House Of El Habbaz

The House Of El-Habbaz

Player: Robert Garcia.

Military Might: Sufficient
Intelligence Assets: Strong
Production Capacity: Sub-Par

A family of Arabic decent, the El Habbaz were a powerful mining and trade cartel and came to power on Dubai just after the gates fell. Within a few generations they controlled Dubai. Due to the presence of many mining stations in its asteroid belt, many of Dubai’s ships were still serviceable and it maintained a strong industrial base. When the manifolds reopened, the El Habbaz made contact with the world of Stigia where the family, before the collapse, had many corporations and holdings. In short order, the El Habbaz assumed control of Stigia and are slowly rebuilding. Also, the House recently conquered the ice-planet of Sherwood.

Planetary Geography

Dubai

The planet of Dubai is a small, extremely mountainous planet, the fourth from it's sun. The planet's atmosphere is poisonous, almost within three days, but as the population lives with an entirely self-contained environment, this is not much of a problem. The surface temperature remains at 150 degrees Fahrenheit. From space, the harsh, dark black mountains seems to dominate the whole planet, with the exception of the occasional plateau or meteor crater. The main city of Dubai, Dubai Proper, actually resides in a crater, near the equator of the world, and provides the center for the underground rail network that extends throughout the world. Dubai Proper resides under a huge metal canopy that extends from one end of the crater to the other, the rail lines run from the edges of the crater to the great train center in the middle of the canopy, which provides the main support column for the canopy. Outside, the space station is connected by rail into the city.

Only about ten percent of the population lives in Dubai Proper, with about six million people in total, about 29 million more are scattered throughout the rest of the planet in mining complexes on the plateaus to factories in the mountains. The people of Dubai can generally be divided into two groups. A majority, about 60%, live their lives quite normally, either as clerks, miners, spacers, and traders, and try to make their planet as sucessful as they can. They are unusually productive, and generally support the Caliph more than the Cleric. The other 40% of the people are generally more religious than their fellows, and support the Cleric more than the Caliph. They follow similar lifestyles to their fellows, but a darker group resides within this one. These are the fanatics, the il-Kasar and their families, and they live only to go and conquer for their Cleric, and, in a lesser way, their Caliph. These dark differences sometimes brew into fights, late nights at bars and clubs, but in the high-tech cities and mines of Dubai, everyone just tries to ignore the glaring population differences. The population speaks Republic Spanish or New Arabic.

Stigia

Resembling the ancient land of Siberia, Stigia, while a major population center, has never been a pleasant place to live. The surface temperature generally remains at 15 degrees Fahrenheit. The huge planet is at least ten times the size of Dubai, and much more habitable. The northern poles are, or rather, were, completely uninhabitable, it is said they have never been warmer than -100 Fahrenheit since colonization 700 years ago. The rest of the planet is generally either mid-level mountain ranges, ice-bitten plains, or forests ten times the size of most ancient Earth-nations. About 20 percent of the two and a half billion-count population live in urban settings, the rest are spread throughout mining centers, small lumber villages, and farming complexes at the equator. Stigia was colonized nearly seven hundred years ago by the Republic, and was made into a fortress world.

The people were generally Russian in ethnicity, and as such speak Russian. When the planet fell into chaos, sixty years after the the Manifolds fell, the military and civilian leaders formed their own groups and began fighting each other, thereby creating the basis for the scores of independant states that inhabit Stigia today. The largest was led by Fortress Supremus, the largest city and de-facto capital of the planet. While the leadership of these states are viciously opposed to each other, the low class farmers and foresters that make up the lower class population have no animosity towards each other, and only a grudging fatigue felt towards their overlords. In fact, it is almost universal that these low class people feel closer to their new conquerers than their upper class masters. The Caliph's supporters are also starting to become closer to the people, recruiting their own military group separate from the il-Kasar of the Cleric, who have called themselves the House Guard.

