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IskenderunCompact

The trade routes passing through the Gurkani Sultanate

The First Compact of Iskenderun is an international compact that governs the usage of the trade routes passing through the Gurkani Sultanate, from the Mediterranean port city of Iskenderun in the West to the Central Asian city of Samarkand in the East, encompassing Syria, Iraq, Persia, Circassia, Crimea and Transoxiana.

The trade route starts from Iskenderun, a port city designed to act as the starting point for European merchants, leading eventually to Samarkand and onwards to China. However, this does not limit the scope of the trade primarily to China as multiple routes cut off from the main route, heading towards the Russian Principalities, the Persian Gulf and India. In essence, this practically grants the Sultanate complete control over the spice trade, making the much-coveted connection a jewel for having made the Sultanate exceedingly wealthy and powerful, granting it an important standing in international politics.

The First Compact of Iskenderun was effectively abolished in 1468 by Sultan Salman Beg Mirza who replaced it with the Second Compact of Iskenderun.

Basics of Compact

For all countries to use and have full access to the trade routes:


  • The Gurkani Sultanate will provide protection of cargo passing through its territories
  • The Gurkani Sultanate will govern the commerce of the region, and the merchants passing through the Empire will pay 2% tariff on the goods being transported.
  • All nations agree not to join the opposing side in the event of a war involving the Gurkani Sultanate. Moreover, all nations agree to intervene if there is any attempt to blockade the ports of the Gurkani Sultanate. 
  • Each individual nation is subject to their own agreement as part of the Compact as well in addition to the basic portion of the compact as said below.
  • Other signatories recognize the nations who sign this pact rights to use the trade route.  
  • In order to use the trade route for military purposes the using nation must receive direct permission for each conflict from the Gurkani Sultanate.
  • The Sultanate will hold the right in perpetuity to restrict trade goods from nations that are not on good terms with them, preventing its merchants from entering the nation and using the trade routes. 

Agreements by Nations

Castile (1410)

In addition to the Basic portion of the Compact of Iskenderun 

  • The Kingdom of Castile and all its territories and vassals shall recognize the Gurkani Sultanate, and all of its entities sovereignity. Likewise, the Gurkani Sultanate shall also recognize the sovereignity of Castile. 
  • The Kingdom of Castile, and any successor state to Castile shall provide 8 of its finest ships to the Gurkani Sultanate every 10 years, and shall also aid the Gurkani Navy in building a fleet. 

Signatories

Queen Regent Catherine on behalf of King Henry IV ~ You needed worthy opponents

The Amir of the Gurkani Sultanate, the Shahenshah of Iran, the Sovereign of Samarkand, the Sultan of all Turks, and the Conqueror of Sarai ~             Reichsadler der Deutsches Reich (1933–1945)   The night is dark and full of terrors. 

Epirus (1411) [No Longer Valid]

In addition to the Basic portion of the Compact of Iskenderun 


  • The Kingdom of Epirus and all its territories and vassals shall recognize the Gurkani Sultanate, and all of its entities sovereignity. Likewise, the Gurkani Sultanate shall also recognize the sovereignity of Epirus. 
  • The Kingdom of Epirus, and any successor state to Epirus shall help the Gurkani Navy construct a fleet, designing it along the same lines as its Venetian counterpart, and introducing the Gurkani Navy to the structure designs of the Venetian fleet. 

Signatories 

King of Epirus, Scourge of the Ottomans, Slayer of Albanians and Turks alike, the Sovereign of Ioannina, King of all Greeks, and Conqueror of Arta ~  Palaiologos-Dynasty-Eagle Ungern von Sternberg A man's GREATEST joy is crushing his enemies Flag of the Northern Yuan

The Amir of the Gurkani Sultanate, the Shahenshah of Iran, the Sovereign of Samarkand, the Sultan of all Turks, and the Conqueror of Sarai ~             Reichsadler der Deutsches Reich (1933–1945)   The night is dark and full of terrors. 


