Ottoman Empire

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Foundation: 1447-1494 (T91-T102)Dead.gif
Capital: ???
Religion: Islam

By Rob Pierce


Established primarily on the Anatolian peninsula, between the Corsican Kingdoms in the west, and the Sultanate of Syria in the east.

Warning!: This is not the historical Ottoman Empire. See [1] for the real Ottoman Empire.

The History:

Still to be written.

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1447-1450 (T91)

Ottomans: Diplomacy: Galatia(f)
Trade Partners: (6C) Jalayrids, Denmark, Novgorod, FIRE, Syria, Aleppo [2C], HIR

The Ottomans raised Istanbul to a [4] city.

1451-1454 (T92)

Ottomans: Diplomacy: Bitlis(t)
Trade Partners: (4.4C) Denmark, Novgorod, FIRE, Syria, Aleppo [2C], HIR

The Ottomans resettled Adrianople, firmly establishing their stronghold on the continent. The Bythnians were finally converted to Islam. Two Ottoman armies crossed the High Taurus and seized the provisional Jalayrid capital of Ninveh, in Kurdistan. They were not opposed, as the Jalayrid army had been consumed by the Valley of the Assassins somewhat earlier. The Plague brought by the Ethiopian and Berber merchants afflicted the people.

1455-1458 (T93)

Ottomans: Diplomacy: Pontus(t)
Trade Partners: (7.5C) Denmark, Novgorod, FIRE, Syria, Aleppo [2C], HIR, Sweden

An Ottoman emissary to Rhodes was imprisoned there by the Corsican garrison.

1459-1462 (T94)

Syria: Diplomacy: The Aleppan Shah politely refused to join Syria

Ottomans: Diplomacy: The Aleppans also refused to join the Turks
Trade Partners: (7.5C) Denmark, Novgorod, FIRE, Syria, Aleppo [2C], HIR, Sweden, Capetian France

The Turkish leader held by the Corsicans in Rhodes managed to make a daring escape from his durance vile, escaping by leaping from his turret window into a wine-dark sea. He was then picked up by fishermen and brought home safely. Suleiman, seeing that it was all the rage, declared a Republic - though he remained First Citizen. There were some mysterious orders delivered to the armies on the eastern frontier, resulting in them taking part in momentous events in the highlands of Tabaristan... The Istanbul prefect was puzzled to find, upon arriving at the office one morning, his staff lying dead in their offices - transfixed by icepicks. His puzzlement continued to grow as reports arrived indicating that several buildings in the Old City had been consumed in exceptionally hot fires and that the harbor had yeilded up no less than one hundred bodies, all bearing peculiar signs of mutilation. The mutterings and rumors of several members of the intelligentsia about "Koolu" and "Azagtoth" were ignored.

Russia: In other news some 40,000 Russian cossaki and knights were sent south under sealed orders and, thanks to interesting arrangements, traversed Ottoman Shirvan to enter ... Tabaristan.

1463-1466 (T95)

Syria: Diplomacy: The Shah of Aleppo politely refused the gifts

Ottomans: Diplomacy: Aleppo(f)
Trade Partners: (10.5C) Denmark, Novgorod, FIRE, Syria, HIR, Sweden, Angevin France, Malta

Istanbul was expanded to a [5] once more. A great state holiday was declared upon the marriage of Suleiman to the daughter of the Shah of Aleppo. This, and the exchange of many gifts and other concerns, saw the return of Aleppo to the Ottoman camp. The Emperor has pledged to allow Dray of Rhodes and his mercenary army to base there without hindrance or tax in perpetuity. Meanwhile, the Ottoman fleet was flexing its muscles in the Aegean - where the island of Rhodes found itself under attack by an Ottoman army.

Corsica: On Rhodes the Ottoman invaders found the island heavily fortified and crawling with Corsican leaders eager to revenge their losses in Macedonia. The invasion was a disaster and the Ottomans fled homeward to their base at Thaxos to lick their wounds.