Sherwood

If Stigia is like Siberia, then Sherwood stands as the refrigerator of Hell. From what the House of El-Habbaz climatologists can surmise, it appears that a nuclear exchange threw trillions of extremely attractive molecules into the atmosphere from the deep earth of the planet. These molecules, for some reason, attached themselves to the rich argon of the atmosphere, and created some sort of viscous and poisonous gas, which is not only deadly at altitudes of higher than 6000 feet, but also creates vicious downcurrents of wind and drops temperatures by nearly fifty degrees to almost thirty below without accounting for the -50 degree wind chill. For the most part, the planet is rather flat, with huge glaciers extending their icy tentacles down across the planet. It is these giant sheets of ice that have swallowed the old Republican buildings, leaving the new rulers with little clue as to the history of the place.

Not much is known of the people, as they have no written language, relying instead on an almost-Neolithic language that vaguely resembles Russian in some of it's verbage. The former inhabitants appeared to speak Russian, as evidenced by the signs and computing language of the Orbital Defense platform, but no trace remains of them. The people have no religion, nor has the Clericate actively sought to try to learn the language of the people. Though no specific reason has been given for this, one aide to the Clericate was noted as saying:

"We haven't even converted all the Stigians yet, why would we spend our time converting these disgusting savages from that ice-bitten trash-rock?"

The people have been pushed off of the lands that the al-Kasar and the miners desire, and now inhabit the edges of habitability, where the House of El-Habbaz has decided to allow to remain, if only for target practice for the al-Kasar trainees. Most of the population of the House of El-Habbaz simply tend to ignore the new military complex of Sherwood.

Culture

The culture of House of El-Habbaz is something like a taco covered in maple syrup: everything's good, but it tastes funny. The Russian culture and cuisine of Stigia is gaining popularity in Dubai Proper, while the building styles, religion, even clothing of Dubai are becoming the decor for Fortress Supremus. Food is, or rather, was, a commodity on Dubai while on Stigia, the Russian state, food is a means of expressing living, hearty, and full of liquor. The rich farms of the Stigian equator are even now booming, feeding the insatiable appetites of Dubai.

While food and dress are being traded and intermingled, perhaps the biggest thing that Dubai has given to Stigia is the expansionist attitude of the Dubaians. More and more Stigians and Dubaians are signing onto the al-Kasar or the House Guard of the Caliph, in the hope that they will be able to gain their own small fiefdom on other worlds, just as the al-Kasar have on Stigia and god-forsaken Sherwood. In fact, there are now protests calling for war, calling for conquest, all throughout the El-Habbaz domain. Experts have no idea what has caused this shuddering for new lands, but perhaps it is the excitement of a people who have only seen the good side of war: the al-Kasar lost less than ten thousand men in the conquests of Stigia and Sherwood, while the benefits are huge. Many say that once the House of El-Habbaz begins to see the millions dead that modern interstellar war promises, they will reconsider their expansionism, but, as of now, there is no sign of that.

Current Issues

There are two large issues facing the House of El-Habbaz, and they are inextricably linked: The conflict between the Caliphate and the Clericate, and the population's demand for expansion. The Caliphate does desire for the House of El-Habbaz to expand, but at a slow and deliberate pace, building before expansion. The Clericate, on the other hand, wants war (Jihad, is what the more Core-centric Islamists might say, but Jihad is not mentioned in the Dubai Koran) and massive expansion. In this way, the House of El-Habbaz is rapidly expanding, but at the same time attempting to build up it's interior.

This expansionism is simply a mirror into the more deep-seated issues plaguing the House of El-Habbaz, that of the conflict between the Cleric and the Caliph. This issue is simply a microcosm of the greater issues in the nation, the radicals versus the moderates, the poor versus the rich, ect.

Economy

Large for the Outer Rim, but stalling because of a weak industrial center. The Central Bank recently granted a massive loan to the House, which has resulted in an invigorated ore mining industry on Stigia, and huge methane mine crawlers on Sherwood.

