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Foundation: 1742-date (T206-date)
Capital: Amon Hen in Karnata
Religion: Hussite

By Rob Pierce, updated by Martin Helsdon

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In 1742 the Realm of Arnor and Yasarid India reached a peace agreement after years of incessant warfare. The agreement called for Hussite and Muslim areas of influence: Hussites in the north, Muslims in the south. The only problem with the agreement was that much of the south, particularly the west coast and the central highlands, remained staunchly Hussite. Despite the pleas of the Arnor king for the southern Hussite populations to move north the inhabitants refused. With the withdrawl of Arnor support the local dukes formed a "southern league" with which to resist the Yasirids.

In game terms, this is one of only two known countries that are run "by committee". The other is the People's Republic of Baklovakia. In this case each member of the league (player) represent one of the League's regions.

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1739-1740 T205
Judah: No one, however, was more luckless than poor General Thandu, who was dispatched to command the garrison of distant, malarial, constantly besieged Tharbad on the Nasik coast.

1741-1742 T206
Arnor: Peregrin agreed to a truce with the Yasarids and the division of India into northern (Hussite) and southern (Moslem) spheres of influence. This brought, at last, the endless war between Arnor and Yasarid to a close. Work began immediately on repairing the dreadful devastation wreaked upon the Indus valley.

My dear Hussites,
It is well known I never wanted this war, what sane man does? However, when it was forced upon us we fought hard. Now peace is at hand. A peace that is more likely to be lasting I hope. It requires many sacrifices of the Yasarids. But Arnor too must give in order that we may get the lasting peace we all hope for. India was divided east and west before. This is a very impractical division. The terrain makes it hard to defend and I believe led to the war we just fought. Now India shall be divided north and south. We Hussites shall dwell in the north. Per the treaty no worship of Islam will be allowed in Hussite lands of the north. By the same token you, my Hussite brethren, in the south will most likely be made martyrs or otherwise persecuted. So I urge you, I implore you, come with us. Even now columns of Hussite soldiers are leaving the south. Come away north with us. We shall build you new homes, provide for your future, and see you safe amongst your brethren.
Duke Peregrin Von Hessen

With these words, the armies of Arnor abandoned the southern provinces, letting the various Hussite dukes, barons and lords go their own way. There was a terrible outcry, and thousands of curses rained upon Peregrin's name - every Hussite in the south was sure they had been on the verge of final victory - and now they were betrayed by the northern scum! Riots broke out, and Parachal and Valerus had to fight their way free of the lands south of the Vindhya and the Ghats.[1]

Anhivarta, Pawar, Nasik, Satava, Kakitiya, Malabar, Belur, Karnata, Chera and Pandya were let go. The Hussite provinces immediately restored their own local governments, murdered all the Moslems they could lay their hands on and began arming themselves once more. "We will never surrender to the Yasarid scum," they declared. Prince Kaelus of Amon Hen called for a "southern league" to resist Yasarid aggression.

Peregrin was more concerned with consolidating a realm he and his scribes could actually rule effectively.

1743-1744 T207
Yasarid: Despite the threat of the Khemer to the east, Abdullah attempted to take advantage of the Arnor abandonment of the southern Hussite lords. Unfortunately, lord Thabid elected to stay in safe, comfortable Dahala rather than test the lances and pistols of the Southern League's border patrols in Pawar. On the other hand, the raj of Tripuri understood the benefits of a closer alliance with the Yasar shah.

The shah Abdullah himself led a small army of six thousand fedyaheen into Kakatiya (over the protests of his general Abu'la the Ghulam), where he encountered the massed levies of the Hussite barons of Kakatiya, Pawar and Karnata (some nine thousand men).

Abdullah - chagrined and enraged in equal measure - attempted to flee with his men back into Chela, but were run to ground and forced to give battle at Warangal. Despite the marked superiority of his riflemen, the Hussites crumpled Abdullah's army with a convincing pincer movement, and then their cuirassiers[2] slaughtered his men as they fled. Abdullah himself, though sorely wounded, managed to escape[3]Êthe debacle and fled into Chela.

Abu'la and his army, were isolated in Pawar by the departure of the Arnor armies, had received a letter from Abdullah, directing the Ghulam to "cut his way to the sea." The loyal general complied, marching into Anhivarta and then swinging south. As he did, the barons of Satava, Kayal and Nasik converged upon him from ahead and behind. They were lusty for battle, so the Ghulam drew up his forces near Palghar and set to! As it happened, Baron Fulk of Satava was a canny and daring commander. The Yasarid front was engaged by the reckless Kayalese and Nasiki, while the Satavan woodsmen crept through heavy marshes on the Moslem left and suddenly burst out, overrunning Abu'la's artillery battery.

