Maasai, Coptic Kingdom of

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Foundation: 1521-date (T111-date)
Capital: Mbeya in Kimbu
Religion: Coptic Christian

By Rob Pierce, updated by Martin Helsdon

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Maasai declared it's independence from the Federal Imperial Republic of Ethiopia in 1521 after the separatist Maasai'Bundolo party was outlawed by Emperor Khyron Sulaei. In the resulting civil war, FIRE collapsed in ruin, and was succeeded in the north by the Coptic Empire of Egypt. A treaty of Peace and Friendship was signed between Egypt and Maasai in 1540 (T117), but the dreams of a unified Coptic state did not die. When the Maasai made a major commitment to support Sud Afriqa and the Mixtecs in The New Mexican War (1625-1645), imperial ambitions won out and the Ethiopians attacked south. In what is known as The Ethiopian War (1629-1649), the combined forces of Maasai and RSA in the south, and an Q'aba Jihad in the north ultimately crushed the Coptic Empire and Maasai independence was secured once again.

The History:

Still to be written.

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1739-1740 (T205)
Axum: Though crippled by drought and poverty, the Axumites were not yet dead men - the Negusa Negast had posted a wary patrol on the border with Ethiopia and they hurried back to Addis-Adaba with news of invasion. They found the city in mourning - black-masked men had set upon Ousanas as he returned from the bathing house one morning and stabbed the great leader to death. His guardsmen had rushed to his aid, but by the time they had driven off the Ethiops (for the assassins proudly bore the tattoos and signs of the Sharp Hand, a fraternal order of Ethiopian warriors) Ousanas' life had gushed out on the ground.

His younger brother Eon took command, and soon learned an army three times the size of the warriors he commanded was sweeping across the plains of Sennar. Further, he learned from panicked merchants the Regent Fredik had decided to punish the cities who had made an accommodation with the Axumites - Fashoda was already in flames, every last ducat, bolt of cloth and item of furniture looted away by the Ethiopians.

"We will go then," the young Negusa proclaimed. "So we came, on horse and camel and donkey, so we will go." His people rushed to gather themselves, to fill their panniers, pack up their tents, abandon the rich villas and houses they had tenanted for only six years. Eon himself led his army into the mountains athwart the path the Ethiopians must take and lay in wait, intending to buy time for the escape of his people.

Fredik, however, was well informed by his spies and rushed his men forward, hoping to catch the fleeing Axumites on the march. Eon (who was a man wise in the ways of battle) divined his intent and rode swiftly away to the south. The Ethiops entered the high valleys of Shoa unopposed, and fell upon Addis-Adaba with terrible ferocity. As Fashoda had suffered, so too did the ancient capital, and there Fredik found great treasure in the houses of the merchants, the churches and even the dwellings of the poor.

These baubles purchased escape for Eon and his people, who found their way down onto the coastal plain and into the lands of the Masai kings. Fredik was pleased to see them go, and took a certain satisfaction in seeing them plague the southerners.

Maasai: Tudar was angling for a reign-name of "The Builder," setting his engineers and a huge horde of workers on cutting a highway from the jungles of Ankolye up through the Mountains of the Moon and down to the festering, monkey-plague infested port of Kisanjani on the upper Congo. A mighty doing, and one promising to take many years - but the Masai set about the task with great energy.

The last thing anyone expected, as a result, was an invasion of the northern provinces by a huge horde of Axumite refugees and a whole pile of angry-looking religious zealots. But, prince Eon needed to go somewhere and the provinces of Danakil, Djibuti and Zeila where just sitting there. The Axumites swept in, slapped aside a paltry resistance mounted by the city police and local magistrates, and everyone got new homes! By the seaside! With a view!

King Kaii was very, very displeased.

RSA: Faced with a very tight agricultural situation, the Senate weaseled out of sending the biannual tribute to the Masai (even though they still owed a very large amount of grain to the northern kingdom for another four years).

1741-1742 (T206)
Axum: Faced with the fresh prospect of annhilation at the hands of the angry Masai, Eon knuckled under and accepted a moderately humiliating compromise. As a result, he and his people packed up their bags once more (though they were getting heartily tired of constant movement) and boarded a vast Masai fleet.

They were sailed south, and then south some more, until at last they came to the jungled, unspoilt coastline of the "Stony Island" of Madagascar. There the Masai dumped them on the coast of Betisimarsaka to fend for themselves, then sailed away.

