Our capital Ahmadabad has been growing rapidly ever since it was founded in 1411 and it seems unlikely this will ebb out any time soon. The close proximity of Khambat, one of the greatest ports in India and according to some the busiest port in the world ensures a constant stream of people, goods and capital.
Such a rapidly growing city is, however, hard to defend effectively, especially given its position in the middle of the Gujarat plains. Some say we ought to take a more active part in the planning of the city and not only focus on how to adorn it. The system of walls and bastions suggested by our architects may seem staggering but the alternative is a capital almost without defenses.
Province Ahmadabad gains “Walls of Ahmadabad” until the end of the game, giving:
+25% Local defensiveness
+15% Local manpower modifier
Better to let the city remain an open capital.
Champaner - A second capital?
Champaner fort lies in a very strategically viable position in the centre of the mountains right between the Malwa Plateau and the plains of Gujarat. In addition to its defensible position it is also ideally situated to control the trade route between the Doab and the oceanic ports in our land.
Our ruler has deviced a very ambitious plan for transforming the fort of Champaner into a new grand capital of our kingdom. As a symbol of our dynasty the construction would be overseen by the best architects of the Indo-Islamic world and no expense would be spared.
Province Rewakantha gains “Construction of Champaner” until "Champaner" event, giving:
+0.5 Yearly prestige
-5% National tax modifier
-15% Local construction cost
We have no interest in this vanity project.
At last our new capital is almost finished. A stately city with palaces mosques, temples, an advanced water supply system and not the least important fortifications, now exists around the hilltop of Champaner.
One of the finest buildings is the huge Jama Masjid Mosque in the exquisite Gujarati Indo-Muslim style that our sultanate has become known for.
One of the Sufi masters residing in our capital has become ever more outspoken in his support of our dynasty lately. It is clear to many now that we are steering the kingdom in a good direction and the effect of these statements on the public mood has been very positive.
The Jain and Hindu Merchant Community - Vasanta Vilasa
The well being of the merchants of Gujarat has always been close to the heart of our dynasty and we have come to not only tolerate but also in many ways encourage the Jain, Hindu or Parsi traders that do business in our cities.
As a result business has been very good for merchants of all religions in Gujarat lately. In a recently completed manuscript about the rites of spring and the god Krishna a prominent Hindu merchant of Ahmadabad has taken the opportunity to praise the city and its rulers.
Perhaps this more than anything is a sign of the success of our policies.
Gain “Hardline Religious Policy” for 10 years, giving:
+1 national unrest
+1 yearly legitimacy
If the Burghers estate exists,
then the estate loses 10 loyalty.
If the Clergy estate exists,
then the estate gains 10 loyalty.
An Embassy to the Ottoman Sultan
In a dangerous world it is sometimes good to have contacts that can protect you. With the arrival of the Portuguese in the Indian Ocean it seems uncertain if anyone can be safe at sea anymore. We have received repeated reports of shipping being raided by Christian ships lately. These pirates threaten the trade that our Sultanate lives from and must be stopped.
It has recently come to our attention that the Ottoman Empire, distant as it may be, has acquired ports in the red sea. Perhaps it would be wise to contact the Sultan of Constantinople to discuss a possible alliance against these Christian pirates?
An emissary from the far away Gujarati Sultanate arrived at court today. The Sultan of Gujarat sends word that he has been plagued by Portuguese pirates and that these ships are threatening the stream of oriental goods from flowing east into our lands. The Portuguese have also been preventing the Indian faithful from reaching Mecca and Medina, a journey that starts in Gujarat for many.
Gujarat may be far away but we could surely send them something to help them in their struggle.
Gain opinion modifier “Irritated” (−10 Opinion / +2 Yearly decay / 5 Years) towards the Ottomans
The Ottoman sultan has sent us word that he sympathies deeply with our wish to be free from the Portuguese threat. In order to help us defend ourselves he has sent a number of ships and Ottoman naval officers, both which might benefit our kingdom in a future struggle against the Portuguese.
Ahmad Kattu, Sufi master and supporter of our family has passed away. This great man has acted as an advisor for more than one generation of Gujarati Sultans and once took part in the planning of the great city of Ahmadabad. This loss leaves a great spiritual void in our kingdom and our dynasty will be forever in his debt.
Many hundred years ago a group of Zoroastrian refugees from Persia settled down in Gujarat, founding the Parsee community of Sanjan. Through the centuries this religious minority has proved resilient and has taken an active part in the development of this dynamic region.
Recently a Parsee priest has recorded the oral historical tradition of the Parsees, from their exodus from Persia in the 10th century up to today. The resulting Qissa-i Sanjan is surely a classical example of high class Persian poetry but it is above all a story that will be treasured by the Parsees themselves for generations to come.
The Gujarat Sultanate has a rich tradition of historical writing and over the year many court historians have received the patronage of our dynasty. The recently completed Mirat-i-Sikandiri by Shaikh Sikandar ibn Muhammad Manjhu is not only an excellent example of this but also tries to incorporate all previous writings on its subject. The resulting work is a detailed chronicle over the history of the Sultanate of Gujarat from its creation up until today.