Genoa (1411) [No Longer Valid]

In addition to the Basic portion of the Compact of Iskenderun 


  • The Republic of Genoa and all its territories and vassals shall recognize the Gurkani Sultanate, and all of its entities sovereignity. Likewise, the Gurkani Sultanate shall also recognize the sovereignity of Genoa. 
  • The Republic of Genoa will cede the city of Kerch in Crimea, and the territories surrounding it to the Gurkani Sultanate, handing over control of the city to Gurkani authorities. The Republic of Genoa, and any successor state to Genoa shall recognize Gurkani sovereignity over Kerch and its surrounding territories, and will revoke any claims Genoa has over it. 

Signatories

Marco Visconti, Doge of Genoa Prince Octavian , of Jerusalem, Sicily, and Swabia, and Duke of Amalfi. Coat of Arms of Oct as Duke of Almafi

The Amir of the Gurkani Sultanate, the Shahenshah of Iran, the Sovereign of Samarkand, the Sultan of all Turks, and the Conqueror of Sarai ~             Reichsadler der Deutsches Reich (1933–1945)   The night is dark and full of terrors. 

Byzantium (1411) [No Longer Valid]

In addition to the Basic portion of the Compact of Iskenderun 


  • The Byzantine Empire and all its territories and vassals shall recognize the Gurkani Sultanate, and all of its entities sovereignity. Likewise, the Gurkani Sultanate shall also recognize the sovereignity of Byzantium. 
  • The Byzantine Empire shall grant Gurkani merchants free access through the Bosporus Straits and Byzantine authorities shall not levy taxes on goods being transported. Moreover, in the event of Gurkani merchants being refused free acess through the Straits, the Gurkani Sultanate can in response cut off the Byzantine Empire from the spice trade. 

Signatories

Manuel II of the House of Palaiologos, Emperor of the Romans, King of all Greeks and Latins, subversive only to god Toby2: THEY CALL ME Mr. Awesome!!!

The Amir of the Gurkani Sultanate, the Shahenshah of Iran, the Sovereign of Samarkand, the Sultan of all Turks, and the Conqueror of Sarai ~             Reichsadler der Deutsches Reich (1933–1945)   The night is dark and full of terrors. 

Ragusa (1412) [No Longer Valid]

In addition to the basic portion of the Compact of Iskenderun

  • The Republic of Ragusa and all its territories and vassals shall recognize the Gurkani Sultanate, and all of its entities sovereignity. Likewise, the Gurkani Sultanate shall also recognize the sovereignity of Ragusa.
  • The Gurkani Sultanate will be allowed to use Ragusa's ports, and Gurkani merchants will also pay a 2% tariff.
  • Likewise, the Gurkani Sultanate will also aid Ragusa in case Ragusa's ports are blockaded, similarly to the basic terms of the Compact.
  • Both nations will agree to refrain themselves from joining a war against the other nation, for at least 15 years, which can be extended later on.

Signatories

Vito Bobalić, patriarch of the Bobalić family, member of the patriciate and Knez of the Republic of Ragusa - SkyGreen24 15:14, July 29, 2016 (UTC)

The Amir of the Gurkani Sultanate, the Shahenshah of Iran, the Sovereign of Samarkand, the Sultan of all Turks, and the Conqueror of Sarai ~             Reichsadler der Deutsches Reich (1933–1945)   The night is dark and full of terrors. 


Milan (1414)

In addition to the Basic portion of the Compact of Iskenderun:


  • The Duchy of Milan and all its territories and vassals shall recognize the Gurkani Sultanate, and all of its entities sovereignity. Likewise, the Gurkani Sultanate shall also recognize the sovereignity of Milan. 
  • The Duchy of Milan, and any successor state to Milan shall help the Gurkani Navy construct a fleet, designing it along the same lines as its Milanese counterpart, and introducing the Gurkani Navy to the structure designs of the Milanese fleet. 

Signatories

Duke Gian Maria Visconti of Milan - Pink Floyd Hammer Flag - The Wall I'd rather be a hammer than a nail...