1467-1470 (T96)

Ottomans: Diplomacy: No effect
Trade Partners: (10.5C) Denmark, Novgorod, FIRE, Syria, HIR, Sweden, Angevin France, Malta

The Ottoman fleet prowled the Aegean, looking for and finding a number of Corsican ships, which it took great pleasure in sinking.

1471-1474 (T97)

Ottomans: Diplomacy: No effect
Trade Partners: (11.5C) Denmark, Novgorod, FIRE, Syria, HIR, Sweden, Angevin France, Gascony, Iberia

The Ottomans prepared for further operations in the Aegean by raising a new city, Ephesus, in Pamphyla.

1475-1478 (T98)

Ottomans: Diplomacy: No effect
Trade Partners: (11.5C) Denmark, Novgorod, FIRE, Syria, HIR, Sweden, Angevin France, Gascony, Iberia

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.

1479-1482 (T99)

Mongol Empire: The Celestial Host ended its march with the seizure of the region of Khotan from the HIR - a move that caused extreme and violent outbreaks of paranoia on the part of the Majlis. The Ever-Victorious Celestial Host is now one turn from Khwarzim, and two turns from Baghdad, Moscow or Istanbul.

Ottomans: Diplomacy: No effect
Trade Partners: (13.5C) Denmark, Novgorod, Syria, HIR, Sweden, Gascony, Iberia

The passing of the second of the Suleiman line did not discommode the nation too severely, and his little brother took the throne amid much pomp and splendour. Konya in Psidia was greatly expanded and beautified by the Emperor to provide a residence for his beloved wives. The island of Rhodes was the next on the Ottoman's list of targets and 9,000 Ottoman jannisaries landed there in early 1479... The island, the last stronghold of the Corsican monarchy, fell easily - defended by only a few hundred locals (who were not Dorsai). With the fall of the island, Corsica passed from the stage...

1483-1486 (T100)

Ottomans: Diplomacy: No effect
Trade Partners: (14.5C) Denmark, Novgorod, Syria, HIR, Sweden, Gascony, Iberia, FIRE

The city of Antioch, the scene of much Ottoman activity of late, grew into a [5] city.

1487-1490 (T101)

India: The Indian fleet made a sortie into the Persian Gulf to deliver war materiel and gold to the beleaguered Syrian kingdom. Unfortunately, Basra had already fallen into the hands of the Ottomans when they arrived, so the supplies were offloaded in Bahrain.

Syria: The Syrians meddled in Ethiopian politics and braced for the Ottoman onslaught...

Ottomans: Diplomacy: Tabaristan(f)
Trade Partners: (16+0C) FIRE, Russia, HIR, Denmark, Sweden, England, Iberia, Gascony, Maroi, India

The Ottomans, in a sudden burst of activity, poured across the Syrian frontier in a bid to be historical! One Ottoman army of 60,000 Jannisaries swept into Palmyra down the old Highway and ran into and over 5,000 Syrians garrisoning the Highway junction. Syria fell next (and the Ottomans were annoyed to see that Damasacus was in ruins). Detouring through Jordan to secure that region, the Ottomans crossed into Levant to find the Syrian army and the majority of their leaders dug in in the hills of Galilee with a mess of artillery and many forts. The resultant campaign lasted two bloody years before the Ottoman numbers ground the last of the Syrians from their holes in the Palestinian hills. Abu Karasid and several of his lackeys fled south to Medina, where they took sanctuary at Mecca. Unfortunately for the Syrian cause, Abu Karasid died in exile in Mecca in 1490 and was survived only by his six year old son. Leadership of the Syrian cause fell to the Emir of Bahrain. Tripoli was annexed by a minor Ottoman cavalry force.

Along the Tigris-Euphrates another Ottoman army of 46,000 poured out of Kurdistan and overran Mosul, isolating Kirkuk, and marched into Mesopotamia to hammer on the gate of Baghdad. Leaving the Georgian army to besiege Baghdad, the remainder of the army continued on to Abadan and laid siege to Basra - which surrendered after only a few months. Kirkuk in Mosul also surrendered after a year siege. Baghdad continues to resist, however.

