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  1. @Derthalen Thanks for your news story. I've made reference to it. @Variota So the exiled Sultan of Siwa will mount a resistance. Some guerilla or rebellion. A loyalist insurgency might happen. You are welcome to sell weapons to both sides. I imagine the Sultan still has a lot of money stowed away in offshore bank accounts. Maybe @Andalla or @Sunset Sea Islands can become our version of the Cayman Islands? Or @Magnaeus .
  2. A rickety shack Mountains east of Makkah "One thing you must give Rohas: he has got some big balls, pulling off this invasion," says the tired Sultan of Siwa. For the past days, he has been hiding in the mountainous region to the east of Makkah. He is surrounded by his royal bodyguard. Every 8 hours they move to another village, as not to attract attention to themselves. The mountain tribes are still loyal to the Sultan. "Big balls," he adds, "Which I will personally chop off when I have reconquered Siwa. By the grace of Allah, it will be so." Holy Mosque Makkah Supreme Leader Rohas is in a good mood. Last week he had promised his troops that they would be in Makkah for the Friday prayer. And he kept his promise. Sort of. On Friday, when the Supreme Leader personally visited the holy site, he had attracted a lot of media attention. Dzaïr News is invited to do a live broadcast of the entire event. Two military helicopters appear over the holy mosque. One helicopter is carrying the Sa Haran flag of green and gold. The other helicopter lands near the mosque. Crowds cheer as Ewa Rohas steps out to greet the gathered mass of people. He smiles, waves at the crowd, and makes his way into the holy mosque to join the Friday prayer. Only his personal bodyguard know that the Supreme Leader is already inside the mosque. He arrived 30 minutes earlier in a convoy of APC's. The man stepping out of the helicopter is one of his body doubles, wearing a bulletproof vest under his long robe. In reality, the area around the mosque has been secured by commandos who have positioned snipers on every rooftop. The crowd is also staged, full of loyalists and soldiers from the Sa Haran army. Nothing is at seems. And everything is going according to plan. 8:00 PM Dzaïr News "Good morning Ummah. I am Nadia Kasmi. This is Dzaïr News. Our top story tonight: the Empire of @Derthalen is the first nation to show public support for the Sa Haran liberation of Siwa. In a public statement, broadcasted by the Imperial Derthaler Military News Service, expressed their agreement and support for the action of our Supreme Leader. Their Imperial Senate of @Derthalen has stated that they "will recognise [Sa Haran] claims to this region."
  3. Ok so a quick update. I've chatted with @Variota and a few things are now more clear to me. I'm also looking into perhaps arranging an arms deal. But we'll have to figure out how that could work. I already wrote about the new police forces that will need to be reorganised to work in this larger nation. Of course any arms deals depend on getting some form of international recognition. I'm also looking at @Derthalen for a helping hand here. Also: Sa Hara is now no longer landlocked. That means we can start shipping more oil. I know @Miiros wanted to make a deal there. No scruples that guy. In an international context I keep following what is going on in @Afropa . We agreed that I'd be the bad guy and sponsor the VLA to destabilise his nation. With an international coalition arriving from @Iverica and @Cristina it's not clear to me how those additional soldiers will influence my plans. Edit: Variota suggested I could send 'advisers' to support the VLA. I like this idea. If these are unofficial volunteers I have strong deniability of government involvement.