Foreign Relations

The House of El-Habbaz is currently investigating diplomatic relations with most of it's neighbors, and is currently receiving mostly favorable results, and is looking forward to meeting those more foreign nations in the Senate of the CWA.

Government and politics

+++The Caliph
Caliph Alsar III represented the more moderate majority of the population who live on Dubai and Stigia, the regular Hussein's and Boris' who simply go about their business, pray the required two times a day, go to the mosque every week, and have many children. The Caliph was beloved by most of his people, even those more radicals who sometimes considered him a bit soft, and was often called Grand-pere by his subjects, as he had that appearance.

However, though he was loved by his people, the radicals did not always agree with his philosophies, but his reputation as the first Caliph to actually initiate conquests of different worlds and begin contact with foreign powers had prevented much public protest.

Caliph Fadid I is feared. He has readily become known as one of the most, if not the most, brutal rulers of House of El-Habbaz history. However, Fadid is known not to be sadistic, merely cold. The people [i]know[/i] why he does the things he does, and agree with him, but this does not calm their fears that he will someday come after them, if they choose to stand against him.

The very civilization of the House of El-Habbaz was rocked by the death of the last living Hussien-Azamar. For the first time ever, a Caliph not of that family sat on the throne, and, besides that, was killing tens of thousands of rebellious citizens. It is said, and it is true, that more Stigians died by Caliph Fadid I's executioners than in Caliph Alsar III's invasion.

Alsar III had set up a massive administrative complex on Dubai and was constructing one on Stigia, to not only provide a symbol of the his authority, but to help catalogue and govern the swelling population of the House of El-Habbaz. With the takeover, work has not slowed down, and the new bureaucratic center is about to opened on Stigia.

++The Cleric
If the Caliph is loved by the whole of the population, then the Cleric is piously revered by the whole of the population. This young man, by most counts only thirty or a little above, has come to prominence as one of the most visionary interpreters of the New Koran since the Cleric of Caliph Hasan X. The Cleric is a close friend of the Caliph, from the days when the young man was assigned to be his more moderate rival's personal scribe, in the days of Caliph Hasan XXII. However, that skinny young scribe joined the al-Kasar when Alsar became Caliph, and went on to command the Marines of the frigate against the scattered pirates outside the heliosphere.

The Cleric moved up in the leadership of the al-Kasar, eventually becoming the Commander of the Marines, accounting for the al-Kasar's mammoth respect for the man. After two years of serving as the Commander, the Cleric stepped down and rejoined the Clericate as a Demi-Cleric, just before the geriatric Cleric, of Caliph Hasan XXII, died. With his following among the al-Kasar, his voluminous and ingenious interpretations of the New Koran, and his giant persona, there really was no other choice for the next Cleric.

The position of the Cleric requires that one shed one's name, and never bear it to be repeated. The only person ever allowed to utter this name again is the Caliph. As the Cleric has no name, for he is the embodiment of the faithful, the Cleric is remembered by the Caliph he is appointed under. So this Cleric is remembered as the Cleric of Caliph Alsar III. This creates an obvious confusion if one Cleric dies before the Caliph he is appointed under does, thereby creating two Clerics of the same Caliph. In fact, there were three Clerics of Caliph Hasan XVI.

The current Cleric has de facto control of the al-Kasar, and of the more dedicated of the faithful, providing a vivid contrast to the House Guard and more moderate supporters of the Caliph. This contrast is pointed, there have been many brawls, some even whisper of killings, over the correct doctrine.

Politics

For the most part, the politics of the House of El-Habbaz revolve around creating a compromise between the competing demands of the Caliphate and the Clericate. The Stigians are assimilating into both branches of the government, in fact several new Quatre-Caliphs and Cent-Clerics (Comparable with Bishops) have been appointed in Stigia who are Stigian by birth.

