Caliphate of Khalestine

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The Caliphate of Khalestine, often called The Caliphate, is a large independent nation formed by Faiz Kharadeen. The Caliphate was originally formed in Athera on the northern desert island, this is where its first city of Al-Dirakh was built, after the move to Vailor the people of the Caliphate settle in their new city Al-Wakhrah located a the bottom of the south continent. The official religion of the Caliphate is Iman al-Rashidun also know to the people of the caliphate as the "righteous faith".

Introduction

The Qalasheens were once known as Southerons back in Aegis, later being grouped under the Farfolk category, that also consists of Subudai, Rassids, and Qalasheens. Little was known about them except their exotic look, shorter, leaner, and dark skin colour. There was no known recorded culture, and the first literary mention of the Farfolks were in a Orenian newspaper known as the Verbo Veritatis Newspaper, who quoted a speech rallying the humanity for the then Emperor, Tuvya Carrion against his rebellious Grand Knight, Maric Varodyr. Yet it is despite scarce documentations that the Farfolks have existed for over thousands of years, preceding the Adunians in history.

It was said that the Farfolk were the descendants of Harren, but not of his wood elven wife, Sarai. The Farfolks have never built a settlement on their own, choosing to be nomadic and integrating into existing cultures, proof being the Rassids squatting amongst the ruins of Ard Kerrack, and the Subudai with their tents.

Qalasheens

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The Qalasheens however are a small gathering of tribes much like the Subudai, who each had various characteristics, but all of them being nomads around the region known as Deus Proditor in Athera. Some were warriors, some were traders, some were animal herders. The exact number of tribes was never found, but large tribes were the Jerez, Krugites, Jharar, Kaneen, Qalash, Hakim, and Khradeen, but only a few survive to this date as families.

It was recorded in the scrolls of the Fifth Prophet that a man known as Faiz Kharadeen, saw the death and destruction of the Qalash clan against the Krugite clan. He prayed to the Creator (or otherwise known as Allah) for guidance, and led the Qalash against their former oppressors in a field battle, emerging victorious, yet granting clemency to their foes.

History however shows that there were many other tribes, and each of them warred with one another. After the defeat of the Krugite clan, Faiz Kharadeen turned his attention towards the Jerez, who fought against him with their sabres and camel archers. Faiz Kharadeen rallied the Kaneen, Qalash, Hakim, and a number of smaller tribes against the Jerez, and forced them to surrender to his will after a night raid upon the Jerez encampment, pointing his sabre against its clan leader. This lead to other mercantile clans such as the Jharar and al-Rhadid to swear fealty to him.

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Since their relocation to Vailor, they have created a new city, known as Al-Warakh, located upon the southern savannas.

Settlements

Athera

Vailor

Culture

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The Qalasheens have their own written and oral language known as the Qalashi, but it has since fallen wayside since the assimilation of various other nations and races since Anthos. A few common phrases however survive.

Hello/hi! ----- Salam! Peace be upon you!------As-salamu alaykum! [Return gesture] Peace be upon you too. ----- Wa-alaikum salam Good morning!---------- Sabah el kheer Good evening!-------------- Masaa el kheer Welcome! (to greet someone) -----------Marhaban Good night!-------- Tosbeho/tosbeheena (female) ‘ala khair Good bye! ---------------Ma’a salama Thank you (very much)!--------------- Shokran (jazeelan) You’re welcome ---- Afwan Friend--------Rafiqi Hoo-kah ---- Arghila Weed ----- Hasheesh Tobacco ------ Mu'assel/Shisha Coffee ---- Kahwah Tea --------- Chai [Shay] God/Creator ---------- Allah Devil/Iblees ----------- Shai'tan Mosque/Church --------- Masjid God is Great ----------- Subhanallah

They have several celebrations, that being the Day of Fasting and Menaphos. The Day of Fasting occurs at the end of every year for an entire month, to understand the pain of suffering, and to be thankful for what one has in life. Menaphos occurs once every 4 years, to reaffirm friendships and be thankful for those who are in their lives.

