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The Sultanate of GhazniThe Sultanate of Ghazni, A.D. 1174 Summer

It has been many years since the overthrow of the Samanid crown. When two Turkic officers in the Shahs entourage took power after the monarchs death, and fought for it subsequently. Eventually, the winners in the struggle, descendants of the officer Alptigin, would take control of a vast area and would become known as the Ghaznavid Empire. Established at the modern Afghan fort of Ghazni at their height subjugated an area that included most of modern Persia, Khorasan and the Punjab. The Ghaznavids are also known for their raids into northern India, and even the famous Iranian poet Ferdowsi (Whom the Ghaznavid crown had cheated and disrespected in the past) took note of the wealth these minor Hindu wars brought to the Empire. However, overtime this great realm would be weakened by internal strife and enemies from the neighboring realms. In 1040, the Turkish Seljuks invaded Ghazni Iran from the west, and defeated the Ghaznavid forces of Sultan Masud at Dadanaqan. Afterward, Ghazni suffered the loss of much of the Empire, including her northwestern and southwestern Iranian territories, and was nearly made a vassal by the Seljuk Sultan. Thankfully, the swift diplomatic skill of Masud's son, Sultan Ibrahim, had managed to bring a truce with the western Turks. But the misfortunes had only begun. For despite further wealth brought from skirmishes with the Rajputs in India and Pakistan, the Ghazni would end up too weak to avoid becoming a vassal of the Seljuks in 1115, suffer incursions by Tajiks and Afghans, and eventually lose the city of Ghazna itself in 1151 to the Tajik dynasty of the Ghorids. The Ghazni would reclaim the city in due course, but the glory of the old empire had long faded.The Sultanate of Ghazni have adopted many Persian, Afghan, and Punjabi aspects into their inherently Turkish armies. A richly ornamented elite force of heavy spearmen, bow wielding melee cavalry, and a backbone of tough, native forces make the Ghazni an interesting choice for the visually pleased general. But do not be fooled by the beautiful designs in their arms and amour. For the Ghazni have become more Indo-Persian than Turkish despite their roots, and thus they will not cope too well against the faster paced horse-archer tactics of their enemies. However, mistakes learned from engagements such as Dandanaqan could be helpful in reforming Ghazna's forces along more efficient lines to repel Ghorid and Seljuk expansion. You also have the option of fully conquering India. A task that might prove more profitable, as well as more dangerous, than reclaiming the former Sultanate. The south of Arabia is also open to eventual invasion. Should you expand towards the Punjab, and take naval control of that region, it could prove a safe refuge. However, their is less incentive to control the desrts and cliffs of Oman, than in owning the rich fields, forests, and mountains of Iran or India. Wherever your path may be, it will have to be won by bloodshed. For there is always a chance, that one brave king can save a dying Empire before it is too late. Will you be that king for the Ghazni?


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