Maasai: By threatening the Axumite invaders with an enormous stick and a grisly, lingering death, Tudar managed to get them off his front porch, onto boats and down to Madagascar - where he hoped they would stay for quite a while. Work continued on the highway over the Mountains of the Moon, and a government office was established to guide implementing the Lisbon Accords. The cities of Mahala and Lindi also expanded.

General Hopok restored order in the far north and chased off the last of the Axumite stragglers who had failed to board the ships.

RSA: Extensive missionary activities took place along the fringes of the Republic, though the arrival of the Axumites in Madagascar destroyed decades of work by slaughtering the Catholics there. The King of Vaal (negotiating with the aborigines of Merintha) was hunted down and slain by the Axumites.

1743-1744 (T207)
Arnor: Thanks to the assistance of the Albanian East India Company, Schwarzkastel expanded and was greatly beautified, and trade was opened with Maasai and Ethiopia.

Maasai Kingdom: Brawny Kaii was very busy – the sloth of his youth cast aside, kingly raiment revealed – and a vast expansion of the Royal University was undertaken. Work continued apace on the twisting mountain road from Ankolye to Nia’nia, though even that mighty undertaking was nearing completion. A new city, Arusha, was built in Maasai province – on the road up from the coast. Some very mild missionary activity was undertaken in ever-troublesome Kongo – but amazingly the locals did not revolt this time.

An expedition was dispatched to the Mountain of the Sign in Kikuyu – which had lain undefended for years, actually, so it’s good no one bad noticed – to reoccupy the fortresses there and begin a variety of investigations in the old ruins.

The South Afrikans, disturbed and outraged by the invasion of their Madagascarene provinces by the Axumites – “a Masai proxy, if ever we’ve seen such a thing!” – ceased shipping grain and pickled yams to the kingdom, even though they were bound by treaty to do so. A stiffly worded letter of protest was also received by Kaii’s foreign minister.

In the summer of ’44, the king was hunting lion in the grasslands outside of Arusha when a lioness – an old, canny, black-tufted creature – took him from ambush. Horribly torn and scarred, the king’s ashkaris carried him into the hunting camp on a bier of spears. Kaii did not last the night, his lifeblood spilling out upon the tawny ground. The lioness also met her death, but took four strong hunters with her.

Kaii’s young son, Meru, who had only just come of age, returned to the capital with his father’s body, expecting to receive the acclaim of the ishkari regiments as Emperor. Instead, he found old Nestor’s son Sogobu circulating among the troops, handing out gifts and playing the very king himself. Meru – not the most forward of young men – was forced to put his own case to the troops, all unprepared.

Unfortunately, Sogubu was ready for his challenge, and there was a scuffle as Meru tried to make his way into the camp. Sogobu’s men rushed the young prince and his bodyguard. Spears flashed in the night, lit only by the light of great bonfires. The body of Kaii tumbled to the ground. Meru, crying out, was taken captive. Within the hour, the boy was strangled in Sogobu’s tent. The rest of the Tudar family fled to Mt’wara, seeking shelter with the fleet.

There, Sogobu’s agents were waiting and little Gomutu and Behi were taken captive. They vanished – most people assumed they were drowned. For a wonder, the various generals and potentates accepted Sogobu’s claim and there were no revolts.

Motaa Ojekh: Trapped on an isolated, wilderness island – without so much as a town to call their own – the Axumites cursed man and god alike – with special emphasis on the Maasai dogs who stranded them in this hellish jungle. Their scouts, however, returned from the west to report an actual town on the Sakalavan coast. A town inhabited by Malays, Javans and other known reprobates.

Republic of South Afriqa: A great clamor rose in the Senate, for the honorable representatives from the province of Merintha requested – nay, demanded! – the expulsion of the Axumite bandits from their homeland. “Madagascar is ours,” they proclaimed to anyone who would listen. For his part, the Protector was also rather put off by the ham-handedness of the Maasai, and ordered out generals G’mar and Huwele with a dozen regiments of Vaalese riflemen and artillerists to deal with the invasion.

Relations with Maasai chilled noticeably. Among the effects – the export of foodstuffs, cloth, animal feed and pickled yams halted.

