The Caliphate of the Orange Sun of Blazakhov (Bazik: الخلافة من البرتقال الشمس, Trans. Al-Ḫilāfat al-ʾBlazakhyya) was a kanov-human nation in Zarhuy. This caliphate was centered on the ancient Kanov city of Zarhuy, Cargass, of Blazakhov, which remained the Blazakgovian's main base of power thereafter, and Cargass their capital. The Blazakhovians continued muslims conquests and expansion, bassed on the religion and trade, incorporating territories in Zarhuy, Hieyoks, the Tok Sea, Aels and later, Ushaenor into the Muslim world.
At its greatest extent, the Caliphate of the Orange Sun was the largest empire the world had yet seen.
At the time, the Blazakhovian taxation and administrative practice were perceived as unjust by some Muslims. The non-Muslim population had autonomy; their judicial matters were dealt with in accordance with their own laws and by their own religious heads or their appointees, although they did pay a poll tax for policing to the central state. There was as well a welfare state for both the Muslim and the non-Muslim poor. The relations between the Muslims and the Christians in the state were good for most of it's history, until the Holy Wars of Eden and the rule of some specific caliphs. In the same way, while prominently a Kanov state, they had good relations with other humans -and a bit to a lesser degree, to non-humans, being more important religion than race.- Prominent positions were held by christians, and as well by non-humans. The employment of Christians and non-humans was part of a broader policy of religious and racial tolerance that was necessitated by the presence of large Christian human/kanov and non-human populations in the conquered provinces.
The rivalries between the Kanov tribes had caused unrest in the provinces outside Blazakhov. As the constant campaigning exhausted the resources and manpower of the state, the Blazakhovians suffered several disasters, and there where several changes of dinasties, as one was toppled by other, but where capable of retaining their Blazakhovian identity.
The Caliphate of the Orange Sun was founded at the 1911 a.a.H, around the core of one of the oldest Kanov cities (Cargass, or Blazakhov).
An Unending Conflict Crossing the Sea of Caritz[edit | edit source]
Blazakhov, with a long history of almost 22 centuries, lived many changes, but for a great time what marked it was the conflict, between Zarhuy and Aels: First the human-kanov wars, then Dumian-Blazakhovian (and Unlic-Blazakhovian) and then, Muslim-Christian, seen by either themselves (and their long time enemies of Uslen) as mutual enemies, and even with the rise of the Dark Legion of Demons, while they would fight as occasional allies, much more often was the conflict.
Origins[edit | edit source]
While the Caliphate was founded at the 1911 a.a.H, the origins of it's power are related to the old city of Cargass, a Kanov nation. Cargass was found at the 400 a.a.H, and as soon as the 689 they began founding colonies in the south-west islands of Aels -the islands of Mercania, which will be the beginning of their imperial traditions. In this expansion, they will face the Empire of Dume in tthe three Blazik wars, between the 936 to the 1054 a.a.H, with ended with Cargass and Blazakhov under Dumian rule until the year 1560 a.a.H, when once more time they became independent. The pagan Kanov of Cargass will then face the expansion of the Islam, clashing with the humans. While it was a human-kanov conflict, the blazik will resit, but as other Kanovs converted to the islam and the racial aspect of the conflict was difused, the cargassí began to convert, becoming muslims. As the islam became the official religion of Cargass, having under it's hegemony the other blazik cities, they will create at the 1911 a.a.H the Caliphate of the Orange Sun of Blazakhov, meaning a social and political reestructuration of the talasocratic Cargass into a monarchy ruled by a caliph, using the Orange Sun, traditional national symbol of Blazakhov, in their banners.
History[edit | edit source]
With the fundation of the Caliphate, Al-Tobiyah, first caliph of the Caliphate and founder of the Al-Tobiyah's personal dynasty, reigned from 1911 to the 1934, until his grandson Al-Tobiyah II. The reign of Al-Tobiyah I was marked by internal security and external expansion.
Al-Tobiyah I also encouraged peaceful coexistence with the christian communities of Zarhuy, granting his reign with "peace and prosperity for Christians and Muslims alike". At the same time, he waged unceasing war against the Unlic Empire of Unlic Empire of Uslen. During his reign, some islands in the sea of Caritz where occipied, and several assaults were launched against coastal Uslen. After their failure, and faced with a large-scale Christian uprising in their territories, Al-Tobiyah concluded a peace with Uslen. Al-Tobiyah also oversaw military expansion in North Zarhuy and central Hieyoks.
Following Al-Tabiyah's death in 1930, he was succeeded by his son, Fazid I. The hereditary accession of Fazid was opposed by a number of prominent Muslims, resulting in a civil war, that ended with the first change of dinasty, to the Marwenids.
Marwen's first task was to assert his authority against the rival claims of ofter pretenders of the caliphate, who were at that time recognized as caliph throughout most of the Caliphate. Marwen recaptured Hamion for the Blazik, but died in 1935, having reigned for only nine months.
Marwen was succeeded by his son, Abd al-Marw (1935–1955), who reconsolidated the cargassí control of the caliphate.