Suleiman III died as his dreams of a trans-Levantine empire at last came to fruition, and was replaced by his son Suleiman IV.

1491-1494 (T102)

HIR: After some preparation, the armies of the Republic crossed over the Iraqi hills into the valley of the Tigris and Euphrates, heading for the Mediterranean and destiny!

Syria: The Syrians braced for more Ottoman action!

Ottomans: Diplomacy: Pontus(a), Hejaz(nt)
Trade Partners: (15+0C) FIRE, Russia, Denmark, Sweden*, Iberia*, Gascony*, Maroi, India

The Ottomans, intending to keep what they had gained, dispatched another army into the Fertile Crescent from Psidia and prepared for Syrian trickery! Suleiman the Fourth, desirous of siring some heirs, married the Beyess of Pontus, bringing her small domain into the mainstream of the Empire.

In the south, one Ottoman army pressed down the western coast of Araby, heading for Mecca, while the army in Basra ground south into Bahrain to crush the last center of Syrian resistance.

But those tricky Syrian devils were not yet defeated! No indeed. While Ottoman armies marched hither and yon, the Syrian leader in Baghdad (secretly supplied with money) made a quiet visit to the Emir of Georgia and, after much money had passed hands, convinced him that he should go home. Thus, in early 1491, the Georgians pulled up their tentstakes and marched away, leaving Baghdad once more free. Further, Mosul - which had been garrisoned by Georgians - was also liberated! The Ottoman army at Basra, hearing of this foul defection, turned around and marched north into Mesopotamia - where that same tricky Syrian leader met them and offered vast sums of gold and women and glory and like that. It didn't work. But, before the regions could be retaken, the HIR armies swept down upon the hapless Ottomans. 56,500 HIR infantry marched on Baghdad - while 120,000 HIR cavalry rode through Abadan and then swung north in search of the Ottoman host. The Ottoman general, meantime, found himself trapped between two hostile armies and made a break north along the highway. The HIR infantry failed to cut him off and the Ottomans escaped the trap, falling back to Palmyra. The armies of the Majlis mopped up Abadan and Mesopotamia and - after the Syrain commander refused them admission to Baghdad - besieged that city. Baghdad, defended by 14,000 Syrians, held out for a year before the 57,000 HIR troops reduced the walls to rubble and stormed through the streets in a frenzy of looting and rapine.

The HIR cavalry army had pressed on in pursuit of the retreating Ottomans and, following the highway, reached the road nexus in Palmyra just as the Ottoman armies regrouped and moved south down the road. The Levantine army and a new army of Jannisaries led by Suleiman the Fourth had reinforced the Basran army. The two hosts clashed at Sarn-el-geddi on the Circian frontier. 120,000 HIR cavalry and 92,000 Ottoman troops battled for a day and night before the superior Ottoman leadership pulled a victory out of the broil of charge and counter-charge. But it was not without cost, for the Ottomans had lost 45,000 men, and one general was dead and another sorely wounded. For their part, the HIR had lost the Emir of Iran, 80,000 dead or wounded, and the Bey of Khurasan captured by the Ottomans and in gaol. The HIR armies retired to Circis to lick their wounds and regroup. There they were soon reinforced by the infantry army that had been besieging Baghdad, but they had run out of time...

Mosul, abandoned by the Georgians and retaken by no one, reverted to Syrian control. The Indian Persian Gulf Expeditionary Force (IPGEF) remained in Bahrain and watched the events to the north with amusement.

The Emperors

  • Suleiman IV 1489-1494
  • Suleiman III 1479-1489
  • Suleiman II 1455-1479
  • Suleiman the Magnificent 1447-1454

The Players

  • T99-T102 (1479-1494) Tim Grandi
  • T98 (1475-1478) (unknown; no ISI list)
  • T93-T97 (1455-1474) Jeff Glasco
  • T91-T92 (1447-1454) (unknown; no ISI list)

Last updated: 28 May 2003

© 2003 Robert Pierce

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