The Yasarid army - now shelled from the flank - retreated in mild disorder. Abu'la kept a firm hand and managed to extract most of his lancers and some of his infantry. The guns were a loss. The next day the Satavans pressed the issue, and Abu'la - trapped in a hostile countryside and cut off from home - was put at bay. This time the noble Ghulam could not escape. His army was smashed to bits by the Satavan guns - his own cannon! - and the Hussite landschneckts raced in to slash his lancers apart.

Abu'la himself went down fighting, a dozen Satavan knights hewn down by his mighty blade before some infantrymen pierced him with pikes and bore him to the ground. His head then graced Fulk's banner as a token of victory.

Following this victory - and the capture of those precious Yasarid guns - Fulk marched south into Malabar, where he chased the Moslem garrison into Fornost (for about the dozenth time). This time, however, the Hussites had the artillery to batter down the gates and a strong enough leader to lead them into the city. The Yasarid troopers fought bravely, but against the swarming mob of Hussites they had little chance.

(2) The Arnori/Indian Hussite cavalry is - in fact - the best in the world. Well, the Danes are pretty good too.
(3) This is what? The third, fourth time he's had an army obliterated and he's escaped?

Southern League: Diplomacy: Agreeing where to eat lunch counts, right? Right?
Consists of the diverse baronies and duchies of Anhivarta, Pawar, Kakatiya, Satava, Nasik, Belur (part of Karnata), Gangas, Chera, Karnata, Malabar (part of Satava) and the cities of Amon Hen and Fornost (part of Satava). Attack them at your peril!

Near the end of '44, a Danish fleet made landfall at Anhivarta, near the ruins of old Kayal, and set up camp on the shore. Emissaries of the League rode to meet with the Danish commander and discovered he wished to rebuild the city as an Imperial possession. This caused considerable consternation among the princes of the League, and some heated discussion, but in the end they refused the Dane persimmon ... I mean, permission, to build.[4]

(4) Though perhaps some... consideration... might change their minds.

1745 – 1746 T208
Southern League: Despite considerable discussion on all parts, the League did not launch a glorious campaign to drive the Yasarid dogs into the sea and recover the “lost provinces” of the south. Indeed, they didn’t do much at all, though Fulk of Satava did invest considerable resources in improving the roads, granaries, mills and mines of Anhivarta province. A trade delegation from the Albanian East India Company also found a warm welcome in Fornost. Though, sadly, their captain – the redoubtable Tipo Argir – was killed while hunting tigers in the nearby hills. A manly sport, but sometimes the tigers win out, not the men.

1747 – 1748 T209
Yasarid India: Abdullah, meanwhile, was determined to test his luck on the field of war again, despite being repeatedly thrashed by the Hussites. Determined to restore his tarnished honor, he hired a large number of mercenaries (under the command of the exiled Prince Eon of Axum) and launched a three-pronged invasion of the Southern League states.

Abdullah and Imhotep the Egyptian marched into Chera at the head of 12,000 men, emir Wahad of Tripuri invaded Kakatiya with his personal guard of five thousand samadars and Eon embarked on a campaign into Karnata with eight thousand Persians and a coterie of Yasarid engineers.

Southern League: Diplomacy Pawar(f to Anhivarta, then to Kakatiya)
With the onset of the Yasarids (Muslim scum! when would they ever learn?) the various and diverse princes of the League rushed to aid their fellows. Of course, some of them moved a little slower than others – Adhemar of Anhivarta paused in marching to aide Robert of Kakatiya so he could marry his daughter to Raymond of Pawar’s son and seal a tight little relationship between them…)

However, the fighting in Kakatiya dragged into later summer as Robert delayed a standing fight. Eventually Adhemar did arrive and then a spirited engagement at Sekunderabad laid matters straight. The six-thousand-odd Hussites (mostly cavalrymen) plowed into the midst of the Yasarid lines and were immediately butchered by massed rifle volley and chain shot from the Moslem guns. The Leaguers broke and scattered. Adhemar was killed and Robert only barely escaped with his life.

Emir Wahad hoped to advance into Pawar in the wake of conquering Kakatiya, but found the Hussite landowners and townsmen so violently opposed to Moslem rule he was forced to hold in place with his entire force, just to secure a line of retreat.

Prince Eon’s foray into Karnata faced greater difficulties – the mountains of the Carnatic were rough and the enemy was possessed of sufficient artillery and Duke Fulk was a match for Eon’s own formidable military prowess… as it happened, the League armies gathered in Karnata outnumbered Eon’s army by 12,000 to 10,000. After blocking the mercenaries advance with a strong force under the command of duke Tancred, Fulk swept into the enemy rear with his forces and Eon’s army was smashed in a bloody rout at Vellore. The Axumite escaped, though his army did not – though some did raise their swords in surrender, so sparing their lives. Fulk and Tancred, their blood up, immediately counter-invaded Madurai.