1745 – 1746 T208
The War Against the Daemon Sultan
March: The Empress dispatches a swarm of Nisei dispatch riders to summon the Masai and Ethiopian armies to join her.
April: To the east, the Masai army at Aqaba also rushes north into Jordan, but they have no helpful highway to follow and only a vague idea of where Oniko’s army might be.
Early May: The Masai advance into Jordan, but beside some puzzled locals, there’s no one there – no Oniko, no Daemon Sultan. A passing merchant points off to the southwest. “They went thattaway,” he said. “Hey, you want to buy some camels?” General Decks urged his troopers to hurry. “Battle’s waiting,” he chanted, jogging beside a column of Masai riflemen, “let’s go!” The highlanders ran southwest at a constant, ground-eating pace.
Early June: Decks and his Masai reach the battlefield of Ayn’Jalut and find there such a scene of devastation none can grasp the enormity of what has happened. Still, order must be maintained. The Masai set about garrisoning Levant.
Early July: Decks and the Masai troops in the Holy Land extend their ‘protectorate’ to include Jordan and the city of Amman. The Masai fleet remains at Petra, watching over merchant ships bringing in food and medical supplies.
August: Leaving the Islanders in Lebanon to reduce the local tribes to something like order, the Afriqans and Vastmark corps march down into Levant and find the Maasai in possession of Akko, where there are also a large number of Albanian air-men (Nikolas having returned from his raid over Baghdad), princess Margaret of the Franks and her airship squadron, a whole gang of Nisei sailors and other hanger’s-on. Everyone immediately begins to tell everyone else everything that happened and the combined Sunlander armies wind up throwing a six-week-long barbecue.

Maasai Kingdom: Having reclaimed his patrimony, Sogobu set about improve his demesne. The cities of Mahala and Kisanjani were expanded. The highway across the mountains from Ankolye to Nia’nia was completed. Surveyors were sent to examine possible routes for another new highway from Gilwa in Burundi to the Mountain of the Sign in Kikuyu. The spear-captains Wonows and Ecks were sent to negotiate with the tribes around the mountain, which went relatively well, though Wonows was killed in mysterious and frankly horrifying circumstances.

The loyal Isaias – sent down to troublesome Kongo to try and promote the worship of Jah among the infidels – contracted some kind of bleeding disease and perished, his body thrown among hundreds of others in the funeral pits.

General Hopok, admiral Joshua and a great portion of the kingdoms’ fleet and army were dispatched to the Middle East to make war upon the Daemon Sultan. In their case, this consisted of sailing to Aqaba and garrisoning the province of Petra. Not such a bad job, y’know. Very dry though. Very dry.

1747 – 1748 T209
Islamic Union: A powerful force of Masai soldiers ran up from Aqaba to visit, tried the food (made a face) and then ran back, singing their favorite running song (which involved counting the number of Ethiopian soldiers they had killed in battle).

Maasai Kingdom: Much like their co-religionists to the north, the Masai withdrew their forces from the middle east, abandoning Levant, Petra and Jordan to their own devices. The Masai soldiers were happy to return home and the cattle-blood and milk they loved so well. “The northern people look funny,” they declared. “Their food smells.”

Rather low-key missionary work continued in Kongo, which was made rather more urgent by reports of a Catholic mission having been established on the northern bank of the Kongo in Giri province.

1749 – 1750 T210
Maasai Kingdom: Life was pretty fat and happy in Masai-mara. The cities of Boma, Kisanjani, Mahala and Gardoria all expanded. Many statues, churches and public parks dedicated to Sogobu were built. He sired another son and scolded prince Junuka for failing to quicken any of his women.

1751 - 1752 T211
Maasai Kingdom: As the Royal granaries were bulging with southern corn, Sogobu went against all prevailing notions of proper Imperial planning and expanded the cities of Boma, Kisanjani, Mahala and Luba - including public parks, baths and cart turn-lanes. Work also progressed, mostly at the enormously expanded university, on implementing all of the agreements, procedures and recommendations of the Lisbon Accords. Very circumspect missionary work also continued in the Muslim hotbed of the Kongo. Everyone was cautiously pleased the region had not revolted.

The M'beron Doctrine: The Republic has suffered a pair of incidents in recent years that have resulted from foreign incursions into RSA territory. The first incident was a hostile invasion of Madagascar by Ethiopian rebels that required our nation to go to war to recover our territory. These rebels misled Maasai officials into believing the Republic approved their move to Madagascar when in fact we had made no decision on their request.