The Amir of the Gurkani Sultanate, the Shahenshah of Iran, the Sovereign of Samarkand, the Sultan of all Turks, and the Conqueror of Sarai ~             Reichsadler der Deutsches Reich (1933–1945)   The night is dark and full of terrors. 

Russia (1416) [No Longer Valid]

In addition to the current terms set forth by the compact:

  • The Russian Boyardom shall not infringe upon the sovereignty of the Gurkani Sultanate, nor shall the Gurkani Sultanate against Russia. To further promote peace and prosperity, both Russia and the Gurkani Sultanate shall have a pact of non-aggression lasting for a period of 20 years, which can be extended later on.
    • To maintain the peace, neither side may build navies in the Caspian Sea.
    • The daughter of the Gurkani Sultan shall be returned safely to Gurkani lands, as should her groom.
  • Russia and the Gurkani Sultanate shall both agree upon taxes set by either country upon imports or exports.

Signatories

Grand Prince Ivan of Russia, with the backing of all the boyars and princes of Russia and in the sight of The Most Holy God the Father - Crim de la Kremlin - "This is my signature. That means I just posted." 14:46, August 4, 2016 (UTC)

The Amir of the Gurkani Sultanate, the Shahenshah of Iran, the Sovereign of Samarkand, the Sultan of all Turks, and the Slayer of Georgians ~             Reichsadler der Deutsches Reich (1933–1945)   The night is dark and full of terrors. 

Ottoman Empire (1420)

In addition to the Basic portion of the Compact of Iskenderun 


  • The Ottoman Empire and all its territories and vassals shall recognize the Gurkani Sultanate, and all of its entities sovereignity. Likewise, the Gurkani Sultanate shall also recognize the sovereignity of the Ottomans. 
  • The Ottomam Empire shall grant Gurkani merchants free access through the Bosporus Straits and Ottoman authorities shall not levy taxes on goods being transported. Moreover, in the event of Gurkani merchants being refused free acess through the Straits, the Gurkani Sultanate can in response cut off the Ottoman Empire from the spice trade. 

Signatories

Grand Sultan of the Ottoman-Bozistanball

The Amir of the Gurkani Sultanate, the Shahenshah of Iran, the Sovereign of Samarkand, the Sultan of all Turks, and the Slayer of Georgians ~             Reichsadler der Deutsches Reich (1933–1945)   The night is dark and full of terrors. 

Abbasid Caliphate (1421)

In addition to the Basic portion of the Compact of Iskenderun 


  • The Abbasid Caliphate and all its territories and vassals shall recognize the Gurkani Sultanate, and all of its entities sovereignity. Likewise, the Gurkani Sultanate shall also recognize the sovereignity of the Abbasids. 
  • The Abbasid Caliphate will supply 10,000 Non-Muslim Black Slaves to the Gurkani Sultanate for free every year

Signatories

Muhammad Al-M'utadid Al-Abbas, Commander of the Faithful, Patriarch of the House of Abbas, Guaridan of the Holy Seal, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Successor of the Prophet (Peace be Upon Him), Sultan of Egypt, Africa, and Asia Oh, I didn't mean to push that button!Oh, well leave a message I guess 15:40, August 7, 2016 (UTC)

The Amir of the Gurkani Sultanate, the Shahenshah of Iran, the Sovereign of Samarkand, the Sultan of all Turks, and the Slayer of Georgians ~             Reichsadler der Deutsches Reich (1933–1945)   The night is dark and full of terrors. 

Bohemia (1427)

In addition to the Basic portion of the Compact of Iskenderun 


  • The Kingdom of Bohemia and all its territories and vassals shall recognize the Gurkani Sultanate, and all of its entities sovereignity. Likewise, the Gurkani Sultanate shall also recognize the sovereignity of Bohemia. 
  • The Kingdom of Bohemia shall refrain from engaging in any conflict against the Gurkani Sultanate, and will do all in its power to prevent members of the Holy Roman Empire from similarly participating in a war against the Gurkani Sultanate.