Abdullah’s invasion of Chera, meanwhile, had met with great success. The League barons of Nasik and Chera could only muster a paltry four thousand men to resist the 12,000 Moslems, so they ran away. The Shah subdued the province in fine style and then learned of the invasion of Madurai. Worried, Abdullah marched back south and east to protect his capital. This caused Chera to revert back to League control as the baron slipped back into the province with his men.

As it happened, both Fulk and Abdullah reached Madurai and the environs of Zefara at much the same time. Their armies were nicely matched in numbers and artillery, though the gulf in expertise between Fulk (a veritable Hussite Alexander) and Abdullah (far closer to Darius than Xerxes…)[3] was wide. The Yasarids were soundly thumped and streamed in disorder from the field. Then Tancred’s horsemen were among them and the retreat dissolved into a horrific rout. The Hussite lancers and hussars slaughtered the shrieking Moslems, leaving the roads south from Vellore choked with bodies, abandoned guns, cassions and all the wreck of war.

Eager to make hay while the sun shrone, Fulk and Tancred did not pursue Abdullah (yes, he’d survived again) south, but looted Madurai and shelled Zefara into submission. The hapless city was subjected with a thorough sacking by the Hussite soldiers, who took great delight in wreaking as much havoc as possible. They were helped, in great part, by the large underclass of Hussite landowners, peasants and tradesmen in the province, who took great delight in overthrowing their hated Yasarid oppressors. Those mosques, schools and libraries maintained by the Shi’a Imamate were also destroyed.

At the same time, the barons of Chera and Nasik had made a foray into Pandya as well. They did not have enough strength to capture Mozul, though they blockaded the city from the land. They did take care to loot and destroy the Shi’a madrasas and mosques in the province, which proved to be rich with loot. Very rich.

[3] Hey, these are Greek Hussites fighting Persian Moslems in India. Wacky.

1749 – 1750 T210
Yasarid India: Struggling to just stay alive in the face of renewed Hussite and Thai aggression, Abdullah squandered the last of his riyals and hired those few mercenaries still to be had in the sub-continent. Efforts to acquire the services of prince Eon failed (sadly for the Moslem cause) as the dukes of the League had managed to scrape up enough cash to keep the Axumite prince roistering among the flower-girls of Tharbad[3]. Still, Abdullah managed to muster 3,800 mercenaries in Chola, while general Dahalla gathered another 6,400 regulars in Yathrib.

Abdullah led his hirelings immediately north into Madurai, while Dahallan marched south down the coast through Kalinga and Vengi to meet him. At the same time, the emir of Tripuri launched a raid into Pawar with his force in Kakatiya.

Southern League: The barons of the League, despite their best intentions, were immediately at cross-purposes. The capture of the provinces in the south had startled them, and now every knight-banneret, duke and baron was scrambling hither and yon to seize new lands from the Moslems…A whole passel of Carthaginian merchants arrived at Fornost on the western coast and immediately began complaining about the scarcity of warehousing, docks and landing slips for their shipping (Fornost was bursting at the seams with foreign trade).

Tancred, while preparing to invade Chola, was wounded outside Zefara by Yasarid assassins, though Fulk escaped harm. Confined to his camps near the ruined city, Tancred grumbled unceasingly as Fulk marched off north to invade Vengi. At the same time, William of Nasik (having left the Cherans to garrison fabulously wealth Pandya) raided into Chola. In the Deccan, Robert of Kakatiya (having taken advantage of control of the exchequer to raise another 2,000 hussars) made his own punitive expedition into Dahala.

As it happened, Abdullah and his army plowed into Tancred and Thoros of Ganga’s troops encamped at Zefara. A dreadfully inconclusive battle followed (Third Zefara), then another (Fourth Zefara). Tancred finally recovered from his wounds and took the field – whereupon Abdullah’s luck failed at last. His mercenaries were trapped at Pondicherry and they surrendered rather than be slaughtered. The shah was offered up to Tancred as a gesture of good will and immediately slapped in chains.

So, Fulk and his Satavans had marched north into Vengi where they soon clashed with the jahwar Dahallan and his fresh army of northerners at Eluru. Fulk proved his martial skills once more, annihilating the inexperienced Yasarids[4]. Dahallan, like his liege, was captured and sent off to Amôn Hen under heavy guard.

Only one Yasarid army now remained at large, that of the emir of Tripuri, who was engaged in a vigorous rissaldar into Pawar. News of this reached baron Robert while he was pillaging Dahala and the Hussites turned back to intercept the Moslems. As the Tripuran army was all afoot, Robert’s knights quickly caught up with them, leading to a spirited exchange of views at the dusty crossroads town of Gondida. In a refreshing change, the emir was not captured in the wake of his defeat, but merely slain while fleeing a pack of Hussite lancers.

