Kush, Kingdom of

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Foundation: 1743-date (T207-date)
Capital: Astakana in Kush
Religion: Hindu

By Rob Pierce and updated by Martin Helsdon

Description

This kingdom appeared, seemingly, spontaneously in the western highlands of the Himilayan mountains around 1743 (T207). If it is, indeed, Hindu in faith, it would be the first Hindu nation in many centuries.

The History:

Still to be written.

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1743-1744 T207
Kush: Diplomacy: None
Under the wise and benevolent guidance of Bujayapendra, the Kushans labored ceaselessly in the thin mountain air. The city of Astakana expanded and a vast fortress (the Saivasakana) was built around the old citadel. A great number of guns were purchased from Persian merchants, endowing the young state with a formidable battery.

The king also took a little time to discuss matters of warfare with his boyhood friend Vishartu (general of his armies) and they penned a short book titled "The Lost Art" on the virtues of sound tactics, cunning and maneuver in the pursuit of military victory. They included a number of notable military blunders, usually focusing on the use of power rather than skill.

1745-1746 T208
Kush: Diplomacy: None
The Kushans continued to labor on increasing the size, and fortifications, of their capital at Astakana. The king chased his wife Rudisaha around the palace, and eventually she gave birth to a son.

1747-1748 T209
Afghanistan: While the Durani-shah remained in Kabul, attempting to convince Persian scholars to come to his capital and teach in the new university, his son and lieutenants were busy in the hinterlands, securing the active allegiance of the chieftains on the Persian frontier. The death of the shah of Firoz Kohi came as unwelcome news, particularly since the grizzled old chieftain had been in command of the garrison of Kashmir...

Kush: Diplomacy: Kashmir/Parapavura(f)
And while the Durani busied themselves in the south, Bujayapendra marched his army south over the mountains into Kashmir. There, the long and secret work of his son Mujehendra was revealed - a general uprising filled the province with cheering crowds and unexpectedly armed men, the adherents of prince Kushemu of Kashimir. The Kushans were welcomed with open arms and the combined forces of Bujayapendra and Kushemu advanced upon Parapavura.

The Afghani commander of the garrison, the chief of the Firoz Kohi, meanwhile had taken sick and died. His men, faced with a popular uprising in the city and the advancing Kushan army, fled. The rest of the Afghani garrison fled with them.

In the fullness of time, prince Mujehendra and his wife, princess Jahina (of Kashmir), entered the ancient city atop an elephant draped with gold and flowers. Mobs thronged the streets, praying and weeping and cheering. It was as though Krishna and Radha had come upon the earth again, heralding an age of love and peace and harmony.[1]

(1) Sure...

1749-1750 T210
Afghanistan: Pressured by the duke of Arnor, Shah Durani relented from assailing the Kushans with his full strength. This tasted sour in his mouth, however, for when did a Pashtun ever bow to a lowlander, much less to a Kushan dog? "Never," muttered Ahmad, scowling out a window in the fortress looming over Kabul.

Kush: Diplomacy: Khotan(fa)
The prince made a rude face at the Afghans and took great solace in the revenues now flowing to his capital from lush, beautiful Kashmir. His son was wrenched from the bosom of his young wife and sent off to negotiate with the eastern nomads. What joy he found among the dry, dusty yurts and sun-blasted plains of Khotan!

1751-1752 T211
Kingdom of the Kushans: Diplomacy Khotan(ea)
The Kushans were peaceable and quiet. Minding their own business. Not indulging in any foreign adventures, not meddling, not going against dharma. Nossir.

1753 - 1754 T212
Kingdom of the Kushans: Diplomacy Khotan(^a)
The Kushans drilled ceaselessly and their border guards watched the Afghanis with an eagle eye. Everyone else was ignored.

1755 - 1756 T213
Kingdom of the Kushans: Minded their own business.

1757 - 1758 T214
Kingdom of the Kushans: The ‘flower kingdom’ moured the untimely death of princess Jahina, the beloved wife of prince Mujehendra. All went in mourning for six months in her memory.