  4. Looks like I missed this. Is the OPEC organisation still alive? What would be the procedure for me to join up?
  5. Thanks for that @Variota . Those are some good ideas. I can continue this for a few weeks longer. But in the end I just want to get a nation that is no longer landlocked. Public reason for this invasion liberation is "securing our Holy coast" as the title suggests. Siwa's incompetence leads to mismanagement of the holy site and discontent. What the general public thinks, is of little matter. They can either fall in line or disappear in the night. Sa Haran secret police know which elements they need to get rid of first. Secret reason for the liberation invasion is future development of the Siwan offshore oil reserves. Existing assets will become nationalised. I'll write that into the story. We already produce oil. Now we will produce more. Western nations will let us because we allow the oil to flow. Perhaps you were never happy with the Siwan price increase anyway. I can see this is a story hole that should be plugged. This could be part of the post-invasion cleanup. Also, the police of Free Siwa will need improved weapons. That's an opportunity for other nations to come sell us their stuff. Insurgents could potentially come from the east past Makkah. There are mountains there. I don't know what @Afropa will do. He's got his own conflict to deal with. Keep in mind that the population is of the same ethnic Arab background. More like brothers or cousins instead of neighbours. If the post-invasion economy booms, the people will be happy. Insurgency could also be part of something tribal, depending who is rewarded for joining the new regime of Free Siwa. Population. 62 million in Sa Hara. I estimate Siwa at 8,7 million. 1.7 million (Siwa City) 1.5 million (Makkah) 1.2 million (Madinah) 4.3 million elsewhere If I reduce Sa Hara to 53 million before adding Siwa, I can keep the same total number of 62 million. This would mean a population increase of 16%.
  6. Hey @Variota . I was expecting this. Someone to comment only after I have made my moves. That's ok. I get your points. Let me address each of them. Sabre rattling. I'm going for media manipulation and civil unrest in Siwa. Unhappy with the ruling elite. Feeling oppressed. Seeing Sa Hara as the savior. For all intents and purposes, the Makkah bombing might as well have been plotted by Sa Hara, just to have an excuse for invading liberating. Land size. The area is unclaimed. I am RPing this because it is fun to do. The area is comparable to Arabia. Flat. Some highways. Not much cities. My main targets for takeover are the holy sites (Makkah and Madinah) and the capital city (Siwa City). In size the areas may look the same. Size isn't everything. Tunisia is tiny with 11 million, while Libya is massive with only 6 million. But I'm RPing as a stronger nation absorbing a weaker neighbour. Enemy mobilisation. I don't know what kind of military forces there are in Siwa, since I'm making this up as I go along. Commandos to disable the communication infrastructure. Cripple the air forces with bombing runs. A rush of mobile infantry along existing highways. Sure there will be rebels for many months, maybe even years. Victory conditions. Supreme Leader Rohas is a propagandist. He likes to exaggerate things. The invasion is far from finished. Hoisting a flag (or a banner with "Mission Accomplished") does not mean the fighting is over. Rohas is a dictator who needs to show his strength from time to time. Whether or not the international community believes him is optional. Now: what exactly do you think I should add to improve this?
  7. This is amazing. Amazingly bad. It says I legalised recreational drugs. Give me that issue to outlaw drugs, and it will be done! https://www.nationstates.net/nation=sa_hara/detail=policies
  8. Invasion of Siwa is complete. http://www.europans.com/topic/4417-securing-our-holy-coast/?do=findComment&comment=40006115 I see there is no opposition from anyone. So I don't expect any drama after the fact. @Derthalen You said you supported my claim. Feel free to officially recognise this expansion. Maybe say the new governor is the only acceptable partner. @Orioni Can you please update my nation on the map?