With this, every mobile Yasarid army had been defeated, their captains taken in chains and their plans entirely ruined. Yet despite this, the lords of the League found themselves hard-pressed to secure any possible new conquests due to an appalling lack of manpower. True, baron Robert did manage to liberate Kakatiya and reclaim his ancestral home. Vengi and Chola fell to the Hussites, but the ports of Amôn Sul and Chabaz remained in Moslem hands, as the League armies besieging both cities simply did not have the strength to breach the walls, nor the warships to blockade them.

[3] Weighed down by bags of Arnori and Yasarid coin, to boot.
[4] As it happened, Dahallan’s army lacked either cavalry or artillery to face the League knights and cannon. Very messy.

Tewfik: Elsewhere, the House made good progress, though Captain Busir was nearly killed by Southern League snipers in Chabaz.

1751 - 1752 T211
Yasarid India: Despite the repeated drubbings administered to the Moslems by the Southern League and the continued captivity of Abdullah in the loathsome fortress of Amon Hen, Princess Tihana refused to admit defeat or surrender. Conscripting every man and boy she could lay hands on, another Yasarid army was raised. Once more, the services of Eon of Axum were obtained and (now in command) the Afriqan prince (accompanied by Tihana and General Thabit) led this army south into Vengi to drive back the Hussite dogs once and for all!

Yathrib, perched among the mountains of Kosala, was gripped by a creeping, omnipresent fear… men - some of noble birth - were being found dead in their beds, or struck down in their gardens. A vicious, silent war was underway - overshadowed by the thunder of guns and politics all 'round - and it was taking a terrible toll. The passage of a Persian fleet along the coast did little to raise the spirits of the Moslems in India - the Persians were notorious for their disinterest in matters on the sub-continent.

Though still imprisoned in the Southern League citadel of Amon Hen, Shah Abdullah managed to get a tattered, bloodstained letter smuggled out to his confederates in Moslem lands. This missive was then widely dispersed, to anyone who could hear or read:

The Hussites say we are rude and that if we play nice they will allow us to stay in India, albeit as a smaller nation. Thai Khemer breaks a treaty before the ink dries on the paper. These Godless heathens must be taught a lesson. Our brothers in Chandallas have decided to flee from their homes to live, but I wonder what would have happened if Allah did the same when confronted by the Zoroastrians in Persia? Would we know the Koran if we took the easy path and retreated? I wish them luck, but I think what they are doing is wrong. Should any Yassarid wish to leave with them, you have my blessing, if any of honorable men of Chandallas wish to stay, we welcome you with open arms and I pledge myself and my nation to fight with and support you.<br /
To the Southern League: Rebel dogs, you shall be taught to obey your master, and sit when commanded. Your string of good luck victories end, and soon you will be punished. It was not good fortune or destiny that you, as a nation, were created. It was a mistake, an oversight, and will be corrected soon enough.
To Arnor: While your words in private inspire my ire and bile, We have signed a peace agreement with you. As long as you honor it and keep your nose out of Yassarid Internal affairs (read Southern League), We will keep the treaty, because we have honor, unlike those of the Hussite church. We, the Faithful Followers of the True Religion, are true to our word.
In regards to the AEIC and any other Hussite who is lurking around India. Keep your nose out of my lands and we will leave you alone. Please take note that the peace agreement between Arnor and Yassarid states that the lands the rebel's knows as the Southern League are mine. Should we find you helping them we will respond accordingly. You have no place here. Go home to your masters and beg for scraps at their table.
Persia: Brothers how nice it must be to be able to sit at home and ignore our pleas for help. Was it not 50 to 75 years ago when you where the only Moslem nation? Now you have brothers who follow Allah as you do, though perhaps you have forgotten the brotherhood that is taught to us in our Holy Teachings? How can you let the Danes steer you away from what you know is right? For all Moslems in the world I hope you get a spine and learn that you can stand up and show other Moslems that there is no reason to fear the heathens, be they Hussite or Pure Realm.

Abdullah, Shah of India

Soon after the message escaped, so did the shah (along with his boon companion Jahwahar Dahallan) but a slippery slope soon tripped up the fugitive king and he was recaptured by the Leaguers and their hunting dogs. Dahallan, however, escaped and eventually made his way to Yasarid lands.

Southern League: With several Yasarid cities still besieged, the lords of the League began bickering with one another over doling out the loot and plunder seized from the Moslem lands. After several grandiose plans were suggested (none of which could be supported by the funds at hand), the baron of Satava, Georg Fulk, lost his temper and took a direct hand in setting the budget and deciding what was to be done.

The other lords complained and Fulk told them they were "pie-mouthed ninnies" and "Yasarid lap-dogs". A scuffle broke out and Fulk broke William of Nasik's rather sizable nose. The Nasiki lord - grown rather hot in the disputation - repudiated his alliance with the League. Among other things, this caused the Nasiki levies in Chola to return home. The other effect was to force Fulk's hand - he declared himself "King of the South" and forced the other lords to pay him homage.