1759 – 1760 T215
Kingdom of the Kushans: Diplomacy No effect
While the vigorous and middle-aged Bujayapendra continued to rule the quiet, peaceful ‘flower kingdom’ beneath the ramparts of heaven, his son Mujehendra managed to recover his senses enough (he had been previously laid low by the unexpected death of his beloved wife Yasmine) to marry again, this time to an eighteen-year old girl named Rudisana Baktiar.

1761 – 1762 T216
Kingdom of the Kushans: Diplomacy Ferghana (^nt)
As ever, the Kushans minded their own business. Efforts were made to purchase grain, dried fruit, cotton and silk from the Ferghanese, with only paltry effect.

1763 – 1764 T217
Kingdom of the Kushans: Diplomacy Ferghana (^ea), Uweid (^t)
The meddling of the Kushans in Ferghana resulted in the temporary conquest of the Grivpani i’ Tamerlane being overthrown – particularly as the Grivpani had marched away to fight evil somewhere else. Bujayapendra was more than happy to see Ferghanan wheat and apples in the markets of Astakana.

1765 – 1766 T218
Kingdom of the Kushans: Diplomacy Ferghana (^a)
The oasis of Khotan became Hindu (and recent research has determined that this region should be Cultivated, so I’ve changed the base map as well). The Hindu princes of the Karakoram were also stunned to observe the arrival of a grey-painted ARF zeppelin, and even more amazed to learn from the men who descended from the ship of the air that regular courier service had been established between their tiny realm and distant Rostov. Indeed, a letter could now speed from mountain-girded Astakana to glittering London faster than mail could be carried by pack-train, ship and river-boat from the Persian capital to the Swedish.

1767 – 1768 T219
Prester John: After close consultations with the Persian government, an arrangement was brokered in the far west with the Kushans to return the fertile valley of Ferghana to Persian control… allowing trade to flow freely down the Silk Route once more.

Arfen agents, in fact, were quite active in the area, coming and going through their new aerodrome at Astakana in the Kushan highlands.

Kingdom of the Kushans: Diplomacy Ghazni (^fa)
The Great Prince – approached by embassies from both Persia and Prester John – agreed to sell the valley of Ferghana to Persia in exchange for suitable monies, grain and general good will. The Arfen began regular air-courier service into Astakana and out again, to east and west alike. They too paid the Great Prince tribute in exchange for rights to land and refuel their ships of the air in his remote kingdom. Other, more secretive emissaries had come to the city as well, promising great things…

With his northern border thus secured (and his troops paid with weighty Persian coin), he then turned his attention south… to India, where millions of his co-religionists languished under the Hussite lash. The hosts of Kashmir and Khotan alike were gathered, lance-tips shining like living stars, and Bujayapendra went to war – the Hindu army swept down out of the Kushan hills and into fertile, well-watered Und. Riders went ahead of the army, stopping in every hamlet and village, promising an end to the tyranny of the Hussite invaders.

The Hindu underclass, however, had heard that before and they kept their heads low, waiting to see if the Sword of Saiva would vanquish the feringhee white-eye devils and their Moslem servants or not… in any case John Solomon of Baluchistan stood nearby with his army in Lahore and marched immediately to drive these “hill-men and rabble” back into the mountains. The baron of Multan, Gabor Derwent, and Carloman von Per, the baron of Peshawar marched as well, bringing their own levies into the fray.

At Mardan below the Malakand pass, the Hussites mustered twenty thousand men and 12 scout zeppelins against the 26,000 Kushites and Ghaznavar. Though outnumbered (and having already allowed the invaders through the bottleneck at Malakand due to disputes on the march between Derwent and von Per) John Solomon put his trust in the heavy guns of his Hussite batteries and the long eyes of his zeppelins. The Hussites advanced, bringing their guns to bear on the Hindu positions in a series of orchards just north of the town.