Abd al-Marw is credited with centralizing the administration of the Caliphate and with establishing Bazik as its official language. He also introduced a uniquely Muslim coinage, marked by its aniconic decoration, which supplanted the Unlic and Farsian coins that had previously been in use. Abd al-Marw also recommenced offensive warfare against Uslen, defeating the Unlics in Caritz and recovering control over Near Hieyoks.
Following Abd al-Marw's death, his son, Al-Wendi I (1955-1965), became caliph. Al-Wend was also active as a builder, sponsoring the construction of many monuments.
Al-Marw was succeeded by his brother, Aymaht (1965–1967), whose reign was dominated by the failed wars against Uslen and Titipopolis-. The failure of the siege marked the end of serious blazakhovian ambitions against the Unlic capital for centuries. However, the first two decades of the XX century witnessed the continuing expansion of the Caliphate, which pushed into the West Zarhuy and in western Hieyoks in the east.
Aymath was succeeded by his cousin, Umar ibn Abdrik. Umar is honored for his attempt to resolve the fiscal problems attendant upon conversion to Islam. During this first period, the majority of people living within the caliphate were not Muslim, but christian, jews or members of other religions. These religious communities were not forced to convert to Islam, but were subject to a tax (jizyah) which was not imposed upon Muslims. This situation may actually have made widespread conversion to Islam undesirable from the point of view of state revenue, and there are reports that provincial governors actively discouraged such conversions. It is not clear how Umar attempted to resolve this situation, but the sources portray him as having insisted on like treatment of human, kanov and non-human, and on the removal of obstacles to the conversion to Islam.
The sucessors of Umar attempted to continue the expansion of Blazakhov, but they reached the limits of their expansion by the 2000 a.a.H, and in fact the Blazakhovian power crumbled in many of their provinces, suffering defeats against the Unlic in Aels, in the west in Zarhuy and in the east in Hieyoks and the sea of Tok.
This lead to a weakening of the Marwenid dinasty, which at the 2047 a.a.H was overthrowed by the Nassid in a bloody civil war, which lead to a new dinasty to be founded -the Nassid dinasty.
Some scholars argues that the reasons for the decline of the Marwenid was the rapid expansion of Islam. During Marwenid period, mass conversions brought many peoples to Islam. These mawalis (clients) new converts, on the basis of equality of all Muslims, transformed the political landscape, and as well is pointhed that some rivalries and feuds between Cargass and other ancient Blazakhovian cities further weakened the empire.
It will be during the reign of the Nassid dinasty that will beginn the First War of the Power at the 2203 a.a.H. While initially the muslim world wasn't involved, the successes of the Dark Legion in Aels made them to decide to extend their campaigns to Zarhuy and Near Hieyoks, which will make the Caliphate of The Orange Sun raise their banners against the dark legion in the seas of Caritz and Tok. At the 2219 a.a.H, Blazakhov will conquer the islands of Mercania in the sea of Caritz, defeating the Dark Legion of Demons in the Battle of Cabbas -2219 a.a.H-, which will mark the end of this scenario of the First War of the Power.
MIDDLE HUMAN AGE[edit | edit source]
Year (a.a.H.) -- Events
- 2.324 Blazakhov conquer Novahalion. Re-foundation of Zannas, old Uslen-Vanolosé trading city, as a Blazakhovian base of power
- 2.328 Blazakhov invade Uslen. Siege and destruction of Titipopolis, one of the larger cites
- 2.329 Blazakhovian attack against the savage Tokerí in Tok-Thoria
- 2.331 Uslen defeat Blazakhov in the Naval Battle of Satanmet
- 2.334 Blazakhovian colonies in Aels attacked by Uslen
- 2.348 Last colony of Blazakhov in Aels, Zannas, fall into hands of Uslen
- 2.356 Siege of Cargass, capitol city of Blazakhov, made by Uslen, and destruction of the city
- 2.360 Uslen make colonies in the Zarhuy
- 2.372 Blazakhov desist in competing for the trade in the Sea of Caritz with Uslen
- 2.374 Zannas economic importance arise
- 2.376 Purpurian inmigrants in Zannas, weakening the Unlic elements
- 2.380 Zannas independent from Uslen, becoming a city State
- 2.384 Blazakhov conquest Hamions
- 2.391 Many Unlic colonies, following the example of Zannas, claim their independence
- 2.398 Zannas changes its name to Rudloffur
- 2.403 Rudloffur (Zannas) defeat the Unlic fleet in the battle of Raggmas. The trade of the Sea of Caritz in their hands
- 2.413 Blazakhov conquer Umens
- 2.430 Fall of Rudloffur (Zannas), Uslen take back the hegemony in the Sea of Caritz
SECOND COMING OF DARKNESS[edit | edit source]
Year (a.a.H.) -- Events
- 2.474 Blazakhov conquer Thilien, arriving to the Zher lake
- 2.483 The Nigromancer of Tok-Thoria succeeds from the Dark Legion of Demons
- 2.484 The Nigromancer invades Uslen
- 2.484 Uslen is defeated by the Hordes of the Nigromancer, who with a huge fleet becomes lord of the Sea of Caritz
- 2.498 The caliphate of Blazakhov makes an alliance with the kingdom of Gronkav
- 2.513 The caliphate of Blazakhov ally with themselves with the Baziks.