All of these shenanigans were lent considerable momentum by the rapid approach of the Yasarid army under Eon of Axum, who was racing to raise the siege of Chabaz in Vengi. As it happened, the League had managed to acquire some mercenaries and Fulk (commanding the siege of the port) was reinforced by Robert of Kakatiya just as the Moslems arrived to give battle.

At Samalkot, the Moslems put 10,000 men into the field against 11,000 Hussite Satavans, Kakatiyans and a rowdy gang of Afghan mercenaries. Though Fulk had an implicit trust in the superiority of the Hussite cavalry and batteries against the lightly armed Yasarids, his tactical position was poor (with enemies on either side) and the speed of Prince Eon's advance took him by surprise. In fact, with their flank turned by an unexpected sortie from the city, the League army broke and ran, scattering from the field in disarray. Georg Fulk - so recently crowned - was thrown from his horse and killed. His son, Anton, and Baron Robert fell back into Madurai to join Duke Tancred and regroup.

The Yasarids, morale soaring after their victory, plowed into Madurai in pursuit and immediately collided with the reinforced League army at Ongole. Again, though Tancred was no mean commander, Eon managed to outmaneuver the Hussites and drove them from the field. But this time, his Moslem army took a severe pounding from the Christian guns. Three months later, when Tancred once more advanced north, Eon was forced to abandon Madurai and fall back into Vengi.

When the campaigning season began in '52; Tancred, Anton and Robert - with their somewhat battered, yet intact, army in tow - moved cautiously along the coast towards Chabaz. Meantime, in the Moslem camp, there was a furious argument underway between princess Tihana and the mercenary captain Eon. The Axumite saw the condition of his men and knew they couldn't take another battering like Ongole. The princess was equally determined to fight her way into Karnata, storm Amon Hen and rescue her brother.

At length, with the Hussites bearing down on them, Tihana caved - convinced both by Eon and the recently escaped Jahwahar Dahallan - and the Yasarid forces withdrew into Kalinga and the cover of the fortifications there.

Tancred, now looking upon the walls of Chabaz for the first time, decided to ignore the Moslems cowering to the north and turned his guns instead upon the city. By the end of '52, the port had fallen, yielding a rich prize of merchantmen to the Hussites.

Amid all the other excitement, a squadron of Carthaginian warships and transports arrived on the coast of Chera in November of '51. Met by Southern League representatives, the Afriqans immediately began building a settlement, Calicut, on the junction of the Gulf of Mannar and the Malabar Sea. As part of the arrangement, some twenty modern sail-driven warships (ships of the line and frigates) were placed under Southern League flag.

Chandellas: The League and the Yasarids seemed to be doing a fine job of keeping the flames of Hussite/Moslem animosity hot.

1753 - 1754 T212
Yasarid india: With Eon at her side, and the tiny Yasarid army reinforced with the usual hardscrabble band of Afghans lancers, Persian gunners and expatriate Khemer riflemen, Tihana struck southward into Vengi, determined to liberate her people from the scum-sucking, poncy, pox-riddled Leaguers.

The Southern League: A company of hard-bitten League sowars crowded into a corridor deep beneath the citadel of Amon Hen. Each man was armed to the teeth and their captain, a thuggish Dane, threw the iron cell-door aside with a sneer. Within, standing tall and proud in his ragged garments, was Abdullah of the Yasarids.

"Time to die," the Dane growled, advancing with a bared saber. His men pushed into the chamber with rifles raised.

Abdullah tittered, eyes wild and a clenched, claw-like hand opened, revealing a shining obsidian skull. The Dane stopped abruptly, and the Persian began to chant in a wailing, inhuman voice. Before the first word could leapt, hell-borne, from his lips… the roar of a dozen rifles slammed the air and the prince shattered, torn apart by a rain of lead. Twitching, still trying to invoke the darkest powers, Abdullah slumped to the floor, legs running red. The League sowars tore his corpse to bits and burned the remains.

The main League armies remained in Vengi - wary of another attack by the Yasarids, while Baron Robert returned to Kakatiya to visit his family - and Stephen of Chera continued to besiege the port of Mozul in Pandya by land and sea (with the able assistance of a Carthaginian squadron dispatched from Calicut).

King Anton and duke Tancred had no sooner bade goodbye to Robert's Kakatiyans than the Yasarid army poured across the frontier, all fired up and ready to whup some Hussite behind. Outnumbered by more than two to one, the League commanders withdrew south as fast as possible. Unfortunately, prince-regent Eon had thrown a wide net… and the Hussite army of 4,000 men was forced to give battle at Nandigama, where King Anton quailed in the face of 13,000 very angry Moslems.