  9. Monday, November 6 The day is late. Sunset was hours ago, over the Western horizon. It is 10 PM and the operation to liberate Siwa is about to begin. Soldiers come out of their improvised barracks, nothing more than tents. Vehicles lights are turned on. Engines begin to rumble. At many border crossings between Sa Hara and Siwa, the situation looks like one giant traffic jam. But the opposite is true. General Muhammad knows he can trust his officers to follow their orders. If they don't, the consequences are quite clear. All military leaders enjoy the privilege of an apartment in the military complex of Khwarezm. But this also means their families can be easily captured if the men make any wrong move. Everyone knows the rumors of what happens to officers whose families "move to another complex". Supreme Leader Rohas rewards those who are loyal to him. And he doesn't hesitate to punish those who disobey. The Sa Haran military launches their invasion of Siwa Sultanate with four elite Sa Haran Republican Guard divisions (1st Hammurabi Armoured Division, 2nd al-Madinah Armoured Division, 3rd Sargon Mechanized Infantry Division and 4th Nebuchadnezzar Motorized Infantry Division) and Sa Haran Army special forces units equivalent to a full division. The main thrust is to be conducted by the commandos deployed by helicopters and river boats to attack Madinah and Siwa City, while the other divisions are responsible for seizing the airports and two airbases. -- Tuesday, November 7 By 5 AM, the Sa Haran Air Force (SHAF) establishes air superiority over Siwa. Limited air strikes against two main air bases of the Siwan Air Force incapacitate the small military presence there. Durning the night, certain strategic targets in the capital of Siwa are also targeted by precision bombing. The foremost mission of the helicopter units is working well. Commandos are transported to all major cities, and support lines have been established. The grounds troops are advancing along the highways towards all major cities: Makkah, Madinah and Siwa City. Despite weeks of Sa Haran sabre-rattling, Siwa does not have its forces on alert and is caught unaware. The first indication of Sa Haran ground advance is from a radar signature that detects an armoured column moving south. Some Siwan ground forces resist but are vastly outnumbered. -- Wednesday, November 8 In the east, the 1st Armoured Brigade has driven off the evacuating Siwan forces. Makkah is not yet captured, but resistance is weak and the Brigade is making good progress. In central Siwa, the 3rd Armoured Brigade has deployed a battalion of tanks, BMPs. An artillery battery against the Siwan forces is delaying the advance. Commandos move to capture all military assets in and around Siwa City. Of the small Siwan Navy, two missile boats were able to evade capture or destruction. In the west, the 2nd Armoured Brigade has reached the suburbs of Madinah. An air battle with the helicopter airborne forces is fought over Madinah, inflicting heavy losses on the Siwan air force. One helicopter that is shot down crashes on a school. Fortunately, no children are in the building. With the ongoing fighting, almost everyone remains in their homes. -- Thursday, November 9 Sa Haran Republican Guard tanks roll into Madinah after several hours of heavy fighting. The Sa Haran flag is raised. News arrives that the Sultan of Siwa has fled into the western mountains. His younger half brother, Sheikh Fahad Al-Siwa, is shot and killed by invading Sa Haran forces as he attempts to defend the Palace. As a show of force his body was placed in front of a tank and run over. Towards the end of this 3rd day of the invasion, only pockets of resistance are left in the country. -- Friday, November 10 By Friday, the last military units are desperately fighting delaying actions at choke points and other defensible positions throughout the country until out of ammunition or overrun by Sa Haran forces. It is only a matter of time until all units of the Siwan Military are forced to retreat or be overrun. It is noon when Supreme Leader Rohas appears on television for another one of his speeches to the nation. "In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful. Great people in Sa Hara, the land of faith, Jihad, bravery and glory. Our brave armed forces, sons of this glorious nations, have succeeded in liberating the Sultanate of Siwa." "A new nation is born, with firm resolution, great power of vision and a heart. It is on this day that we proclaim the 'Provisional Government of Free Siwa'. A strong, believing and healthy Siwa is reborn. The new birth brings back once again the spirit of Islam. In my role as president, I have appointed Walid Hussayn al-Kaldani as the interim governor of Siwa. We welcome our southern brothers into this greater Sa Haran nation." "It is for this reason that I invited the Siwan royal family and other former government officials to rejoin and become part of the new government. Under the flying banner of Sa Hara, raise high your swords and rifles, dear people. And remind those who may still resist, so there can be no more resistance after this day of Victory." Rohas is pleased with his military success. Inviting the cowardly Siwan royals to return helps his strategic objective of controlling any possible source of opposition. Would anyone care, if after a months or years, these former royals would suddenly disappear?
  10. Quick update on this story. I just published an update. I know I'm jumping through several hoops here. I wanted to write some deeper stories. But time and stuff got in the way. Realistically I want to have the Sa Haran flag waving over Makkah by Friday. You can compare it to Saddam invading Kuwait. He only needed 2 days to accomplish this. I am planning 5 days. Resistance will be limited. The people of Siwa are addicted to Dzaïr News so they have been fed the same lies about their weak and incompetent leadership. So keep in mind this is my official expansion RP. @Orioni Yes the entire southern coast as you can see on this older map.
