Zulu Natal

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Existence: 1674-1712 (T173-T192)
Capital: Tsulu
Religion: Roman Catholic

By Rob Pierce


Zulu Natal splintered from the former Republic of South Africa after the rabid prejudices of Senator Ikogen led him to conduct a coup in 1674 (T173). Opposition to this act was widespread, and Zulus, the major ethnic group persecuted by Ikogen and his cronies, elected Ctsuwayo king to protect them agaist the predations of the new Afriqan Empire.

The History

The First War for Independence: Mali (Mali Ax Empire), one of the Republic's traditional allies, quickly aided the Imperial cause in 1675 (T174) by landing troops at Mat Tikal, the Mali trade station in Cape. From there they struck north along the coast, and captured Cape, Xhosa, and Nguni. Over the course of 1677-1678 (T175) the Zulus marched through Imperial territory to engage separately the forces of Mali, then the Empire, and then the Maasai (certainly the Republic's closest ally), destroying them each in turn. The Emperor, his son, and the Mali General "The Howler" were captured and sent south in chains. "The Howler" was subsequently released in exchange for the return of Cape, Xhosa, and Nguni to the Zulus. Fortune turned against the Zulus the following year (T176), however, and through three frustrating engagements with the Maasai their army was eventually destroyed (the Zulu Prince Tesi among them) leaving the Imperials in control of the northlands once again. Peace, of sorts, was declared with the Empire in 1681 (T177) and Emperor Ikogen was released from prison.

With their independence now reasonably secure, Ctsuwayo led the Zulus over the next 15 years (T178-T184) in improving and expanding their nation. Keeping a wary eye on the Imperials, of course.

The War for the Cape: Thus it came as a great surprise when internal investigations made it abundantly clear that there was widespread collusion with Malian interests in the military! Ctsuwayo ordered that the traitors be rooted out (T185), and a purge of the officer corp followed. Given the apparent danger of a continued Mali presence at Mat Tikal, Inkonekone, the new king, assaulted and captured the fortress in 1700 (T186). The Mali countered with (foiled) assasination attempts on the king. Mali armies, led by the heir Neyarathotepis, sailed south the following year (T187) and, after a nasty encounter with the (ex-)Zulu fleet, made landfall in Cape. Despite a spirited fight, the outnumbered Mali army was slaughtered to a man, including Neyarathotepis. Lloigoitor mourned the loss of his son, but decided not to press the issue further with the Zulus.

The Second War for Independence: This was fortunate, because back in the north the long embattled Empire had finally overrun its nemesis the Sultanate of Kongo (1703, T188) (Kongo, Sultanate of). Shortly thereafter (1705, T189) restless Mat Tikal rose in rebellion against the occupying Zulu garrison on widespread (and erroneous) news that the Mixtecs were mounting yet another invasion. Though the rebellion was supressed, it proved diverting enough to allow Imperial troops to easily invade across the northern border. Inkonekone led his troops north and drove the Imperials back across the northern frontier. In 1707 (T190) a Zulu sympathiser from Swazi succeeded in murdering Emperor Keshu, but Afriqan agents likewise succeeded in breaching the previously impenetrable protections surrounding King Inkonekone, who was found assasinated by a servant. His two daughters, Amate and Umara, assumed the throne jointly, with Umara guiding the government and Amate the armies. Amate took the war across the mountains into Imperial territory but was defeated by the new Emperor Taras.

By 1709 (T191), however, there occurred on ominuos turn of events. Amate was assasinated, leaving Umara to lead the Zulu freedom fighters. Although the Zulus won a major battle against the Imperials in Vaal, annihilating their army and killing Taras, the Imperials had succeeded in drawing the previously neutral Maasai into the war on their behalf. Despite similar entreaties to other nations for intervention on behalf of the Zulus, the only aid offered came from the Papacy, whose calls for peace among Catholics were rebuffed by, now Emperor, Togor. Maasai troops captured Phalaborwa late in 1709, and then marched inland to set up seige lines around the undefended Zulu capital of Tsulu by summer of 1710. Umara led the Zulu army in a desperate attempt to liberate their capital (1711, T192), but despite the fervor of their cause, and the destruction levelled upon the defending Maasai, the Zulus could not break through to the city, and were ground down and destroyed. Umara died with her troops, and with her death the brief Zulu dynasty ended. Imperial troops arrived soon after to officially capture the capital and proceed south to garrison the rest of the weary nation. South Africa was once again united, even if not by choice.

The Emperors

  • Umara 1709-1711 T191-T192
  • Amate and Umara 1707-1709 T185-T191
  • Inkonekone 1697-1707 T185-T190
  • Ctsuwayo 1674-1697 T173-T185

The Players

  • T175-T192 (1677-1712) Bob Nardone
  • T174 (1675-1676) Robert Giffords
  • T173 (1674) Robert Orman
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