Outnumbered, outgunned and railing against the "treachery" of Duke Robert, the Hussites went down fighting, trying to hold the far bank of the Puwar river against the Moslem storm… the League army was destroyed. Anton and Tancred fled into the mountains, but both fell prey to Hindu villagers who seized them from their hiding place and beat them to death with stones.

Tihana now prepared to move south, to sweep the coast of the Carnatic and restore her father's kingdom. Fortunately for the Hussites, word now reached her from the north of a new invasion…

The defenders of Mozul in Pandya, starved, shelled to insensibility and now without hope of relief, surrendered to Stephen of Chera. He was gracious to the survivors - having watched the effects of the Carthaginian guns on the city with steadily growing horror.

At the end of '54 another Carthaginian squadron arrived at Calicut, this one carrying four airships and three regiments of cavalry and riflemen to reinforce the garrison of the port.

Shahdom of Iran: The Iranian fleet was immediately unleashed to ravage shipping in the Gulf of Oman - but only Arnori, Albanian and League shipping was attacked.

1755 - 1756 T213
Southern League: After intensive diplomatic maneuvering (most of which occurred far from India, in the council rooms and throne rooms of Europe) a tentative peace was struck between the northern Hussites and the Iranian (dare I say Aryan invaders?). This concerned the lords of the League for part of the settlement between the Von Hessens and their enemies was the declaration of a Treaty of Union between the remnants of Arnor and the League.

This stuck in the craw of many of the southern Lords, who knew too well they had been abandoned to the mercies of the Moslem Yasarids in living memory, and now the Von Hessen came crawling to them for refuge. Both Maximillian of the Carnatic and Joseph of Satava argued fiercely against any kind of alliance with the ‘thrice-damned northerners’ and their cursed royalty.

Still, King Robert had been made more than a few reassurances by foreign powers and he put his X to the declaration as the ambassadors from Ming, Carthage and Persia looked on:

From this day forth, the lands of the Southern League and Arnor will be as one. Under the banner of the Southern League this Diplomatic Union will work to seek peace in the war-torn lands of India. The Union shall be one of equals between the Von Hessen family and the King and Lords of the South. Any and all aid passed between the lands of the Union will be freely given in order to provide for a more perfect Union and will only be given in times of absolute need. May God bless this Union.

Meantime, a second arrangement had been struck between the League and the Chandellans. Under these terms (mostly secret) the newly rebuilt League army moved north and invaded the ex-Yasarid province of Dahala. The rajah of Tripuri – having just received a letter from Bundelkhand informing him he was now a vassal of the Chandellas – hurried to gather his men into the city and dispatched messengers to Kuhman Singh, pleading for assistance.

King Robert laid siege to the city, but found himself lacking the troops to do justice to the envelopment. He could not keep the locals from slipping in and out of Tripuri, though he did make their lives very difficult by constantly shelling the town. Without Tripuri under his control, Dahala was also still in dispute.

Farther south, a proposed expedition to capture Chola (also now a Chandellan possession) was scuttled by the necessity of Baron Stephen’s army to remain in Pandya and Mozul as a garrison.

A great deal of construction underway at Fornost by the Albanians saw fruit when the enormous zeppelin Fellowship made landfall at the new airship mooring there in late ’56. Nearly two hundred passengers debarked, having made the trip from Macedonia in less than a month.

Chandellas: The province of Chela was granted to the Southern League (and for a wonder, did not immediately revolt).

Arnor: The provinces of Chitor and Jats, assigned to the Iranians by the treaty, simply revolted and refused to join anyone, even the Southern League.

AEIC: The grain broker side of the house also saw a huge improvement in business as the factors laboring in Nikolas’ counting-houses shipped thousands of tons of wheat, rye, corn and barley the length and breadth of the Hussite world. Mauritania, Denmark, the Commonwealth, the Knights of Tabor, Arnor and the Southern League all became stitched together by Albanian shipping.

1757 - 1758 T214
Chandellas: Things were less rosy in Dahala, where a Southern League army was trying to wrinkle the emir of Tripuri out of his home by spearpoint. With a heavy heart, Kuhman Singh wrote the rajah a sad letter indicating the recent peace placed Dahala in the Hussite sphere of influence… there would be no relieving army. Despite this blow to their morale, the Dahalans refused to submit to the Hussite dogs!

Southern League: Diplomacy Nasik (^t)
The generally paltry state of the League’s finances were much improved by a substantial infusion of gold from the Albanians. In exchange, rice, wheat, yams, mangoes and tons of spices were exported on Albanian hulls to northern markets. The Carthaginian governor of Calicut also doled out some specie to the League dukes to keep them malleable. A considerable number of African soldiers also found service under the colors of Stephen of Chera.

Much to everyone’s disgust, the new Judean station commander of Tharbad in Nasik proved to be a canny governor. The defenses of the thriving port were restored, a strong watch put upon the walls and a cordial relationship maintained with the Duke of Nasik (which in turn made that fellow less amenable to the incessant pleadings of the League). Hussite missionaries financed by the Carthaginian Prayer Society began to circulate in Pandya, speaking to the people.