  11. Friday, October 20 The apparent bombing attack on the holy mosque of Makkah has awoken a religious fervor in Sa Haran politics. While present in the political arena, it was always more latent. The loyalty to your clan and to the leader is always more important. When, two weeks ago, Supreme Leader Rohas made his televised speech, he knew exactly what he was playing into. Rogas would use the heat of this battle to forge Sa Hara into a stronger nation. In the days after the attack, party figureheads appeared on television. Especially Dzaïr News with its millions of viewers. With raised voices, the figureheads explained how it was the duty of each Sa Haran to support the securing of the holy city and mosque. At the same time, the almost nonexistant opposition made futile calls for moderation and reflection. Rohas is very happy. He describes them in one word: "Fools! Let them complain. Let them speak all they want. Let the kafir see that Sa Hara is a modern nation. Let them think we tolerate mixed opinions and opposition." But this was all, of course, a ruse. "They try to subvert our patriotic duty to protect our brothers in need. Behind closed doors, we will scold them and brand them as traitors. And, for some, this branding will be quite literal." He wrung his hands in sadistic pleasure. Meanwhile, on the southern borders, the Sa Haran military is already gathering its strength. -- Monday, October 30 The media manipulation was working. Repeated messaging is whipping the popular opinion into a frenzy. Supporters of the president are taking to the streets, demanding their government intervene. Every evening, these marches grow ever larger, especially in the capital Kkhwarezm. In unison, they chant: "Stand up for Siwa! It is our holy duty!" Of course, Supreme Leader Rohas has a hand in all of this. On the first day, his ministry officials had sent out security forces in plain clothes. With some simple tricks of the camera angle, this made their numbers appear much larger than they actually were. Small crowds turned into larger crowds. Control over Dzaïr News also helped fuel the flame. Next came the guest speakers in mosques throughout the nation. Men with a modern, western education. They know all the tricks of emotional crowd manipulation. Safe to say, the crowds are growing ever larger. Their demands ever stronger. "Liberate Siwa! Protect Makkah!" -- Sunday, November 5 Ewa Rohas was ready. As ready as he would ever be. Speaker Kachar El Nachar had created unanimous support in the parliament. His generals had been briefed. The road to Makkah was open. The only thing missing was acceptance from the Sultanate of Siwa itself. But the Sultan would pose no real threat since media had already branded him a traitor to Islam. Eight o'clock on Dzaïr News. The evening news starts. Not with the normal tune. Instead, we see a waving flag of Sa Hara appears, followed by the national anthem. A crossfade to the Supreme Leader sitting on a golden throne with green velvet cushions. "People of Sa Hara. Countrymen. Brothers. For weeks now our nation has seen protests. Your faithful leader has heard this call. I am also outraged by the weak and shameful leadership in Siwa. I say: no more! No more can we tolerate that our most holy mosque is put at risk. No more weak leadership. I have instructed our generals to leader our glorious forces to Siwa and Makkah. We will remember this Fifth of November. This Makkah treason and plot. I know of no reason why the Makkah treason should ever be forgot! Hear me, nation, as I make you this promise. Allah willing, I we will hold our next Friday Prayer in Makkah!"