- 2.518 Blazakhov make alliances with the old Unlic colonies spread out in the sea of Caritz
- 2.524 Blazakhov make alliances with the Ighipians
- 2.531 Beginning of the Blazakhov-Tok-Thoria war
- 2.532 Naval battle of Demonatch. Blazakhov defeat the Nigromancer of Tok-Thoria
- 2.533 Blazakhov make alliances with the Sretones, Moritanian and Guaderian, to face future invasions of the Nigromancer
- 2.536 Kanov settlements in Ushaenor
LATE HUMAN AGE[edit | edit source]
Year (a.a.H.) -- Events
- 2.540 The caliphate of Blazakhov made an alliance with their old trading enemies, the Dwarven Confederation of kaiehm (Zarhuy).
- 2.540 the Nigromancer invades the Caliphate of Blazakhov
- 2.541 Uslen rebel against the Nigromancer, defeating him.
- 2.542 Fighting in several fronts, the Nigromancer needs to abandon possessions in Zarhuy to the Blazakhovian
- 2.542 Blazakhov Calipahate re-founds the city of Zannas
- 2.546 Blazakhov Caliphate opens trade-routes with the Dark Elven Hake kingdoms of Ushaenor, and make colonies
- 2.548 Zannas attacked by Tokerí invaders, and they retaliate destroying the shores of Tok-Thoria. New war between Blazakhov and the Nigromancer
- 2.565 Skirmishes between the Holy Sargonic Empire and the Caliphate of Blazakhov
- 2.582 Blazakovians install factories in the Archipielago of Tok-Thoria, pacifying the islands
- 2.584 The Caliphate of Blazakhov conquers the Sargonic colonies in Ushaenor
- 2.590 Blazakhovian Empire invade Lug
- 2.591 Blazakhov annex the Mounts of the Titants, the Titanizkios convert to the Islam
- 2.592 Battle of Hanovian, defeat of Sergei II of Gorbegea, who fall in battle against the Blazakhovian
- 2.593 Gorbegeos resist the Blazakhovian invasion in the battle of Kievroi-rok
- 2.594 Blazakhovian conquest of Sargos
- 2.596 Blazakhovian Caliphate enter into crisis due the war against the Holy Sargonic Empire, even after their victory, for the costs of the war
- 2.597 Pirates conquest Tunecern to the Blazakhovian empire and claim independence
- 2.598 Skirmishes between the Dwarf Confederation and the Blazakhov Empire
- 2.602 The Empire of Blazakhov, to pass the crisis, try to pacify and occupy the plains of Antor
- 2.605 Blazakhov Empire try to recuperate Tunecern, but they are defeated: however, they disperse the Pirates
- 2.606 Beginning of the war between the Antorian Orc Horde and the Empire of Blazakhov
- 2.607 Sukkeses expulse the Blazakhovian from the former Sargos, where they found their empire.
- 2.609 Sukkeses defeat the Blazakhovian armies in the battle of Badlands river, obligating the last ones to abandon their possessions to the north of this river
- 2.614 The Nigromancer expulses from Tok-Thoria the Caliphate of Blazakhov
- 2.616 Uslen, Morrecos, Sretor, Uresikstan, Sudar and Tiopia follow the example of Tunecern and declare their independence from Blazakhov
- 2.629 Gorbegea defeat the Blazakhovians in a quick campaign, annexing Hanovian
- 2.633 Third War of the Power: The Dark Legion of the Demons, who have been preparing for a long time, unleash their forces over the Christian and Muslim nations of Aels, northern Zarhuy and western Hieyoks
- 2.675 Great Cataclysm, (The Cataclysm) changes of the surface of the world of Aiers: the "holy relic" was really the key for a terraforming device: in the resulting chaos, the demon lords of the dark legion disappeared, as well as most of their hordes… along with many civilizations and species, nations and empires, who will need years to recover and re-explore the world
Legacy[edit | edit source]
The Blazakhovian caliphate was marked both by territorial expansion and by the administrative and cultural problems that such expansion created. Despite some notable exceptions, the Cargassi tended to favor the rights of the old Blazakhovian families, over those of newly converted Muslims (mawali). Therefore they held to a less universalist conception of Islam than did many of their rivals, being less driven by the interest of religious expansion.
During the period of the Blazakhovians, Bazik became the administrative language. State documents and currency were issued in the language. Mass conversions brought a large influx of Muslims to the caliphate. The Blazakgovians also constructed several famous buildings and monuments.
As well it's said to have been the larger and more succesful Kanov empire of Aiers, but this Kanov identity was diluted with the centuries
The Blazakhovians have met with a largely negative reception from later Islamic historians, who have accused them of promoting a kingship (mulk, a term with connotations of tyranny) instead of a true caliphate (khilafa), as well for their mercantilization, successors of the talasocracy of the old blazahovian cities.
Modern Bazik nationalism regards the period of the Blazakhovian as part of the Blazik and later Bazik Golden Age which it sought to emulate and restore such in later alliances as the ALBA, LSB and the RFB.