|The Islamic Sultanate of Sahndaq|
|The Sahndaqi Flag and Coat of Arms|
|'"Allah and the Sultan, for Glory!|
|Unofficial Languages||English, Russian|
|Region||Middle East, part of Nationstates World Regions|
|Founded||By Sultan Muhammad Abba Ladden (gained independence from Quaon.|
Sultan Muhammad Abba Ladden and Parliament.
|ISO Nation Code||SDQ|
|Stats: NSEconomy Pipian XML|
The Islamic Sultanate of Sahndaq is a Sunni Muslim Constitutional Sultanate that seceded from the Quaonion Empire. It is name after its capital of the same name. It is one of the smallest nations in the region of the Middle East and is located in what was once the Sudan and Eritrea. It is bordered by the CNNP in the South. It has an eastern port to the Indian Ocean.
Sudan and Eriteria
The Sudan and Eritria were two states bordering each other in Africa. Their territory today makes up Sahndaq. The Sudan government was oppressive towards their people, denying them basic human rights. The Sudan began a genocide against people in Darfur. The government in a two years span killed over ten million black natives of Darfur. The international community generally ignored the Darfur crisis, not doing much more than condemning the Sudan government.
In an attempt to overthrow the oppressive government, a group of natives to Darfur and the rest of the Sudan formed themselves into a coalition by the name of God's Avengers. The group was predominantly Genesian Catholic and intended to start a coup against the government. They succeeded, killing the President of the Sudan. They attempted to establish a Catholic monarchy in his place. However, the forces of anarchy took hold in the Sudan. No authority was able to take power in the Sudan. The neighboring nation's instability caused Eritrea to also fall into anarchy.
After several years of anarchy, Ahmed al-Sheik bin Salaf al-Mohammed, a native of the Sudan, began gaining followers throughout the Sudan and Eritrea. He wished to establish a progressive Arab republic. About 75% of the population of the anarchic territories of the Sudan and Eritrea, tired of living in fear of violence and starvation, rallied arround Ahmed. On January 23rd, the Democratic Republic of Baltuvia was established. Ahmed took the title of Emir and began the first elections of Baltuvia.
Baltuvia quickly rose to prominence in the Middle East and North Africa. It was seen as one of the more modern states in the region. Parliament was quickly elected and a constitution was quickly drafted. Baltuvia joined the UN and founded the Middle East Space Agency, an international alliance whose mandate was to explore space.
However, Baltuvia's prosperity was not to last. When, on May 23rd, the Emir had a heart attack, a civil war broke out over whether his son, Ferna al-Sheik bin Salaf al-Mohammed should take the title of Emir or if the new Emir should be elected. Ferna's Loyalists began battling the Democratic Baltuvians in the nation. The Sudan and Eritrea again fell into anarchy as a three year war began. After three years, Ferna was captured by the Democrats and executed. However, the war had destroyed the foundation of the Baltuvian nation. Neither side of the civil war could take power.
A year after the end of the Baltuvian civil war, the Free Empire of Quaon, interested in expanding into the Middle East, began to send military forces into former Baltuvia to see if it was suitable for colonization. The military advisors returned to Quaon and informed Prime Minister Quin Orbor that no government had formed in Baltuvia, thus it was ripe for the picking. The Prime Minister sent the Quaonion navy (which was based in Kiensland, as Quaon is itself landlocked) to former Baltuvia. The people of Baltuvia welcomed the Quaonions with open arms. Quin Orbor named one of his advisors, Sharlet Grayson, an immigrant from Sarawakh, the Colonial Prime Minister of the new territory, which was officially named Quaon Beta.
The Quaonions began exporting their liberal Russian culture to Quaon Beta. While most of the population of the colony was Sunni Muslim, they were open to new ideas and especially enjoyed the benefits of Quaonion rule, such as one of the best education systems in the world and great social services. The colony joined the Baghdad Pact and went into a period of economic prosperity from trade with other BP nations, such as Paradise and Wadj.
The colony remained relatively peaceful until a newspaper known as the Sane Middle Eastern Report published a cartoon mocking both the Prophet Muhammad and the Pope. Muhammad was potrayed as a transexual and Pope Julius IV was potrayed as a homosexual. Riots occurred throughout Quaon Beta, and many Catholic and Muslim nations raised protests over the cartoon. The government of Quaon Beta refused to censor the magazine, citing the Quaonion constitution's First Clause, which guranteed the right of free speach.
An attempt was made on Sharlet Grayson's life in response to her refusal to censor the magazine. While giving a speach to a group of angry ciitzens, a grenade was thrown at her feet. One of Grayson's bodyguards, Allen Nevsky, leaped onto the grenade. He was killed by the blast. The crowd was tear-gassed, causing the death of five civilians in a stampede to get away from the tear-gas.
Within a week of this incident, the headquarters of the Sane Middle Eastern Report was bombed by radical Islamists. The owner of the magazine, Bill Salvatius, was killed in the blast. Sharlet Grayson resigned from her office. Muhammed Abba Ladden, a prominent member of the Crescent Moon Party (composed of moderate Sunni Muslims) was elected Prime Minister of Quaon Beta.
A year after the SMER incident, Quaon expanded into the horn of Africa (former Patrua). The new expansion was incorporated into Quaon Beta.
Two years after expansion into the horn of Africa, when the Prime Minister of Quaon, Richard Jenkins resigned (for health reasons), Colonial Prime Minister Muhammed Abba Ladden announced his intention to secede from the Quaonion Empire. He declared Quaon Beta the Islamic Sultanate of Sahndaq (named after its capital) and declared himself Sultan. The Quaonion Parliament, wishing to avoid conflict, allowed this seccession to take place, abandoning the colony.
In the Horn of Africa (which was dominated by Catholics), discontent was high. As the Sultan seemed to favor Catholics, riots broke out across Southern Sahndaq. An organization known as the Reborn Babylon Society, which was led by the "Council of Seven" (a coalition of Catholics and Jews), headed by a man known simply as Melak, attempted to grab power out of the chaos. The Council declared their independence from Sahndaq. At first, the Sultan resisted the secession attempt, deploying the national guard, until, a week of riots, the Sultan recognized the independence of Reborn Babylon (which had renamed itself Sennar at the urging of the Pope).