  12. 6:00 AM The holy city of Makkah Ibrahim rolled out his rug on the floor. It was 6 AM, just after dawn. The muezzin had finished his call to prayer. Time for salah, the early morning prayer. A bleak autumn Sun was rising over Makkah. Ibrahim could see shadows starting to form through the open window in front of him. But his eyes were fixed on the Holy mosque off in the distance right on front of him. Ibrahim bowed down to the floor and began reciting the words he learned as a young boy. The early prayer usually lasted about fifteen minutes. His eyes were closed. But asked about it later, we would distinctly remember seeing a small flash. Seconds later the light was followed by a loud booming sounds. Outside, birds were flying away from the noise. Ibrahim raised his head. "Ya Allah!" he screamed, noticing a cloud of smoke erupting in the distance. "What coward would dare to attack our holiest of holy sites?" --- 6:18 AM Dzaïr News "Good morning Ummah. I am Nadia Kasmi. We interrupt our regular morning show for this breaking news. We received news that during the early hours of this day, a large explosion occurred near the Sacred mosque in Makkah. Details are still coming in, by local sources all telling Dzaïr News that this explosion or these explosions may have been caused by a suicide bomber driving a stolen truck. We do not yet know if there are any casualties or how many. But we will keep you updated on the this story as it develops!" -- 7:55 AM Presidential Palace Khwarezm A long groan indicated that Supreme Leader Ewa Rohas was waking up. He had an especially good sleep, and remember dreaming about flying through the sky on a golden lion while holding a flaming scimitar sword. Remembering this immediately put him in a good mood. Turning his head to see the other treasures in his bed put him in an even better mood. These kafirah had proven last night they were very capabe of giving a man great pleasure. He would wake them up for more. Just when he was about to grab into one particularly soft piece of mukhara, the supreme leader heard a soft but consistent knocking on one of his chamber doors. "What is it!?" he yelled, feeling mildly annoyed by this distraction. The door creaked open. Rohas could see the slightly panicked face of Kachar El Nachar, the Speaker of the Parliament. "What is it Kachar? I do not remember us having any business to discuss today." Kachar walked forward, profusely apologizing to his Supreme Leader. "A thousand apologies, great leader, but there is something you need to see." -- 10:00 AM Dzaïr News "Welcome back to Dzaïr News for a news update on this morning's main and only story: the bomb attack on the Sacred Mosque of Makkah. We now go live to the presidential palace, where Supreme Leader Ewa Rohas will address the nation." The screen goes dark for a few seconds. A waving flag of Sa Hara appears, followed by the national anthem. A crossfade to the Supreme Leader sitting on a golden thrones with green velvet cushions. "This morning local police forces only just managed to foil a suicide attack on the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Makkah. Police forces in charge of securing the holy site were able to neutralize the would-be attacker only 200m from the main entrance of the Mosque. Wounded by police gunfire, this would-be suicide bomber exchanged fire with the security forces, then set off explosives when he was surrounded." Rohas has his index finger in the air, slowly shacking it back and forth as he was making each of his points. "I have since been informed that three cells had planned the attack on worshippers and security forces at the mosque. One particular cell has been broken up in a city along the coast, of which I can give no further details. These perpetrators will be made to suffer their consequences. We will root out this evil and hunt down all those who supported them in this grave crime!" Now Rohas pointed his already extended index finger even higher, almost out of the camera frame. His rhetoric becaming louder. His voice boomed: "While we don not immediately know who is behind this plot to attack our most sacred site, one thing has become crystal clear: our southern neighbours from the Sultanate of Siwa are unable to protect the most holy of mosque. In my role as General of the Armies I have tasked our Republican Guard to reinforce our brothers to the south. Together we will ensure the safety and peace for all muslims in Makkah and around it. Inshallah, we will prevent such an affront from ever happening again! Praise be to Allah who rewards his loyal sons." -- OOC: I invite you to use the establish OOC topic for comments. Please refrain from polluting this story with questions or comments. Thank you.
  13. The two official languages of Sa Hara are Arabic and Berber, with Arabic being the language of the elite. The preferred name for our planet is أرض (Ard) meaning Earth.
  14. @Miiros Your support for our claim will be noted. There are opportunities for shareholders to invest. @Orioni True. My capital is not on the map. You can place Khwarezm right between the "Sa" and "Hara", just about on that second color level. I hope you can enjoy my writing, even it is contains a lot of words you might not be familiar with.
  15. So I was thinking of expanding Sa Hara towards the sea in the south. One of my cities is a port city, so it makes sense to be connected to the sea. With the old map rules, I had more than enough posts to do so. But the new rules force me to come up with a story for it. So I was thinking of taking a cue from Saddam and claiming the coastline as always having been a territory of Sa Hara. It is where the holy sites of Sufism are located. And as only true protector of Islamic faith, the Supreme Leader will take this as a rightful casus belli. I expect there to be some opposition from the international community. We should discuss this here.