The Qalasheens heavily consume lamb and beef, with heavy spices such as sumac and cumin, and they eat only with their hands.

Politics

The Caliphate of Khalestine has a small councilthat is divided between the High Court and the Low Advisory Court. The councillors are not restricted to just the Qalasheens, although bias has been known to occur. Not every position needs to be filled amongst the lower council. The council regularly meets once every two years, but holds emergency councils when there is a crisis.

High Court

  • Caliph
  • The Religious and Nation Leader. Allah blesses his rule of the Qalasheen people. The Caliph has absolute power over everything within the Caliphate and can overrule any decisions his advisor’s may make.

  • The Council of Amirs
  • Three Amirs are appointed by the Caliph to run the Mubarizun as a tribunal council. The Amir’s are responsible for running the military and city guard, protect the city and civilians, protect the Caliph, and ensuring order is kept within the city. The council is also based off of the two/thirds voting system, but all decisions can be overruled by the Caliph himself if see’s fit. The Amirs also advises the Caliph on matters of war and conflict.

  • The Office of the Munavin
  • The Munavin is the equivalent to a steward. The Munavin is in charge of collecting taxes from citizens, ensuring buildings are up to code, selling homes and buildings, and authorizing any construction/building within the city. A munavin may appoint other munavin’s under him/her if they see fit.

    Low Advisory Court

  • Court Imam
  • The Imam is the equivalent to a priest. The Imam is the teacher of the faith, as well as the leader in prayer. It is the Imam’s job to lead prayer when required to, give blessings to those that die, and ensure the faith is in good hands. The Imam will advise the Caliph on religious matters as well.

  • Court Sahooru
  • The Sahooru (wizard/mage) deals with the supernatural, protects the Qalasheen from it. It is he/she that advises the caliph on supernatural dangers and anything in regards to magic.

  • Court Mesakha
  • The Mesakha is the scribe of the Caliphate. It is he/she that will write documents and proposals and jot down what the Caliph instructs to be written, as well as upkeeps the grand library of --- by ensuring books are kept at order while continually filling up the library. A Mesakha can appoint librarians under him as well.

  • Court Safeer’s (Safeera for female)
  • These are the Emissaries of the Caliphate of Khalestine, their jobs are to goto other assigned nations and provinces to conduct relations on behalf of Khalestine. They may also broker trade and allianceship deals, but would not be finalized until the Caliph approves of it.

  • Court Tajooru
  • A Tajooru is the head of trade. He/she will ensure the Bazaar is kept in order and send out trade caravans to those that ordered supplies. The Tajooru will also ensure that Khaelestine has a good surplus of needed goods, and will conduct trade when needed. The Tajooru will also seek out more valuable goods within the nation and find out its worth, while also advising the Caliph on matters of trade. (The Tajooru will also be required to name items into rp items, such as renaming cloth to silk, etc etc.)

  • Mudeer al-Ema
  • The overseer of events and festivals for the nation. The Mudeer will host occasional festivities and such for the city and nation, and will also work with other advisors on making events for them as well, such as helping the Tajooru with a Bazaar day. The Mudeer can also host tournaments at the fight pits with the caliph’s permission. It is the Mudeer’s job to also advise the Caliph on what events should be hosted to improve civilian appeasement. Ziem’s

  • Ziem
  • Those under the Caliphate as either a vassal or a protectorate are entitled to a Ziem. A ziem is a leader that represents their group/faction respectfully during advisory meetings and are able to bring up topics of discussions as well as advise the caliph on matters regarding their group. A Ziem will either be chosen by their own people through vote, or picked by the Caliph himself.

  • Court Khadima & Court Bard
  • The Khadima is head of the servants of the palace. He assigns servants to do tasks and jobs throughout the palace and city. The court Bard is a simple man/woman with talents of entertainment. They are chosen to entertain the Caliph as well as the people within the city. They do not really have anything to advise the Caliph on, but can be present at a council meeting if they wish.