An artillery duel ensued as the Hussite riflemen advanced in loose formation and their airships began winging bombs and rockets down into the orchards. Almost immediately, John Solomon received an unexpected surprise – despite his heavy guns and superbly trained crews, the Kushan field pieces outranged his and their batteries were matching his shot for shot. The Hussite advance grew ragged, torn by bursts of fire. John Solomon ordered his infantry to halt and the guns run forward.

The Kushan left, seeing the motion of the enemy, surged forth from cover, their Ghaznavar light horse speeding recklessly across the field. At the same time, the airships circling overhead came under heavy shot from the long-bore Hindu guns. Facing unexpected fire, the airships broke away from the field to gain height. The Hussite right wing, commanded by Derwent, turned to face the hill-bandits, guns wheeling to rain fire into the charging lancers.

Sensing his moment in the confusion, Bujayapendra ordered a general charge by his heavy cavalry into the Hussite van. Expecting to face infantry and guns in the close confines of the trees, the Hussite riflemen were taken aback to face a charge of hussars and grenadiers. Now the Hindu guns were raining shot and explosive shells into the scrambling artillery batteries moving forward…

A hard-fought action followed and John Solomon was forced to yield the field after a bloody day. Hussite losses were heavy, though they held order and made an orderly retreat behind the screen of their remaining airships. Von Per’s surviving troops then holed up behind the pitiful walls of Peshawar while John Solomon and the main body of the army fell back into the Punjab.

Bujayapendra now concentrated his attention upon Peshawar, which proved wise as Von Per was a poor leader of men. Hammered by the Kushan guns, the city fell within a fortnight. Von Per surrendered rather cravenly before even one Hindu kshatriya had died on the ramparts.

Learning of this at his camp in the Punjab, John Solomon swore bitterly – but with his army now outnumbered two-to-one by the Hindus – he could only throw barricades across the roads and dig in, hoping the Kushans would throw themselves upon his guns. Bujayapendra, meanwhile, was in the thick of a dispute with the crowd of Brahmins which had sprung up from nowhere to ‘advise’ him upon the rule of Und.

Two months after Peshawar had fallen, the Kushan army took to the field again, burning churches and mosques and shooting any priest or mullah they could find. This deviltry then inspired the remaining Hussite population to rise up in open revolt, while the Hindus also rose up in a vicious orgy of murder and arson directed at their oppressors.

John Solomon wasted no time in marching his army north into the chaos – both to succor the rebellious (and fleeing) Hussites – and in hopes of catching the Hindu army by surprise. Despite his hopes, however, John Solomon marched directly into an ambush just beyond Kohat, where the Hindu prince had deftly maneuvered his army into flanking position. Once more, the Ghaznavari light horse – let run wild in Und to torch and burn – had lured the Hussites out of position.

John Solomon’s army was destroyed. The prince himself was captured, while Baron Derwent was killed on the field and his body dragged behind a captured cassion into Peshawar. The Hussite rising was then thoroughly crushed and their estates and lands properly apportioned by the Brahmins. Thousands of Christians fled south or east into the Punjab and Sahis, rightly terrified by the atrocities which had taken place.

All throughout India, no Moslem or Hussite now slept easy in their beds at night…

Safavid Persia: With the assistance of the Kushites, trade along the old Silk Road in the east re-opened, pleasing many merchants with long-standing interest in the lands ruled by Prester John.

1769-1770 T220
Kingdom of the Kushans: Diplomacy Ghazni (^a)
The prince was quite pleased to deny the Hussite dogs in Kanauj the realm of the Baluchis, and to seize two more rich provinces without battle. There were shots fired, of course, for the remaining Europeans in both Punjab and Sahis had to be helped on their way south. The economies of both provinces suffered mightily in the helping, but there was little to be done about that at this juncture. The Kushan army advanced to Lahore and made camp while the Blessed One secured the administration of his new domains. Now Dehli was within striking distance…

Princes

  • Bujayapendra 1743-date T207-date

Players

  • T216-date (1761-date) (open)
  • T206-T215 (1741-1760) Rob Hanson

Last updated: 30 Match 2005

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