Well, the Kalmen Dynasty has been riding a wave of continuous victories for almost two centuries (it’s 1064 right now). They had to come down eventually.
There is one other option, Hakam. Assassination.
Well, it took five tries, three of which were discovered and linked back to you. But hey! You got it done! You look like a desperate maniac willing to delve into the deep basin of dishonour to do it, but the man is dead and you have won the war.
It’s not that good a result, Hakam. Everyone hates you now. More than they did before. Also, you have the Measles.
Also, not be be a negative Norman, but, well…
Oh, it’s very dead right now. That is a civil war if ever there was one! Not that ours is going any better…
Ayup! Three of them, in fact; one to lower crown authority, one for Sheikha Hypatia’s independence, and one naming you a pretender to the throne. I don’t have a screenshot of the first but, well…
My thoughts exactly! I don’t have the slightest clue how you’re going to pull this one out of the fire. I think you should surrender to the independence and crown authority factions, and focus on Prince Rafiq.
Don’t you dare!
Glad to see you’re feeling better.
Oh no. You’re about to die, aren’t you?
For a second there I was having flashbacks…
If the war were contained to the Nile Delta, sure. Sadly, the rest of Egypt looks like this:
Also noteworthy: The Samarids retook the Caliphate throne, but then lost it to the Abbasids. So… back to square one, there. Also, and alliance with Mali has given you some small aid, but they are not numerous enough to be of any real help, and what troops they do have are committed in the massive war to our east.
Progress in the Sinai is slow. Meanwhile, more and more Sheikhs betray you, returning the betrayal they feel you have visited upon them. More troops from the west march east and lift the siege of Benghazi, but not before the coalition of traitors has hold of Alexandria, Gizeh, Fustat and Leptis Magna. We are falling behind.
There are no more mercenaries, Sultan! There is nothing.
Assassination? I think that would be a bad-
Don’t. You. Say. It. That leaves Sheikh Milad of Atbara as head of the coalition against you. He’s a child of nine, Hakam.
You are viciously good at that.
That is not even close to a complement.
Since most of your family has joined the coalition, it was bound to happen; Dalim ibn Dawlat is your nephew, born only two months ago. His parents escaped, abandoning their child for their own safety.
There was no danger of that. THE BOY COULDN’T EVEN CRAWL YET.
The boy was an infant! Not even a year old! He was your nephew!
FAMILY! Family matters!