System Governments

The House of El-Habbaz has a very peculiar and unofficial method of governing conquered systems. Established on Stigia, it has unofficially become the modus operendi. First, the al-Kasar take control of the system, and establish order. Then, both the Caliph and the Cleric appoint their officers, known as Demi-Caliphs and Quatre-Clerics (Demi-Clerics are those that sit on the council of the Clericate) to assume control of the planet. As of now, no non-Dubaian has been chosen to serve as either a Demi-Caliph or a Quatre-Cleric, but the assimilation of Stigians into both the Caliphate and the Clericate can only lead to the presumption that one is not far off.

An interesting phenomenon has recently developed as the al-Kasar continue to subjugate the vast lands of Stigia. The al-Kasar, after their original take-over, do not necessarily have to leave the planet before the [[Demi-Caliph]] and [[Quatre-Cleric]] arrive. As the al-Kasar are generally more friendly to the Cleric than the Caliph, though officially they are only supposed to listen to the latter. On Stigia, this was counter-acted by the vivid support of the huge population for the Caliph, however no such population lives on Sherwood.

++History
Before the Sundering, Dubai had been one of the major mining centers of the Alpha Sector, serving as the engine that drove the colonization of the Lambda Sector. A small, extremely mountainous planet, Dubai had been colonized by the consumate capitalists from the island nation of Dubai, and became increasingly more powerful in politics in that region of space. Huge mining centers, both on the planet and in the gigantic asteroid field, fueled the building of huge amounts of trade ships, which brought in huge amounts of trade into the area. A rather large garrison of Republic troops were stationed on a large asteroid called Faith, and quickly took the Islamic religion of the planet.

Then the Manifolds fells, and the planet of Dubai fell into chaos. The clerics, the Merchant's Union, the mining bosses, and the Republic's industrialists quickly called together their forces, and a bloody war stained the harsh black mountain ranges of Dubai. For four years, tens of thousands of men were killed fighting in the empty underground mag-lev lines, before finally, the clerics and the merchants came together and quickly took over the planet from the miners and the industrialists. These two groups quickly sent up battle-hardened troops to seize the orbiting nutrient farms who had exploited all sides of the conflict.

The new power on Dubai was then quickly spreading. Originally having only two corvettes and six cargo ships, the clerics gathered their crazed warriors and began conquering the robber barons who had taken over the mining asteroids throughout the system. The people of Dubia, formerly divided by the lines of the Clerics, merchants, miners, and industrialists formed together, bloodshed tying them together as much as it had broken them apart. Many years passed.

The House of El-Habbaz was founded, the new Caliph the son of the great Cleric Hussien and the daughter of the richest merchant on the planet, Al-Hassau. The boy was named Caliph Hasan, and all of his sons, extending down 500 years of history, would rule the House set up by his parents.

The last asteroid to be conquered was Faith, nearly sixty years after the clerics and the merchants came together. The huge garrison of the asteroid had become fanatics, converted by the clerics sent to the asteroid more than sixty years ago. The system of Dubai was united, and a huge navy was formed, which began gathering together huge reserves of heavy metals in orbit around Dubai. These reserves remain there today, cubes of steel and titanium scores of miles high orbiting the planet, man-made moons waiting for the day that they are to be used.

So it was, that for the next five centuries, the great system managed to scrape by building nutrient farms and new ships. The factory ship, which could accept millions of tons of metals and other materials, and produce huge amounts of manufactured goods, was perfected, the one left over was retooled to produce the parts for three more. These ships were Manifold-capable, as the Caliph at that time, Hasan XII, (this is 104 years before the Manifolds re-opened) had believed he had seen a vision in which Allah himself had opened the gates of Heavan to allow the House to spread through the galaxy.

When the manifolds opened, the crazed warriors of Faith, which had become the military center of the House of El-Habbaz, streamed through, scores of huge cargo ships holding hundreds of thousands of troops in their bays. The Spacing Guild recorded this as the first Manifold military use since the days of the Republic. These warriors were dubbed the il-Kassar, and were prepared for a brutal fight upon reaching Stigia. However, the great fortress-world had fallen into chaos, and there was no resistance to the warriors who landed in the Fortress Supremus on Stigia.