1753 - 1754 T212
Maasai Kingdom: Industrious as ever, the Masai continued to build a powerful civilization… the provinces of Berbera and Lamu increased to 2 GPv. Mahala city grew a level and everywhere new farms and orchards and plantations were being cut from the jungle or sprouting from the grasslands. The army remained on watch in the north, expecting the Axumites to storm southward again, but none did. General Hopok, however, did die of heart failure. Marshal Decks took over command of the border watch.

Efforts by Lord Ecks to woo the tribesmen of Kikuyu took a dreadful turn for the worse and the suspicious and rather violent hill-men sent him to a grisly end in the jaws of lions. Disgusted with his feckless behavior, the chieftains vowed never to accept the Masai as guests again.

1755 - 1756 T213
Maasai Kingdom: Ah, such a quiet, peaceful land! The Masai continued to toil industriously away under the eagle eye of the Cripple King. Brava increased in value to 2 GPv. Huge new agricultural districts were opened up for cultivation in Berbera, Masai and Luba. Work began on a railroad between Danakil and Djibuti. The cities of M’beya, Boma and Pebane expanded. Yea, a veritable golden age had come to East Africa!

Ignoring all the trouble religion had caused in Kongo before, a cavalcade of Masai leaders arrived in the port of Boma and set about preaching up a storm… a few people converted, but not many. One of the Masai leaders, traveling down the Kongo, was quite surprised to see a haggard party of Europeans waving at his boat from a sand-bar. He picked them up and they proved to be a set of lost Bavarian priests. They were very happy to see the hostels and tavernas of Boma at the end of the journey.

Lord Zeb – even though he was far better suited to hosting diplomatic receptions with lots of drinks and little sandwiches on silver plates – was dispatched to the north to crawl around in the spinebushes of Walaga, trying to investigate the Cave of the Vision. He did not manage to get into the cave, but neither did he get spitted on the lances of the religious fanatics guarding the site. He even managed to escape back south again.

Afriqa Co.: Work also began on a massive complex of airship yards, factories and workshops at Goana in Vaal. Grain, cloth and other goods were purchased from the French, Spanish and the Maasai as well.

1757 - 1758 T214
Maaasai Kingdom: Not wanting to be entirely left behind by the Sud Afriqans, the Maasai completed their first section of railroad (far behind schedule and way, way over budget) from Mersa Fatma in Danakil south into the plains of Djibuti. Of course, it didn’t actually go anywhere…

Considerable improvements to roads, mills, granaries, irrigation systems, bridges and public drinking houses were made in Danakil, Djibuti, Brava, Zeila, Chilwa and M’beya (which also expanded a level). Implementation of the Lisbon Accords was also completed (in stark comparison to the railroad it was on-time and on-budget). General Decks, who had long commanded the armies in the north, died of a heart attack.

Slow and steady missionary work continued in Kongo.

1759 – 1760 T215
Maasai Kingdom: While everyone else to the north were losing their heads, the Masai kept an eye on the Afriqans to the south and trundled ahead with their various public infrastructure projects. A royal road was pushed up the coast from Rotai in Mogadishu through Scebeli and on to Eyl in Ras Hafun. Further south, work also began on a railroad over the mountains between Arusha in Masai and Mtwara in Mombassa. Because of this, work on the northern Mersa Fatma to Aseb line slowed down. Throughout the realm, considerable advances were made in many provinces on agricultural production, land clearing and the use of steam-powered tractors and mills.

The nascent aerocorps was finally provided with a commander (lord G’kar) and a mixture of home-built zeppelins and airships provided by the Polytechnic League of Athens. The capital at M’beya expanded.

1761 – 1762 T216
Maasai Kingdom: Industrialization continued apace in the powerful east African kingdom, with the provinces of Danakil, Serengeti and Mombassa increasing to 2 GPv. Work on the royal road running north continued apace, with the highway reaching Nur Ahan in Scebeli and then the long run north to Eyl in Ras Hafun. Even further north, the railroad between Danakil and Zeila was also completed, allowing the citizenry of both towns to gad about on the weekends taking train excursions along the coast.

Massive government investment continued to revolutionize the agricultural market throughout the Kingdom as steam-powered well-pumps, tractors and threshing mills came into use. A new Frontier Guards regiment was raised in the north, as the whole Red Sea area seemed to becoming a hot-bed of intrigue and calamity. Who knew what the crazy Ethiopians would do next!?

