesor) Abdulkadir will be the 26th Sultan as Abdulkadir II.