Tibet is a formable nation in Asia, and can be created by countries with both Tibetan as their primary national culture and the Vajrayana religion. Once formed, it is bordering Ming to its east, Chagatai to its north, and the numerous Indian states to its south and west.
After years of misrule by weak kings who were puppets of foreign powers, the Dalai Lama, long the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, has taken full control of the government. His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, seeks your advice. What kind of foreign policy should we pursue?
The Dalai Lama regards the assembled throng of petty Khans as though they were his trained mastiffs. Through them he knows his dominion over Tibet will be secured; he must only choose how. The safest plan would be to secure a treaty with the Khans, seeking their assurance that they will do their utmost to defend Buddhism in Tibet, in particular the body of the reborn bodhisattva himself.
A more radical approach has also occurred to the enlightened monk; if the Dalai Lama were to invite one of the Khans to rule as his puppet, he would never need fear resistance from Tibet’s contentious noble families. Ruling from the shadows holds a certain appeal.
He turns to the Khans to announce his will, a placid smile hiding his veiled ambition.