Speaking for the princes of the League, ‘King’ Robert announced the Carthaginians would be given right of free movement for their captains, troops and companies throughout the domains of the League. Priests from Arnor would also be allowed to enter provinces such as Dahala (still in infidel hands).

Duke Joseph of Satava returned home to have another go at begetting some sons and was immediately touched by tragedy, as his wife died messily in childbirth. Stricken, Joseph pressed on to Nasik (whence the king had bade him go) and unexpectedly found himself with a new wife (the studious Winnifred) and, late in ’58, a son named Connor.

Meanwhile, in the north, the desultory siege of Tripuri heated up in late ’57 with the arrival of a strong company of 10,000 Carthaginian regulars, dozens of guns and eight zeppelins. The raj of the city struggle on grimly, but with the heavens belching flame and spike-bombs into his palace and the walls crumbling under the battering of modern Afriqan artillery… the Dahalans surrendered in early ’58, a morose and dejected lot.

AEIC: A new trade arrangement was struck with the Southern League in India, while a long-standing relationship with the Duchy of the Three Isles foundered abruptly, denying the Company many bases and lucrative trades in tea, silk and tobacco. This kept the poor, overworked accountants in Thessalonika very busy.

1759 – 1760 T215
Chandellas: With the Southern League weak and divided, and the Arnor licking their wounds and Baluchistan engulfed in war (again), Singh took a peaceful two years to shuffle armies about, repair damage to the countryside and do some long-needed diplomacy.

Southern League: Lucky that the Chandellans decided to stay home, the League counted the bags of gold delivered by the Albanian legate in Fornost and tried to keep their heads above water. Shiploads of grain, raw cotton, finished textiles, lumber, dried bananas and spices departed in turn, to feed the ravenous hordes of Europe.

Some Hussite preachers from Arnor bothered the citizens of Dahala, but managed not to provoke a riot or revolt, which was really pretty good once you think about it. The Carthaginian army which was encamped in the region moved off north, into Arnor lands, but not before the commander Qalaf had fallen prey to a Moslem assassin (a southerner, out of the old Yasarid lands) and Major Le Blanc of the Frankish Foreign Legion had arrived to take charge of the army.

More civil servants were put in the employ of the League and most, if not all, of them were former employees of the Albanian East India Company. The Moslem citizens of Mozul, in the south, were surprised when the League decided to clean out the sewers in their battered city, but didn’t complain. The wise men of the city where concerned, however, by reports by fishermen working the deep waters south of Seylan of strange lights in the sky.

No one, however, could offer a suitable explanation.

AEIC: The grain market at Naxos was also very, very busy, handling transactions between Mauritania, Carthage, the Southern League, Arnor and the Knights of Mount Tabor.

1761 – 1762 T216
Southern League: Diplomacy Nasik (ˇfa)
The economic domination of India by the Albanian East India Company continued to gather steam – the lords of the League shipped off every spare grain of wheat and bolt of cloth they could squeeze from their estates to the Kashmir House. In return, King Robert (his councils now dominated by the wily Joseph of Satava) struggled to centralize the League’s administration. Efforts by Joseph to have King Robert name him as heir, however, failed due to the interference of Baron Thoros of Gangas. It was becoming very clear, that with the threat of war lifted from the land, the great potentates of the south were girding themselves for an internal scuffle…

1763 – 1764 T217
Southern League: Like their northern neighbors, the League managed to keep itself afloat monetarily speaking by selling every spare turnip and mango to the Albanians. Duke Josef of Satava (still in control of the government, even though Robert was presumably king), then used most of the money to raise his own army and hire some more expatriate Arnori clerks to keep track of things in the south.

King Robert, meantime, had been keeping an eye on things in Dahala, but now left a garrison there and marched south into Chera to negotiate with the local raji. Within three months, however, the Lion of the North and half the Chandellan army had burst over the Maikala Range, forded the Narmada and approached Tripuri at a decent clip, while huge mobs of Dahalans lined the roads, cheering the banners of Islam has they returned to the Deccan.

The Hussite lords rallied to meet the invasion – Robert and Baron Stephan of Chera were closest to hand and they managed to reach Tripuri before Prince Kuhman with some 7,000 Leaguers. Unfortunately, neither Robert nor Stephan were even vaguely in the same league as Kuhman Singh (who was rivaled as a field commander only by the Russian Suvorov), not did they enjoy his advantages in light horse or popular support. As a result, Kuhman mouse-trapped the Hussite army on the hot, dusty plain south of Tripuri at Dongargarh and utterly annihilated the League army.

