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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?"

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6:18 AM
Dzaïr News

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"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!"

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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."

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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."

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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.

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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!"

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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!"

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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."

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