Very delicate missionary work continued in Kongo. Prince Junuka continued to disappoint both his mother and father, to the point at which his younger (and much more outgoing, and nicer, and better-looking) brother Pheto was proclaimed Crown Prince in Junuka’s stead! Prince Mongo also came of age, and my but he was uncle Junuka’s twin in mood, appearance and surliness.

Both Mongo and Junuka began to loiter about together, drinking heavily and glaring silently at ‘golden’ Pheto.

1763 – 1764 T217
ARF: Powered by enormous capital investments on the part of the Swedes, Masai and English, the agricultural lands of Khazar were cleared, canals restored, new tenants settled and hundreds of thousands of hectares put back into production. A similar effort was undertaken in the Kuban and Taman, as the Company intended to create the “breadbasket of Europe” on the Volga steppes.

Ethiopia: The Exchequer, for its part, struggled to keep banking and commerce from collapsing in the Republic, as the ‘Baklovakian Loan’ had come due… and there was no prospect of anyone satisfying the paper. This did not, however, stop the Maasai central bank from removing Ethiopia from it’s list of approved lenders.

Maasai Kingdom: Aside from denying the Ethiopians credit (which seemed very sensible these days, given the degree of international wire fraud), the Masai expanded the city of Boma, and kept themselves busy with vast agricultural projects throughout East Africa. “Silly Ethiopians! Starving to death… why, just look at the yields gathered from these new steam-powered threshers and tillers!”

1765 – 1766 T218
ARF: The massive, plantation-style agricultural development of Urkel and Kuban continued (now supplemented by substantial Maasai investment and provision of arid- and heat-adapted African grains).

Maasai Kingdom: Work continued on the Masai-Mombassa railroad, which was still not complete, despite Prince Pheto being given management of the effort. Queen Gimana died of complications from malaria, which made Sogobu irritated and testy for weeks. Even being the ruler of one of the Great Powers did not alleviate his sadness. M’beya in Kimbu expanded a level. Surveyors laid out the path of the next section of Coastal Highway No. 1, from Eyl in Ras Hafun to Mahala in Berbera. Further north, a spur line of the planned Northern Rail was started from Zeila west into the desert of Adal.

Very careful, patient, missionary work continued in the Kongo.

1767 – 1768 T219
ARF: In the hinterlands, massive investment by Sweden and Maasai allowed the necessary expansion of farming land and roads, bridges and other appurtenances of the agricultural arts.

Maasai Kingdom: The Government Investment board continued to ship exceptional sums of capital north to Russia, to aid the Arfen in establish ever greater plantations and farms in the Russian ‘breadbasket’. Though the north and west were abroil with war, the Maasai remained content with their kingdom, though the border watch was given instructions not to admit any “flying creatures.”

1769–1770 T220
ARF: The promise of better, faster, deadlier ships of the air drew the promise of investment monies from many nations - Sweden, Masai, Persia

Maasai Kingdom: Prince Mongo fell off of a cliff into a river filled with crocodiles, which then feasted awesomely. No one missed the abrasive young lad, not even his pa, who was more interested in blistering the ears of his finance minister, who had recently brought him news that the Arfen merchants (who had, in recent years, received an enormous amount of capital from the Maasai government) had defaulted on quite an enormous loan. And, apparently, refused to honor the obligation, or even admit they had extended themselves so egregiously!

The Kings

  • Sogobu the Cripple 1744-
  • Tudar Kaii 1718-1744
  • Kohere Kaii 1694-1718
  • Luxun Kaii 1669-1694
  • Kusuii Kaii 1658-1669
  • Luz Kaii 1645-1658
  • M'Gumbu Kherule 1644-1645
  • Hegeli Kherule 1629-1643
  • Katain Kherule 1584-1629
  • Onota Kherule 1554-1584
  • Josip Kherule ????-1554
  • (unknown) 1542-1554
  • Jamair Nlumbe 1521-1541

Players

  • T205-date (1739-date) Dave Vulcan
  • T136-T204 (1596-1738) Gary Riviere
  • T115-T135 (1532-1595) Steve Lee
  • T114 (1529-1531) (open)
  • T112-T113 (1523-1528) Beverly Ryng
  • T111 (1521-1523) (open)

Last updated: 27 December 2004

© 2003 Robert Pierce © 2004 Martin Helsdon

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