Indeed, the Chandellan cavalry was careful to sweep wide around the embattled Hussites while Singh’s center hammered the League infantry and guns to splinters, just to make sure not a single Christian escaped the trap. King Robert and Baron Stephan were both slain, along with every single man they commanded. Singh then advanced, victorious into Tripuri – which threw open it’s gate to him – and then drove the Hussites from Chela before retiring over the mountains into Kosala.

With Robert dead, Joseph of Satava declared himself King of the South and master of the League. The Kakatiyan and Cheran lands were immediately attaindered to the ‘state’, by which they fell into Satavan hands.

But the assault on the League was not yet done… Ghotangar Singhor and the other Chandellan army had marched south along the coast, eventually reaching – and invading – the rich lands of Pandya at the tip of India. Duke Maximillian of the Carnatic happened to be garrisoning those lands – and trying to deal with the sudden, fervent conversion of the most of the local populace to Orange Catholic – when Singhor and his army fell upon him like a thunderbolt… thoroughly outnumbered, Maximillian fell back into the weak defenses of Mozul and dispatched messengers to Joseph of Satava (then in Nasik) pleading for help.

Singhor wasted no time, his guns immediately hammering the walls of the city. At the same time, the general was besieged in his camp by a whole clutch of Shi’a clerics who were boggled with fear at the prevalence of this strange new faith. Singhor, however, had no time for their wild warnings of disaster and had them dragged from his sight.

Inside Mozul, Maxmillian counted heads, observed the accuracy of the Chandellan shot battering down the walls, commandeered every ship in the harbor and decamped with his troops for Fornost in Malabar. Singhor entered Mozul a month later, and was greeted warmly by the Orangist city council, who were quick to pledge their fealty to Chandella.

Danrajastahn: The Duke greedily counted the receipts for an enormous amount of gold delivered by his Albanian paymasters. “So pretty…” he whispered, running his hands through the heavy square coins. More to the point, however, the continuous infusion of capital from points east and west allowed the Arnori to complete implementation of the Lisbon Accords, to expand the cities of Kanauj and Somnath, to pay off the Baluchistanis for territories recently acquired and to prop up the Southern League government (though Kuhman Singh was busily slaughtering the southerners, which just brought a tear to Peregrin’s eye.)

1765 – 1766 T218
Southern League: King Joseph was sniffling a bit into his beer, too. Being thumped by the Chandellans had ruined his whole decade. Still, he recovered his humor a bit – enough to order up two regiments of fresh cannoneers – and to shuffle his armies about a bit.

The Carthaginian outpost at Calicut was endowed with massive new fortifications and soon reinforced by a large fleet and army direct from Afriqa – and commanded by the emir Hamilcar , Adnan Khalaf and other notables. The emir had long wanted to visit the glories of India. While his arrival raised spirits throughout the League, the death of General Hanno (after many years of service) was a bit of a shock – one plate of extra-hot Madras curry and his heart gave out.

1767 – 1768 T219
Chandellas: War reparations continued to be sent to the League, though even such a small token began to grate on the sensibilities of the Chandellan lords.

Southern League: Though morale remained low throughout the League, the tribute received from Chandella did allow King Joseph to see some war-damage repaired in Malabar. Even better, the Carthaginian Emir Hamilcar remained at Calicut with a powerful army, playing polo, chatting with the local nabobs and generally keeping a weather eye on the Chandellans.

1769-1770 T220
Southern League: Diplomacy: None, due to change in management
The "infection" in the furthest south began to creep up into League lands - the Danish and Macedonian farmers down in Pandya talked to their cousins and nephews in Chera, and the Orangist creed began to make headway there, much as it was finding new adherents among the disenfranchised landowners of Chola to the east. Stunningly, this did not bother King Joseph at all - in fact, his response to the rabid demands for action from the Hussite priests in the south was to promulgate an edict calling for religious tolerance throughout the League along the lines of recent laws passed in Denmark. This startled everyone, and infuriated the clergy.

Joseph was murdered by one of his own knights within the month. The murderer's uncle, Michael Savaadra (a former Albanian mercenary from the old country and lately made a general of the League army, such as it was), seized power in Amon Hen, where he had been busily training up a new royal army. The other great lords - Maximillian of the Carnatic and Thoros of Gangas - accepted his kingship when Savaadra struck down "Mad" Joseph's edicts and reaffirmed the League as a Hussite state. The late king's family, meanwhile, were locked up in a tower and left to rot.

Despite the furor up in the hills, down in Fornost, work proceeded apace on expanding the docks of the port and building new warehouses. A League army also set up shop outside of the newly independent Catholic port of Tharbad, just to make sure the demon-worshipping inhabitants didn't get any ideas.

The Kings

  • Michael Savaadra 1769-date
  • Joseph of Satava 1763-1769
  • Robert of Kakatiya 1753-1763
  • Anton Fulk 1751-1753
  • Georg Fulk 1742-1751

The Players

  • T206-date (1742-date) Southern League

Last updated: 30 March 2005

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