The Fortress Supremus, the fort, that is, had been utterly destroyed in the fighting that over-took Stigia about fifty years after the manifolds had fell. The agri-world that had hosted such a large military force had been swept in great conflicts that had eventually turned the planet into a constantly shifting quilt of states, who had eventually worn the resources of the Republic's force to nothing. The crazed il-Kassar had had no one to fight, the people simply cheered up, for some great power had finally stopped the fighting.

While the Fortress had been destroyed, the great spaceport and the city around it had remained, and were still usuable. The people were more than happy to accept Dubai-Islam (as the curious mutation of Islam had come to be known), but, unlike those in Dubai, it was not forced on those who chose not to believe, not popular with the il-Kassar. The religion had become an amalgam in the 500-year Sundering, even more than the mutation that had formerly existed in the Republic. The il-Kassar moved out into the countryside to reclaim the entire planet, and the people rejoiced as the merchants of Dubai began building up new offices throughout the city.

It was as excavation of one of these new super-high-tech offices was going on that the engineers of Dubai uncovered a great secret that had lay beneath Fortress Supremus for many years. Sixty huge plasma generators, tapped directly into the core of the planet, had been storing up energy for nearly four hundred and fifty years, ever since the conflict on Stigia had begun. Huge energy cables ran through the earth of the planet to energy banks sourounding the globe. Unfortunately, these energy banks were generally under old Republican outposts, which had been converted into the towns and cities of Stigia. And those were controlled by the rebels.

So it was the House of El-Habbaz grew to encompass two planets. The culture was oddly divided, the people and the rich merchants tried their best to get along, but sometimes had to listen to the howling maniacs of the minority il-Kassar. The people were generally peaceful, both on Dubai and Stigia, and were attempting to expand peacefully and grow prosperous. Yet the foul stench of the il-Kassar infection did seem to permeate into popular culture at times.

The House structure was based upon this contrast. The Caliph, named not Hasan but Alsar for the first time in nearly two centuries, represents the people and the merchants, while the Cleric, known only as the Cleric, represents the il-Kassar and radicals.

Military

The House of El-Habbaz is well-known for having one of the more respectable militaries, the al-Kasar, of the Outer Rim. While hardly a powerhouse when compared with such nation's fleets such as the Daimos Imperium or the Spartans, the military of the House of El-Habbaz is dedicated and well-armed, to a degree.

The al-Kasar are fanatics; crazed zeolots with little to no conception left of pain or fear. The Hope Marine Training Program is extremely brutal, and is meant to make sure that the cadets face few events as harrowing as their own Basic. The naval wing of the al-Kasar is trained slightly less zealously, but fighters have their training program that few have learned the details of, and is speculated to be extremely tough.

The naval wing is made up of 42 large ships, including the flagship Saladin battle carrier, and the Sanjar battle cruiser.

Demographics

Population total: 2,036,000,000
Age Structure:

  • 0-14 years: 14%
  • 15-64 years: 73%
  • 65 years and over: 13%

Population Growth Rate:

  • 5.2%

Sex Ratio

  • At birth: 1.1 male(s)/female
  • Under 15 years: 1 male(s)/female
  • 15-64 years: .98 male(s)/female
  • 65 years and over: .93 male(s)/female
  • Total Population: .95 male(s)/female

Life expectancy

  • Total Population: 80 years
  • Male: 77 years
  • Female: 82 years

Literacy Rate : 75%
Nationality

  • Singular Noun: Dubaian, Stigian, Sherwoodian (uncommon)
  • Plural Noun: Dubaians, Stigians, Sherwoodians (uncommon)
  • Adjective: Dubaian, Stigian, Sherwoodian (uncommon)

Languages

  • Official: English, Spanish, New Arabic
  • Secondary: Old Arabic (written language, not spoken), Russian

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