  16. Your wish is granted. Another species in another galaxy has discovered FTL travel. They are having a lot of fun with it, and they don't want to share their toy. I wish for a great and strong Sa Haran Caliphate!
  17. Continent 2: - Jazira (Arabic: island) - Ma'an (Arabic: water) Could become Ma'ran, to match your Marenesia Continent 3+4: - Shamal (Arabic: north) Continent 8+9: - Alharu (Arabic: hot) Continent 10: - Janub (Arabic: south) Continent A: - Albard (Arabic: cold) Reminds me of Svalbard
  18. Depends on what you decide are continents. I tried highlighting the different land masses as I see them. Not sure which ones belong together or not. This is a very crude design.
  19. That's fair enough. I don't plan on causing a conflict. Merely generating a general dislike for my supreme leader. And to bait your press into painting Sa Hara as an enemy. I said that I would be ok with playing the villain here. http://z7.invisionfree.com/Europa/index.ph...post&p=40002975 . For that to happen, I am going to need some public outrage as well. If it doesn't come from you or your press, I will be forced to RP even more extreme.
  20. Hello Cuvania. You look to be heavily into christianity of there's a cross on your flag. I'm sure we will get along great.
  21. Hey Cashar. My first impression is we share at least a couple of letters. Nice to see you picked Europa as your region of choice. Having a detailed idea of your nation is not a requirement for starting out. Myself, I make things up as I go along. That's the beauty of RP where everyone wins. I see you already published a few topics for me to read through. I'll go do that now. If you need any more background information on my nation Sa Hara, I've collected most of it in the factbook area. Bye for now, Sa
  22. @Magnaeus: Ok I am staying away from your president. I have set my sights on princess Selena for now. http://z7.invisionfree.com/Europa/index.ph...post&p=40003632 Don't expect this to go anywhere. The supreme leader is all talk but no action. He is a very frustrated guy who only pretends to be a radical but is actually quite decadent. Much like your typical, hypocritical middle eastern dictator. @Derthalen: You can be my enemy if it includes sanctions and big words and warnings. When it comes to power projection we don't have much reach outside our own area. It can be a war of words.
  23. Supreme Leader Ewa Rohas is carried up the stairs in a luxurious chair by four strong bodyguards. The supreme leader is wearing long robes of green silk that stretch all the way to the carpeting. Golden rings on every finger. The opulence and wealth of Sa Hara represented by a single person. He disembarks at the top of the stairs, and turns around to wave at the press photographers. Supreme Leader Ewa Rohas He puffs his cigar one last time and drops it on the floor, a gesture intended to show his disdain for the other leaders gathered here. The Magneans had shown their hospitality in a particular disrespectful manner, he thought to himself. The police had kept him from bringing his own armed bodyguard. And they also prevented them from inviting some female entertainment to his travelling tent. Completely impossible. Rohas strides forward towards president Gerber. "President Gerber, so nice to meet you!" he exclaimed while completely ignoring the hand extended by the Magnean president. It would not be in line with his strict interpretation of islam to touch another woman and certainly not a kafirah. "I am glad to visit you, and to have you visit me." President Gerber looked completely stunned by all of this, but kept up a smile for the cameras. After this greeting, the Sa Haran delegation continued towards the grand hall. Some of the leaders and diplomats were already dancing. There was a young woman dancing in a white dress and white mask with fluffy features. That this was princess Selena of the Sunset Sea Islands mattered little to him. Rohas turned to his lieutenant and whispered something about trying to have this woman brought to his tent after the dance.
  24. You're given me lot of stories to work with. I like your police catching us trying to bring prostitutes to the tent. Maybe I can get some sort of scandal started to isolate my nation. Does anyone want to be the victim of some inappropriate behavior?
  25. I wonder if I count as an original european.
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