Signatories

Wenceslaus V, King of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperor. Blocky858 (talk) 16:51, August 20, 2016 (UTC)

The Amir of the Gurkani Sultanate, the Shahenshah of Iran, the Sovereign of Samarkand, the Sultan of all Turks, and the Slayer of Georgians ~             Reichsadler der Deutsches Reich (1933–1945)   The night is dark and full of terrors. 

Naxos (1432) [No Longer Valid]

In addition to the Basic portion of the Compact of Iskenderun:

  • The Duchy of Naxos and all its territories and vassals shall recognize the Gurkani Sultanate, and all of its entities sovereignity. Likewise, the Gurkani Sultanate shall also recognize the sovereignity of Naxos. 
  • The Gurkani Sultanate will be granted sovereignty over the city and port of Ormos Athinios on the island of Santorini. The city will be used as a naval base for the Gurkani Sultanate in the Mediterranean.

Signatories

The Duke of Naxos, John II Crispo - NathanialPrice

The Amir of the Gurkani Sultanate, the Shahenshah of Iran, the Sovereign of Samarkand, the Sultan of all Turks, and the Slayer of Georgians ~             Reichsadler der Deutsches Reich (1933–1945)   The night is dark and full of terrors. 


England (1448)

In addition to the Basic portion of the Compact of Iskenderun:


  • The Kingdom of England and all its territories and vassals shall recognize the Gurkani Sultanate, and all of its entities sovereignity. Likewise, the Gurkani Sultanate shall also recognize the sovereignity of England. 
  • The Kingdom of England, and any successor state to England shall help the Gurkani Navy construct a fleet, designing it along the same lines as its English counterpart, and introducing the Gurkani Navy to the structure designs of the English fleet.

Signatories

King of England, Richard IV, Person67

The Amir of the Gurkani Sultanate, the Shahenshah of Iran, the Sovereign of Samarkand, the Sultan of all Turks, and the Slayer of Georgians ~             Reichsadler der Deutsches Reich (1933–1945)   The night is dark and full of terrors. 

Aragon (1456)

  • The Government of the Crown Union of Aragon acknowledges and respects the sovereignty of the Gurkani Sultanate and the right of her Government to establish and enforce its laws upon all foreigners entering its sovereign borders, and to establish and enforce regulations and special laws upon all foreign merchants entering its territories. Conversely, the Government of the Gurkani Sultanate also acknowledges and respects the sovereignty of the Crown Union of Aragon and its successors, and the right of their Governments to establish and enforce the laws of the land upon all foreigners entering their sovereign borders, and to establish and enforce regulations and special laws upon all foreign merchants entering their territories.
  • The Government of the Crown Union of Aragon agrees to abide by all Basic Regulations for use of Gurkani trade routes as set down in the Compact of Iskenderun.
  • The Government of the Crown Union of Aragon also agrees to deploy a permanent fleet of 8 caravels and 7 bricbarcas to defend the port of Iskenderun from external hostile threats, and a corps of 100 personnel to police the city itself on behalf of the Gurkani Government.
  • These terms may be liable to resettlement upon the ratification and enactment of the Act of Union, 1434, which will constitute a new nation-state which may find itself in circumstances which may require renegotiation of the current terms between Aragon and the Gurkani Sultanate.

Signatories

  • Her Majesty Eleanor, by the Grace of God, of the Kingdoms of Aragon, Catalonia, Majorca, Valencia, Sicily and Sardinia, Queen; of the County of Malta, Countess — T I M (TSWAHMGWContribs) 02:42, September 11, 2016 (UTC)
  • The Amir of the Gurkani, the Conqueror of Empires, the Shahenshah of Iran, the Custodian of Najaf, the Sultan of all Persians, the Protector of the Caliph, and the Destroyer of the Infidels ~             Reichsadler der Deutsches Reich (1933–1945)   The night is dark and full of terrors. 

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