The Alliance of the Mashriq is one of the greater Human nations of the 29th century. They have been known across the Gigaquadrant for their isolationist policies and notoriously cold relationships with their contemporaries. It became increasing evident that they were a client state of a higher power, until they opening supported the Vermulan Autonomy in the DCP-Vermulan War. They were subdued by a invasion force rallied by the Delpha Coalition of Planets and later forced into the Human Superstate. After the Superstate dissolved, the Alliance saw a renewal of capitalist politics, leading to rising tensions between ethnic groups and social classes that the previous government kept suppressed.
Formation and Early History Edit
The Alliance was formed during the conflicts over the Middle East fought by proxies for the great powers. Ba'athist movements (unaffiliated with and rejecting the Neo-Ba'athist governments of Syria and Iraq) began gathering support for a united Arab state, citing the disunity of the Middle East being used to support the regimes Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United States, and Russia. This new movement, calling itself the New Ba'ath Party, gathered militant wings across the Middle East. When war broke out between Saudi Arabia and Iran dragging their client states into it, the failure of a disunited Middle East was complete. With popular support from thousands of anti-Saud and anti-Iran protestors, the New Ba'ath Part swiftly seized power in all Arab states east of Egypt excluding Palestine through a series of bloody coups.
After a quick decisive battle over the Persian Gulf, Iran backed down. Without the threat of war, the New Ba'ath Party united its captured nations into the Alliance of the Mashriq, with the full intention of expanding into an Alliance of the Arab World. In the meantime, the Alliance solidified its borders and implemented the Ba'athist ideology upon the state and economy. Conflicts were fought with Kurdish militia in the north, until the government chose to take a lesson from Syria and Iraq and grant Kurdistan autonomy. After doing so, the government officially declared that despite their Pan-Arab goals, they would grant full rights to non-Arab citizens. The Alliance encouraged remaining independent Arab states to join, but with no success. A military build-up occurred with the express purpose of conquering the Maghreb and other Middle Eastern nations.
The Alliance was late to the space race, but quickly set up mining in the Asteroid Belt, and sent more ambitious missions to the Kuiper Belt.
The Third World War provided excellent opportunity for the Alliance to expand its borders. The Alliance had anticipated the energy crisis, and had not only abandoned it's use of fossil fuels, but had completely drained and sold its own reserves to prevent any nation from wanting to invade the Arab Peninsula. With POTATO occupied, the Mashriqi army quickly seized Israel and incorporated Palestine into the Alliance. Turkey and Iran, both fighting Russia and individually fighting Europe and the United Republic of South Asia respectively were both attacked in the flank by the Mashriqi, seizing the entire Middle East. Peace was brokered with the hostile nations. A full scale assault of the Maghreb was launched, seizing Egypt, but progress further was resisted by a bizarre pagan uprising that had rallied the numbers to not only take over their governments by fight the Mashriqi troops back. Peace was established with this cult, and the Alliance settled for the Middle East over the entire Arab world.
Colonial Wars Edit
War with the DCP Edit
Modern Turmoil Edit
The modern Alliance is a unitary presidential republic with power divided between the president, the Council of Representative, and the courts.
The executive branch is headed by a President elected by the people, independent of the legislature and the judiciary. The President has a cabinet of advisors to aid in the running of the nations, composed of the Vice President and the heads of departments. Legislative power is held by the unicameral Council of Representatives, with members chosen by democratic elections in many electorates across the Alliance. The judicial branch, composed of the Supreme Court and several lower courts, functions as an interpreter of the constitution and laws of the Alliance, a duty that includes resolving disputes between the other branches. The layout of the government in explained in the constitution which was drawn up after the dissolution of the Human Superstate.
The Alliance is currently lead by President Faizel Abdullah, of the Justice and Development Party (HAW), which also holds a majority in the Council of Representatives, and has done so since the DCP mandate was lifted. Although the elections are confirmed to be fair by observers, critics note that Abdullah's government lacks many of the democratic features of its contemporaries, with the people afforded no place within the running of the state outside elections.
Former Government Edit
The previous government of the Alliance was a single party state ruled by the New Ba'ath Party. This party controlled all facets of society and vested absolute power to its leader, who held the title of Director of the Alliance. The New Ba'ath Party was distinctly fascistic in nature, though it claimed to be a transitional government between capitalism and socialism. The Alliance existed over 700 years without any progress towards a socialist state. The old Alliance was also a notable servitor of the Vermulan Autonomy and former bureaucrats note that the New Ba'ath Party had to have all policy cleared with a Vermulan representative. This was unknown to the populace of the Alliance until the DCP and its allies made it public knowledge.
Foreign Relations Edit
- The Alliance of the Mashriq was originally conceived as the Imperial Ottoman Directorate, until its creator decided that an Arab state ruling the Middle East made more sense than a Turkish state.